105 Years of Film Music: Part Three - The 1940s

The third part in an ongoing special series on the history of film music

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Scene from 'The Best Years of Our Lives' Scene from 'The Best Years of Our Lives'

For over a century, music and movies have been making magic together. Music composed for films is varied and exciting, with qualities that connect it to the classical tradition, as well as special attributes of its own. David Garland presents a series of programs on the history of film music. Heard on Movies on the Radio on the last Saturday of each month for ten months, the series covers the styles and innovations in the soundtrack field, decade by decade.

This third program in the series features music from the 1940s. America's involvement in World War II during the first half of the decade gave filmmakers plenty of stories to tell, and new genres such as Film Noir were developed.

Garland presents music by significant composers who were then new to the field, such as Miklos Rozsa, Bernard Herrmann and Hugo Friedhofer, plus scores by some of Hollywood's established greats, from movies such as "The Best Years of Our Lives," "Casablanca," "The Maltese Falcon," "Double Indemnity," "Citizen Kane" and "Spellbound."

Comments [7]

what has happened to the audio player for monies on the radio. Has it been eliminted ? Oh is it coming back , and how soon? Big fan of the segment. Thanks

May. 10 2014 12:34 PM

What happened to the archives for "Movies On The Radio" ?

Apr. 09 2014 02:41 PM
Keith Brown from NYC

As some of the fellow listeners posted great show Can the time for listening to the show again be extended?

Apr. 03 2014 05:06 AM
Emilie from London

I also hope we will still be able to listen to the shows after their broadcasts as we used to. Is this feature going to come back?


Apr. 02 2014 06:30 AM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

Maybe I missed it (missed some of the beginning of this broadcast - maybe in the film noir program) but I was hoping to hear the theme from "The Third Man," which if I recall correctly set a then new standard for a recurring theme within a movie.

Mar. 29 2014 10:04 PM
james Burt from cordele, ga

am listening to film music history part 3. When can I listen again to parts 1 and 2

Mar. 29 2014 09:11 PM
Susan from Denver, CO

I can't find a way to listen later -- has that been eliminated? I really wanted to listen to the Angelo Badalamenti program.

Thanks, Susan

Mar. 29 2014 09:07 PM

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