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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

OK, so this is what we know of Williams' involvement in the series so far, in addition to the theme, obviously:

Season 1

Episode 6: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Based on the famous novel by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, it depicts the life of a POW (played by Jason Robards) in a Russian Stalag camp. They face great challenges as they try to do construction work in the biting Siberian cold. There isn't much music, but there's some percussive harshness in the opening, some jagged brass outbursts for the killings in the camp and an almost Shostakovich-like segment for the building montage towards the end. While it is quite modernstic in style, it isn't quite as interesting and avantgarde as Arne Nordheim's groundbreaking score for the Norwegian-British film version from 1970 (a far superior adaptation).

Episode 12: War of Nerves

Set in Paris, an American (Stephen Boyd) gets involuntarily involved in an underground terrorist group – seduced by one its female members. There is definite 'frenchness' in Williams score, including accordions, some jazzy source cues in the café and – lo and behold – frequent appearances of the Ryker theme from KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE! This little LAURA-inspired theme seems to be running through many of Williams' TV scores in the 60's. There's also a healthy portion of aggressive suspense music.

Episode 20: White Ice, Red Snow

To be seen shortly.

Season 2

Episode 1: Think Pretty

Not yet found.

Season 3

Four episodes -- to be identified and confirmed.

Season 4

One episode -- to be identified and confirmed.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Haven't heard this end theme in a long time! One of my alltime favorites! Probably only second to Bernstein's "Hollywood And The Stars". But was this one ever recorded?
Don't think so. It deserves to be. But can't think of anybody but Silva (or Tadlow if they ever rerecorded a Williams score).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Bernard Herrmann scored a few episodes.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   thx99   (Member)

FWIW, here's what IMDB lists:

"Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" (5 episodes )
- Think Pretty (2 October 1964) - music arranger  
- The Crime (22 September 1965) - Composer  
- The Sister and the Savage (6 April 1966) - Composer  
- The Lady Is My Wife (1 February 1967) - Composer  
- Verdict for Terror (29 March 1967) - Composer

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2011 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

FWIW, here's what IMDB lists:

"Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" (5 episodes )
- Think Pretty (2 October 1964) - music arranger  
- The Crime (22 September 1965) - Composer  
- The Sister and the Savage (6 April 1966) - Composer  
- The Lady Is My Wife (1 February 1967) - Composer  
- Verdict for Terror (29 March 1967) - Composer


That's only four (leaving out the one he's credited as 'arranger'), which leaves 3. Providing, of course, that the FSM Buyer's Guide is correct.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2011 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   James Corry   (Member)



Bernard Herrmann scored 4 episodes: "Seven Miles Of Bad Road" broadcast 10/18/'63, "The War And Eric Kurtz" broadcast 03/05/'65, "Nightmare" broadcast 09/14/'66 and "The Fatal Mistake" broadcast 11/30/'66

The music tracks to "Chrysler Theater" (if they still exist) should be housed at Universal......the same as "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour".......

James

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2011 - 11:41 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Bernard Herrmann scored 4 episodes: "Seven Miles Of Bad Road" broadcast 10/18/'63, "The War And Eric Kurtz" broadcast 03/05/'65, "Nightmare" broadcast 09/14/'66 and "The Fatal Mistake" broadcast 11/30/'66

The music tracks to "Chrysler Theater" (if they still exist) should be housed at Universal......the same as "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour".......

James


The next Varese Club releases should be C.D.s devoted to scores for "Kraft Suspense Theatre" and "Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theater". After all, they did do a C.D. devoted to Bernard Herrmann's scores for "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour".

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2011 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Bernard Herrmann scored 4 episodes: "Seven Miles Of Bad Road" broadcast 10/18/'63, "The War And Eric Kurtz" broadcast 03/05/'65, "Nightmare" broadcast 09/14/'66 and "The Fatal Mistake" broadcast 11/30/'66

The music tracks to "Chrysler Theater" (if they still exist) should be housed at Universal......the same as "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour".......

James


The next Varese Club releases should be C.D.s devoted to scores for "Kraft Suspense Theatre" and "Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theater". After all, they did do a C.D. devoted to Bernard Herrmann's scores for "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour".


