A cowboy named Curley sings a hymn to a beautiful day. A Midwestern confidence man is at the top of his game in River City. Iowa. A man on a magic baseball field plays catch with his own father when he was younger than himself. A quietly heroic lawyer in a small southern town tries to deliver some difficult justice. And the second President of the United States asks, "Is Anybody There?" in the anxious hours leading up to the signing of the document we celebrate on the Fourth of July.
These are just some of the musical moments in the films making up the Fourth of July edition of Roll Credits. Lynne Warfel and Bill Morelock celebrate a particular American genius at work in Oklahoma!, The Music Man, Field of Dreams, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1776, and more.
If you have a Western night in the works, please consider "The Hallelujah Trail" There's an original from the movie and a longer one that's more LSO/Kings College style.
In 1965 it was John Sturgess' farcical shot at typical Hollywood westerns. It not only inspired the death knell of the genre, but TV's "F-Troop" which would be a good one if you're doing a TV night. Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Martin Landau, Brian Keith, and Donald Pleasence as "Oracle Jones".