Leave Her To Heaven/Newman

November 4, 2013

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Following her success in Otto Preminger’s Laura (1944) Gene Tierney (1920-1991) starred in a psychological thriller Leave Her To Heaven (1945) that dealt with jealousy to an extreme. Cornell Wilde, Jeanne Crain and Vincent Price co-starred. Gene was nominated for an academy award for best actress but lost out to Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce. While liner note author Bruce Kimmel feels that the Technicolor film was an early attempt at noir; this writer feels that black and white is an essential ingredient. We’re in total agreement that this was an excellent film and it has aged well. I definitely recommend a watch if you’ve never seen it.

Seven tracks totaling 12 minutes were originally released by FSM (vol. 2 #7) in 1999. It was coupled with the Bette Davis hit All About Eve, also composed by Alfred Newman, and was the feature of the CD. Kritzerland added three additional tracks to make it complete and improved the overall sound quality. One minor difference which got my attention was at the beginning of the “Prelude.” On the FSM release there are three timpani beats instead of four on the Kritzerland. The “Prelude” begins with the timpani playing against a tritone historically the musical sign of the devil. This is a dominant theme that makes it clear that Ellen (Gene Tierney) is mostly evil as the story plays out. The title of the film could indicate a number of different genres so Newman made it crystal clear that this was going to be tearful instead of cheerful. “Ash Ritual” introduces a second theme angelic or dawn breaking in nature, a happier moment with glissando from the harp before a slow return to the original theme from the clarinet and flute, an introduction to the plodding triton interrupts the theme which returns for a second time before our evil returns. “Danny,” an extra cue on the Kritzerland, is the love theme, a swirling interlude of wistful happy times with flutes providing the harmony. It is short lived as these times of happiness soon disappear. “Erotomania,” another exclusive Kritzerland track, is a return to the “Ash Ritual” angelic theme. Unlike the “Ash Ritual” track which returns to the tritone it is only the happy melody that is performed. “The Seductress” begins with a solo from the bassoon, very distinct as it sets the mood for the track. The tritone theme is offered again. “Redemption” is exactly the way you think it should sound with all the serenity of a prayer. Part way through there is a female wordless choir that enhances the track. The final track “Marie” is classic Newman offering a sweet band with solos from the trumpet and tenor sax. A fine offering that was also used in Take Care of My Little Girl (1950) the other film on this CD which will be reviewed separately.

This score offers Newman at his finest delivering a somber somewhat frightening score. I compare this to Roy Webb who without being showy made his point quite clear. Newman definitely improved this film with his score. Limited to 1000 copies so don’t delay your purchase.

Track Listing:

1… Prelude (1:26)

2… Ash Ritual (2:45)

3… Danny (1:14)

4… Erotomania (1:16)

5… The Seductress (1:11)

6… Bar Harbor (2:09)

7… Unrest (1:25)

8… Homicide (2:54)

9… Arsenic (1:46)

10…Redemption (1:26)

11…Marie (In the middle of a night in June) (4:03)

Total Time is 21:35

2 Responses to “Leave Her To Heaven/Newman”

  1. Vincent Desjardins Says:

    I have the FSM album with “All About Eve” and “Leave Her to Heaven,” and was wondering if it was worth purchasing this one as well. I would love to have the few extra tracks that don’t appear on the FSM release. One small comment – it wasn’t Darryl Hickman who played Dobie Gillis, but his younger brother Dwayne. The two looked quite a bit alike, but it was Dwayne who played Dobie. Darryl was in quite a few notable movies, besides this one. He also was in “The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers,” and “The Grapes of Wrath.” Darryl did appear in a few episodes of his brother’s TV show in the character of Dobie’s brother, Davey Gillis.

    • sdtom Says:

      Vincent,If you want that additional material I’d say go for it. A powerful theme with two other melodies mixed in. Thanks for pointing out the error of my ways with Hickman. I’ve already changed it. Tom

      > Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:36:46 +0000 > To: tlkiefner@msn.com >

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