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 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Does anybody out there remember the Albert Glasser Screen Archives L.P.s that came out in 1987 ("Tokyo File 212" and "Huk,") and do you think that they'll ever appear outon C.D.?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I remember them, having gotten cdr copies of them as well as the Starlog compilation LP. I imagine Bruce might know if the music is available.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I haven't listened to either of them for a long time. They were quite deluxe presentations in their day.





Here's the main title from HUK!.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

It's strange that HUK should come up today. I was listening to the score the other evening.

I saw HUK when it came out in 1956---nearly 60 years ago! I remember very little about it except---it looked very cheap and somewhat slapdash and was one of, if not the first, George Montgomery films he made in the Philippines. (He would return there more than once in the ensuing years.)

When I looked it up on IMDB, I was astonished to see that as sterling a writer as Stirling Silliphant had done the original novel and script, and the wonderful Technicolor cameraman, William Snyder had done the photography. I was also very surprised to discover that the film was produced by the estimable Collier Young, and the credited director, John Barnwell, was, in reality, the legendary Philippines-based director, Eddie Romero. (He used this Barnwell pseudonym only several times, so there may have been some sort of union problem at that time, perhaps DGA/SAG, which disallowed George Montgomery to work with a foreign or non-union director unless the name could be disguised.)

I haven't played the Glasser score in decades and didn't really remember anything special about the music, so I was surprised how much I enjoyed it when I played it again.

BUT, in listening to the score and thinking about the film, I had to wonder if Glasser ever saw the actual film he scored. smile

It's a nice score, but feels so wrong for the kind of material that the film purports to be.

Now I'm curious to see HUK again...... Viewing it once every 60 years can't hurt me too much, can it? smile

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I always loved ALBERT GLASSER'S SCORES, nothing quite like it. He spend a career of writing scores for small films and improving every one of them by at least one star. His scores were like a tornado in the studio, wild, restless, relentless, robust, emotional, just let it all hang out.His themes were often so strong in melodic style that you couldn't stop humming them for hours afterward like a good march. DYNAMITE WITH A CAPITAL D.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   craig2   (Member)

Best for maybe Bernard Herrmann nut authority to chime in here but I recall Herrmann calling Albert after he saw the film congratulating him on a fine work and then hung up, Jim??

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   craig2   (Member)

Part two to my question to Jim and it was HUK! I was referring too.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   craig2   (Member)

Part two to my question to Jim and it was HUK! I was referring too.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Hey Craig... sorry, I don't have an answer on that one. I never heard that story before, but it certainly sounds like it could have happened. After all, Herrmann called Vic Mizzy after seeing THE NIGHT WALKER, so this doesn't seem too far out.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   Irv Lipscomb   (Member)

The Bernard Hermann story Al told me years ago went like this. Al saw one of Hermann's films on television (I don't remember which one) and called Bernie to tell him how much he enjoyed the score. Hermann replied: "Yes, but what do you want?" Glasser said: "I just wanted to congratulate you on this fine score." Hermann replied: "Yes, but what do you want?" Glasser said: "Nothing, a--hole." and hung up.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

The Bernard Hermann story Al told me years ago went like this.

Yes, but what do you want?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   craig2   (Member)

HA!! I now recall Irv's reply as the correct one with Bernie & Al!!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

The Bernard Hermann story Al told me years ago went like this. Al saw one of Hermann's films on television (I don't remember which one) and called Bernie to tell him how much he enjoyed the score. Hermann replied: "Yes, but what do you want?" Glasser said: "I just wanted to congratulate you on this fine score." Hermann replied: "Yes, but what do you want?" Glasser said: "Nothing, a--hole." and hung up.

It was also rumored he ended with, "Oh, F-- you", and hung up!

 
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