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 Posted:   Oct 2, 2017 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

In 1975 Jack Palance got his own series., playing a homicide detective.


Palance is an entertaining if not odd actor. An even more odd combo is the series was co-created by Carrol O'Connor (after the pilot the other creator doesn't get credited). For me that's like getting a series starring Gary Busey and created by Clint Eastwood.

For the passed few months, episodes showed up on Youtube, so I've been slowly adding composer credits to IMDb. So, at the moment I don't know the full composer listing, but it appears to be just four composers thus far. I've never seen the series before, so I have no idea how much if anything I will be noting in this thread, but the pilot had score worth mentioning, so here I am.




"Pilot"
By: Lalo Schifrin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP9KukiOHqg

Highlights:
  • Around 1:10 in: some paced somber-ish piano work. Part of this was edited out and used as the opening part of the series theme.
  • 8:40 in: which features some lower octave piano.
  • 13:03 in.
  • 25:57 in: a nice piano piece with some strings and acoustic guitar for a flourishing middle section.
  • 48:21 in
  • 52:17 in: the brief funky music for the radio.
  • 57:15.
  • 1:10:39 in.

    It's not bad. Not great mind you.
    Unfortunately, the pilot sets up a premise that could be fascinating and go on for seasons (as simple as it is, mind you), but it's forgotten after the pilot. At least in the episodes I cover below.




    "Open Contract"
    By: Lalo Schifrin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOtrZEMNYHY

    Highlights:
  • 19:29 in: a soft rendition of the series' theme, with a flute. More at 23:55 in.
  • 30:56 in: the funky night club music.
  • About 33:00 in: more of that piano work from the pilot.
  • 39:40 in.
  • About 42:30 in. Also now stands as the seventh score I have heard the waterchime instrument in.

    So, the little boy is sad and asks if they'll have to move again. Well, yes little boy -- your house boat did just explode with nearly nothing left. So.....

    The series' theme music is catchy and memorable. A little known effort from Schifrin.




    "Wheels of Death"
    By: Robert Drasnin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOtrZEMNYHY

    Highlights:
  • 23:00 in.

    So boring. Don't bother watching.




    "The Gauntlet"
    By: Lalo Schifrin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq6ldhCNefU


    Highlights:
  • 14:59 in.
  • 21:40 in. Another cue that was shortly before the one listed above, could be a go lead in to this.
  • 26:56 in.
  • 39:36 in. A long cue, including action chase music using the series' theme.




    "Echo of Danger"
    By: Jacques Urbont
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU4_6HEsiYU


    Highlights:
  • About 41:45 in.




    "Terror"
    By: George Romanis
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SngIIlW-688


    Highlights:
  • 23:19 in: the country-music feeling piece.
  • 42:20 in. Which also uses the series' theme and as percussion ideas heard in his "CHiPs" episode score, "The Volunteers" (the tiger in the store scene).




    That pilot score should be released. Also includes cues from other episodes he scores and the versions of the theme. Would make a nice single-disc release.




    I wanted to go this far so I covered all four composers. I'll do the other episodes as well, but not at the pace of "Gunsmoke".

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     Posted:   Oct 3, 2017 - 12:27 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    "The Fifth Victim"
    By: Robert Drasnin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaTILBCL-xc

    Highlights:
  • 44:42 in.




    "Short Fuse"
    By: George Romanis
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSk3U0ygiQs

    Highlights:
  • About 1:10 in: the slow moody piece with low brass and xylophone. A good example of slow plotting music from that era. Most of the score is like this.
  • About 42:20 in. Picks back up about 43:50 in.
  • 45:22 in.




    "Line of Fire"
    By: Jacques Urbont
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlhyDGJkz9c

    Highlights:
  • 12:03 in: a kind of laid back piece with guitar.
  • About 23:20 in.




    "Bargain in Blood"
    By: Jacques Urbont
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmQIUTD1NLU

    Highlights:
  • Nothing.




    "There's Gonna Be a War"
    By: George Romanis
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-xAPi1-fI8

    Highlights:
  • 46:48 in.

    There's nothing wrong with the score overall per se, it's just a little too repetitive. For me, personally, I'd have to rip the score and edited it in Audacity to get something else from it other than the cue above.




    "Next of Kin"
    By: Jacques Urbont
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2zNXhE1Fj4

    Highlights:
  • Nothing.

    This score was nominated for an Emmy (surprisingly). The other competition that year:
    "Rich Man, Poor Man"
    Composer: Alex North
    (WINNER)

    "Kojak"
    Episode: "A Question of Answers"
    Composer: John Cacavas

    "Little House on the Prairie"
    Episode: "Remember Me"
    Composer: David Rose




    "The Deadlier Sex"
    By: Jacques Urbont
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8HJTvW_OfI

    Highlights:
  • Nothing.

    I've yet to hear an Urbont score I wanted to hear again, let alone own.




    "Jackson Blue"
    By: George Romanis
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybXcWYgUV7o

    Highlights:
  • 41:23 in: another chase cue using the series' theme.

    I think an episode of "CHiPs" used that same location for a chase.




    "Long Time Dying"
    By: George Romanis
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7ImZ5Wffpo

    Highlights:
  • 45:28 in: opens with some soft flute music, but goes to chase music further in.




    And I am caught up with all the episodes currently up. I won't be able to do them all as the guy who has the Youtube channel, says he doesn't have them all.




    "The Pickoff", "Crackback", "Deception", "Betrayal" had no credited composers.

