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 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 8:44 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

As I like to do, when I find a series on IMDb that is missing the composer credits or has unsolved ones, I try finding the composer. A couple days ago I found the credits missing to this series and found it.

"Madigan", which I assume is based off the movie by the same name, is a series that centers around a hard-bitten older cop.

There were only six episodes, though I think it's more like the last season of "In the Heat of the Night" -- no "episodes" but TV movies lumped into a season, since each episode is TV movie length and not episodic length.

Some of the episodes take place in foreign locals like London and Lisbon.


All six episodes are gloriously scored by Dick De Benedictis (I've submitted it to IMDb).


Benedictis provides us with colorful, catchy, '70's scoring delights, with all the sounds you'd expect from that period and more, such as various kinds of shakers, bell tree, guiro, groovy triangle, congas, and more.

Each score is varied enough and has interesting variations within. And at times even uses the show's theme. In one or two episodes the theme is even re-worked.


It reminded me of something Doug said at the Intrada forum yesterday:
"There's literally just an endless amount of incredible music still to unlock from the vaults of all of the studios, and that's just with regards to TV."

There's just so much goodness from television scoring from even the 1970's alone, one could never exahust themsleves discovering all of it.


My estimation is the complete episode scores to all the episodes, would require two CD's. And the complete scores are worth releasing.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2015 - 11:56 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Never seen the series but I have a DVD-recording of a German broadcast, and I would welcome a release of the film soundtrack.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 12:35 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

"Madigan" (starring Richard Widmark) was a 90-minute crime series that was one segment of "The NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie" and alternated with "Banacek" (starring George Peppard) and "Cool Million" (starring James Farentino). The "Wednesday Mystery Movie" only lasted two seasons (1972-74), and "Madigan" and "Cool Million" only lasted one season (1972-73). This explains the limited number of episodes.

For the second season of the "Wednesday Mystery Movie" (1973-74), "Banacek" was carried over from season 1 and joined by "Faraday and Company," "The Snoop Sisters," and "Tenafly." All four were cancelled after season 2.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 1:16 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

As I like to do, when I find a series on IMDb that is missing the composer credits or has unsolved ones, I try finding the composer. A couple days ago I found the credits missing to this series and found it.

"Madigan", which I assume is based off the movie by the same name


It is indeed, with Richard Widmark repeating his role (even though Madigan was actually killed off in the flick).

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 1:58 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

In the UK, these Madigan TV films were shown at - if I recall - irregular broadcasts, part of the Mystery Movie series, Tue and Thu evenings. From week to week we would see McMillan & Wife, Banacek, Columbo and a few others ... the broadcaster (ITV ?) did not seem to make a distonction. But there was a different feel to this short-lived Richard Widmark series, not so light-hearted as those others.

I'm not sure if I saw the film (which also starred Henry Fonda) before watching any of these TV films but, whatever, I did enjoy them. I can't recall the music, though.

The episode in London was fun ... I think there was some some location footage ... but, as usual, there were various give-aways which revealed the Hollywood genesis / budget limitations.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

In the UK, these Madigan TV films were shown at - if I recall - irregular broadcasts, part of the Mystery Movie series, Tue and Thu evenings. From week to week we would see McMillan & Wife, Banacek, Columbo and a few others ... the broadcaster (ITV ?) did not seem to make a distonction.

There wasn't supposed to be, because it was a revolving series (hence the guy with the torch at the beginning listing the detectives featured that season).

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

My estimation is the complete episode scores to all the episodes, would require two CD's. And the complete scores are worth releasing.

That would be most welcome on CD but not before Don Costa's outstanding score for the movie sees a release! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

My estimation is the complete episode scores to all the episodes, would require two CD's. And the complete scores are worth releasing.

That would be most welcome on CD but not before Don Costa's outstanding score for the movie sees a release! smile



Totally agree with you on that one. We need the Don Costa score from the movie first.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2015 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I recently bought a 16mm print of what was supposed to be an episode of the series on eBay but it turned out to be a flat, faded print of the feature, which I promptly returned. Fortunately, I have a beautiful Technicolor/Scope print of the original film. COZI is running some stuff from Big U, maybe they'll come up with MADIGAN some day.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Interestingly enough, there was an actor in one episode with the last name Costa.


For those curious to hear some of the scoring, here is the pilot, with my personal selected music start timings:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZp2QyH9n4A

Times:
Beginning
1:27
5:49
7:30
About 9:40 (I didn't write the precise time down here)
11:45
21:59
30:38
45:10
48:10
38:00
1:02:10
And the first end credits arrangment: 1:09:02


If there is interest, I can do this for the remainder of the episodes.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)



For the second season of the "Wednesday Mystery Movie" (1973-74), "Banacek" was carried over from season 1 and joined by "Faraday and Company," "The Snoop Sisters," and "Tenafly." All four were cancelled after season 2.


From what I've read, Banacek was actually ended by Peppard. It was a successful show, but Peppard was going through a nasty divorce from Elizabeth Ashley at the time and he didn't want her to get any of his Banacek money.

Greg Espinoza

 
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