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 Posted:   May 3, 2018 - 5:57 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

These are for education/information purposes, for our new podcast The Goldsmith Odyssey ( -- we are happy to reimburse all expenses and/or offer trades of other rarities; please get in touch with us at

Here are the items of Goldsmith's filmography we are still searching for in order to be able to review them; I have included links to items which survive for viewing in the UCLA archives, in case anyone in LA wants to go see them for themselves and report back about the music, but unless someone has special connections, I don't think there's any way to make copies for outside use, alas. A lot of the UCLA links also provide additional interesting info about the plot and cast of these rare projects:

Tales of Tomorrow (1953) “The Lonesome Village” (aired 2/27/53)
This one is extremely uncertain, but *may* be Jerry Goldsmith's very first original music written for television. It is impossible to confirm unless the episode itself turns up, but alas it's one that is lost. For the whole saga of why I was certain this was legit, and then had that cast into doubt thanks to an exchange with Jon Burlingame, see this thread:

The Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1953)
Episodes "Black Chiffon" and "The Clay of Kings" -- these are both IMDb or Jerry Goldsmith Online credits which may be erroneous, especially if the year is correct. The latter apparently exists in the UCLA archives though there is no mention of Goldsmith among the credits:

The Wanderer (1955) "A Place of Plenty"
Exists on 16mm film at UCLA:
"Premiere episode of a syndicated religious anthology series. Here, a widow with two children, displaced from their sharecrop farm, heads to a Kansas town which promises to be a "place of plenty." Unfortunately, when they arrive, a tornado strikes, which severely injures the mother. Much of the program becomes a discourse on how communities should care for those in need, even if they are strangers."

Climax! (1954-58)

"The Long Goodbye" (S1E1, 10/7/54)
In his lengthy interview with Jon Burlingame near the end of his life, Goldsmith described this as "the first show [he] did" for Climax! (In fact it was the very first episode of the series.) It's possible of course that he worked as a cue picker on it rather than writing original music, but I'm including it just in case, since he mentioned working on it by name.

"A Farewell to Arms" (S1E26, 5/26/55) -- Jerry scoring a live Hemingway adaptation by Gore Vidal, *before* his Jekyll and Hyde score which is easily available on YouTube!
Exists on DVD-R and 16mm kinescope at UCLA:

"To Wake at Midnight" (S1E29, 6/23/55) -- directed by John Frankenheimer and written by Rod Serling
Exists at Paley Center for Media:

"Deal a Blow" (S1E38, aired 8/25/55) -- directed by John Frankenheimer
Exists at Paley Center for Media:

"A Portrait in Celluloid" (S2E11, 11/24/55) -- written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer (perhaps even their first collaboration!)
"This new work by the author of Patterns investigates the current Hollywood scene. The play opens in a Hollywood office. The decor is gaudy and pretentious, and so is the man behind the desk. He is Art Shaddick, formerly a writer, now a writer's agent. On the bookcase reposes an Oscar, won by Art for his last picture. That was in 1929. Since then he has gone steadily downhill, shouting all the way. When suddenly a young writer appears with a great script, it is just what Art needs, a golden opportunity to rise again to greatness" -- TV Guide, November 24, 1955.
Exists on VHS and 16mm kinescope at UCLA:
Also at Paley Center for Media:

"The Secret of River Lane" (S2E18, 1/26/56) -- IMDb credits Goldsmith

"Pale Horse, Pale Rider" (S2E24, 3/22/56) -- directed by John Frankenheimer!
"A young woman lives in fear that a recurring dream foretells real tragedy. The premonition persists when she falls in love with a young soldier about to leave for overseas duty" -- TV Guide
Exists on VHS and 16mm kinescope at UCLA:
Also at Paley Center for Media:

"An Episode of Sparrows" (S2E25, 3/29/56)
"An 11-year old girl whose home has always been the slums, steals a packet of flower seeds from a playmate. In her search for a small bit of earth in which to grow flowers, she is befriended by a youthful gang leader" -- TV Guide
Exists on 16mm kinescope at UCLA:

"Sit Down with Death" (S2E28, 4/26/56) -- directed by John Frankenheimer
"A dinner party turns into a guest's nightmare as a murder plot is uncovered." - synopsis from IMDb

"The Garsten Case" (S2E47, 9/20/56)
"Two nuclear scientists, married to each other, are working on a top-secret experiment when the woman is accidentally exposed to atomic radiation. With only a week to live, she and her husband decide to perform a series of usually fatal experiments in the name of science, with her as the subject." -- synopsis from IMDb; if found and confirmed this might be Jerry's first collaboration with director Buzz Kulik (Warning Shot)

