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 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

This 1967 comedy film was one of the great joys and hits of the year.

Robert Redford and Jane Fonda brought burgeoning star power and luster to a strong property. The film was beautifully mounted by director Gene Saks, tightly edited and beautifully acted, especially by co-stars Mildred Natwick and Charles Boyer. The icing on all of this was one of Neal Hefti's best scores (and song with lyrics by Johnny Mercer).

It was out of sight for many years but has happily resurfaced on both CD (backed with "The Odd Couple"), courtesy of Varese Sarabande, and it's on blu ray.

It's a fun film, with a fun score!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

This was the film where I fell for Hefti's music, and the theme song. I played that Dot album for years. When I first traveled to New York before moving there, I stayed at The Washington Square Hotel. The first full day in the city, I explored Washington Square and thought it 'looked familiar' to me. (It turned out the small hotel was Katty-Cornered to the part of the park where Redford plays drunk in the film). I even enjoyed the song Jane Fonda sings, 'Shama-Shama', I don't know if Hefti wrote the lyrics.
The great Mildred Natwick should have won her Oscar that year for this film, but it was not to be. Comedy is Hard, Drama is easy, but not to the Oscar voters I guess.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2021 - 8:42 PM   
 By:   Kristo   (Member)

I just watched this film again and the music is such a delight. As happy as I was when Varese put the actual mono score tracks on CD, I still hope the stereo Dot Records LP rerecording (which is what the Youtube video above contains) makes it to CD one day. It's a much higher fidelity recording of course and one of the best things in all of Hefti's discography!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2021 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   shadowman   (Member)

I just watched this film again and the music is such a delight. As happy as I was when Varese put the actual mono score tracks on CD, I still hope the stereo Dot Records LP rerecording (which is what the Youtube video above contains) makes it to CD one day. It's a much higher fidelity recording of course and one of the best things in all of Hefti's discography!

I agree whole heartedly.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2021 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

This was the film where I fell for Hefti's music, and the theme song. I played that Dot album for years. When I first traveled to New York before moving there, I stayed at The Washington Square Hotel. The first full day in the city, I explored Washington Square and thought it 'looked familiar' to me. (It turned out the small hotel was Katty-Cornered to the part of the park where Redford plays drunk in the film). I even enjoyed the song Jane Fonda sings, 'Shama-Shama', I don't know if Hefti wrote the lyrics.
The great Mildred Natwick should have won her Oscar that year for this film, but it was not to be. Comedy is Hard, Drama is easy, but not to the Oscar voters I guess.


The lyric to Shama-Shama was written by Daniel (Danny) Gould. I had the pleasure of knowing both Mr. Hefti and Mr. Gould.
Mr. Gould was the music librarian at Warner Bros. and was a tremendous help to me locating scores and sketches
when I was editing Mancini's Thorn Birds book. I still have his card which reads:
Daniel Gould
Vice President
Forensic Musicology
His sister is actress Sandra Gould.

 
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