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 Posted:   Nov 20, 2023 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Beginning with the second season "Adventures of Superman" began to use the Paxton music library.

also from the article:

When producer Whit Ellsworth took control of The Adventures of Superman in 1953, the show changed forever. Gone were the grisly plot lines, Nazi scientists and screaming old hags. The stories became warmer. George Reeves as Superman became more human, and the first-season music had to go. Ellsworth turned British mood music libraries which better suited the show's new image.

Chosen were the Francis Day & Hunter and W. Paxton collections.
The FDH library used The New Century Orchestra conducted by Sidney Torch. Paxton featured the London Promenade Orchestra conducted by Walter Collins. Both had a vast repertoire of moods, from sinister and alarming, to light and romantic. Fans consider this the "classic Superman music."

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2023 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

in addition:

Ronald Hanmer and Jack Beaver were the musical geniuses whose work inadvertently shaped the series. Hanmer came from the British cinema, and Beaver had co-written the score for Alfred Hitchcock's The Thirty-Nine Steps with Hubert Bath. The library music used in Superman put them in that strange pantheon of dynamic, anonymous mood setters.

Other British contributors were F.G. Charrosin, Cecil Milner (of They Drive by Night and The Lady Vanishes), H.L. Stevens, Jack Brown, Edward Carmer, John Foulds, King Palmer and Granville Bantock.

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2023 - 6:39 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

My buddy Irving Gertz was the Music Director of the show for the second and third seasons, and I have tons of written documentation pertaining to his work there. Whenever an issue would arise, he'd contact Whitney Ellsworth, the producer of the show.

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2023 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)


 Posted:   Nov 23, 2023 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Name misspelled on the label -- not an uncommon phenomenon!

I'm always amazed by the amount of ink spilled over no. 7, just because it became library music in a kiddie TV show. Have to wonder how many of the interested parties have ever bothered to explore the rest of the piece.

No. 8 - also recorded on the Paxton disc - was never used in the series I think. These two are the highlights of Rozsa's op. 13a IMHO.

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