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Frank Alfred Marsales (31 August 1886 - 14 August 1975) was a Canadian-born musician and composer best known for his work scoring many classic Warner Brothers cartoons in the 1930s. He also worked with Walter Lanz Studios in the mid to late 1930s.

Cartoon careerEdit

Frank Marsales was a symphony musician who became the music director for Warner Brothers Cartoons under the direction of former Disney animators Hugh Harman (1903–1982) and Rudolf Isling (1903–1992), scoring many classic cartoons in the 1930s, including every Harman & Isling Looney Tune and Merrie Melodie. His first credit was for "Sinkin' In The Bathtub", released May 1930 and animated by Isadore Freeling; his last credit for Warner Bros. was in 1933 with "Bosko's Picture Show".[1][2] He left Warner Brothers when Harmen and Isling left the studio (but not with them), missing out on scoring their work at Paramount for the 1933 animated "Alice in Wonderland" — Marsales may also have had a hand injury at that time that precluded his composing any music at all.[3]

In the mid 1930's, Marsales began work at Walter Lanz Studios as musical director for the Andy Panda cartoons, among others. Frank Marsales's last credited musical score at Walter Lantz Studios was for "Knock Knock", released 25 November 1940 (although he may also have scored some part of the "Syncopated Sioux" cartoon that was released December 30, 1940, which musical director was uncredited).[4] Music from Marsales' work for Lantz also found its way into the 1957 Woody Woodpecker television show, which contained not only new cartoons, but also Woody's (and other) theatrical Lantz cartoons from the previous twenty years.

Personal lifeEdit

Frank Marsales was born in Canada on 31 August 1886, the son of Robert Lambert Marsales and Lena Burns, but lived most of his life in California. Frank married Catherine Elizabeth Murset (30 April 1889 - 13 Jan 1971). They had no children. He died 14 August 1975 in Long Beach, California.

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