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 Posted:   Jul 28, 2011 - 1:38 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Sergeant Ryker is a film directed by Buzz Kulik. It stars Lee Marvin and Bradford Dillman.[1] The film was originally broadcast as a two part episode The Case Against Paul Ryker of 1963's Kraft Suspense Theatre.[2] It was released as a feature film in 1968 to captialise on Marvin's popularity from The Dirty Dozen .

As one of his regular scoring assignments on Kraft Suspense Theatre, the music was composed by John (Johnny) Williams. Much of the music was subsequently tracked in other episodes of Kraft Suspense Theatre.

Here is a sampling of his music from SERGEANT RYKER:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39gBKM30_3o

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2011 - 2:05 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Damn, zooba, you're quicker than me!

I was just about to watch this film (as I recently acquired it) and create the premiere thread of it here. But you beat me to the punch. You apparently have just as well -- if not even more -- access to these old things as I do.

Anyways, I'll get back with my own two cents here once I've seen it.

I've had the main title theme for a while (the one that's in your youtube link), but have never seen the music in context.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2011 - 3:22 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Sorry Thor. I'm just a crazy music sample posting fool.

But please keep putting your stuff up. I bet you have a lot I don't.

Zoob

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2011 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Whoever was sucked in by that poster probably was probably surprised/disappointed by the military court martial drama the film actually turned out to be.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2011 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Great Escape   (Member)

Whoever was sucked in by that poster probably was probably surprised/disappointed by the military court martial drama the film actually turned out to be.

It's like the took the Dirty Dozen poster and said to the artist "Give us one of these".

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2011 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Whoever was sucked in by that poster probably was probably surprised/disappointed by the military court martial drama the film actually turned out to be.

It's like the took the Dirty Dozen poster and said to the artist "Give us one of these".


This poster really lays the falsehoods on thick by claiming that Lee Marevin "explodes into action."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2011 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

OK, so I finally saw this movie.

It was a crappy copy, both picture and sound, but I got the gist of it.

Well, it's not a terribly exciting movie. As others allude to above, the poster is really misleading. There is only one brief action sequence in the film (a NORTH BY NORTHWEST-like aerial attack), otherwise it's all courtroom drama. And not a very good one either. It's very predictable, performances are hammy and the whole thing is really very forgettable. Ryker is wrongfully accused of being a "commie traitor", and does his best to prove his innocence, aided by a lawyer who sleeps with his wife(!).

I know it was originally a 2-part KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE episode, but I have no idea if they made any changes to the film or if it's basically just the same thing.

And how many films with Murray Hamilton has Williams scored, anyway? wink

The score isn't very spectacular either. The central 8-note Ryker theme appears over the opening aircraft shot and appears throughout as his leitmotif. There are also some brief bits of Asian flavours (it takes place in Tokyo during the Korean war) and a surprisingly Golden Age-like sentiment for the more intimate scenes. Personally, I think the highlights were the two source cues played on a jukebox in a bar. Swingin' jazz stuff. Then again, I don't know if they were composed by Williams, but they surely sounded that way.

Of course, I think it should get a release, but maybe coupled with something else that is also unreleased.

 
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