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 Posted:   Jun 21, 2014 - 2:23 AM   
 By:   counterpoint   (Member)

Undercover Blues

I love Trouble

Honeymoon in Vegas

The Marrying Man

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2014 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Jeff (aka Nowhere Man):

I liked Mark Isham's soundtrack for "42" a lot -- in fact I liked it more than any of his scores I had heard in years, and if I buy the film on Blu-ray, which I've been tempted to do, the music will be a factor in that decision.

Did you see what I wrote you on June 20th? I kinda got carried away!

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2014 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

'Girl From UNCLE' is fun, jazzy, period goodness fron Dave Grusin.

Bill Conti's 'Neighbors' is so aggresively wacky it's almost an example of how not to score comedy (it works better in the movie than by itself).

Tootsie, 9-5, Stripes.

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Youv may want to try some of these scores

FLIC OU VOYOU/LE GUIGNOLO - Philippe Sarde - available on Universal France

FANTOMAS - Michel Magne - available on Universal France

The PINK PANTHER film scores by Henry Mancini - a no-brainer really

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE - Christopher Young

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN - John Williams - great jazzy theme!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2014 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   NowhereMan   (Member)

Jeff (aka Nowhere Man):

I liked Mark Isham's soundtrack for "42" a lot -- in fact I liked it more than any of his scores I had heard in years, and if I buy the film on Blu-ray, which I've been tempted to do, the music will be a factor in that decision.

Did you see what I wrote you on June 20th? I kinda got carried away!


I just saw it now. Been away for a few days. Thanks for all the recommendations! I appreciate the thoughtful response.

I'm trying to find/listen to as many of these as I can. Most of these soundtracks are unavailable, out of print or available but expensive to buy [without having heard them first]. I'm trying to find clips of them on youtube and such.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2014 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   MilanRec   (Member)

I'm a big John Williams and symphonic film score fan. But lately I've really gotten into Johnny Williams' comedy scores from the 60s and I am really digging Not With My Wife You Don't, Guide for the Married Man and (because it shares disc space with NWMWYD) Any Wednesday.

Can you guys recommend me other film scores (by any composer) in the same style as these? The only other stuff I know like this is Henry Mancini. I'm familiar with Mancini's famous tunes, I'm looking for lesser known gems along the lines of NWMWYD, very melodic and catchy.

Thanks in advance!
Jeff


I would check out the score to "Le Weekend" by Jeremy Sams and "Coffee In Berlin". They are both very jazzy and light soundtracks.

 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2014 - 5:57 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Don't forget Dudley Moore's 'Bedazzled'.

 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2014 - 11:13 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Jeff/Nowhere Man:

Can you receive music by email? If so, I could send you a few samples, which may help you decide if you like something enough to buy the whole thing. Let me know.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   NowhereMan   (Member)

Jeff/Nowhere Man:

Can you receive music by email? If so, I could send you a few samples, which may help you decide if you like something enough to buy the whole thing. Let me know.


Yes, as long as each email is under (I believe) 10MB. I would greatly appreciate any samples. I heard one track of Hefti's "How to murder your wife" from youtube and loved it. Unfortunately, the cheapest it can be bought for is $50. Could anyone email more tracks from HTMYW?

Jeff

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Jeff: Are you familiar with Hefti's soundtrack for "Harlow"? A friend was weeding out some of his soundtrack LPs a number of years ago and that was one that I took. And how about the soundtrack for "Barefoot In The Park"? It was very bouncy and Hefti-like. Wait ... I just looked it up and it WAS by Neil Hefti! It's so perfect for that very cute movie, based on a Neil Simon play.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

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 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 7:22 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

As I mentioned above ANY Neal Hefti comedy and there is certainly more than one sample on youtube of HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE. In fact they have the whole movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vixJordE_vc

There is also some unreleased LPs that need release:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tvpJ3NgHHs

And those CDs that were cheap but now aren't:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR8Z9Hrxt2I

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 11:48 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

Many great recommendations here...I think Neal Hefti scores ( & Mancini and a couple of Barrys, like THE KNACK) will come closest to what you are looking for.

