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Friedrich Hollaender was the son of the composer Victor Hollaender, who composed shows in Berlin in the 1890s to 1910s. Frederick received early musical training, since 1913 he was student of opera composer Engelbert Humperdinck (who composed Hänsel und Gretel). He started as repetitor at a theater in Prague, and became - inspite of his classical training, that rather should have led to a career as classical composer - an important compser of shows and cabaret songs in Berlin in the 20s. Read more... her audition for that movie - but he got the job as composer, while the role went to Marlene Dietrich. He even directed the Lilian Harvey movie Ich und die Kaiserin (1933) in 1932 in all three versions (German/Frensh/English). After the Nazis came to power on January 30, 1933 he immigrated via France and England to Hollywood, where he got a three months contract. There, he wrote songs and scores for various movies (Sometimes he collaborated with Leo Robin, Frank Loesser or 'Sam Coslow (I)'), most mentionable Boys in the Backroom, The for Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides Again (1939). RKO signed him as director for the Western "Bullets and Ballots". After the decline of musicals in the mid 50s he returned in 1956 to Germany, where he continued working for shows and cabaret, this time in Munich. As composer/lyricist he retired in the 60s, but he kept writing books till the 70s.