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 Posted:   Sep 6, 2021 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

“The Sniper” is a 1952 American film noir, directed by Edward Dmytryk, written by Harry Brown and based on a story by Edna and Edward Anhalt. Producer was Stanley Kramer who hired George Antheil to score the film. “The Sniper” marks the first collaboration between Kramer and Antheil.

The producer was also the first to hire director Edward Dmytryk after his encounters with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Dmytryk had first been named to the Hollywood blacklist and had a jail term for contempt of Congress. He chose to testify in April 1951, and named fellow members of leftist organizations from his brief time with the Communist Party. Afterward he went into political exile in England for a time. As "punishment" for his earlier association with Communist groups, Dmytryk was assigned to direct Adolphe Menjou, who had been one of the most fervent supporters of HUAC in Hollywood. Despite their history of political differences, the two got along fairly well during filming. After making this film, Adolphe Menjou, a very vocal anti-communist, was asked why he chose to work with director Edward Dmytryk. Menjou replied, "Because I'm a whore".

The Cast:
Adolphe Menjou as Police Lt. Frank Kafka
Arthur Franz as Edward "Eddie" Miller
Gerald Mohr as Police Sgt. Joe Ferris
Marie Windsor as Jean Darr
Frank Faylen as Police Insp. Anderson
Richard Kiley as Dr. James G. Kent
Lilian Bond as Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Mabel Paige as Landlady
Marlo Dwyer as May Nelson
Geraldine Carr as Checker
Wally Cox as Laundry Worker
Charles Lane as drunk in a bar
Jean Willes as passerby on sidewalk
Karen Sharpe as unnamed teenager on drugstore stool

Along with Fritz Lang's "M", "The Sniper" is an early example of a thriller in which a psychopathic killer is the driving force of the plot.

The film was shot on location in San Francisco, though the city is not named in the film.

Arthur Morton orchestrated George Antheil’s score. Morris Stoloff conducted the music, energetically performed by the Columbia Pictures Orchestra. The film features a couple of source music (“Pennies from Heaven” and “Plaisir d’amour”) not composed by Antheil. None of Antheil's score has been released on record.

Synopsis: A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown psychopath.


This video contains music with some dialogue & sound effects.

Suite & Scenes




0:00 Prologue
0:36 Main Titles
2:32 Intro
2:52 Dress Delivery – Eddie's Hatred
3:32 Piano Source #1 “Pennies From Heaven”
3:54 Piano Source #2 “Plaisir D'Amour”
4:02 Leaving Early – Eddie Is The Sniper
4:40 Music From The Theatrical Trailer



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See also these George Antheil topics:

BALLET MECANIQUE (1924) – Score & Concert Music
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144905

George Antheil, Cecil B. De Mille & Boris Morros – UNION PACIFIC (1939) – The rejected score
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144656

ANGELS OVER BROADWAY (aka BEFORE I DIE) (1940)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144770

SPECTER OF THE ROSE (1946)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144602

THAT BRENNAN GIRL aka TOUGH GIRL (1946/1951) – also presenting some clips from other Antheil scores
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144512

WE WERE STRANGERS (1949)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144944

HOUSE BY THE RIVER (1950)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144679

THE JUGGLER (1953)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144559

JESSIE JAMES' WOMEN (1954) – Film Song “CARELESS LOVER” performed by Lita Baron
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144708

HUNTERS OF THE DEEP (1954)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=145484

NOT AS A STRANGER (1955)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=144803

THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION (1957) – 2009 discussion concerning a possible rerecording
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=59888

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (1957-1966) – 20TH CENTURY WITH MIKE WALLACE (1994-2005)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=145267

Jerome Moross on George Antheil (1979 Interview) – ONCE IN A BLUE MOON (1935)
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=145177

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2021 - 2:58 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Nice list of FSM topics about Antheil. Oh, but you seem to have left out any topic about an actual Antheil RELEASE. We've done a few, you know. Are those not worth listing? I don't get it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2021 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

I don't get it.


I'm focusing on those Antheil threads I've started.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2021 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Music from THE SNIPER was re-used in a number of Columbia movies, including THE GIANT CLAW, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD, and THE WEREWOLF.

