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I've never seen the TV show Hawkins. Essentially, nobody has.

Originating as a 1973 TV movie starring James Stewart, it became a short-lived series and vanished into oblivion. From the descriptions, it sounds like a progenitor to Matlock.

The show disappeared. But the music lives on.

Thanks to our pals here at FSM, Jerry Goldsmith's score for the pilot film, Hawkins on Murder, made it to CD. And I'm delighted that it did.

The disc opens with a rather shocking sting of electronics which soon gives way to the Theme from Hawkins. It's a terrific little title tune, also used in the subsequent series. It's eminently hummable and just plain charming. It mixes a sort of Goldsmithian americana sound with a touch of electronics, setting up musically the idea of a country lawyer in the big city. Goldsmith really was a genius at making music that truly deepened and underscored thematic material from the films themselves.  When I sat on Main Street practicing my saxophone, I'd often tune up by playing the theme from Hawkins. It's one of Goldsmith's unappreciated gems.

The remainder of the score for the film crosses into pretty typical territory, covering nice suspense builds and a touch of melancholy, with that sprightly Hawkins theme sometimes easing into the picture. There's a lovely theme, a Sarabande, often introduced with solo guitar, and some eerie Moog moments.

Synthesizer also features prominently in the next section of the CD, the score for an Andy Griffith telefilm called Winter Kills. It, too, features a rather jaunty Main Title, but this time surrounded by some pretty harsh music. A lot of it has the same feel as the early segments of Logan's Run.

The third section of this wonderful CD highlights Goldsmith's score to a much-loved TV movie called Babe. Anchored by a lovely title tune introduced on guitar and harp, it's delicate and tender, bouncy and rhythmic, and, ultimately, tinged with sadness.

Goldsmith's contribution to Hawkins only lasted for the pilot film. The subsequent series featured scores by other composers, including the great Jerry Fielding. His music for Hawkins appear on another FSM release, Zigzag / The Super Cops. Fielding creates some lovely takes on the Hawkins theme while also bringing in his own signature sound. Some spots even reminded me directly of Fielding's Star Trek work.

I love Jerry Goldsmith. I love TV music. This disc is, as those darned kids today might say, all win.

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Yes-I Remember The Short Lived Series I Would Love To See It Again On DVD And I To Have The FSM Cd As Well The Theme From That Series And The Theme From Winter Kills On The Same Cd Are To Me His Best I Would Like Winter Kill On DVD As Well........

I've got several HAWKINS shows captured late at night on VHS. (I'm a big Jimmy Stewart fan). And yes, they should be on DVD. I think there were barely a half dozen of them.

I've got several HAWKINS shows captured late at night on VHS. (I'm a big Jimmy Stewart fan). And yes, they should be on DVD. I think there were barely a half dozen of them.

7 episodes. Jimmy was a downhome but sharp as razor blades attorney. JG was in his janggly stage. Listen to Breakheart Pass, Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate, etc. IMDB lists the Hawkins series cancellation due to audience confusion.
This series alternated on Tuesday evenings with "Shaft" (1973) which may have led to the early demise of both series. Contemporary analysts suggested that since the two shows appealed to vastly different audience bases, alternating them only served to confuse fans of both series, giving neither show the time to build up a large viewership.

Maybe they could combine Hawkins on dvd with the sitcom Stewart did where he played a college profeesor.
Or perhaps The Smith Family with Henry Fonda and Ron Howard. The cd in question is top notch.

Yes-I Remember The Short Lived Series I Would Love To See It Again On DVD And I To Have The FSM Cd As Well The Theme From That Series And The Theme From Winter Kills On The Same Cd Are To Me His Best I Would Like Winter Kill On DVD As Well........


Go here:

http://turnerclassic.moviesunlimited.com/product.asp?sku=D57113&shopRef=Shopping:Vault%20Collection:Warner%20Archive

Yes-I Remember The Short Lived Series I Would Love To See It Again On DVD And I To Have The FSM Cd As Well The Theme From That Series And The Theme From Winter Kills On The Same Cd Are To Me His Best I Would Like Winter Kill On DVD As Well........


Go here:

http://turnerclassic.moviesunlimited.com/product.asp?sku=D57113&shopRef=Shopping:Vault%20Collection:Warner%20Archive


I Have Orderd Winter Kill Thankyou For The Information..........

I remember the show as a teenager. I watched it because of James Stewart, but it is the main theme that has remained in my memory, even to this day!

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