In Love and War / Woman Obsessed

For those wishing for more film music of Hugo Friedhofer, here are two fine examples on one CD of what a highly skilled composer can do with less than great films.

Both of these 20th Century-Fox CinemaScope dramas are not among the best known or most popular films of their era. But that doesn’t seem to inhinit Friedhofer in any way with his use of lush and exciting film… Read more »

The Barbarian and the Geisha

This latest effort in Intrada’s limited edition Special Collection is a lush, romantic score from Hollywood’s Golden Age. While the film, telling of a visit of American diplomats to Japan in 1856 and a subsequent romance between one of them (John Wayne) and a geisha girl, takes place in Japan (and originally director John Huston wanted Friedhofer to compose the music with purely Japanese instruments and music), Friedhofer chose to emphasize the… Read more »

The Revolt of Mamie Stover

Here Intrada brings us a double-feature premiere of two lesser-known scores from the middle period (1956) 20th Century-Fox CinemaScope era. HILDA CRANE is melodrama about a young divorced woman whose return to her college hometown sets local tongues wagging. THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER is about an even more liberated heroine who is kicked out of San Francisco on the eve of World War II and, in the wake of… Read more »

Boy on a Dolphin

BOY ON A DOLPHIN (1957) is one of those great 20th Century-Fox “dramalogues” of the 1950s, i.e., escapist narrative films emphasizing international locations lushly shot in Fox’s new wide screen/stereophonic sound process, CinemaScope. DOLPHIN showcases Greece and deals with the search for a priceless antiquity, the shipwrecked golden statue of the title that is accidentally discovered by Phaedra, a buxom Greek sponge diver (Sophia Loren), in the waters around the island of… Read more »

One-Eyed Jacks

ONE-EYED JACKS did not receive a great deal of critical or public appreciation when the film opened in 1961 but for me it’s one of the all-time great westerns. On the surface it’s a traditional western of revenge but psychological elements and moral ambiguities provide the film with complexities which imbue the film with considerable more depth than the average western of the early ’60s. The acting, particularly that of Marlon Brando… Read more »