Not quite the same type of jazzy influence, but for me, the greatest comedy film score of all time is Ron Goodwin's THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES. Followed closely by THOSE DARING YOUNG MEN IN THEIR JAUNTY JALOPIES (MONTE CARLO OR BUST for those in the EU).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

I'll have to add my vote in Morricone's column.

Neal Hefti was the go-to composer in the swingin' 60's for a hip, tuneful, catchy score for a breezy comedy.

HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE (my favorite)
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
BOEING BOEING
OH DAD, POOR DAD....
SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL
...even HARLOW has many Hefti-composed gems.

In the early 60s, Neal Hefti also released a super LP of his pop compositions in a similar vein:
L'IL DARLIN" (20th Century-Fox TFM-3139/TFS-4139) (Hard to find!!)
You can sample the first 45 sec. of the cues at:
http://nealhefti.com/lil-darlin

It was later reissued as a "budget" release (Easier to find) as:
THE LEISURELY LOVELINESS OF NEAL HEFTI (Movietone MTM-2006(?)/MTS-2006)
http://www.amazon.com/Leisurely-Loveliness-Hefti-Orchestra-Vinyl/dp/B0016ZX50K




 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

This topic had me listening to Neal Hefti for a couple of hours last night.
Don't forget:

THE ODD COUPLE
LORD LOVE A DUCK (an odd duck of a score, but fun)

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

This topic had me listening to Neal Hefti for a couple of hours last night.
Don't forget:

THE ODD COUPLE
LORD LOVE A DUCK (an odd duck of a score, but fun)

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

In the comedy vein, one of my favorites is Waxman's A HORN BLOWS AT MIDNIGHT, a score which takes a wonderfully high-class look at some lowbrow cliches. It's a truly wonderfully score that takes some truly classic film score approaches, yet tempers them with the style of cartoon scoring. This is really one of the first scores I can think of which self-parodies Hollywood film scoring. A masterstroke.

On the jazz side, Ronald Stein's DIAL 911 is one of the coolest scores I've heard.

I'm sure I'll be re-posting very soon, listing other things, but these were the first things that came to mind.

 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Ron Burbella: Re: I'll have to add my vote in Morricone's column.

Neal Hefti was the go-to composer in the swingin' 60's for a hip, tuneful, catchy score for a breezy comedy.

HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE (my favorite)
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
BOEING BOEING
OH DAD, POOR DAD....
SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL
...even HARLOW has many Hefti-composed gems.

In the early 60s, Neal Hefti also released a super LP of his pop compositions in a similar vein:
L'IL DARLIN" (20th Century-Fox TFM-3139/TFS-4139) (Hard to find!!)
You can sample the first 45 sec. of the cues at:
http://nealhefti.com/lil-darlin

It was later reissued as a "budget" release (Easier to find) as:
THE LEISURELY LOVELINESS OF NEAL HEFTI (Movietone MTM-2006(?)/MTS-2006)
http://www.amazon.com/Leisurely-Loveliness-Hefti-Orchestra-Vinyl/dp/B0016ZX50K


I had mentioned Hefti and his music for "Harlow" and "Barefoot In The Park" a couple of days ago. Have both on LP, which I never play anymore, and would love to have "Barefoot" on CD!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

Posted: Jul 2, 2014 - 2:19 AM
By: Ron Hardcastle (Member)

I had mentioned Hefti and his music for "Harlow" and "Barefoot In The Park" a couple of days ago. Have both on LP, which I never play anymore, and would love to have "Barefoot" on CD!
***********************************************************************************
Hey Ron,

As one senior Ron to another, I have BAREFOOT IN THE PARK and THE ODD COUPLE digitized from the LPs and can send them to you. Send me your mailing address privately and I'll send you a CDR.

Ron Burbella
BurbellaRon at cs dot com

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2014 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   NowhereMan   (Member)

Thanks again for all of the recommendations. I've been trying to sample as many as I can. I heard enough of How To Murder Your Wife that I decided to spend the money and get the 2CD release of it through Amazon marketplace. I was able to pick up a few others used for cheap, so it all balances out I suppose.

 
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