Throw in Kraft Mystery Theater, Kraft Summer Music Hall(?), Alcoa Premiere Theater and General Electric Theater too (esp. the Williams material), and I'd be a happy camper! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2011 - 6:13 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Here's an episode score that zooba did:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNq-V11YYnE

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2011 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Here's an episode score that zooba did:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNq-V11YYnE


It was actually Johnny Williams, Thor.

I just was lucky to find it amongst others and share with you all.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2011 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I hadn't noticed back in the 60's that JW scored "Think Pretty," which surprises me because I loved all his scores for ALCOA PREMIER. Anyhow, this now gives me a third Astaire/Williams connection, (the third of course being TOWERING INFERNO).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2011 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   James Corry   (Member)


To "filmusicnow"....I couldn't agree MORE!!

J.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2012 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

OK, so I was finally able to track down two episodes of this show. Still several to go, but it's a start:

Season 1

Episode 6: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Based on the famous novel by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, it depicts the life of a POW (played by Jason Robards) in a Russian Stalag camp. They face great challenges as they try to do construction work in the biting Siberian cold. There isn't much music, but there's some percussive harshness in the opening, some jagged brass outbursts for the killings in the camp and an almost Shostakovich-like segment for the building montage towards the end. While it is quite modernstic in style, it isn't quite as interesting and avantgarde as Arne Nordheim's groundbreaking score for the Norwegian-British film version from 1970 (a far superior adaptation).

Episode 12: War of Nerves

Set in Paris, an American (Stephen Boyd) gets involuntarily involved in an underground terrorist group – seduced by one its female members. There is definite 'frenchness' in Williams score, including accordions, some jazzy source cues in the café and – lo and behold – frequent appearances of the Ryker theme from KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE! This little LAURA-inspired theme seems to be running through many of Williams' TV scores in the 60's. There's also a healthy portion of aggressive suspense music.


It's interesting that neither of these were credited to Williams at IMDB (but rather Jerry Goldsmith).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2012 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

You mean they have a credit for Williams in the end credits?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2012 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

You mean they have a credit for Williams in the end credits?

Both of those episodes credit Williams, yes (the score, not only the theme). And it's clearly him -- even with the Ryker theme.

But if you look the episodes up on IMDB, they're credited to Jerry Goldsmith. Maybe I should report the error to IMDB, but I'm guessing there are plenty more errors in the 'music credits' for that show there.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2012 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

You mean they have a credit for Williams in the end credits?

Both of those episodes credit Williams, yes (the score, not only the theme). And it's clearly him -- even with the Ryker theme.

But if you look the episodes up on IMDB, they're credited to Jerry Goldsmith. Maybe I should report the error to IMDB, but I'm guessing there are plenty more errors in the 'music credits' for that show there.


yes, i just found them in youtube, thanks..

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 8:33 PM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

So, the 3 confirmed episodes (from the end credtis of these episodes) we have of Williams are S1: ep.6, 12 & 20, right?

I found also this:
http://books.google.gr/books?id=9w5ob3kzI7cC&pg=PA245&dq=%22johnny+williams%22+chrysler&hl=el&sa=X&ei=0ardU92wA_SZ0QWfu4DoBw&ved=0CFQQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=%22johnny%20williams%22%20chrysler&f=false

It says that the "Think Pretty" episode, was also scored by him (though in page 1, we said it was arranged)

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 10:49 PM   
 By:   Jeff Eldridge   (Member)

During the first season, Williams scored "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," the fifth episode, originally broadcast on November 8, 1963. He also scored "War of Nerves," the eleventh episode, originally broadcast on January 3, 1964; and "White Snow, Red Ice," the twentieth episode, originally broadcast on March 13, 1964.

During the second season, he provided original music for the first episode, "Think Pretty," originally broadcast October 2, 1964.

He also scored at least four third-season episodes and one fourth-season episode, although I haven't been able to independently verify all of those yet.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 11:40 PM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

Thank you for the information!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2014 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

THINK PRETTY was a book-musical (as opposed to a plotless revue) starring Fred Astaire and his TV specials' dancing partner Barrie Chase, with Louis Nye. Songs by Tommy Wolf. If Williams receives an Arranging credit for this show, possibly it's because, in addition to his underscore, he would most likely have also arranged the songs and dances.

 
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