I was just channel serfing and landed on CBS College Basketball Game. Broke for a commercial and what do I hear, The Trouble with Harry as background music for the new Volkswagen CC Commercial. It supported the images of the car weaving around in a Parking Garage quite well.
The other day I caught a few glimpses of a TV show where Michael Winner (film director turned restaurant critic) was judging amateur chefs who would compete for the prize of cooking dinner for celebrities (including Roger Moore etc.) at his palatial home. Winner used film-music throughout, and the obligatory 'Murder' music was churned out under scenes where the lady who won was panicking that her soup starter wasn't ready.
Not related to Herrmann, but a few car commercial - film score connections (that I thought I would repeat, because I like them):
1. Danny Elfman did score a commercial back in the 90's (forgot which one) 2. Jeep used Bernstein's Stripes March a few years ago.
Elfman has scored several commercials, three of which were for cars - Ford, Nissan and Honda. And that's not even taking into account all those commercials (from cars to perfumes) that use the ubiquitous EDWARD SCISSORHANDS template. He has also done music for shoes (Nike) and beer (Budweiser), among other things.