"The Trial of Captain Wirz" (S3E33, 6/27/57) -- "During the Civil War, thousands of captured Union soldiers were confined in the Andersonville stockade in Georgia. Conditions there were so bad that over 12,000 prisoners died and the infamous reputation of the Andersonville stockade spread. When the war ended, steps were taken to bring to justice those responsible. Tonight's 60-minute drama re-creates the trial of Captain Henry Wirz, commandant of the Andersonville prison. The charge--conspiracy to commit atrocities and murder among the prisoners. The Union prosecutor is determined to prove that Wirz himself shot down one of the prisoners"--TV Guide, June 27, 1957.
Exists on 16mm kinescope at UCLA:

"Shadow of a Memory" (S4E12, 12/26/57)
"A woman returns to the cottage owned by her late husband and tries to settle in, but a body is discovered in the living room and she is accused of murder." -- synopsis from IMDb; if found and confirmed this might be Jerry's first collaboration with director Arthur Hiller (The Lonely Guy)

"Thieves Over Tokyo" (S4E14, 1/16/58)
"While on the trail of a black-market ring in Tokyo, an undercover man runs across a murder. During the investigation he begins to date a pretty Japanese dancer, which upsets his American girlfriend." -- synopsis from IMDb

Climax! "Time of the Hanging" (S4E29, 5/22/58)

Exists at Paley Center for Media:

Crime Classics (1958?)
This was confirmed verbally by Goldsmith himself in his lengthy interview with Jon Burlingame near the end of his life. He was asked if he remembered the first time he ever scored filmed rather than live TV, and he seemed to have a clear recollection that this unsold pilot, an adaptation of a popular radio program, was the first time.

Studio One in Hollywood (1958)
- The Fair-Haired Boy
- Presence of the Enemy
- The Edge of Truth
- The Lady Died at Midnight
- The Left-Handed Welcome

The Lineup (1959)
- Wake Up to Terror
- The Strange Return of Army Armitage
- Lonesome as Midnight (or Lonely as Midnight?)

Playhouse 90 (1958-60)

- The Long March (1958)
- The Tunnel (1959)
- Misalliance (1959)
- The Rank and File (1959)
- Child of Our Time (1959)

- Made in Japan (1959)
- The Shape of the River (1960)
- The Cruel Day (1960)
- To the Sound of Trumpets (1960)
- A Dream of Treason (1960)

Peck's Bad Girl (1959)
Presumably he scored the entire short-lived live series; we are looking for any episodes besides episode 3, "Lips That Touch Lipstick" (released commercially on a DVD compilation and we have it).

For Better or Worse (1959)
- any episodes Jerry scored (this IMDb listing may be erroneous?)

General Electric Theater (1959-62)
- The Last Dance (1959)
- Hitler's Secret (1959)
- Sarah's Laughter (1960)
- The Committeeman (1960)
- The Bar Mitzvah of Major Orlovsky (1962) -- we have the audio of this but still need video
- Mister Doc (1962)

Expendables (1961 Screen Gems TV pilot)

Buick-Electra Playhouse: The Gambler, The Nun And The Radio (1960)

Full Circle (1960)
- any episodes Jerry scored (this IMDb listing may be erroneous?)

The Legend of Jesse James (1966)
"Things Just Don't Happen" (S1E26, 3/14/66)
This is supposedly the sole episode scored by Goldsmith, though we have yet to visually confirm. UCLA appears to have the entire single season series in their archives; here is the link for this episode on 16mm:

Nick Quarry (1967 test for a pilot)
Score released by FSM, paired with The Stripper. Apparently the program itself survives at UCLA:

Anna and the King (1972)
Episodes "The Chimes" and "Anna's Romance" (we have them in German but not the original English).

Lights Out (1972) "When Widows Weep"
The Paley Center for Media seems to have a copy, although they list its airdate as 12/6/77:
IMDb says simply "1972" and there are some interesting positive reviews:

The Going Up of David Lev (1973 TV movie, score released by BSX) -- we have the audio of this but need video

Archer (1975)
- Pilot “Shades of Blue” (aired as S1E4)

Dusty (1983 obscure TV pilot, perhaps a faulty IMDb credit?)


 Posted:   May 3, 2018 - 8:26 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

 Posted:   May 4, 2018 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Actually I goofed by somehow leaving those two in the list; just removed them. We did indeed find copies available from a resource Leonard Martin apparently uses -- Robert's Rare Videos. We've already recorded our podcast on A Marriage of Strangers earlier this week, and hope to record Tomorrow late next week.

One that would be especially awesome to get is The Tunnel, with Jerry scoring the Civil War. A MIDI reconstruction of the score itself (presumably done from written score sheets) is up on YouTube but we are reviewing everything in context and MIDI of course is not ideal. Made in Japan is also, I assume, likely to be a highlight of his P90 output if we can ever locate a copy.


