Thomas Marvin Hatley
(April 3 1905 – August 23 1986),
professionally known simply as Marvin Hatley, was
an American film composer and musical director, best known for his work for the
Hal Roach studio from 1929 until
Hatley wrote many of the musical cues appearing in the Our Gang
, Laurel and Hardy
, and Charley Chase
films. His most memorable
composition is "The Cookoo Song" (also known as "Ku-Ku", or "Dance
of the Cookoos"), which serves as Laurel and Hardy's theme song.
His work in Laurel and Hardy's film Way Out West
earned him a
nomination for the Academy Award for Best
In 1939, Hatley was fired from the Roach studio. At the insistence
of Stan Laurel
, however, he did return
to score one final Laurel & Hardy film, Saps at Sea
. Hatley went on to become a
lounge pianist, and often remarked that he earned more money in
that career than during his days at the Roach studio.
Hatley was a native of Reed, Oklahoma.
He died on
August 23 1986 in