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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Intrada (Special Collection Vol. 475)

Release Date: April 19, 2022

Conducted by Lee Holdridge

Format: CD

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Track Listing

1. New Universal Signature (Jimmy McHugh) 0:18
2. Prelude From Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid/Stormy Meeting 3:56
3. The Front Page 0:14
4. The Exterminator 3:00
5. The First Bullet 0:36
6. First Clue 0:41
7. Cleaning Woman No. 1 0:42
8. Memories 1:07
9. Wild Jazz Piece No. 2 1:34
10. Looking For Hastings 2:21
11. Love Theme From Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 0:48
12. The Swede 2:56
13. Marlowe Appears 2:06
14. The Railroad Car 1:23
15. Embracing Hands (Original) 2:28
16. A Meal Ticket 1:13
17. Alias Sam Novak 1:26
18. One-Sided Passion (Alternate) 1:34
19. Cleaning Woman No. 2 0:46
20. Peace Offering 0:50
21. The Hoods 3:21
22. Transformation 0:38
23. False Pretenses 2:27
24. Mistaken Identity 4:00
25. Love At Last 1:50
26. Prison Break 1:02
27. Trust 0:55
28. Delusions/Carlotta 3:44
29. Carlotta/Carlotta Café 2:01
30. The Visit 1:20
31. The Drink 0:55
32. The Big Fish 2:55
33. Final Instructions 1:15
34. Final Cleaning Woman 0:16
35. Finale From Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1:34
36. End Credits From Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 4:05
  Disc Time: 62:17
1. Love Theme From Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Orchestra Demo) 1:56
2. Fruitcake 1:13
3. The Brentwood Club 1:28
4. Fancy Restaurant 1:58
5. The Party Crasher 1:18
6. The Party Crasher (Alternate) 1:24
7. Seduction 1:04
8. Piano Solo 1:07
9. Wild Jazz Piece 1:21
10. Embracing Hands (Revised) 1:15
11. Fancy Dinner Waltz 1:30
12. One-Sided Passion 1:21
13. “Dead Man's Bolero” 2:30
14. Carlotta Café (Alternate) 0:16
15. Finale From Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Alternate) 1:34
16. Finale From Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Short Version) 1:14
17. End Credits From Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Alternate) 3:53
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From the Manufacturer

In honor or Miklós Rózsa's 115th birthday and as part of the ongoing Universal Pictures Film Music Classics Collection, Intrada presents Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. Rózsa was born on April 18th,1907 in Budapest, Hungary. He scored his first film, Knight Without Armour, in 1937 and 45 years later in 1982 he completed his last film score – Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. It was a fitting film on which to end his distinguished career, as it is set in the '40s and brilliantly incorporates clips from noir classics of that time, including several that Rózsa himself had scored. Although Dead Men is a comedy and not a genre at which Rózsa felt particularly adept, its noir setting allowed him to play it straight, as if he was back scoring pictures in the '40s, but relying on decades of artistic growth that had since transpired. He builds the score on two major themes, both introduced in the "Prelude": an angular, astringent minor-mode tune associated with the darker aspects of the drama followed by a lush, romantic love theme, both of which figure significantly in the score.The recording sessions were led by an esteemed composer and conductor in his own right, Lee Holdridge.

The album was mixed from the 1/2" 3-channel session elements carefully stored in the Universal archives and features 2-CDs worth of Rózsa's score. CD 1 includes the 62-minute score program, with CD 2 covering additional score and alternates.

The film begins when Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) hires private dick Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) to investigate the murder of her father, a noted "cheese scientist." Rigby accepts the job, with the search for the missing Dr. Forrest taking Reardon, disguised as a little old lady, to prison to get information from a manic James Cagney (White Heat), and later to a supermarket where, dressed in Barbara Stanwyck's blond wig, he picks up a lecherous Fred MacMurray (Double Indemnity). Ultimately Reardon has encounters with characters from The Lost Weekend; Sorry, Wrong Number; Double Indemnity and The Bribe (among others), all seamlessly integrated into an elaborate tale that concludes in Peru where the Nazis are using Dr. Forrest to create a corrosive cheese mold that will destroy America.

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