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FSM Fetches Classic Canine Scores

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Film Score Monthly’s first release of 2011 is a whopper: five discs’ worth of dog-related film scores, anchored mostly around the lovable star Lassie.

Created by writer Eric Knight in a short story that was expanded into a 1940 novel, Lassie was a loyal collie who treks across Depression-era Yorkshire, England to reunite with his young owner. The film spawned several sequels and spin-offs, most notably a long-running American television show that ran from 1954 to 1973. The dog is one of only three (and one of a handful of fictional characters) to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the character continues to be portrayed today, often by descendants of Pal, the original dog actor who played her.

FSM’s new set, Lassie Come Home: The Canine Cinema Collection, includes material from these scores: Daniele Amfitheatrof’s score to Lassie Come Home (1943); Herbert Stothart’s Son of Lassie (1945); Bronislau Kaper and Scott Bradley’s Courage of Lassie (1946); Stothart’s Hills of Home (1948); two of the first-ever scores by André Previn, The Sun Comes Up (1949) and Challenge to Lassie (1949); Amfitheatrof’s The Painted Hills (1951) and, as an added bonus, the score to the 1955 dog comedy It’s a Dog’s Life by Elmer Bernstein. Unfortunately, many of the original masters to these films have been lost, so many of them are presented from the music-and-effects tracks (barks a-plenty), or, in rarer cases, sourced directly from the film itself, dialogue and all. This archival presentation is unorthodox, but is the best possible approach to the surviving material.

The set is limited to 1,000 copies and can be viewed here (the FSM page also has a link to online liner notes). The track lists for all discs are after the jump.

Note: all tracks marked * contain sound effects; all tracks marked ** contain dialogue.

Various Artists, Lassie Come Home: The Canine Cinema Collection (Film Score Monthly Vol. 13, No. 20, 2011)

Disc 1: Lassie Come Home

  1. Main Title*/The Story of a Dog*
  2. Time Sense—Second Version*/Have a Good Time/Waking Up Joe*/Lassie is Sold
  3. Lassie is Sold, Part 2
  4. Joe is Heartbroken*/Priscilla Meets Lassie
  5. Time Sense—Second Version*/First Escape (beginning)*
  6. Hynes Arrives/Time Sense—Second Version*/Second Escape
  7. Day Dreaming
  8. Bid Her Stay*/Honest is Honest/Lassie Goes to Scotland*/Lassie in Scotland
  9. Lassie is Chained*
  10. Hynes Walks Lassie 0:59
  11. Time Sense—Second Version*/Lassie Runs Away*/The Storm/Over the Mountains*/The Lake & Time Sense #3/Lassie vs. Satan*/The Dog Fight*/Lassie vs. Satan, Part 2*/A Surprise for Joe*/Crossing the River*
  12. Dan and Dolly*/Lassie Recovers/Joe Can’t Sleep*/Time Sense—Second Version*
  13. Lassie is Not Happy/Time Sense—Second Version*/Goodbye, Girl*/Meeting Palmer/Lassie Refuses Food*/Lassie Follows Palmer
  14. Lassie Wants to Go That Way/Lassie is a Lady/Next Morning
  15. Toots Gives a Performance*/The Dogs Play*/Thousand Kronen*/Last Fight*/Toots is Dead/It’s Goodbye, Then*/The Dog Catchers*/Out of Work/Lassie Comes Home*/Duke Arrives* & This is No Dog of Mine*/Time Sense—Second Version*/Lassie Finds Joe & End Title*
  16. Dog Fight
  17. The Accident
  18. Pump and Chicken House

All tracks from Lassie Come Home (1943). Music composed and conducted by Daniele Amfitheatrof. Additional music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bronislau Kaper and Lennie Hayton.

Disc 2: Son of Lassie

  1. Main Title/Laddie (beginning)*
  2. Mischievous Puppy/My First Cake
  3. Say It/Rudling Kennels
  4. Training Routine
  5. That’s Where His Heart Is/Lowering the Colors
  6. Bull Terrier/Infraction of Regulations
  7. Laddie at Airfield & Waiting Dog
  8. Planes Taxiing/Plane Overdue
  9. Parachute Landing
  10. Underground/Disconsolate Laddie
  11. Occupied Village/Locked Storage
  12. Injured Dog*/Of Viking Ancestry
  13. It Should Be Christmas
  14. Frantic Dog
  15. Leading the Blind
  16. Reprise
  17. Passport
  18. It’s Laddie
  19. Seeking His Master
  20. Clown Sergeant/The Escape/Through the Rapids
  21. Back to the Yorkshire Moors
  22. Final Episode
  23. Overseas Title

All tracks from Son of Lassie (1945). Music composed and conducted by Herbert Stothart. Music for the Norwegian scenes based on the melodies of Edvard Grieg. Theme from Lassie Come Home by Daniele Amfitheatrof. Additional Music Composed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Disc 3: Courage of Lassie and Hills of Home

