Benjamin Frankel, 1906 - 1973. Born in London to parents of Polish-Jewish origin. His apprenticeship to a watchmaker at the age of 14 lasted for only about a year when his pianistic talents attracted the attention of the American pianist Victor Benham who persuaded his parents to allow him to study music full-time. Still in his teens, Frankel began to earn his living as a jazz pianist, violinist and arranger. By the early 1930's he was in great demand as an arranger and musical director in London's West End. Eventually he became one of England's best known film music composers, writing ultimately over 100 scores.
1. The Importance of Being Earnest (7:22)
2. The Curse of the Werewolf: Pastoral (2:15)
3. The Night of the Iguana (25:08)
4. Trottie True (13:02)
5. The Years Between: Lullaby (3:07)
6. Footsteps in the Fog (14:32)
Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted Werner Andrea Albert. Recorded in Brisbane, October-November 2000.
IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST - Jack Worthing, a wealthy socialite, invents a twin brother in order to lead two lives. As Ernest he carouses in London and as Jack he woos Gwendolyn in the country. Gwendolyn, however, is intrigued by Ernest's rougish personality and she has a fetish for the name, too. So Jack and his friend Algernon play out a charade that leads to confusion, confessions, and declarations of love. Stars Michael Redgrave, Edith Evans, and Margaret Rutherford. 1952
CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF - A servant girl is raped by a beggar in a castle dungeon and gives birth to a son. The boy looks normal but as he matures he begins displaying some strange characteristics, most notably a bad reaction to full moons: once a month, he metamorphoses into a raging beast, complete with fur, fangs and a thirst for fresh blood. The werewolf terrorizes the Spanish countryside with a rash of violent killings until the locals band together to capture the vicious creature. Stars Oliver Reed. 1961 (This was the first film made by the Hammer Company, a production company that specialized in horror films.)
THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA - Residing is a small hotel on the west coast of Mexico, Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon, a defrocked Episcopal preacher, hides from his lecherous past. He finds work as a tour guide for a group of American teachers, but soon comes under criticism from their prudish leader when an 18 year-old in her care starts lusting after him. Shannon also receives a good deal of attention from the seductive hotel owner. He spends most of his time, however, with an idealistic spinster and her 97 year-old grandfather. This wheel chair-bound poet claims that he will expire upon the completion of his final manuscript -- a literary endeavor he has been laboring on for the last twenty years. Stars Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr, and Ava Gardner. Directed by John Huston. 1964
TROTTIE TRUE - A young English girl who works as a music hall singer and dancer marries an English nobleman. Soon after their wedding, they find their diametrically opposed backgrounds make for a difficult relationship. Stars Jean Kent and James Donald. 1949
THE YEARS BETWEEN - Years after he is thought killed in the war, a member of Parliament returns to find out that his wife has not only taken his seat, but is about to marry a local farmer. Daphne Du Maurier penned the play on which this drama is based. Stars Michael Redgrave, Valerie Hobson and James McKechnie. 1946
FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOG - A "cat and mouse" Victorian melodrama. A scheming servant girl is hired by a sinister nobleman and his ailing wife. The wife dies of "natural causes", but the girl knows better, and uses this knowledge to her advantage. In exchange for her silence, she forces the nobleman to cater to her every whim. Stars Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger. 1955.