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Dr. Kildare (1961-1966)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith, Lalo Schifrin, Morton Stevens, Harry Sukman
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Price: $74.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: April 2009
Catalog #: Vol. 12, No. 6
# of Discs: 3

FSM presents a piece of television history: the first-ever soundtrack album to Dr. Kildare, the hugely successful 1961–1966 TV series starring Richard Chamberlain and the grandfather of the modern medical drama. For film music fans, Dr. Kildare is significant as the first major success for young Jerry (or Jerrald, as he was initially billed) Goldsmith, whose series theme (“Three Stars Will Shine Tonight”) became a beloved piece of Americana and, to this day, his highest-charting pop hit.

FSM and album producer Jon Burlingame (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) have poured through the music recordings to all five years of the show (and beyond) to present the definitive Dr. Kildare soundtrack—including Goldsmith’s series theme as recorded for the pilot, all five seasons, and MGM Records with vocal by Richard Chamberlain.

Dr. Kildare was produced by M-G-M and Norman Felton’s Arena Productions (whose long association with Goldsmith would include the themes to Cain’s Hundred, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Jericho and Hawkins) and starred Chamberlain as the title character and Raymond Massey as his crusty mentor, Dr. Gillespie. Goldsmith scored the series pilot and four additional episodes which are featured on disc one of this 3CD set. In addition to the warm, reverent theme, Goldsmith’s scores sparkle with the economy, melody and invention that characterize his television scores and revolutionary film work of the 1960s.

After Goldsmith left the series, the regular composer became Harry Sukman, a film and television veteran who had recently won an Oscar for adapting Franz Liszt’s music for Song Without End. Disc two features, in addition to a few additional Goldsmith tracks and one episode score by Richard Markowitz (The Wild Wild West), Sukman’s best scores for the balance of season one and season two. Sukman typically wrote a new theme for each episode, and his efforts range from sympathetic to jazzy to suspenseful, depending on the weekly storyline and guest characters.

Disc three kicks off with the popular song of Goldsmith’s theme, “Three Stars Will Shine Tonight,” performed by Richard Chamberlain, who parlayed his TV stardom into a recording career in large part due to this hit, and musical highlights from seasons three, four and five. These include Sukman’s surf-guitar gem for the series’ most popular episode, the two-part “Tyger, Tyger” guest-starring Yvette Mimieux as an epileptic surfer and Kildare’s love interest; dynamic music by Morton Stevens (Hawaii Five-0) to several episodes, including the three-part “Rome Will Never Leave You” interpolating a specially composed love theme by Burt Bacharach; Lalo Schifrin’s jazzy scoring for a fifth-season, four-part storyline; and rare TV work by John Green recalling his famous Raintree County. The collection concludes with a surprising discovery from the studio vaults: Bronislau Kaper’s rhapsodic theme to The Power and the Prize (1956) reused as the theme to the unaired 1960 M-G-M Dr. Kildare pilot (pre-Richard Chamberlain's casting), with scoring by Alexander Courage based on Kaper’s theme.

The entire collection is in the best-possible monaural sound, with a bonus of the Kaper/Courage score presented in true stereo. The 32-page booklet features authoritative liner notes by Jon Burlingame (including biographical sketches of the composers), copious stills and rare artwork. The doctor is in! 

Jerry Goldsmith Scores on FSM
About the Composer

What to say about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), the reason so many of us are soundtrack collectors in the first place? The Los Angeles native knew early on he wanted to write music for the movies, had an extensive training in television in the 1950s (starting at CBS), and went on to an unparalleled career in the movies—capable of brilliance in every genre, and beloved by his peers and fans. FSM has released as many of his scores as we could get our hands on, from classic TV work like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to famous features (Patton) and obscure gems like The Illustrated Man and 100 Rifles...heck, make that all of them. Jerry, we love you and miss you! IMDB

