Starring Bette Davis

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Here's music by some of the great composers of Hollywood's Golden Age, composed for one of the great icons of the silver screen, Bette Davis. Ms. Davis' career was a long one—from the 1930s to the '80s—encompassing many types of roles and films, from romantic ingenue to the macabre roles of her later years.

David Garland presents music by Max Steiner for "Now, Voyager," Alfred Newman for "All About Eve," Frank DeVol for "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte," and more.

Comments [7]

Gregg from Astoria Queens NY

This particular showing of the extremely talented lady's works forgot one example. It seems during the 1960s she actually did a television show. It was a Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Constant Doyle".

Which means we should have heard David announce that theme music in it. I'm surprised by that omission.

Feb. 07 2015 12:09 PM
Orlando Ferrand from New York City

I'm glad my friend told me about this. I grew up watching her movies next to Mom; all of them. We saw them all more than once every Sunday evening sitting in front of our b/w TV. It was love at first sight. There's never been or will be another one like Bette Davis, at least in my world. I'm listening to the background music that accompanied the unmistakably charismatic and majestic presence of this Diva with nostalgia. The heydays of Hollywood are intrinsically woven into the talent of actresses-much more actresses than actors-that 'once upon a time' in America populated the big screen.

Jan. 31 2015 10:21 PM
Stephanie J. Hughes from Manchester, NJ

One of the finest Hollywood stars ever! A fantastic actress who mesmerized me ever since I first saw her when I was a child! "All About Eve" was one of my favorites, the score so beautiful. "Elizabeth & Essex" was one that you could dream away with, as only a Korngold score can do, whether or not watching the film. I thank you for having an evening devoted to one of the greatest ladies in Hollywood.

Jan. 31 2015 09:31 PM

This scene is like a generic product-placement for cigarettes!

There was a funny parody (I can't remember where) with more than one.
Steve Martin?

Jan. 31 2015 09:12 PM
paul kollmar from nyc

as a personal aquaitance with Steve Speilberg's mentors ; LEVINSON & LINK__ ***we want THE JUDGE and JAKE WYLER recognized-**!!*from UNIVERSAL STUDIOS tv's musician's bullpen--- (( namely GIL MILLE--))-or better still; MADAME SIN w/ Denholm Elliot-((-remember it was at this time Bette placed her most famous want ads for employment in the hollywood

Jan. 31 2015 08:34 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Eric Korngold, an American composer taught at Juilliard and when I was a studen there a door had a brass plate indicating that Korngold taight there. I have worked with two composers who wrote music for the films George Antheil [my cousin, Michael Blankfort's The Juggler with Kirk Douglas]; and Frank Loesser who wrote and revised his Broadway hits for the movies such as Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business without even Trying. George Gershwin was unhappy with the demands of film makers who demanded music by time necessary for each scene , scuttling his imagination for bigger concepts.

Jan. 31 2015 06:25 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

I wish this program included music from Korngold's "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex". The more of the master's music that's heard these days, whether it's his operas, symphony, film or piano music, the happier I'll be.

Jan. 31 2015 09:32 AM

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