"Dances with Wolves" changed both Kevin Costner's career as an actor and director as well as the place of Westerns in American film history. On FIF, we hear John Barry's Oscar winning score.
In 1937, a talented writer-artist came to Walt Disney to pitch an idea for a story based on life with his English Springer Spaniel, Lady, and how she was ignored after his first child was born.
The 1960s marked a big change in Hollywood. The studio system was nearly gone, and in its place a new freedom and variety reigned in the movies.
Henry Mancini is one of the most loved and celebrated of 20th century movie composers. He crated music for many of Blake Edward's movies including "The Pink Panther".
Rodgers and Hammerstein were riding on the tidal wave that was "Oklahoma" when they looked for a vehicle to re-create their huge Broadway success. They turned to a very unlikely source in a Hungarian play called "Liliom." While the play was a flop in Hungary, the non-musical version had some success on Broadway, but it was in the hands of Rodgers and Hammerstein that Billy Bigelow's star shone brightest both on stage and at the movies.
Jerry Goldsmith's big Hollywood studio break came when a very famous film music composer from 20 Century Fox heard some of Jerry's TV music and recommended him to take the help at Universal Studios.
As the fourth of July approaches, Flicks in Five features one of James Cagney's most enduring roles, and one of his favorites. Long known for playing tough, street wise guys, "Yankee Doodle Dandy" gave Cagney the chance to shine as a song and dance man, and his real life sister played the part of George M Cohan's sister in the film.
1944: The year The US became involved in the European theater of war. Back home, folks were going to the movie theater to bolster spirits. Some movies looked directly in the face of war, while others helped people escape for just a couple of hours.
As Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee celebrations kick off, former King's Singer Tony Holt has been reminiscing about being a boy soprano in the coronation day choir at Westminster Abbey, and how he started singing in the first place.
For Memorial Day, a tribute to all who served: "Saving Private Ryan."
I wanted to pick just the "right" movie and composer for Mother's Day to pay tribute to the love, devotion and loyalty that epitomizes motherhood. There were so many movies, it was hard to choose: "Steel Magnolias", "I Remember Mama", "Little Women" in it's many movie incarnations. Then in a flash my favorite song about Moms came to mind, and a "real" Mom isn't involved. From the WWII-era "Dumbo", we hear Barbara Cook sing the Oscar Winning "Baby Mine." Bring the tissues!
Once a relatively unknown young French composer was hired to bring "Lawrence of Arabia" to life, director David Lean never let him go. Maurice Jarre went on to score nearly all of Lean's films, and his success with "Lawrence" was quickly followed by "Dr. Zhivago." The score that started it all for Lean and Jarre, "Lawrence of Arabia."
While John Barry's Oscars and Oscars nominations came from love stories and epics like "Out of Africa", "A Passage to India", "Born Free". "Dances with Wolves", his first big movie break came when a fellow composer was struggling to find a theme for a movie's main character. Barry stepped in and wrote the melody that is forever identified with Bond, James Bond. He went on to score nearly a dozen Bond movies, and one of the all time favorites is "Goldfinger."
While Jerome Kern's Showboat changed the face of American musical theater history in the late 1930s, form the 1940s on the undisputed kings of the genre were Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. And they showed the world how to do it when they turned Broadway successes into Hollywood hits like "The King and I," "Oklahoma" and our featured music on Flicks in Five, "Carousel."
To celebrate St. Patrick's Day Flicks in Five looks at John Ford's 1952 classic film about an American prize fighter visiting Ireland. John Wayne gets more than he bargained for: a romance with a fiery Irish lass played by Maureen O'Hara, and in one of the best comic fights of all time with Victor McLaughlin. John Wayne starred as "the Quiet Man," and for the score, Victor Young made a detailed study of original Irish folk tunes.