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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Back To The Movie Themes Honorables.

Plenty of Honorables left before we get to the Top Ten.

In descending order, from least honorable to most:

"Ruby Gentry"

David O. Selznick's sequel to "Duel In The Sun", at least in the sense that it gave him an
opportunity to once again star his wife, Jennifer Jones, in a western.
It had a haunting theme, that you'd probably recognize immediately.
Ray Charles made a great recording of it.


A classic. Composed by David Raksin, about whom not enough can be said.
And I will say more about him as we continue along.
Johnny Mercer wrote the lyric, which I believe was not used in the film, but came afterwards.

"High Noon"

Another classic.
Very sparse orchestration, if there was any at all.
A lot of people, myself included, thought the song, "Do not forsake me" was sung
by Frankie Laine.
Frankie subsequently had a hit record on it, but in the movie, it was sung by John
Ritter's father, Tex.

"High Society"

From the overture, with its Cole Porter score, through it's "High Society Calypso"
performed by Louis Armstrong and his musicians on the bus, through every other song
in the score, it just dazzles.
The music was the the only improvement on the source material, "The Philadelphia Story",
which otherwise leaves "High Society" in the dust.

"Edge Of The City"

Great theme for a David Susskind produced, socially conscious, racially tinged,
poor mans version of "On The Waterfront"
Actually, "On The Waterfront" was Mitt Romney's version of "Edge of the City"
"Edge of the City" reeks of importance.

More next time.


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