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He Wants YOU To Have His Baby: “Paternity” Premieres On CD, Plus Two By Leigh Harline

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Paternity OST

Kritzerland is back this month with a pair of new releases premiering three film scores on CD for the very first time!

First up is the music from the 1981 Burt Reynolds comedy Paternity, composed by David Shire.  No stranger to stage (Closer Than Ever, Big) or screen (Norma Rae, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three), Shire supplied director David Steinberg’s film (also starring Beverly D’Angelo, Paul Dooley, Norman Fell, Lauren Hutton and Elizabeth Ashley) with charming, light and romantic melodies.  Kritzerland premieres the original, never-issued album master created by Shire at the time of the film’s release, and adds additional bonus cues.  The score also incorporates Shire’s songs “Love’s Gonna Find You” and “Baby Talk,” the latter with lyrics by the witty jazz pianist Dave Frishberg, plus a couple of standards.

Kritzerland also has a two-for-one release from the pen of composer Leigh Harline (“When You Wish Upon a Star”) – one comedy, one drama.  The former, director Martin Ritt’s No Down Payment (1957) examined the dark underbelly of suburbia, and featured an impressive cast including Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Rush and Pat Hingle.  The latter, 1959’s lighthearted The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, starred Clifton Webb in the title role of a bigamist (!) with 17 children (!!), supported by Dorothy McGuire, Jill St. John, Ron Ely and Richard Deacon.  Harline supplied two very different yet equally effective scores, presented by Kritzerland in stereo.  Both releases are limited to 1,000 copies only and are due from the label by the last week of June, though pre-orders placed directly at Kritzerland typically arrive three to five weeks early.

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Written by Joe Marchese

May 22, 2014 at 13:42

Hey, Lady (and Gentlemen)! Kritzerland Releases Two Scores for Jerry Lewis Comedies

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KL_Visit_PlanetCOV72In the golden age of Hollywood, comedy rarely was better than when Jerry Lewis took his act to the silver screen. With a knack for moving kinetically through zany situations, Lewis earned high regard as a movie star, first with his inimitable partner, singer Dean Martin, on stage, radio, television and film, and ultimately on his own in the 1950s, 1960s and beyond. The newest archival soundtrack release from Kritzerland brings two soundtracks from some of Lewis’ first solo projects to CD for the first time anywhere.

The Delicate Delinquent was Lewis’ first movie after the then-contentious split between himself and Martin. Released in 1957, it starred Lewis as Sidney L. Pythias, a janitor mistaken for a juvenile delinquent and taken in by a cop (Darren McGavin) who vows to put him on the road to social responsibility. (The officer doesn’t immediately know that this is Sidney’s plan all along, no matter what his truly delinquent friends have to say about it!) The tale of “the teen-age ‘terror’ who scares nobody but himself” was a massive success upon release. A jazz/blues-influenced straight score by Buddy Bregman – hot off his successful run as arranger/conductor for three phenomenal LPs for Verve Records (Ella Fitzgerald’s Sings The Cole Porter Songbook and Sings The Rodgers & Hart Songbook and Bing Crosby’s Bing Sings While Bregman Swings) – does a fantastic job of punctuating the comedic elements of the film while still being a great listening experience on its own.

Three years later, Lewis filmed Visit to a Small Planet, his final film for producer Hal B. Wallis, after which he began pursuing his own projects, including CinderfellaThe Bellboy and The Nutty Professor. Loosely based on a Gore Vidal play, Lewis causes hijinks as Kreton, a visitor from space who attempts to assimilate with a human family. The tuneful score for this picture was penned by Leigh Harline, whom Disney fans will doubtlessly know as the songwriter behind the tunes for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the immortal “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio. Harline’s score, punctuated by a seven-note main theme and the use of theremin, adds a nice flavor to this sci-fi/comedy romp.

Both scores are presented on this disc in stereo from the Paramount vaults; limited to 1,000 copies, it’s going for $19.98 at Kritzerland’s website. It’s expected to ship the second week of December, though label preorders are, on average, about four weeks ahead of time. Hit the jump for the full track list!

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 5, 2013 at 10:03

Jiminy Cricket! Two Leigh Harline Scores Paired On New CD

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Those who wished upon a star for more music from Leigh Harline are in luck.  The Academy Award-winning composer of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” from Walt Disney’s 1940 Pinocchio, had a distinguished career in Hollywood until his death in 1969 at age 62.  Kritzerland is celebrating Harline’s career with a new two-for-one CD of the great man’s scores.  The Wayward Bus is making its world premiere, while The Enemy Below is returning to print after an absence of many years.  Both titles are available for pre-order now from Kritzerland.

John Steinbeck’s 1947 novel of the same name provided the basis of Twentieth Century Fox’s 1957 film The Wayward Bus.  Although it’s often overlooked in favor of other works such as Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath, The Wayward Bus was quite successful upon its initial publication, and a strong candidate for cinematic treatment.  Director Victor Vicas helmed the ensemble picture featuring Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield and Dan Dailey.  Collins portrayed Alice Chicoy, the wife of Johnny Chicoy (Rick Jason), driver of the wayward bus.  Bombshell Mansfield was dancer and party girl Camille Oakes and Dan Dailey played Ernest Horton, the salesman who takes an interest in her.  In reissue producer Bruce Kimmel’s words, “Harline’s score for The Wayward Bus is filled with the longing and yearning of its characters.  You can feel it immediately in the film’s main title music, and it continues in each successive cue – it really gets under the skin of the characters and drama, and it’s filled with plaintive melodies and colors.”

The same year, Fox released another motion picture with a Leigh Harline score.  Director Dick Powell (yes, that Dick Powell) was behind the camera for The Enemy Below, a World War II adventure based on D.A. Rayner’s novel, depicting the confrontation between an American destroyer and a German U-Boat.  Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens starred, and the cast also included Theodore Bikel and David Hedison.  Kimmel:  “The music for The Enemy Below is thrilling and memorable.  Harline’s scoring choices are interesting – he lets long dialogue sequences play without music, while scoring the action sequences, with his themes clearly defining the American and German boats and their maneuvers.  Once the climactic battle begins, Harline lets his music go pretty much non-stop, and it’s simply exhilarating battle music, the kind no one seems to know how to write anymore.”    Like The Wayward Bus, The Enemy Below was conducted by a famed member of the Newman family: Academy Award winner Lionel Newman, brother of Fox music director Alfred, and uncle of composers Randy, David and Thomas!

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Written by Joe Marchese

June 25, 2012 at 10:17