World premiere release of two Hugo Friedhofer scores to Paramount films directed by Mitchell Leisen. First is 1949 costume adventure about 15th-Century Borgia family, starring Paulette Goddard. Friedhofer took opportunity to write serious Renaissance-style score using several established "closed forms" including the passacaglia plus offering regal fanfares, courtly music, battle sequences, more. Score is rousing, profuse with period color. Second score is 1950 WWII espionage thriller with Alan Ladd. Here Friedhofer provides several action cues plus gorgeous love theme used judiciously in score. Famous Oscar-winning Jay Livingston/Ray Evans song "Mona Lisa" was featured in film as instrumental accordion piece warning O.S.S. officers of Nazi activities and this instrumental cue also appears on CD. Score here is dark-edged, dramatic with riffs of violence. Both scores appear in crisp mono sound from original Paramount elements. Hugo Friedhofer composes, Irvin Talbot conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!
The Captain Carey, U.S.A. Album 19. Prelude/Guitar No. 1 (1:54) 20. A Close Call (2:07) 21. Carlo/Betrayed/Trapped (5:26) 22. An Old Memory/A Job Of Murder (1:04) 23. Reprisals (1:21) 24. St. Christopher's Medal/Luigi's Murder/Unwelcome Visitor (3:02) 25. The Local Detective/Sandro's Assist/The Barefoot Man (Inc. Carnival of Venice) (2:48) 26. Another Murder (1:06) 27. Search Party/The Chase (2:23) 28. A Rioting Crowd/The Betrayer Part 2 (2:05) 29. Too Long/Cast (2:01) Captain Carey, U.S.A. Album Total Time: 25:44 The Captain Carey, U.S.A. Extras 30 Mona Lisa (Jay Livingston & Ray Evans) (1:31) 31 Accordion No. 1 (1:05) 32 Piano #1 (Brahms)/Piano #2 (Schumann) (0:48) Captain Carey, U.S.A. Extras Total Time: 3:28
The Bride Of Vengeance Extras 33 Borgia Court Music No. II (0:39) 34 Street Dance (1:26) 35 Ferrara Court Music No. I (1:59) Bride Of Vengeance Extras Total Time: 6:22
Bride of Vengeance Recorded on December 24, 27 and 28, 1948, and January 3, 5 and 26, 1949, at Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage, Hollywood, California
Captain Carey, U.S.A. Recorded on March 16, July 5 and 6, and August 8, 1949, Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage, Hollywood, California
P. G. Smearer
Ralph P. Smith