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Tom And Jerry Music—Performed Live!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 17, 2013 2:47 PM
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Many symphony orchestras now play music from Hollywood’s golden age, but none that I’m aware of has attempted to perform Scott Bradley’s breakneck-paced scores for Tom and Jerry cartoons—until now.

I’VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 26, 2013 1:00 AM
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Filmmaker David O. Russell was thrilled that Jack White permitted him to use two of his songs on the soundtrack of "Silver Linings Playbook," but I was more excited to recognize Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance,” which is directly followed by Les Paul and Mary Ford’s rendition of “The Moon of Manakoora,” as Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have their disastrous date at the neighborhood diner.

Raymond Scott Back On The Big Screen

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 12, 2012 1:00 AM
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If you grew up watching Warner Bros. cartoons, you know the music of Raymond Scott, even if his name isn’t familiar. He was an innovative musician and composer whose propulsive, syncopated piece “Powerhouse” was adopted by Warner’s music director Carl Stalling as a recurring theme in his Looney Tunes scores.

Hollywood’s Kiddie Connection

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 15, 2012 9:25 PM
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What do Jerry Lewis, Bugs Bunny, and Hopalong Cassidy have in common? They all recorded special material for an innovative kid-oriented Capitol Records series in the 1940s and ‘50s. This amazing output, perfectly timed for the baby boom of the post-World War II era, has now been exhaustively documented by Jack Mirtle in his self-published book 'The Capitol Records Childrens' Series: 1944 to 1956: The Complete Discography'.

The Silent Cinema In Song, 1896-1929:

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 3, 2009 1:19 AM
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