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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Film Score Friday 2/2/18 by Scott Bettencourt
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2018 - 3:55 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Thanks for the Morris In Memoriam. I will get A TIME FIR SINGING as soon as possible. Can you tell us any more about his work in SHINBONE ALLEY, or direct our attention to any historical account(s)? Mel Brooks got a co-script credit on the show, but I'd never known before that Morris was also involved in any capacity. Perhaps as an arranger/orchestrator? To the best of my knowledge, the wonderful and woefully underrated George (TUBBY THE TUBA) Kleinsinger was responsible for all the tunes in this very melodic show.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2018 - 7:14 AM   
 By:   clayhenry   (Member)

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful composer. I fell in love with Mr. Morris' music when I first saw "Young Frankenstein" (I was 12 years old) and have loved his work ever since. He was ever bit as talented as other film composers of his time, but his music wasn't as appreciated as it should have been. I was surprised but extremely pleased that his passing was recognized by the major news outlets. Now is the time for more of his work to be released on CD, especially his beautiful scores from television movies. Again, thank you for your tribute!

 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2018 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

Thanks for the Morris In Memoriam. I will get A TIME FIR SINGING as soon as possible. Can you tell us any more about his work in SHINBONE ALLEY, or direct our attention to any historical account(s)? Mel Brooks got a co-script credit on the show, but I'd never known before that Morris was also involved in any capacity. Perhaps as an arranger/orchestrator? To the best of my knowledge, the wonderful and woefully underrated George (TUBBY THE TUBA) Kleinsinger was responsible for all the tunes in this very melodic show.


This is what he said in that FSM "Lost Interview":

"Then we were both called in to doctor a terrible musical called Shinbone Alley [1971] with Ertha Kitt and Eddie Albert. Mel was called in to fix the script and I was called in to fix the score to make it better for Broadway. That's how we met."

The Internet Broadway Database has this credit for the show:

"Additional Musical Routines by John Morris"

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 12:03 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

"Then we were both called in to doctor a terrible musical called Shinbone Alley [1971] with Earth Kitt and Eddie Albert."


1971 is the date of the animated film SHINBONE ALLEY. The Broadway show was in 1957. And Eartha Kitt's co-star in the show was Eddie Bracken, not Eddie Albert. In the mid-1950s, Carol Channing and Eddie Bracken had produced an album, "archy and mehitabel: a back-alley opera," which was based on the main characters that later appeared in SHINBONE ALLEY. Bracken appeared with Kitt in the Broadway show. Then, Channing and Bracken reprised their album roles for the 1971 film.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2018 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

"Then we were both called in to doctor a terrible musical called Shinbone Alley [1971] with Earth Kitt and Eddie Albert."


1971 is the date of the animated film SHINBONE ALLEY. The Broadway show was in 1957. And Eartha Kitt's co-star in the show was Eddie Bracken, not Eddie Albert. In the mid-1950s, Carol Channing and Eddie Bracken had produced an album, "archy and mehitabel: a back-alley opera," which was based on the main characters that later appeared in SHINBONE ALLEY. Bracken appeared with Kitt in the Broadway show. Then, Channing and Bracken reprised their album roles for the 1971 film.


All of your corrections are correct. I was merely citing the line from the original interview, which had so many errors in that one quote I didn't want to have to add [sic] after every third word.

 
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