Lalo Schifrin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Lalo Schifrin (b. 1932) is an Argentinean-born composer, conductor, arranger and pianist who has made a major impact on film, TV, the concert hall and jazz stage. He parlayed an early career as a pianist and arranger for Dizzy Gillespie into a run as one of the hottest film and TV composers of the 1960s and '70s, with projects such as Mission: Impossible, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Cool Hand Luke, Enter the Dragon and more. His more recent films include the popular Rush Hour series. He is beloved for his Latin jazz but is also an accomplished classical composer and conductor with ongoing recording, composing and performing projects.IMDB

Morton Stevens Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Morton Stevens (1929-1991) was a veteran film and primarily television composer who wrote the famous theme to Hawaii Five-0 and contributed episode scores to all manner of classic shows, including Thriller and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. He was a friend of Jerry Goldsmith's and had a similarly modern orchestral style on many projects; he completed the scoring of the miniseries Masada when Goldsmith was unavailable. In addition to his work as a composer, Stevens was head of music at CBS' West Coast operations (a lengthy stint that began in 1965) during which time he oversaw the scoring of many notable series. IMDB

Harry Sukman Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Harry Sukman (1912-1984) was a veteran composer of feature films as well as television, both episodic (Dr. Kildare) and longform (Salem's Lot). He won an Oscar for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture for 1960's Song Without End (adapting Franz Liszt). IMDB

Comments (21):Log in or register to post your own comments
I just heard the Bronislau Kaper main title.

Wow! Ecstatic, Eddy Duchin-esque piano behind an orchestra. What fun and what a find!

I seriously doubt there'll be a three-disc set of Martin Davich's ER music in... (does mental mathematics) ...2052!

Enjoying this very much, especially after sampling a few episodes beforehand! One error in the liner notes though, regarding "Shining Image". Edward Andrews plays Suzanne Pleshette's brother, not Edward Albert.

Anyone else enjoys this set as much as I do? The Goldsmith scores on CD1 are among the best I've ever heard from him. The entire production of this lovely boxset is top-notch.

Now that Season 1 of the series is out on DVD it gives me a chance to experience the scores for this set in their proper context and to go back and then appreciate them more as they're presented on the CD set. First little disappointment though is to discover there was no room for Jeff Alexander's score for the Season 1 Christmas episode "Season To Be Jolly" which having just seen for the first time tonight, I can now rate as the finest Christmas episode of a TV series I've ever seen next to the great Dragnet "Christmas Story".

I've been revisiting select scores on this FSM set and concluding that it is highly underrated among the many classic TV series scores we've seen released in the past decade or so. There's a lot of winning scores by some great composers and I love the jazzy and blues-inflected cues.

A GREAT release! Kudos to Lukas for imagining it and then making it a reality!

I'm not sure if they ever used Jerry's theme (and I confess still need to pick up this CD) but I'm always reminded of The Muppet Show sketches of Veterinarian's Hospital with Rowlf as Dr. Bob in “The continuing storrr-ry of a quack who’s gone to the dogs….”


Here is the unaired pilot:

Whoa, great (and fast) find Justin! I’ll check it out today. Looks like IMDb has literally no info about it (I went there to check and see if that was Robert Redford in this cast):


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Track List
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Dr. Kildare vocal theme: "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight"
Dr. Kildare: 2nd Sea. End Title
Dr. Kildare: 3rd Sea. End Title
Dr. Kildare: 4th Sea. End Title
Dr. Kildare: 5th Sea. End Title
Dr. Kildare: A Million Dollar Property
Dr. Kildare: Enough La Boheme For Everyone
Dr. Kildare: Good Luck Charm
Dr. Kildare: Hit And Run
Dr. Kildare: Immunity
Dr. Kildare: Johnny Temple
Dr. Kildare: Life In The Dance Hall F-U-N
Dr. Kildare: Maybe Love Will Save My Apartment House
Dr. Kildare: My Brother, The Doctor
Dr. Kildare: Night of the Beast
Dr. Kildare: Oh My Daughter
Dr. Kildare: Rome Will Never Leave You
Dr. Kildare: Shining Image
Dr. Kildare: Some Doors Are Slamming
Dr. Kildare: The Administrator
Dr. Kildare: The Bell in the Schoolhouse Tolls For Thee
Dr. Kildare: The Exploiters
Dr. Kildare: The Gift of the Koodjanuk
Dr. Kildare: The Horn of Plenty
Dr. Kildare: The Lonely Ones + 1st Sea End Title + bumpers
Dr. Kildare: The Search
Dr. Kildare: The Soul Killer
Dr. Kildare: Twenty Four Hours
Dr. Kildare: Tyger, Tyger
Dr. Kildare: What's Different About Today?
Dr. Kildare: What's God to Julius?

