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 Posted:   Mar 27, 2023 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Part 5 out now!

Our journey through John Williams‘ obscure television catalogue continues with this fifth part. In this episode, we wrap up his 60s period as a freelancer, encompassing television shows, unaired pilots and TV movies: Convoy, And Baby Makes Three, Who Goes There?, Nightwatch, Wayne and Shuster Take An Affectionate Look At…, The Tammy Grimes Show, The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, CBS Playhouse and Heidi Kehrt Heim.

http://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tunes-80-the-complete-john-williams-television-music-walkthrough-part-5-29th-international-edition/

 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2023 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

An IMDb review of The Tammy Grimes Show mentions this:
I viewed the episodes at a London television office, where an American producer was hoping to sell the UK rights to the series (after it had already been cancelled in America). There were no takers. In the London screening room, we all had a good laugh when we saw the name of Tammy Grimes's production company in this show's credits: Tamworth Productions. Nobody told Miss Grimes that, in England, 'Tamworth' is a breed of swine.
(None of them mention Johnny Williams (but they do mention Elizabeth Montgomery a lot (mainly because Miss Grimes was originally going to play Samantha Stephens in a sitcom which did sell to the UK... Bewitched).
I'm sure some wag has joked The Time Tunnel's telling of the Titanic disaster is more credible than James Cameron's!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2023 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm sure some wag has joked The Time Tunnel's telling of the Titanic disaster is more credible than James Cameron's!

He, he. Yes, there's always a jokester.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2023 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Joe 1956   (Member)

Thank you for the heads-up on which parts are original cues and which are re-recordings, Joe.

You're welcome.

(Sorry. Just now saw this).

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2023 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

An IMDb review of The Tammy Grimes Show mentions this:
I viewed the episodes at a London television office, where an American producer was hoping to sell the UK rights to the series (after it had already been cancelled in America). There were no takers. In the London screening room, we all had a good laugh when we saw the name of Tammy Grimes's production company in this show's credits: Tamworth Productions. Nobody told Miss Grimes that, in England, 'Tamworth' is a breed of swine.


I forgot to say that's a pretty funny story, CindyLover. Thanks for sharing!

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2023 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Part 3 out now!

We continue our highly ambitious journey through John Williams‘ television music jungle. In this episode, we cover medical dramas Ben Casey, The Eleventh Hour and Breaking Point, as well as an episode-by-episode walkthrough of Williams’ work for the cornerstone series Kraft Suspense Theatre.

http://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tunes-78-the-complete-john-williams-television-music-walkthrough-part-3-27th-international-edition/


I've started listening to Part 4 now (HOLY COW is that sample of Chrysler Theater's "White Eyes, Red Snow" good!), but here are my belated highlights of Part 3:

1. Ben Casey "A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow" -- a really wonderful, emotionally complex theme

2. Kraft Suspense Theater "Are There Any More Out There Like You?" -- that action cue is pretty damn AWESOME. I would LOVE to get a clean version of it some day.

3. Kraft Suspense Theater "One Step Down" -- another gorgeous emotionally complex string theme, reminding me of his Ben Casey score.

4. Kraft Suspense Theater "The Robrioz Ring" -- it was great to get this extended 7 minute suite and hear more development in one of these Williams TV scores.

Honorable mentions: "The Hunt" (doesn't sound at all Goldsmithian to me, and would really stand out in Planet of the Apes, but still good stuff!); "Four Into Zero" was also pretty fun.

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2023 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Finished Part 4! Apart from "White Eyes, Red Snow" which I already mentioned, the highlight new surprise for me was Inside the Movie Kingdom! All four clips of that were really cool, with nice variety and Williams's voice shines through quite strongly. I'd love to check out the video itself someday.

My favorite thing that you played on the episode was honestly probably The Ghostbreaker main theme, but I've already known and loved that for many years thanks to FSM. I also do love both Lost in Space themes (but especially the second, which Netflix wisely adapted for use in their reboot).

Looking forward to Part 5 next...

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2023 - 12:52 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Part 6 out now!

So here it is — the final part of our John Williams television walkthrough, which brings us up to this very year. In this episode, we cover Jane Eyre, The Screaming Woman, Evening at Pops, NBC News, Amazing Stories, “The Olympic Spirit” (for NBC’s coverage of the 1988 Seoul Olympics), Masterpiece Theatre, NBC Sunday Night Football, Great Performances, Obi-Wan Kenobi and “Of Grit and Glory” (for the ESPN College Football Championship).

https://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tunes-81-the-complete-john-williams-television-music-walkthrough-part-6-30th-international-edition/

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2023 - 6:15 PM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

Part 5 out now!

Our journey through John Williams‘ obscure television catalogue continues with this fifth part. In this episode, we wrap up his 60s period as a freelancer, encompassing television shows, unaired pilots and TV movies: Convoy, And Baby Makes Three, Who Goes There?, Nightwatch, Wayne and Shuster Take An Affectionate Look At…, The Tammy Grimes Show, The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, CBS Playhouse and Heidi Kehrt Heim.

http://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tunes-80-the-complete-john-williams-television-music-walkthrough-part-5-29th-international-edition/


Great stuff, Thor. Convoy and And Baby Makes Three cues being particularly cool to hear.

