Samuel Kaylin

Samuel Kaylin
Born 18 Jan 1892
Ekaterinoslav, Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine
Died 7 Jul 1983 (aged 91)
Bakersfield, California
Nationality United States
Other names Shevach Samuel Kalinowsky
Occupation Music Director, 20th Century Fox
Known for film music
Spouse(s) Augusta Kaylin
Florence Kaylin
Clara Szemere (divorced 1972)
Claire Dennis (married 1972)

Samuel Kaylin (18 January 1892 – 7 July 1983) was a film composer who scored Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto movies for 20th Century Fox.

Early years

Kaylin was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to the US on January 16, 1907 aboard the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamship Neckar.[1] He worked as a musician at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.[2]


Kaylin joined 20th Century Fox in 1930 and composed more than 80 film scores. Among them were the scores for Shirley Temple's Bright Eyes (1934 film) and John Ford's Judge Priest.[3] He left 20th Century Fox in 1940.[4]


Kaylin died in Bakersfield, California.

Selected filmography


  1. 1921 Petition for Naturalization
  2. 1917 Draft Registration Card
  3. Samuel Kaylin on the Internet Movie Database
  4. SAMUEL KAYLIN QUITS 20th. Variety March 25, 1940
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