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 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Are there any other films besides those below that recorded "contemporary"* big band (meaning "swing" and other 1930'S and 40's dance music) performances IN STEREO?

THE COTTON CLUB
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
FAREWELL, MY LOVELY
THE WAY WE WERE
IN HARM'S WAY

*By "contemporary" I mean that it was performed at the time of the film's production. (Not films like RADIO DAYS where they used vintage recordings.)

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Swing Kids

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Other Tallguy   (Member)

Memphis Belle.
The Rocketeer.

Does 1941 count?

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


Does 1941 count?


Yes, indeedy! And an awesome example of ORIGINAL swing music it is, too.

You also reminded me that RACING WITH THE MOON can be added to the list.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

"Breakfast At Tiffanys"?

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

"Carnal Knowledge"

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)

The Glenn Miller Story smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Radioland Murders
Tucker: The Man and His Dream

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

THE GENE KRUPA STORY
HELL TO ETERNITY
(At least the soundtrack LPs were stereo, even if the films themselves may not have been.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

The World of Suzie Wong???

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

"A League of Their Own"

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   rmos   (Member)

"*batteries not included"
"Cocoon"

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

This is a great thread that I have been meaning to start myself. Luckily, someone smarter and more handsome has. :-D

I would have said the ones David did in the OP, and 1941.
- Here is one that's probably a little off w/r/t the OP: Sondheim's Stavisky, and mostly because it has such prominent clarinet work on the main and end titles, and rhythms that recall the era in question.
- Another might be The Mask, but I do not have that ST.
- Maybe some of the 6/8 swing parts in Legrand's Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
- The source cues from Fielding's Black Bird, "Reminiscent Rhythm Room Medley;" No. 1 specifically.
- Fielding Enforcer's "Rooftop Swing," which is the middle part of the "Rooftop Chase."

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 3:05 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

I think none of you are casting your gaze far enough back.

The Turner/Rhino series of soundtrack CDs and soundtrack compilations have given us innumerable ORIGINAL "big band" performances in multi-channel stereo going back at least to 1939 from MGM films.....

Here are a few that I recall (.....and there are more):

HARRY JAMES AND HIS ORCHESTRA:

BEST FOOT FORWARD - 1943
TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR - 1944
BATHING BEAUTY - 1944
THE OPPOSITE SEX - 1956


ARTIE SHAW AND HIS ORCHESTRA

DANCING CO-ED - 1939


XAVIER CUGAT AND HIS ORCHESTRA

TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR - 1944
BATHING BEAUTY - 1944


TOMMY DORSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA

SWING FEVER - 1943
GIRL CRAZY - 1943
BROADWAY RHYTHM - 1943
THRILL OF A ROMANCE - 1945


It should also be noted that many years ago Fox Video released laserdiscs of SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941) and ORCHESTRA WIVES (1942), which featured restored stereo performances of many of the GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA recordings done for the two films. These later came out on a long out-of-print Mercury Records CD from the 1980s as I recall.


These are all the REAL THING by the ORIGINAL BANDS recorded at the time of the film's production!

(You can't get much more contemporary than that! smile )

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   FarTraveler   (Member)

James Horner clearly loves Big Band. Aside fron the ones listed, don't forget "The Old Ball Players" from "Field of Dreams,"

Excluding Horner, there are some nice Big Band pieces in "Meet Joe Black."

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2013 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

... "contemporary"* big band (meaning "swing" ...


I'm glad to be the first to quote:

Cantina Band from SW.
Titles from Honey I Shrunk the Kids
BIG BAND SOURCE tracks from The Mechanic
almost all tracks from animated movie Metropolis
many tracks from The Triplets of Belleville (French swing but always swing)
Crime Spree from Dick Tracy

and what about The Inquisition from History of the World?

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2013 - 12:22 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

...not forgetting the Count Basie Orchestra's delicious cameo in Blazing Saddles...

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2013 - 1:43 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

IN THE MOOD (1987)

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2013 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Such a cool thread. I always hoped to make a "modern" swing compilation / playlist. After all the info is in this thread, maybe I will do just that, if David hasn't already.


French swing but always swing

I wonder if Django and Stephane ever did music for film? I wonder if any of their takes are used as source music in some film?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2013 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Offtopic a bit -- but Laurie Johnson is known for his contemporary Big Band recordings. I only have the tracks that appear on the 3-CD Box Set 3 "The New Avengers" collection -- I believe the following are the Big Band selections that appear on Disc 3. I have no idea if they've been used in any film, though:

13. Crazy for Gershwin, for big band
14. Jeepers Creepers, song (for the film "Going Places")
15. Come rain or come shine, song (from the musical "St. Louis Woman")
16. Suddenly, for voice & big band
17. From this moment on, song (from film "Kiss Me Kate")
18. My Romance, song (from "Jumbo")
19. Swanee, song (for Capital Revue, by various composers)
20. Mean To Me
21. I love Paris, song (from "Can Can")
22. Die Moritat von Mackie Messer (The Ballad of Mack the Knife)
23. It Could Happen To You
24. Begorra!, for big band

 
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