Wanted to know if in your research you discovered the reason why Irwin Allen commissioned a new theme from Williams for Land of the Giants’ second season (which I assume he sandwiched in between Goodbye, Mr. Chips sessions). Also, was this the first project where Williams was credited as John (instead of Johnny)?

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2023 - 6:44 PM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

Part 6 out now!

So here it is — the final part of our John Williams television walkthrough, which brings us up to this very year. In this episode, we cover Jane Eyre, The Screaming Woman, Evening at Pops, NBC News, Amazing Stories, “The Olympic Spirit” (for NBC’s coverage of the 1988 Seoul Olympics), Masterpiece Theatre, NBC Sunday Night Football, Great Performances, Obi-Wan Kenobi and “Of Grit and Glory” (for the ESPN College Football Championship).

https://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tunes-81-the-complete-john-williams-television-music-walkthrough-part-6-30th-international-edition/



Some years ago found a VHS copy of Jane Eyre in a drug store discount basket and was surprised that the Restoration theme (titled “At Lowood” in the published music suite) is first heard in the film during Jane’s encounter with St. John Rivers at Moor House (so why it’s called “At Lowood” in the suite is a mystery to me).

FYI: The International Musician has an excellent interview with JW, conducted around the time he recorded the Jane Eyre score (so, probably 1970 or 71). Probably saw it in local library thirty years or so ago, but might be something to seek out.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2023 - 7:34 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Looking forward to listening! Here are my belated two unreleased highlights from Part 5:

The sole Convoy score you presented seems really excellent, more meaty and substantial/dramatic than most of the rest of this podcast ep, which I appreciated. I really hope the other episode he scored shows up, and that there is a soundtrack release for this brief series’ music some day!

Of the remainder, mostly lighter stuff, the Tammy Grimes show theme stood out to me as a fun slice of history.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2023 - 2:34 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Wanted to know if in your research you discovered the reason why Irwin Allen commissioned a new theme from Williams for Land of the Giants’ second season (which I assume he sandwiched in between Goodbye, Mr. Chips sessions). Also, was this the first project where Williams was credited as John (instead of Johnny)?

Alas, no. Was never able to find anything on that Allen issue. Maybe it's in the liner notes of the LotG LLL set (which I do not own)? However, Williams had been credited as 'John' before -- including his very first film gig (YOU ARE WELCOME) or the "The Trap" episode of M SQUAD (then as John T. Williams Jr.).

Thanks for the JANE EYRE interview tip! I actually think I might have that in a digital archive somewhere.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2023 - 2:34 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The sole Convoy score you presented seems really excellent, more meaty and substantial/dramatic than most of the rest of this podcast ep, which I appreciated. I really hope the other episode he scored shows up, and that there is a soundtrack release for this brief series’ music some day!

Indeed. And the Waxman episode!

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2023 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

Wanted to know if in your research you discovered the reason why Irwin Allen commissioned a new theme from Williams for Land of the Giants’ second season (which I assume he sandwiched in between Goodbye, Mr. Chips sessions). Also, was this the first project where Williams was credited as John (instead of Johnny)?

Alas, no. Was never able to find anything on that Allen issue. Maybe it's in the liner notes of the LotG LLL set (which I do not own)? However, Williams had been credited as 'John' before -- including his very first film gig (YOU ARE WELCOME) or the "The Trap" episode of M SQUAD (then as John T. Williams Jr.).

Thanks for the JANE EYRE interview tip! I actually think I might have that in a digital archive somewhere.


You know, Thor, the reason for the second ‘Giants’ title may simply have been because the new title sequence required one. If you look at the sketch score of the theme (available in a number of JW theme collections for piano), meter changes abound, which suggests to me that, unlike a lot of shows in the past where the film title sequence is often “cut” to the music, the new ‘Giants’ title likely required precise synchronization, with the theme “scored” to the sequence (like any underscore cue). Of course, this is only speculation as it has been done both ways.

Strange that JW would be credited John T. Jr as his percussionist father was actually John F. Williams (according to the couple of Universal TV session rosters I have, Dragnet 1968 (1967-68 season)/The Virginian being among some of JFW’s last gigs as a studio musician).

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2023 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Strange that JW would be credited John T. Jr as his percussionist father was actually John F. Williams (according to the couple of Universal TV session rosters I have, Dragnet 1968 (1967-68 season)/The Virginian being among some of JFW’s last gigs as a studio musician).

Yes, his father's name was John Francis Williams, so with the T. in there, you'd think the 'jr' was superflous. Don't really know why it was put in there, for the first and only time in his career. There was also another John Williams jazz pianist active at the time, could be to separate himself from him as well.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2023 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Did you ever find a copy of the film "Storia di Una Donna", Thor? That was the one you were looking for, right?

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2023 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

He did on YouTube years ago, but since then the film has even been released on Blu-ray!

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2023 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

That's right. Got that old YouTube upload (which was missing the prologue), but that's superflous now with the Blu-ray release -- which I haven't acquired yet.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2023 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

It may not be entirely superfluous. Wasn't there something about it containing a scene or two which didn't make it onto the Blu-ray?

Yavar

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2023 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Oh yeah, -- I completely forgot about that release. Never mind. Stumbled upon a copy of the film online and thought about Thor.

 
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