  1. Main Title/The Lake/ Danger in the Woods
  2. The Lost Puppy
  3. The Playful Puppy/The Eagle/The Fishing Bear/Fish Jumps
  4. Girl on a Raft/Fawn and the Raven/The Puppy Gets Shot
  5. Bill Barks/Hello, Mr. MacBain
  6. Nellie/My Diary
  7. Sheep in the Snow/Rescuing the Sheep
  8. It’s Bill
  9. At the Veterinary’s
  10. Dog Branded
  11. Down, Boy
  12. Ship Kitchen/The Change
  13. Trailer Opening/Trailer Finale
  14. Sunrise/Dog and Puppies/The Lost Puppy (First Version)/Dog Meets Animals/Woodland Animals/Fish Jumps (First Version)/The Owl and the Coyote
  15. A Girl, a Dog and a Raven
  16. Opening Title and Narration*

All tracks except Track 16 from Courage of Lassie (1946). Music by Bronislau Kaper and Scott Bradley. Conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret and Scott Bradley. Additional music Composed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Nathaniel Shilkret, David Snell, Conrad Salinger and Robert Franklyn.

Track 16 from Hills of Home (1948). Music by Herbert Stothart. Conducted by Lennie Hayton.

Disc 4: The Sun Comes Up and Challenge to Lassie

  1. Main Title*/New Trick for Lassie*/Hank’s Death*
  2. Helen Leaves Her Home*/Sleep in the Car*/Scenery*/Rabbits for Rent*/That’s a Bargain*
  3. I Had a Boy*/Jerry’s Wages*
  4. Adoption*
  5. Long Walk*/Tears for Two*/ Lassie Herds the Cows*
  6. Storm Over Jerry*/Helen Meets Tom*/I’m Going to Manville*/Pneumonia*
  7. I Always Eat It*/I Can’t Take Jerry Away*/Fare You Well*
  8. Tom & Jerry*
  9. Jerry Runs Away*/ One Dog’s Family & End Title*/ End Cast
  10. Main Title and Foreword*
  11. Market Day*
  12. Lassie’s First Love*
  13. First Lesson*
  14. Sheep Herding*/Jock and the Flock*
  15. You’ve Trained Her Well*
  16. There’s My Bonnie*
  17. Jock is Attacked*
  18. After the Fight**
  19. Graveyard Lassie*
  20. John Sans Pants*
  21. Complaining Neighbors*
  22. The Journey*/Lassie’s Last Lap*
  23. Lassoed Lassie*
  24. No Exit*
  25. Cornered Collie*
  26. Down the Cliffs*/Here’s Lassie**
  27. I Cannot Apologize**
  28. Laugh After Laugh** & End Title*/End Cast
  29. Tes Yeux (René Babey)
  30. Un Bel Di (Giacomo Puccini)
  31. Songs My Mother Taught Me (Antonín Dvorák)
  32. Cousin Ebenezer (Previn–William Katz)
  33. If You Were Mine (Previn–Katz)
  34. Tom and Jerry** (Film Version)
  35. Jerry Runs Away**/One Dog’s Family & End Title**/End Cast (Film Version)
  36. First Escape (Complete)**

Tracks 1-9 and 29-35 from The Sun Comes Up (1949). Tracks 10-28 from Challenge to Lassie (1949). Music composed and conducted by André Previn.

Track 36 from Lassie Come Home (1943). Music composed and conducted by Daniele Amfitheatrof.

Disc 5: The Painted Hills and It’s a Dog’s Life

  1. Main Title/He’s a Millionaire
  2. I Need Your Help/Christmas/Hairy Present/Shep’s Longing
  3. Back to Jonathan/Montage
  4. Visitor/Pilot Pete
  5. Holy Pete/Good Girl/Foul Play/Shep Follows Jonathan
  6. Hat/He Won’t Be Back
  7. Poison/Indians Find Shep
  8. Rescue
  9. Incantation/Shep Lives/ Shep Came Back
  10. Tommy Finds the Grave/Taylor Pursues Tommy/Tommy is Hurt/The Hole/Thy Heavenly Kingdom
  11. Come Along, Son/The Chase—Revised/Freezing Up/Taylor Dies/Happy Ending & End Title
  12. Main Title/Wildfire’s Song
  13. Wildfire’s Shame/Decision
  14. Fame at Last/Masterful/Defeat
  15. Nolan/Getting Acquainted/What a St. Bernard
  16. Jocks/In the Hay/Trophy Room
  17. After the Fight/Wyndham’s Story
  18. Wash Day/Training
  19. Tattle
  20. Wyndham Walks and Talks/Nocturne/Going Home
  21. Wildfire’s Training
  22. Mother
  23. The End

Tracks 1-11 from The Painted Hills (1951). Music composed and conducted by Daniele Amfitheatrof.

Tracks 12-23 from It’s a Dogs Life (1955). Music composed and conducted by Elmer Bernstein.

Written by Mike Duquette

January 13, 2011 at 14:17

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