The orchestra consisted of 43 players. In addition to the non-Antheil cues you mentioned, other music in THE SNIPER came from George Duning (Jump Jazz #3), Marlin Skiles (Love Is a Merry-Go-Round), Bob Wright-Chet Forrest, and Will Beitel. The original short scores for THE SNIPER are located in the Mischa Bakaleinikoff Collection at USC.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2021 - 1:49 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I don't get it.


I'm focusing on those Antheil threads I've started.


Why? I should think, what with being the Antheil lover you appear to be, you'd want people to know what they can actually purchase on CD. There isn't much available beyond what we've released. Again, I don't get it, but I don't get a lot of things.

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2021 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

Music from THE SNIPER was re-used in a number of Columbia movies, including THE GIANT CLAW, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD, and THE WEREWOLF.

The orchestra consisted of 43 players. In addition to the non-Antheil cues you mentioned, other music in THE SNIPER came from George Duning (Jump Jazz #3), Marlin Skiles (Love Is a Merry-Go-Round), Bob Wright-Chet Forrest, and Will Beitel. The original short scores for THE SNIPER are located in the Mischa Bakaleinikoff Collection at USC.




Thanks alot, MMM, for your most valuable information about the sniper score!


I'm glad to read that the score also exists in the Bakaleinikoff collection.
The George Antheil papers at UCLA have some if not all of it, too (Box 1, Folders 7-9).


I wasn't aware that Duning and the others you named also contributed music to this film.

Do you know if there's any Antheil-related material in the Ernest Gold collection (scores or even recordings)?

I'm asking because Gold orchestrated a couple of Antheil's scores and conducted some, too (you already know this, of course).

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2021 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

I don't get it.


I'm focusing on those Antheil threads I've started.


Why? I should think, what with being the Antheil lover you appear to be, you'd want people to know what they can actually purchase on CD. There isn't much available beyond what we've released. Again, I don't get it, but I don't get a lot of things.




Because my series focuses on seldomly discussed film music by George Antheil -- with the exceptions of "Ballet mécanique" and "The Pride and the Passion", Antheil's film music is largely overlooked and remains almost completely unreleased. This is especially true when it comes to stereophonic rerecordings. Beware, your few Antheil releases won't be overlooked when the time has come.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2021 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

If you write me at monstrous@earthlink.net I can send you a pdf of the film's cue sheets. I don't believe there's any Antheil material in Ernest's collection.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2021 - 3:13 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

Many thanks to David Schecter, MMM, for providing me with a copy of the sniper cue sheet.


Date of the document: January 13, 1952


1. The Sniper Main Title (George Antheil) 3:15
2. He Hates Women (George Antheil) 1:30
3. Hot Plate Burn (George Antheil) 1:19
4. Funny Hurt (George Antheil) 1:31
5. The Beer Bottle (George Antheil) 0:41
6. The Sniper Walks (George Antheil) 5:00
Including “Jump Jazz #3” (George Duning) 26 Bars
7. Pennies From Heaven (Arthur Johnston – John Burke) 0:22
8. Plaisir D’Amour (Arr. Paul Mertz) 0:07
9. Jean Killed (George Antheil) 0:47
10. Sniper Juke Box (Will Beitell) 2:44
11. Piano Doodling 0:18
12. Dead Girl’s Dress (George Antheil) 1:15
13. He Burns Dress (George Antheil) 4:58
14. Second Victim (George Antheil) 1:17
15. T V Store (George Antheil) 0:30
16. Young Sniper (George Antheil) 1:58
17. Bandage (George Antheil) 0:10
18. Punchinello (Bob Wright – Chet Forrest) (Calliope) 1:51
19. Love Is A Merry-Go-Round (Marlin Skiles) 0:23
20. Smoke Stack Murder (George Antheil) 3:13
21. Panicky (George Antheil) 4:21
22. The Sniper End Title (George Antheil) 0:30


Total Time -- Complete Score: 38:00 Minutes

Total Time -- George Antheil’s Original Score: 32:15 Minutes


George Antheil’s score was published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc.


So far, we don't know for sure if Antheil composed more music than featured in the finished film.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2021 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   notkafkaesque   (Member)

I don't get it.


I'm focusing on those Antheil threads I've started.


Why? I should think, what with being the Antheil lover you appear to be, you'd want people to know what they can actually purchase on CD. There isn't much available beyond what we've released. Again, I don't get it, but I don't get a lot of things.


And great releases they are, too! I am quite fond of Dementia, as well as the bonus piece.

NK

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

A little more: https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=75172&forumID=1&archive=0

 
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