The Goldsmith Odyssey
Episode 7 - Peck's Bad Girl & The Sergeant and the Lady (1958)
In this episode, we take a look at two half-hour TV rarities from the late 1950s. First up, your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark (aka "Goldsmith's Bad Boys") head into cutesy family sitcom territory with "Lips That Touch Lipstick", a Goldsmith-scored episode of the short-lived series Peck's Bad Girl. Afterwards, they explore something a bit more dramatic: the unaired pilot of the cop drama The Sergeant and the Lady. Comedy and drama, playful melodies and aggressive jazz scoring,...
Episode 6 - Tomorrow - Playhouse 90 (1960)
In this episode, we jump ahead to early 1960 to examine another installment of the 90-minute CBS anthology series Playhouse 90: famed playright Horton Foote’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s short story Tomorrow. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark discuss the teleplay’s strengths and weaknesses abridging Faulkner for the small screen, and its economical but subtly effective, poignant Jerry Goldsmith score. We discover unique performances of the album material, unused cues, and...
Episode 5 - A Marriage of Strangers (Playhouse 90)
In this episode, we take a look at A Marriage of Strangers, an installment of the 90-minute CBS anthology series Playhouse 90. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark discuss the unique nature of this series, the teleplay's struggle to create a persuasively authentic portrait of a marriage, the challenges of writing music for live television, and – of course – the tender Jerry Goldsmith score. Offering a pair of memorable themes (one melancholy, one romantic) and some moments of...
Episode 4 - Perry Mason (1959)
In this episode, we move to the small screen for a look at the classic TV legal drama Perry Mason. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark explore two episodes scored by Jerry Goldsmith: the jewelry-themed mystery The Case of the Blushing Pearls (featuring an Asian-inspired score built around a gorgeous central melody) and the convention-breaking The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma (which offers a more noirish score that both echoes City of Fear and previews Chinatown). Are these episodes...
Episode 3 - Face of a Fugitive (1959) & Toccata (1958)
In this episode, we take a look at another Goldsmith-scored western: the 1959 Fred MacMurray vehicle Face of a Fugitive. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark discuss the simple pleasures of this conventional yet competent film, and explore some of the highlights of Goldsmith's melodic, entertaining score (including a flexible central motif, a memorably melancholy secondary theme, a delicate love theme, and some thrilling action cues). As a prelude to that discussion, we offer a brief...