Leader (Conductor):
Robert Armbruster, Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith, Richard Markowitz, David Rose, Lalo Schifrin, Felix Slatkin, Morton Stevens, Harry Sukman

Victor Arno, Samuel Boghossian, Joachim Chassman, Joseph Corner, Elliot Fisher, Sam Freed, Jr., Henry Hill, Arnold T. Jurasky, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, Jerome Kasin, Louis Kaufman, Murray Kellner, Bernard Kundell, William Kurasch, Richard Leshin, Robert S. Levine, Marvin Limonick, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Thomas C. Mancini, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Joseph Quadri, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Jan Russell, John Santulis, Ralph Schaeffer, Sidney Sharp, Felix Slatkin, Albert Steinberg, Heimann Weinstine, Eunice Wennermark

Samuel Boghossian, Norman Botnick, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus

Margaret Aue-Van Wyck, Alexander Borisoff, Justin DiTullio, David Filerman, Adolph Frezin, Ossip Giskin, Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Lucien Laporte, Irving Lipschultz, Edgar Lustgarten, W. Przybyla, Kurt Reher, Emmet Sargeant, Frederick R. Seykora, Eleanor Slatkin, Gloria Strassner

George "Red" Callender, Peter A. Mercurio, Keith "Red" Mitchell, Philip Stephens, Robert King Stone

Gene Cipriano, Arthur Gleghorn, William E. Green, Arthur Hoberman, Harry Klee, Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), Michael Mangus, Ethmer Roten, Martin Ruderman, June Russo

Norman Benno, Arnold Koblentz, Gordon Schoneberg

Gus Bivona, Vernon Friley, Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi

Charles A. Gould, Jack Marsh

Gus Bivona, Arthur Herfurt, William H. Hood, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Paul McLarand, C. E. "Bud" Shank, Maurice K. Stein, Warren C. "Champ" Webb

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Willard Culley, Vincent N. DeRosa, Vincent DeRubertis, William A. Hinshaw, Herman Lebow, Arthur Maebe, Jr.

Frank Beach, Robert Divall, Maurie Harris, Carroll "Cappy" Lewis, Al Porcino, Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, George Werth, Rubin Zarchy, James C. Zito

Albert C. Anderson, Marshall C. Cram, James Henderson, Randall Miller, Richard Noel, Tommy Pederson, George M. Roberts, Frank Rosolino, Kenneth Shroyer, Herb Taylor, Lloyd E. Ulyate

John Bambridge, Jr., George "Red" Callender, Philip Stephens

John Crown, Sam Furman, Hal C. Hidey, Artie Kane, Natalie Limonick, Ray Sherman, Raymond Turner

Jack Cookerly

Robert F. Bain, Joseph Robert Gibbons, Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson, Allen Reuss, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Dorothy S. Remsen, Anne Stockton (Mason)

Carl Fortina, Frank Marocco, Frank T. Messina

Dale L. Anderson, Larry Bunker, Frank L. Carlson, Frank J. Flynn, Ralph Hansell, Preston Lodwick, Mel Pedesky, Harold L. "Hal" Rees, Dick Shanahan, Randy Van Horne

Orchestra Manager:
Charles M. Price, James C. Whelan

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