 Posted:   May 4, 2018 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

"Desperate Mission (1969)"

Is not by Jerry; don't know where you got that. The film says:


"Dusty" is a failed pilot.

 Posted:   May 4, 2018 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

 Posted:   May 5, 2018 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Thanks for the links!

Desperate Mission is listed at Jerry Goldsmith Online:

Sometimes they turn out to be more accurate than IMDb, sometimes not. If you're sure Jerry didn't work on it I'll take it off the list.


 Posted:   May 5, 2018 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

The entry is just wrong. It happens.

Even Ford spoke up about it:
"He's not credited with anything from this film or anything else at either BMI or ASCAP"

And the entry appears to have originated from an incorrect book listing.

Though I would say I often find BMI and ASCAP to be incomplete listings. Since no one has ever said anything about a possible rejected score or that perhaps Jerry was originally attached to it, there's zero indication other than an apparent false book listing, that he did.

 Posted:   May 7, 2018 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

"Dusty" is a failed pilot.

Yes I've heard that; but do we know whether Jerry Goldsmith actually wrote original music for it or not? And if so, I'm trying to get it so we can cover would be his final TV work outside of themes (H.E.L.P., Brotherhood of the Gun, Voyager)

I removed Desperate Mission from the list; thanks again for the correction.

LastChild, thanks for the links. Sadly I searched them and couldn't find any of the items we're still looking for...perhaps the forums might work if I post these requests there; I'll try that at some point but I have to register in order to do so.


 Posted:   May 14, 2018 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Well, at this point, some of the information you are looking for is pretty much in the "You need to do scholarly research to find your answers", rather than think/hope random FSM users will have all the answers.

 Posted:   May 23, 2018 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Bad news, I'm afraid. The set of The Lineup we found had 17 episodes but they were just a random 17 episodes, not corresponding to the 17 episodes that made up the final hourlong season of the show which Jerry provided the theme and three episode scores for. False alarm. It doesn't even seem like a single final season episode is on there, so we don't even have the main title sequence he scored.

That is, unless anyone here can help us out! It looks like we might just have to cover the Prometheus suite from Wake Up to Terror (Jerry's first episode) as music-only as a bonus, unless a miracle happens soon.


 Posted:   May 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

 Posted:   May 24, 2018 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

General Electric Theater (1959-62)
- The Committeman (1960)

this is available, but without credits. Are you sure Jerry did it?

Until I actually get a copy and listen to the music, nope! This list was just based on credits I found primarily at IMDb and Jerry Goldsmith Online, plus a couple things mentioned on this board but not at those two places. We are looking for all of this stuff even though for some of it it may just be to confirm that Jerry didn't do it. Where is the GE Theater episode available?


 Posted:   May 24, 2018 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

 Posted:   Jun 3, 2018 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

It's listed at JGO here:

Sometimes they're more correct on credits than IMDb is, and sometimes they're even less accurate. Only way to (sorta) know is to check by ear, but I unfortunately didn't look back at this post until now and missed the link you put up. frown


 Posted:   Jun 4, 2018 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

IMDb is only as complete as the contributions made to it. I've added -- fro examples -- probably about a thousand missing credits myself.

According to Bill Wrobel, who's gone through several boxes of archives scores, this episode is scored by Goldsmith and was located (at least the papers) in Box #13.

 Posted:   Jun 5, 2018 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Ok thanks. There's a lot in that Bill Wrobel link to unravel and I should probably try to get in touch with him. I notice many things that are likely errors, like something Goldsmith is credited with being "Jackson Gentry"...which sounds like Jackson *Fentry* from "Tomorrow" (Playhouse 90):


 Posted:   Jun 6, 2018 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

There are also other pages on his site.

"Jackson Gentry" is just one of the mystery titles we've not been able to solve. He's not the first one to note that.

 Posted:   Jun 6, 2018 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Some of those titles are for cues rather than programs, and "Tomorrow" has a cue titled "Jackson Fentry" -- that's what this is, 99.9% sure.


 Posted:   Jun 6, 2018 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

You're probably right. That was probably a pilot for a potential series that ended up getting aired in one of these catch-all shows, which happens very frequently back then.

the paper work and archives are usually littered -- so I've read over time -- with typos or even missing information.

 Posted:   Jun 7, 2018 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

It wasn't a pilot for a potential series. I'm 100% sure of that. It was an adaptation of a William Faulkner short story, and it had an intro with the star that made clear this was a play adaptation as usual with all the Playhouse 90s. (Screenwriter Horton Foote later wrote the film adaptation in the 70s as well.)


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