Forbes, Lou (Louis) [Forbstein, Louis E.]
- Warren M. Sherk
(Louis) [Forbstein, Louis E.]
(b St. Louis, MO, Aug 12, 1902; d Los Angeles, June 17, 1981). American music director, conductor, composer, and violinist. In Kansas City he played violin for the symphony orchestra and in the pit orchestras at the New Royal and Newman theaters. As a teenager he conducted at the New Royal. He took Lou Forbes as his professional name in the mid-1920s, perhaps to avoid confusion with his older brother, Leo F. Forbstein, who pursued a similar career path. For Paramount Publix, Forbes organized and directed theater orchestras and stage bands, for the Palace in Dallas in 1928, the Metropolitan in Houston in 1929, and the Paramount in Atlanta in 1930. His career as a musical director in Hollywood began at Universal Pictures in 1936. After two years he moved to Selznick International Pictures where he was active through 1944. For producer David O. Selznick, Forbes oversaw the production of music for ...