The Man Who Knew Too Much – The Cymbals

herrmann.jpgI saw Hitchock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much yesterday, it’s been a couple of years since I saw this one last, and I try to see every movie Bernard Herrmann has scored once or more, as this man was a genius at scoring film music. Now, to be fair, he didn’t score all the music in this music, not even the thing I will talk about next, the use of Arthur Benjamin’s Cantata which he just re-orchestrated.

Anyway, in the last one fifth of the movie there’s this famous scene where a states person is about to be murdered during a concert in Albert Hall, where Herrmann is actually the conductor.

I don’t want to write any spoilers for anyone who has not seen this movie (if not, you should really watch it, just the movie scoring is amazing). Anyway, the cymbals play an important role. The whole scenario of music leading up to this point, with the leading actress Doris Day having an angst if she will tell about what will happen or not, with the music pushing her emotions up one level after another, is one of those magical movie scenarios worth watching. There’s actually no dialog for many minutes, just music, Doris Day with her emotions, and the scenes leading up to the murder attempt.

Herrmann then did the most famous film violin music done ever, the murder part in Psycho, and did the scores for what some say the most influential movie ever, Citizen Kane, but that’s another story.

4 Comments:

  1. Loved your story about Bernard Herrman and the cymbals in THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. What a great movie – we were having discussions about it at our morning CURVES session the other day after it was on TCM. Doris Day did a superb job in that movie too. She is one of the most under rated movie legends of all time – what a multi-talented actress, singer, dancer and TV personality.

    I had the pleasure of being her personal secretary during the 70s while she was filming “The Doris Day Show” at CBS. Had been a fan since age 10 here in Indianapolis and had my ‘eye on the prize’ and made my way eventually to Los Angeles where I met her, got to know her and after surviving a near-fatal car accident, she invited me into her world as her personal secretary. A real dream come true for this DD fan.

    I have a book coming out in 15 days:

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    My book is my odyssey to Hollywood with many never-before-told stories and photos of my friend, screen legend, Doris Day. What a great Lady. I take the reader up-close and personal in my story, unlike many other books written about her which deal mainly with her career. I take readers …’day at a time.’

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  2. Hi, thanks for the comment. Yes, I must agree that Doris Day is a very versatile actress, imagine actresses today that could sing, dance, act, and do both dramatic and comedy acts.

    I need to scan the forthcoming TMC and AMC movie listings for more Doris Day movies.

  3. I had to put in a Wikipedia link to Doris Day!

  4. There was something mystical about the movie legends during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Movie stars were different then, or, they were perceived differently than they are today. Back then, you rarely saw them on TV — only on the big screen in those glorious movie palaces. Today, they are like TV stars because they are seen daily on shows like Entertainment Tonight, Access and Extra. The press is waiting outside their homes getting pictures of them doing everythng except using the bathroom! Every detail of their personal lives are made public by countless tabloids (which have replaced fan magazines). All in all, it’s a mess.

    Doris Day is one of the last of the great movie stars. If actresses today could do all that she could, they’d have Oscars lining their mantels. Day made it look easy. What actress could breeze through those wonderful musical numbers in “The Pajama Game” today and sound as incredible as Doris? Who could handle the comedy of “The Thrill of It All”?

    All that and she was a top recording star to boot. Two careers running simultaneously — both successful.

    Day achieved in films what all actors strive for — the #1 position at the boxoffice. As a matter of fact, she was so popular, she remains, to this day, the #1 female boxoffice star in the history of films.

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