The Caine Mutiny

Retroist Scoreboard: The Caine Mutiny, A Thriller and the Tallahatchie Bridge

It’s the end of May, bills are due, the rent’s due…and there’s a whole new batch of classic soundtracks out there to make you wish the bills and the rent could take a hike for just a little while.

The ever-reliable Intrada has restored and released Max Steiner‘s classic score from the 1954 movie The Caine Mutiny, a soundtrack that has never before been released. An LP of dialogue highlights circulated briefly during the year of the movie’s release, but it contained no music – it has taken over six decades for this soundtrack to see the light of day, and The Caine Mutiny is hardly what I’d describe as an obscure movie.

The Caine Mutiny

Not only is the entire score represented on this CD, but Intrada remembered to include “I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me”, sung by May Wynn – not a single note of music has been left off.

The Caine Mutiny

[Via] Crackle UK

Moving away from The Caine Mutiny, Kritzerland Records is rolling out a classic title of its own, Michael Legrand‘s score from the 1976 cult classic Ode To Billy Joe. Just about everyone involved with the movie had the thankless task of having to retell and expand upon a story inspired by Bobbie Gentry’s hit 1967 single of the same name, which naturally cropped up in the movie as well.

[Via] Barstoneworth Town

As the composer of the movie score, Legrand had to meet the style of that song with his own music as well. The soundtrack was available on vinyl in 1976, and this is its first official CD release, limited to 1,000 copies.

Ode To Billy Joe

From time to time, I’ve mentioned limited edition releases, but the next one may well be the most limited release I’ve yet covered in the Retroist Scoreboard – the score from a 1977 Croatian miniseries about Nikola Tesla. Kronos Records is releasing only 300 copies worldwide of Alfi Kabiljo‘s score, which accompanied a dramatization of Tesla’s early life and his eventual emigration to the United States. As many are unlikely to be familiar with the series for which this music was composed, this is a real curiosity.

Nikola Tesla

Is that all? That is not all. The last title we’re covering this week will thrill you…especially if you’re a fan of vintage Jerry Goldsmith.

Tadlow Records has released a brand new recording of highlights from Goldsmith’s scores from the early 1960s TV series Boris Karloff’s Thriller. With Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, working from arrangements transcripted from the original written scores by Leigh Phillips, this is as close as we’re ever likely to get to the original scores. The Thriller episodes represented on the CD are “The Grim Reaper”, “Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook”, “Well of Doom”, “Mr. George”, “The Poisoner”, and “Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper”.


Great care was taken, in the new recordings, to match the arrangements and performances of the original 1960s recordings, and best of all, the reaction to this compilation of Thriller scores has been enthusiastic enough for Tadlow to begin preparations for a second volume.

That’s this week’s releases – something for everybody, especially vintage TV and movie music fans.

If your in the mood for more Humphrey Bogart, why not check out this behind the scenes shot from Casablanca?

Behind The Scenes: Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca is a pretty magical film for me. This absolute classic starring Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Ingrid Bergman, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson is a perfect Noir movie. I didn’t come across this film in my youth like I normally did with older movies, basically a Sunday afternoon with my Father watching TBS. I first saw Casablanca in my Junior year of High School. My Drama teacher was aghast at how someone who pledged himself to become a film director had never seen such a classic…so one phone call later to our local video store and I had a VHS copy held for me until after school.

Five minutes into the film I was absolutely hooked.

Which is why this Behind the Scenes photo from the set, the filming of that famous scene between Rick and Ilsa, is so powerful. At least for me.

[Via] Quint’s Behind the Scenes over at Ain’t It Cool News!

You Can’t Get Away With Murder

Humphrey Bogart plays mobster Frank Wilson, the heavy headlining this crime thriller that sprung from the pen of Sing-Sing’s warden himself! Based on the play “Chalked Out” by Warden Lewis E. Lawes and Jonathan Finn, You Can’t Get Away With Murder tells the grim tale of a young punk taken in by the glamorous gangster life, only to find himself sent away to the federal pen with a man’s fate resting in his hands and a murderer dogging his every step. Young Johnnie Stone (original “Dead End Kid” Billy Halop) hooks up with hoodlum Wilson only to help Wilson frame his sister’s (Gale Page) straight and narrow fiancé Fred (Harvey Stephens) for Murder One. All three men soon find themselves sent to the “Big House” – two serving a stretch for robbery, the third for Death Row. Can Johnnie come clean in time to save Fred, with Frank watching his every move?

Who does not love Bogart? I cannot get enough of the guy, so when I see the opportunity to pick up one his films that I have never seen, I jump at it. This week I got to watch the 1939 crime drama, You Can’t Get Away with Murder with Bogart and Gale Page. The film was directed by Lewis Seiler and features “Dead End Kid” leader Billy Halop. The film was one of Bogart’s studio B pictures and was filmed before his famous breakthrough in High Sierra two years later.

While the movie is very formulaic and you can see the plot coming from a mile away it is still a good film. You also get a healthy dose of Halop, whose career I really need to explore more, and of course you get Bogie, who as always, chews up the screen. You can almost feel the potential that would make him a star a short time later. If you want to see the development of a star, you will want to pick up You Can’t Get Away With Murder.

You Can’t Get Away With Murder on DVD [via] Warner Archive

The Two Mrs. Carrolls on DVD

I cannot think of an actor who has turned more people onto watching older movies than Humphrey Bogart. Sure it starts off with the gateway movie Casablanca, but before you know it you are watching The Maltese Falcon and Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Then what? Then you turn your attention to movies you haven’t heard of and greedily gobble them up, but wait there is more! You check out IMDB and notice a host of films by Bogie are not currently in print…so you wait… and wait. Well the wait is over for one of those classics, the Bogart, Stanwyck thriller, The Two Mrs. Carrolls has been remastered and released on DVD through the Warner Archive.

I had only seen half of this film, once before, but once you will see it, I think you will agree it is an underrated classics. Here is the synopsis:

Matrimony means different things to different people. For temperamental artist Geoffrey Carroll, it means he’s in his element. And out of his mind. In their only screen pairing, two of film’s all-time greats star in a psychological thriller rife with pelting rain and pealing bells, blackmail and murder, calculated dread and an unnerving finale. Humphrey Bogart portrays Geoffrey, who’s making a habit of poisoning one wife and marrying another when the former no longer inspires his canvases. Barbara Stanwyck plays his current wife Sally, who puts two and two together and comes up with six – as in six feet under, the place she’ll be if she continues to accept the glass of milk Geoffrey regularly offers as a nightcap. Alexis Smith also stars as a predatory neighbor who becomes the object of Geoffrey’s thirst for feminine variety. Drink up, thriller fans!

If that does not grab you, how about this riff on one of his most famous movie lines:

Another great release and another great piece of Hollywood history now in my collection. If you like Bogie and want to see two legends of the screen at the height of their powers (was Bogie ever not at his height?), then pick up a copy of The Two Mrs. Carrolls on DVD exclusively from The Warner Archive. If you like this movie you might also want to check out another Bogie re-release (I have not seen it yet myself) The Wagons Roll at Midnight.