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The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm/The Honeymoon Machine (1962/1961)
Music by Leigh Harline, Bob Merrill
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm/The Honeymoon Machine The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm/The Honeymoon Machine The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm/The Honeymoon Machine
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Price: $69.95
Limited #: 2000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: March 2010
Catalog #: Vol. 13, No. 4
# of Discs: 2

This 2CD set presents a key work relating to fantasy filmmaker George Pal, composer Leigh Harline, and the widescreen Cinerama film process: The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962).

One of only two dramatic films shot in three-strip Cinerama (an innovative widescreen format—How the West Was Won was the other), The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm was producer and co-director George Pal’s telling of the story of brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Karl Boehm and Laurence Harvey), incorporating three of the famous Grimm fairy tales, anthology-style. Between Pal’s fantasy filmmaking (including his innovative Puppetoons), the hybrid biographical/anthology format, and the widescreen Cinerama lensing, Brothers Grimm was one of the most unique family films ever made.

The prominent soundtrack to The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm was a collaborative effort of songwriter Bob Merrill (Carnival!, Funny Girl) and score composer Leigh Harline (Pinocchio, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao). Merrill wrote five songs and three instrumental themes for the film (including the chipper, catchy main theme), which were incorporated into a charming symphonic score by Harline. Complete with Overture, Intermission and Exit Music, the soundtrack is a major fantasy work that benefits from being recorded in the unique seven-channel, 135 feet-per-minute Cinerama format—yielding terrific sound quality today, with excellent use of the stereo field.

Disc one of this 2CD set presents the premiere release of the complete score to The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, newly mixed and mastered from the original seven-channel Cinerama masters. Disc two has three sections: First is the David Rose “cover” version of the Brothers Grimm soundtrack released by MGM Records at the time of the film, featuring Rose’s versions of Merrill’s themes on side one, and six contemporary movie themes on side two. In the middle of disc two is a program of bonus tracks from the original soundtrack sessions to Brothers Grimm. Finally, concluding disc two is Leigh Harline’s charming, never-before-released romantic comedy score to the 1961 M-G-M film, The Honeymoon Machine, starring Steve McQueen, with an upbeat title song, “Love Is Crazy” (lyrics by Jack Brooks).

Liner notes to this premiere release are by Jim Lochner—but there was so much to write about that additional notes are presented, for free, online at our website. Go here to begin reading about The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and the related music presented on this long-awaited album. 

Leigh Harline Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Leigh Harline (1907-1969) was a Golden Age composer with stints at Walt Disney Studios (where he wrote "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio), RKO and Twentieth Century-Fox, as well as freelance work at other studios like M-G-M, where he scored two projects for George Pal. His score for Pal's 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (one of his last) is an absolute delight. IMDB

Bob Merrill Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Bob Merrill (1921-1998) was a popular songwriter whose hits included “(How Much Is That) Doggie In the Window,” “Mambo Italiano” and “If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake." He wrote music and lyrics for several Broadway musicals (Carnival!, Sugar), although his biggest hit on the Great White Way featured his lyrics to Jule Styne’s music: Funny Girl. He contributed several songs and themes for The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. IMDB

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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM / THE HONEYMOON MACHINE

Film Score Monthly presents this 2CD new release by Leigh Harline!

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/13660/THE-WONDERFUL-WORLD-OF-THE-BROTHERS-GRIMM-THE-HONEYMOON-MACHINE/

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/13660/THE-WONDERFUL-WORLD-OF-THE-BROTHERS-GRIMM-THE-HONEYMOON-MACHINE/[/endquote]

Great Balls of Fire! Fantastic news!

MV

What a great news...ordered:)

Wow! Just when I thought FSM wasn't releasing stuff I wanted anymore, this comes out! I had thought that the music tapes didn't exist anymore, destroyed in a fire or something.

(faints in shock)

runs around in circles, jumps up in air with arms waving and falls flat on face ....(of course he orders first.....)

I'm surely tempted to get this based on the samples, I'll sleep on it. On another note - why can't Harline's Disney work sound this crisp.

Please bring back the complete track samples. It makes it easier for the customer to decide!
Really, the main theme to this sounds fantastic but I'm afraid I don't have the time (or the patience) to click 74 times to hear samples lasting less than a minute.

Please bring back the complete track samples. It makes it easier for the customer to decide!
Really, the main theme to this sounds fantastic but I'm afraid I don't have the time (or the patience) to click 74 times to hear samples lasting less than a minute.[/endquote]

Seconded, would be great also to be able to play all samples by just clicking one Button.

Wow! Just when I thought FSM wasn't releasing stuff I wanted anymore, this comes out! I had thought that the music tapes didn't exist anymore, destroyed in a fire or something.[/endquote]

I don't know how the fire rumor started. The complete masters have been at the studio since the film was made -- however, they were on the unique Cinerama format which is a little more complicated than, say, just finding a Phillips screwdriver. Fortunately in recent years the complete Cinerama masters were transferred by Chace in Burbank and Neil Bulk has done the extensive assembly work to prep the six- and seven-track masters digitally for release. Seriously, the stuff went on forever.

Lukas

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
The Honeymoon Machine
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

Leader (Conductor):
Leigh Harline

Violin:
Rocco Barbieri, Alexander "Shony" Braun, Kurt Dieterle, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Anatol Kaminsky, Louis Kaufman, Bernard Kundell, Marvin Limonick, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Lisa Minghetti, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Albert Saparoff, Paul C. Shure, Felix Slatkin, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Heimann Weinstine, Hrach Yacoubian

Viola:
Alvin Dinkin, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Barbara A. Simons (Transue)

Cello:
Alexander Borisoff, Julian Kahn, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Michel Penha, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin

Bass:
George F. Boujie, Mario Camposano, Keith "Red" Mitchell, Arthur Shapiro

Flute:
Arthur Gleghorn, Ethmer Roten, Martin Ruderman, Sylvia Ruderman

Oboe:
Norman Benno, Arnold Koblentz

Clarinet:
Gus Bivona, Henry Emerson, Alex Gershunoff, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi, William Smith

Bassoon:
Charles A. Gould

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent DeRubertis, Herman Lebow

Trumpet:
Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Trombone:
Randall Miller, Richard Noel, Herb Taylor

Piano:
Sam Furman, John Jack Latimer, Al Mack, Paul Mertz, Ray Sherman, Robert Van Eps

Organ:
Jack Cookerly

Guitar:
Laurindo Almeida, Vito Mumolo, Allen Reuss

Mandolin:
Rocco Barbieri, Dario Bonetti, Max Gralnick

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Cymbalom:
Jack Hill

Accordion:
Raymond Van Eyken

Theremin:
Paul C. Shure

Drums:
Frank L. Carlson, Mel Pedesky, Harold L. "Hal" Rees, D. V. Seber

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