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 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   NowhereMan   (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

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 4:20 PM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Some of Mark Isham`s scores comes to mind such as The Public Eye.

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

The Traveling Executioner - Jerry Goldsmith

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   mortenbond   (Member)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Miles Goodman is my favourite!

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 4:35 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Miles Goodman is my favourite!


I second that!

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

something like these two IMO highly underappreciated masterpieces?




 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 5:55 PM   
 By:   NowhereMan   (Member)

Thanks for the suggestions!

Tobias, what other scores from Isham would you suggest? Also, I listened to the End Credits of Public Eye on Youtube and it was very dramatic music, does the rest of the soundtrack have jazzy music on it? I noticed Isham scored the recent "42" movie. How is that one?

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   Penelope Pineapple   (Member)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Miles Goodman is my favourite!


I second that!


I third this! (Did I say that right?) This is a great score and I regularly include cues from this CD in my playlists for parties and such...

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Can you guys recommend me other film scores (by any composer) in the same style as these?

Same style as mid-1960s jazzy comedies?

There were quite a number of LP soundtracks from that time period which came from zany or 'with it' comedies.

Just about anything by Neal Hefti probably satisfies in this area, but I'm not a Neal Hefti fan so I'll leave this niche to other FSM members with which to make recommendations.
(same goes with Vic Mizzy, if you can get any of his titles on the Percepto label)

I think you should try FSM's CD of KALEIDOSCOPE by Stanley Myers.

I'm glad you are liking George Duning. You may also wish to sample Duning's DEAR BRIGITTE on Kritzerland. Duning's HOUSEBOAT (on a Harkit CD) might also appeal. But I think the most enjoyable Duning title is BELL, BOOK & CANDLE.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I listened to the End Credits of Public Eye on Youtube and it was very dramatic music, does the rest of the soundtrack have jazzy music on it? I noticed Isham scored the recent "42" movie. How is that one?

it's not a comedy, if that's what you're looking for. His score is relatively short, just a couple of cues which alternate with source cues of the 1930-40s.
A more upbeat, sensual and somewhat jazzy score is "The Cooler," but again, not a comedy. Those are the only two Ishams I'm familiar with.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2014 - 8:17 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Well obviously PENELOPE, FITZWILLY, JOHN GOLDFARB PLEASE COME HOME, HOW TO STEAL A MILLION, BACHELOR FLAT and any Neal Hefti comedy score you can find.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2014 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Bananas (Marvin Hamlisch) fits the bill completely.

And it works perfectly in the film, actually making some amusing scenes even funnier. To his everlasting credit, Bruce Kimmel finally put this one out on CD in 2009, though it's out of print now.

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Jeff:

James Newton Howard's "Dave" is great, as is Dave Grusin's playful "Heaven Can Wait." Also playful is John Williams' "The Witches of Eastwick." And Mancini's "The Great Race" is fun, and "Irma La Douce," which I hate to attribute to Andre Previn since he took so many of his principal themes from Marguerite Monnot's music written for the stage version! And Mancini's "Two For The Road" is also a lot of fun.

So "Any Wednesday" is available on CD? Had missed that, and have always wanted to replace my LP of it, which I've not played in several decades. (I just went to Amazon and bought it.) Thanks. (I just posted the following elsewhere: I received the "Any Wednesday" soundtrack CD on Saturday, 2 days after ordering it, and I'm embarrassed that I have to include it in the "You can't go home" category of soundtracks I loved in my youth but bored me to distraction when I bought them many years later, which isn't the first time this has happened to me.)

As for jazzy soundtracks, 2 favorites are "Body Heat" by John Barry and Dave Grusin's "The Firm" (among others).

One more thing: How do you feel about comedy albums? I transferred Fanny Flagg's wonderful "Rally 'Round The Flagg" LP to digital (still unavailable on CD) and would be happy to email you any of it -- some of it is hysterical! And some of my friends and I have been quoting catchy lines from it to one another for decades. Hmmm ... I was given a link to SoundCloud where you can download rarities and I added at least one of the tracks from that comedy album and other rarities. Try this:

https://soundcloud.com/ron-hardcastle/susie-sweetwater-local-wedding


And this favorite clip from the end of "Dave":

https://soundcloud.com/ron-hardcastle/end-of-dave


And the end scene from "Heaven Can Wait":

https://soundcloud.com/ron-hardcastle/end-of-heaven-can-wait


And this important meeting scene from "Body Heat":

https://soundcloud.com/ron-hardcastle/body-heat-meeting-scene-that

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

I fourth or fifth (whatever) DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and add Miles Goodman's DUNSTON CHECKS IN which is also great fun.

Bruce Kimmel/Kritzerland has put out a lot of great examples of jazzy comedy scoring - George Duning's WHO'S GOT THE ACTION and Walter Scharf's THE GEISHA BOY ARE two I picked up. Action plays beautifully, while Geisha Boy is more varied, with orientalisms and more sweetly senitmental bits.

And I also agree that if you like this kind of thing, BELL, BOOK and CANDLE is a must buy.

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Not sure if this is really the same style you are looking for but I really love "The Pleasure of His Company" by Alfred Newman and "All in a Night's Work" by Andre Previn. Both have an infectious jazz sound to them even though I typically hate most 60s jazz scores. Both are still available on Kritzerland if you want to check them out as is the previously mentioned "Geisha Boy."

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

"THE KNACK AND HOW TO GET IT" is, in my opinion, a classic of 1960s jazz-infused comedy scores.

This is the concert version, more 'symphonic' and not as tight as the original, but you'll get the gist:



Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Williams' "Fitzwilly" and Ernest Gold's "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   fleming   (Member)

Quincy Jones- "Walk Don't Run", "The Italian Job"

Lalo Schifrin- "Pussycat, Pussycat I Love You", "The Liquidator"

Pat Williams- "How Sweet It Is"

Neal Hefti- "Sex and the Single Girl", "How To Murder Your Wife"

George Duning- "Any Wednesday"

Dave Grusin- "Divorce American Style"

Jerry Goldsmith- "Our Man Flint", "In Like Flint"

Michel Legrand- "How To Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life"

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

How about Roxanne?

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 6:45 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Neal Hefti- "How To Murder Your Wife"

Marvelous score. Definitely recommend it.

 
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