film music recordings
ARSC list members,
My name is Kyle Barnett, a recently-minted member of ARSC.
I'm currently doing some research on an essay about Hollywood
producer David Selznick's interest in promoting and merchandising
"film music" on record. I'm not interested in the
popular songs released in relation to these movies, but the film
score music used in the film.
My question: From 1939 to 1949, which films featured
releases (either albums sold to the public or radio transcription
discs)? I've spent time researching in the Selznick archives
here at the Univ. of Texas, but finding information on these
recordings is difficult.
Selznick famously asked William Paley to release an album of
music from _Gone with the Wind_ but Paley refused, saying there was
no public interest. The music wouldn't see official release
until many years later....
Here's the information I have thus far. I assume the
earlier films might or might not have had transcription discs, while
the later films might be more likely to have seen commercial sales
Gone with the Wind (1939) (?)
Rebecca (1940) (transcription disc)
Since you Went Away (1944) (transcription disc)
I'll Be Seeing You (1944) (?)
(1945) (ARA album -- 78 rpm discs)
Duel in the Sun
(1946) (RCA Victor album -- 78 rpm discs)
Case (1948) (Alco album -- 78 rpm discs)
Jennie (1948) (?)
The Third Man
If anyone can tell me whether transcription discs or
commercially-released albums were released for these other films, I'd
be very grateful.
This has also made me wonder how much scholarship has been done
on radio transcription discs.
Any info would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
Dept. of Radio-Television-Film
the University of Texas at Austin