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 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 5:57 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a new world premiere limited edition release – two great scores on one CD:

NO DOWN PAYMENT and THE REMARKABLE MR. PENNYPACKER

Music Composed and Conducted by Leigh Harline

The Twentieth Century Fox film No Down Payment takes a look at life in California suburbia circa 1957, both its surface and its underbelly. No Down Payment was Martin Ritt’s second movie directorial effort – he assembled a great cast, including Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall (in an atypical unsympathetic role), Jeffrey Hunter, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Rush and Pat Hingle. The screenplay was credited to Philip Yordan, even though it was actually written by then-blacklisted writer Ben Maddow. The movie is a beautifully acted slice of post World War II drama, well directed by Ritt and wonderfully scored by composer Leigh Harline.

Beginning with a bustling main title filled with the promise of suburban living, it introduces us to the world of Sunrise Hills. But soon Harline begins introducing undercurrents into his score, undercurrents that will soon turn from idyllic to dramatic. It’s a superb score from a master composer who really understood the film medium.

Two years later, Fox released The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker. Directed by Fox regular Henry Levin and shot in Cinemascope by Milton Krasner, the film starred Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Charles Coburn, Jill St. John, Ron Ely, David Nelson, Larry Gates and Richard Deacon. Once again, Leigh Harline was the composer. For Pennypacker, Harline created a delightful and tuneful score, never pandering to the comedy and helping to give the film a dramatic underpinning. It’s a charming score and a Harline highlight from a career filled with wonderful scores, including
Pickup on South Street, Broken Lance, Black Widow, House of Bamboo, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, Good Morning, Miss Dove, The Bottom of the Bottle, 23 Paces to Baker Street, The Wayward Bus and many others.

This is the world premiere release of these two Harline scores. They have been restored from the original elements in the Fox vault and both are in that great Fox stereo. While every effort has been made to make this release as good as possible, there are a handful of cues with minor damage, but nothing that would warrant leaving them off the CD.

No Down Payment/The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker is limited to 1000 copies only and is priced at $19.98, plus shipping.

CDs will ship by the last week of June, but we’ve been averaging three to five weeks early in terms of shipping ahead of the official ship date. To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Excellent release. Ordered right away.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

I am a bit irritated that the track "Poisoned Cattle/Matt's Death" is from Harline's BROKEN LANCE. Is there any explanation why it appears as track 3 of NO DOWN PAYMENT on this CD? Is this an error?

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Because I'm trying to be pare down my CD purchases (there's only so much time in a day, or a life), I'd planned to buy only the Shire (whose work I love with only one exception), but I listened to the samples on this one, dammit! Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of Harline's dramatic work, but I'm attracted to the old-fashioned tunefulness of this one.

Damn you, Bruce!

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

I am a bit irritated that the track "Poisoned Cattle/Matt's Death" is from Harline's BROKEN LANCE. Is there any explanation why it appears as track 3 of NO DOWN PAYMENT on this CD? Is this an error?




Oops.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

I am a bit irritated that the track "Poisoned Cattle/Matt's Death" is from Harline's BROKEN LANCE. Is there any explanation why it appears as track 3 of NO DOWN PAYMENT on this CD? Is this an error?

Is this a record? It only took 3 and 1/2 hours for someone to start bitching about the release.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I am a bit irritated that the track "Poisoned Cattle/Matt's Death" is from Harline's BROKEN LANCE. Is there any explanation why it appears as track 3 of NO DOWN PAYMENT on this CD? Is this an error?

Is this a record? It only took 3 and 1/2 hours for someone to start bitching about the release.


Sadly, no.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)



Is this a record? It only took 3 and 1/2 hours for someone to start bitching about the release.




If your copy of Batman had a track from Broken Lance in the middle of it, you'd probably be moaning in less than 3 and 1/2 hours.

Anyway, maybe it's not an error. Perhaps the cue was re-used? I don't know. But if it is an error, then the quicker it's pointed out the better, assuming the CD and paperwork have not been manufactured yet.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Is this a record? It only took 3 and 1/2 hours for someone to start bitching about the release.

Certainly not bitching about the release itself which is very nice, I am just wondering about this one track.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Michael Condon   (Member)

Ordered both discs (this, along with Paternity), and really liked the samples on all three scores.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Certainly not bitching about the release itself which is very nice, I am just wondering about this one track.

I think it's your use of the word "irritated" (meaning annoyed) rather than, say, "confused," "surprised," "wondering," etc.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)

Certainly not bitching about the release itself which is very nice, I am just wondering about this one track.

I think it's your use of the word "irritated" (meaning annoyed) rather than, say, "confused," "surprised," "wondering," etc.


Bazinga!

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

You know, given that the CD was put together by Mike Matessino, I'm just going to assume for the time being that the cue was reused in No Down Payment. I've dropped him an e-mail but I'm not sure he's in town. On the information sheet, it's noted as No Down Payment cue 1m2/2m1. You'll also note the cue called Tucson, which is by Hugo Friedhofer - that, too, was not written for No Down Payment. You'd think no one had ever heard of an instance of a cue written for one film being used in another.

That is what I know.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Well, perhaps someone would like to say "oops" for flying off the handle and being "irritated" for no reason - that would be nice. From Mr. Matessino. I think from now on you can just assume he knows what he's doing, eh? smile As Schiffy and others pointed out, it wasn't someone saying "I wonder if that's an error" it was an accusation hurled loudly.

That track is source music for a western playing on a TV. Harline did apparently steal from his own “Broken Lance” music but it was recorded anew for this.

Mike

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

If a cue is re-used, it's good to know if it's the original recording from the previous soundtrack, or a re-recording, performed at the sessions for the later film.

UPDATE: While I was writing that, I see Haineshisway was answering it above.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I'll have to give these samples another listen later but for now I am not grabbed by any compelling tunes in the ones I did listen to. The sound quality sounds fantastic as usual though.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Well, perhaps someone would like to say "oops" for flying off the handle and being "irritated" for no reason - that would be nice. From Mr. Matessino. I think from now on you can just assume he knows what he's doing, eh? smile As Schiffy and others pointed out, it wasn't someone saying "I wonder if that's an error" it was an accusation hurled loudly.


Sorry, if you understood it that way, but I really only meant "wondererd" or "surprised". In Germany we have the word "irritiert" for this which is almost the same as "irritated". And if we write "irritiert" it is not meant as an accusation at all. smile

And of course thanks for the info about the track from Mike Matessino.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Thanks!! So far the only release this month that got my attention.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   JEC   (Member)

Good job, Bruce.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2014 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)



I just got a chance to listen to all of the samples. This is definitely one I am intererested in. I recall this movie from my childhood as being one that was so typical of the suburban dramas of the late 50s. It dealt with some hot button issues of the day and the cast was wonderful. Though less familiar with The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, I was a huge Clifton Webb fan and watched it when I was young as well. I am a Harline fan so these will be a wonderful addition for me.

Thanks Bruce. You've done it again!

 
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