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 Posted:   Jul 30, 2013 - 9:09 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

THE MUMMY has not been a horror creature which has been as prolific as other horror creatures [vampires werewolves witches etc ] However the bunch of films made over the years with the mummy theme, the music scores have been pretty solid- THE MUMMY-32- Top notch score- the mummy films in the 40's had a lot of nice music from HANS SALTER AND COMPANY- THE MUMMY'S HAND -40 THE MUMMY'S TOMB-42- THE MUMMY'S GHOST-44- THE MUMMY'S CURSE-44-THE MUMMY-59- Had a great score from FRANK REIZENSTEIN- THE MUMMY'S SHROUD-67- HAD A BEAUTIFUL MAIN THEME FROM DON BANKS. THE AWAKENING-80- Had a great lovely score from CLAUDE BOLLING- THE MUMMY-99- A wonderful score from JERRY GOLDMITH and another good one from ALAN SILVESTRI with it sequel a couple years later. Something about THE MUMMY that brings out the best from the composers, there are more examples as well. any comments?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 3:25 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Certainly the best ever score for any Mummy films was Franz Reizenstein's totally magnificent soundtrack for the Hammer version. I think it might be my favourite film of all the great ones done for Hammer.

Sir Christopher Lee agrees with me, but ToneRow does not!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 3:47 AM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

I just bought the 1932 Mummy on Blu-ray and found James Dietrich´s music wonderfully evocative. Has there ever been any recording made? I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Goldsmith´s is of course rousingly energetic and thrilling. The last great love theme from the maestro as well.

Tristram Cary´s Blood From The Mummy's Tomb is also worth getting to know. Very atmospheric stuff.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 3:59 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Certainly the best ever score for any Mummy films was Franz Reizenstein's totally magnificent soundtrack for the Hammer version. I think it might be my favourite film of all the great ones done for Hammer.

Sir Christopher Lee agrees with me, but ToneRow does not!


I agree with you.

3-1 to us! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 4:03 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The old ones aren't really my cup of tea, but Goldsmith's is my favourite soundtrack of his ever, and I dig the Silvestri too. I haven't properly listened to the third one by Edelman or the SCORPION KING spinoffs by Debney, Badelt and Morris.

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I just bought the 1932 Mummy on Blu-ray and found James Dietrich´s music wonderfully evocative. Has there ever been any recording made? I would buy it in a heartbeat.


No, but you can hear some of it in its original form, the soundtrack of WHITE HELL OF PITZ PALU:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t28o90RJh_4

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Regarding WHITE HELL OF PITZ PALU, not only can you hear the music from THE MUMMY's museum sequence (46:16), you can also hear the music that was tracked into MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE for its end title (45:17).

I have always had a question about the end title music in THE MUMMY (1932). What's the story behind that truly sloppy edit in the music as the last scene fades out, and the end credits come up. I realize that the Dietrich score was cut up and replaced in some parts of the movie, but still, that last edit is horrible, even by 1932 standards, cutting the cue off right at its height. Anyone know if the written score is around somewhere and can be checked to see what the original finale would have been?

 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   Paul Ettinger   (Member)

For some reason every single MUMMY score appeals to me. I hope MMM can unearth some of the Universal/Salter scores. Portions were included on the HORROR RHAPSODY recording.

One of the MUMMY films ends with this upbeat, jaunty, rousing tune that is totally out of place with the Karnak carnage that has just preceeded it. I've noticed the same piece bringing down the curtain in SHERLOCK HOLMES movies and other Univeral titles of that era. I can't remember which one at the moment.

My favorite Nelson Riddle scores of the 1966 BATMAN show were for the King Tut episodes starring Victor Buono. I don't recall if there actual mummies in the show but the music was Egyptian-y.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2013 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   waxmanman35   (Member)

I have always had a question about the end title music in THE MUMMY (1932). What's the story behind that truly sloppy edit in the music as the last scene fades out, and the end credits come up. I realize that the Dietrich score was cut up and replaced in some parts of the movie, but still, that last edit is horrible, even by 1932 standards, cutting the cue off right at its height. Anyone know if the written score is around somewhere and can be checked to see what the original finale would have been?

I've seen Dietrich's sketches and the "Egyptian March" consists of only 10 bars. Dietrich composed the score intending that certain sections would be reused, so the "sloppy edit" is probably just that. William H. Rosar wrote the seminal article about the music for the Laemmle Universal horror films in the Fall '83 issue of "The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress." Rosar interviewed Dietrich, who told him that Karl Freund decided which sections should have music, and rejected one of Dietrich's cues. Dietrich composed an incomplete sketch for the flashback sequence (the last measure merely says "etc."), and in my opinion the Brusselmans and Roemheld substitutions were much better.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2013 - 1:57 AM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

Thanks for the clip, Mr. Faiola.

In The Mummy my ears stick especially to that wonderfully exotic-sounding theme that plays right after the curiously spotted Swan Lake excerpt ends after the opening credits. Beautifully evocative and mysterious music.

 
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