Lynne Warfel Feature Archive

A very young Paul Anka, who had a part in the big-budget movie, wrote the theme song. (05/17/2013)
<em>A Place in the Sun</em> was a 1951 black and white classic of intrigue, betrayal and murder based on Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel, <em>An American Tragedy</em>. (05/11/2013)
<em>Summer Stock</em>: Judy Garland's last film for MGM and her last pairing with friend Gene Kelly, <em>Summer Stock</em>'s upbeat nature is far from what was going on during filming. (04/26/2013)
This French composer didn't hit the Hollywood radar screens until he received wide acclaim for the scores for the final Harry Potter movies (04/19/2013)
A star long before he was paired on screen with Katharine Hepburn, Tracy's now legendary quote about the art of acting says it all: "Know your lines and don't run into the furniture." (04/13/2013)
Steven Spielberg is one of Hollywood's most powerful director-producers, and we're taking a look at his early career and his Oscar wins. (04/06/2013)
Meredith Willson has written some great standard tunes in the popular repertoire, but it's the story of the con man turned good-guy by an Iowa librarian that became a classic when "The Music Man" premiered. (03/14/2013)
The Oscar-winning score is the backdrop to the story of a young Hindu boy, Pi, in the summer of 1977, surviving a shipwreck with a Bengal tiger named after an Edgar Allen Poe character. (03/02/2013)
This weekend's Oscars ceremony marks John Williams' 48th nomination for best score and his 26th collaboration over 40 years with Steven Spielberg. (02/23/2013)
Bette Davis was the nemesis to some Hollywood types and muse to others. Through the late 1930s and into the 1940s she was Hollywood's top leading lady, winning two Academy Awards. (02/15/2013)
In a new release, American born Carl Davis conducts a full orchestra in the best of James Bond Movie Music. (02/09/2013)
Betty Jean Perske started as a dancer, then went to acting school. When the tuition money ran out, she turned to modeling, and if not for an appearance on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, she might never have been cast opposite Humphrey Bogart. (01/17/2013)
Well-known as a movie-making wunderkind, Charlie Chaplin was also known to dabble in the musical arts. (01/12/2013)
Can music really soothe the savage beast? Lynne Warfel explores how pets and other animals respond to music, with some surprising conclusions. (01/11/2013)
Alan Silvestri's music to a Tom Hanks extravaganza with Hanks giving voice to at least four characters. Based on Chris van Allsburg's award winning kids' book. (12/15/2012)