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Boston Blackie (detective drama, starring Kent Taylor)

    (NBC Primetime, 1951 - 1953;
     Syndicated)

    [58 episodes were produced by ZIV-TV;

     ...based upon a character created by Jack Boyle for short 
     stories appearing in The American, Cosmopolitan and 
     Redbook magazines in the 1900s; the character also appeared
     in silent films (1918 - 1927) played by five different actors  
     including Lionel Barrymore; finally Blackie appeared in talking 
     pictures produced by Columbia Pictures (1941 - 1949), with Chester
     Morris playing the lead role; Morris went on to play Blackie
     during its first season on NBC radio in 1944 (when it was a
     Summer replacement series for "Amos & Andy"); it was then syndicated
     on radio with Richard Kollmar playing Blackie; Mutual Radio picked
     up the Syndicated version during this time also; (Kollmar was the
     real-life husband of journalist Dorothy Kilgallen who appeared on
     the TV series "What's My Line.")]


Open Theme: "Vote and Fight" from the 1948 film "Open Secret"

    [alternate title in the MUTEL Music Service library "Vote";
     aka: "FI 46";
     aka: "Tympani Beat Tension";

     Positive ID of this cut in the Capitol "Q" library as the Main Title theme 
     was made using a video aircheck courtesy TV MOOD music collector 
     T. Perrone, who also heard the same CUE used to score the 1948 
     Marathon Productions B-picture "Open Secret" released by Eagle-Lion.
     The on-screen music credit for this picture was Herschel Burke 
     Gilbert, who was a primary composer for the MUTEL Music Service.

     Library music expert and CD producer P. Mandell has also confirmed
     that Gilbert authored this cue plus the one used for End Credits 
     below, although the End Credits cue was not used in the film
     "Open Secret."

     According to T. Perrone, the original cue sheet for the film
     "Open Secret" lists this cue under the title "Vote and Fight". It
     was also used in the MUTEL library, called simply "Vote" (FI 46.)

     Another B-picture from Monogram called "The Guilty" used cues 
     from this cue "family" but the screen credit for "The Guilty" was
     given to Rudy Schrager as the composer, even though the cues
     were apparently originally composed by Gilbert for "Open Secret."

     The one common denominator in both of the above is the name David
     Chudnow who was the music editor on both B-pictures, and started
     the MUTEL Music Service to adapt and recycle stock film library
     cues for TV...who then later licensed some of MUTEL Cues to the
     Capitol "Q" Library from Capitol Records Special Products.

     This track also appears in the "Adventures of Superman TV series" 
     Soundtrack CD produced by P. Mandell under the alternate MUTEL 
     library title for a different edit called, "Tympani Beat Tension";

     In Vincent Terrace's "Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs" 
     and in Craig Pattillo's "TV Theme Soundtrack Directory" TV composer
     credit is erroneously given to Joseph Davis Hooven, who composed 
     music for the Boston Blackie radio series.]

     Composer: Herschel Burke Gilbert (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: John Paul Music (ASCAP) of
                            Beverly Hills, CA

     2001 Publisher: John Paul Music Company (ASCAP)
                        of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:

     Recordings:
         MUTEL Music Service track #FI 46 "Vote".
               (FI designates it as a "Fight" scene cue)

         78rpm 12" audition disk
         in the "Capitol 'Q' Series" library --
                Q-71:1  MOOD NO. 145 (Mystery)  (2:10)

          CD: [under the title "Tympani Beat Tension" on the CD]
              "Adventures of Superman - the Original 1950s
                  Television Series"
               Varèse Sarabande 302 066 093 2 (2000)

              [This CD produced by P. Mandell and B. Kimmel
               with Music Restoration by G. Newton, includes
               a number of episode cues from the MUTEL library 
               heard in the first couple of seasons of the 
               "Superman" TV series. Some of the cues reproduced 
               from the MUTEL were also used as TV THEMEs for other
               classic series including "Boston Blackie" and 
               "Terry and the Pirates", etc.]


Close Theme 1: "Mysterioso and Dramatic"

    [aka: "MYS 76"
     aka: "Mounting Dramatic";
     aka: "Mounting Drama"

     Positive ID of this cut as End Credits theme was made using a video
     aircheck courtesy MOOD music collector T. Perrone, who in passed
     along the information that this was a cue composed around the same
     time as Gilbert's score for "Open Secret" from which the Main Title
     above was derived.

     In the MUTEL Music Library, the original title was "Mysterioso and
     Dramatic" (MYS 76.) A different edit of the music produced the
     alternate MUTEL title "Mounting Dramatic". P. Mandell put it on
     the "Adventures of Superman CD" under the title "Mounting Drama."

     In Vincent Terrace's "Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs" 
     and in Craig Pattillo's "TV Theme Soundtrack Directory" TV composer
     credit is erroneously given to Joseph Davis Hooven, who composed 
     music for the Boston Blackie radio series.]

     Composer: Herschel Burke Gilbert (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: John Paul Music (ASCAP) of
                            Beverly Hills, CA

     2001 Publisher: John Paul Music Company (ASCAP)
                        of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:

     Recordings:
         MUTEL Music Service track #MYS 76 "Mysterioso and Dramatic".
               ("MYS" designates it as a "Mysterioso" cue)

         78rpm 12" audition disk --
         in the "Capitol 'Q' Series" library 
             Q-73:3  MOOD NO. 152 (Mystery)  (0:56)

          CD: [under the title "Mounting Drama" on the CD]
              "Adventures of Superman - the Original 1950s
                  Television Series"
               Varèse Sarabande 302 066 093 2 (2000)

              [This CD produced by P. Mandell and B. Kimmel
               with Music Restoration by G. Newton, includes
               a number of episode cues from the MUTEL library 
               heard in the first couple of seasons of the 
               "Superman" TV series. Some of the cues reproduced 
               from the MUTEL were also used as TV THEMEs for other
               classic series including "Boston Blackie" and 
              "Terry and the Pirates", etc.]


Close Theme 2: "Happy Boy"

    [Theme and composer credits for this alternate close THEME
     in a rather cheerful mood, identified by T. Perrone who 
     verified it was used on several episodes on home video. 

     The portion of the composition tracked into the show for
     End Credits is toward the end of the piece, where the "trio" 
     or "C-Theme" becomes the apparent melody.]

     Composer: Jack Shaindlin (BMI)

     2001 Publisher: Metro Park Music (BMI)
                        of Chicago, IL

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:

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