Composer David Raksin scored many films, but none quite so indelibly as Otto Preminger's 1944 film noir classic Laura. Raksin's haunting theme for the movie perfectly suited its story of mystery and obsessive attraction, and went on to become one of the great standards of American song. Host David Garland relays Raksin's fascinating story behind this music, and presents highlights from this and a few other Raksin scores, including the Katharine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy vehicle Pat and Mike. David Raksin's scores are smart, sophisticated, and redolent of the mid-20th Century Hollywood era.
David Raksin - Hilda Crane - Hilda and Mother - Intrada
David Raksin - Laura - The Laura Suite: Theme and Variations - 20th Century Fox Film Scores
David Raksin - Pat and Mike - suite - Film Score Monthly
David Raksin - A Lady Without Passport - Josef And Marianne - Film Score Monthly
David Raksin - Kind Lady - Checkmate/End Title And Cast - Film Score Monthly
Clips of actress Gene Tierney, accompanied by Frank Sinatra's recording of "Laura":
"Pat and Mike" trailer (worth noting: Katharine Hepburn takes down future action star Charles Bronson at about 1:27 in, also the studio's anachronistically modest claim that it's a movie you'll "like.")