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     Posted:   Oct 3, 2017 - 2:47 PM   
     By:   BillCarson   (Member)

    Another justin chronicle!
    Well done mate.
    I remember Palance and Bronk, i also seem to recall a VHs release, bcoz i remember the poster?

    Would that have been a pilot, marketed as a film and released for vhs rental?

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 3, 2017 - 4:06 PM   
     By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

    In 1975 Jack Palance got his own series., playing a homicide detective.


    Palance is an entertaining if not odd actor. An even more odd combo is the series was co-created by Carrol O'Connor (after the pilot the other creator doesn't get credited). For me that's like getting a series starring Gary Busey and created by Clint Eastwood.

    For the passed few months, episodes showed up on Youtube, so I've been slowly adding composer credits to IMDb. So, at the moment I don't know the full composer listing, but it appears to be just four composers thus far. I've never seen the series before, so I have no idea how much if anything I will be noting in this thread, but the pilot had score worth mentioning, so here I am.




    "Pilot"
    By: Lalo Schifrin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP9KukiOHqg

    Highlights:
  • Around 1:10 in: some paced somber-ish piano work. Part of this was edited out and used as the opening part of the series theme.
  • 8:40 in: which features some lower octave piano.
  • 13:03 in.
  • 25:57 in: a nice piano piece with some strings and acoustic guitar for a flourishing middle section.
  • 48:21 in
  • 52:17 in: the brief funky music for the radio.
  • 57:15.
  • 1:10:39 in.

    It's not bad. Not great mind you.
    Unfortunately, the pilot sets up a premise that could be fascinating and go on for seasons (as simple as it is, mind you), but it's forgotten after the pilot. At least in the episodes I cover below.




    "Open Contract"
    By: Lalo Schifrin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOtrZEMNYHY

    Highlights:
  • 19:29 in: a soft rendition of the series' theme, with a flute. More at 23:55 in.
  • 30:56 in: the funky night club music.
  • About 33:00 in: more of that piano work from the pilot.
  • 39:40 in.
  • About 42:30 in. Also now stands as the seventh score I have heard the waterchime instrument in.

    So, the little boy is sad and asks if they'll have to move again. Well, yes little boy -- your house boat did just explode with nearly nothing left. So.....

    The series' theme music is catchy and memorable. A little known effort from Schifrin.




    "Wheels of Death"
    By: Robert Drasnin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOtrZEMNYHY

    Highlights:
  • 23:00 in.

    So boring. Don't bother watching.




    "The Gauntlet"
    By: Lalo Schifrin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq6ldhCNefU


    Highlights:
  • 14:59 in.
  • 21:40 in. Another cue that was shortly before the one listed above, could be a go lead in to this.
  • 26:56 in.
  • 39:36 in. A long cue, including action chase music using the series' theme.




    "Echo of Danger"
    By: Jacques Urbont
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU4_6HEsiYU


    Highlights:
  • About 41:45 in.




    "Terror"
    By: George Romanis
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SngIIlW-688


    Highlights:
  • 23:19 in: the country-music feeling piece.
  • 42:20 in. Which also uses the series' theme and as percussion ideas heard in his "CHiPs" episode score, "The Volunteers" (the tiger in the store scene).




    That pilot score should be released. Also includes cues from other episodes he scores and the versions of the theme. Would make a nice single-disc release.




    I wanted to go this far so I covered all four composers. I'll do the other episodes as well, but not at the pace of "Gunsmoke".


    Palance's first television series was actually "The Greatest Show On Earth" in which he played the proprietor of a circus, and was one of two television series on A.B.C. during the '63-64 season (the other being "Wagon Train", which expanded to 90 minutes) to be broadcast in color. "The Greatest Show On Earth"'s main theme, by the way was "March Of The Clowns", which was composed by Richard Rodgers. According to the book "Total Television", Palance didn't care for "Bronk", calling it "junk".

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     Posted:   Oct 3, 2017 - 4:44 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    I didn't say it was his first TV series.



    "Bronk" as it was, was very standard; it pretty much is borderline junk, but not totally junk -- there's far worse TV out there.

    I'll spoil the pilot here. Basically, Bronkov uncovers a list of people bought and paid for, including officials and police officers, and the list is only names on the list -- there could be more. This list was the reason for Bronkov getting his job back around the end of the episode, so he could work on it, but they ditched it after the pilot.

    Can you imagine the ramifications and ideas they could have done with that premise had the series continued it? Way to flush a strong premise down the toilet there, producers.

     
     Posted:   Oct 20, 2017 - 10:56 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    "Target: Unknown", "Jailbreak", "Vengeance", "The Ordeal", "Death with Honor" -- no composer credited.

    The opening and closing credits has been re-worked a little.


    One episode remaining:

    "The Vigilante" (last episode of the series)
    By: Jacques Urbont


    Not currently loaded, but given I've yet to like anything by Urbont, I suspect this'll be a disappointment.

    This score was nominated for an Emmy (the second and final one for the series). The other competition that year:
    "Roots"
    Episode: "Part 1"
    Composers: Quincy Jones and Gerald Fried
    (WINNER)

    "Captains and the Kings"
    Episode: "Chapter 8"
    Composer: Elmer Bernstein

    "Police Story"
    Episode: "Monster Manor"
    Composer: Dick DeBenedictis

    "Roots"
    Episode: "Part 8"
    Composer: Gerald Fried




    Can somebody in charge move my thread to General Discussion? I posted it in the wrong section by accident.

     
     Posted:   Oct 23, 2017 - 3:45 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    An addendum:


    Alf Clausen listed this show in his body of work for scoring for television series, but he's not credited on any episode.

    I guess he did one or more (partial or full), that he didn't get credited for.

     
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