Anthony Adverse

Anthony Adverse

Based on Hervey Allen’s bestselling epic novel of historical romance in the Napoleonic era, ANTHONY ADVERSE emerged as one of the biggest hits of 1936 and was nominated for six Oscars, winning four, including the first-ever Best Supporting Actress (Gale Sondergaard). Fredric March stars as the title hero and the film follows his adventures from… More


The Hollywood Concerto

Film music and the concert hall have always forged a strained relationship. “Classical” (for lack of a better term) composers seldom write for film—Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Copland, Corigliano, Glass and Muhly are a few exceptions. And unless it is programmed as part of a pops concert, film music rarely crosses over into the concert world. That’s… More


They Walk Alike, They Talk Alike

My recent review of Tribute Film Classic’s magnificent new recording of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER sparked my interest in seeing the film for the first time. As I unfamiliar with Mark Twain’s original novel as well, this was a case where I saw the film strictly for the music. THE PRINCE… More


CD Review: The Prince and the Pauper

With its latest release, Tribute Film Classics serves up a musical treasure fit for a king–Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s complete score for THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (1937). When Tribute Film Classics emerged as a new label in 2007, their mission was to “to record deserved scores in complete renditions–including music that may have been omitted… More

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Welcome to Sherwood, My Lady!

I first encountered Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Oscar-winning music for THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD in a 3-LP box set dedicated to 50 years of Warner Bros. films. The set included such various treasures as musicals numbers from YANKEE DOODLE DANDY and CAMELOT, and scenes from CASABLANCA and NOW, VOYAGER. But it was Korngold’s music that made… More


Golden Age Film Music: Colorful, Ornate and Gaudy?

Mark Swed’s Los Angeles Times review of the opening concert of the Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Festival made for some angry comments left by film score fans. However, I found his opening remarks particularly vivid: Hollywood’s “Golden Age” was, of course, black and white.  What gave the pre-World War II talkies their “color” was their… More