Two Elmer Bernstein scores on one CD: 20th Century Fox's THE STORY ON PAGE ONE (1959) and THE REWARD (1965). Both scores are released for the first time as part of the INTRADA Special Collection.
Primarily a courtroom drama, THE STORY ON PAGE ONE tells the impassioned story of a wife and her lover on trial for the murder of her husband. It is scored for full orchestra, and features a powerful, dynamic main title which includes twin pianos and percussion in a forceful highlight. Two thematic ideas recur throughout the score - the first blossoms into the primary love theme, and the other represents the stark world of lawyers and courthouses.
In contrast, THE REWARD (which is the story of an American who is wrongly accused of murder and is on the run in Mexico) is primarily scored for guitars and flute with a few woodwinds, cellos and basses filling out the orchestral palette. Bernstein also wrote a number of flute solos for several characters who play the instrument on screen, as well as several melodies played on various solo instruments which appear as bonus tracks at the end of the CD.
The CD was produced by Douglass Fake and Nick Redman, with liner notes by Jon Burlingame.
THE STORY ON PAGE ONE
1. Main Title/Freeway (3:00)
2. Bad News (1:00)
3. Maybe Violets (2:15)
4. Jo’s Indifference (1:31)
5. Night Rendezvous (3:26)
6. Justice (0:18)
7. Londonderry Air/The Letter (0:49)
8. Memory Charred (1:40)
9. Waiting (0:19)
10. End Title (Some Damage) (2:11)
11. Cafe Juke Box: "The Best Of Everything" (Alfred Newman) (2:21)
12. Cafe Organ: "Temptation" (Nacio Herb Brown) (2:11)
13. Lopez/In the Desert/The Grave (4:26)
14. The Desert/The Camp/Ruins of Hacienda (2:32)
15. Joaquin Plays Flute - Parts I & II (1:33)
16. Song for The Reward (1:28) (Music: Elmer Bernstein Lyrics: Margaret Guerrero)
17. The Body/Lopez Goes After Horse (2:29)
18. End Title and Cast (0:48)
Bonus Tracks (Stereo)
19. Recorder #1 - 3 (2:31)
20. Piccolo #1 - 3 (2:41)
Bonus Tracks (Mono)
21. Main Title (2:57)
THE STORY ON PAGE ONE - a suspenseful courtroom drama, was the second and last film directed by the distinguished American playwright Clifford Odets (who also wrote the screenplay). Jo (Rita Hayworth) and Larry (Gig Young) are lovers accused of murdering Jo's husband. Their trial lawyer, Victor Santini (Anthony Franciosa) has his work cut out for him on two different fronts. For one, he has to overcome his own tendency to hit the bottle, and for another, he has to somehow win this case. As revealed in the beginning, Jo's husband died accidentally. Yet the unpredictability of the courtroom proceedings indicate that a verdict of "not guilty" is going to be anything but automatic. 1959
THE REWARD - Director Serge Bourguignon coadapted the screenplay for "The Reward" from a novel by Michael Barrett. Efrem Zimbalist Jr., usually cast on the right side of the law, is here a fugitive from American justice hiding from a murder rap in Mexico. Zimbalist and his girlfriend Yvette Mimieux try to avoid those who'd like to collect the $50,000 dead-or-alive price on his head. Police chief Gilbert Roland captures Zimbalist alive, promising to divvy up the reward with his men. But the police officers greedily turn on each other, leaving the audience to sort out for themselves just who's the real "bad guy" hereabouts. Also stars Max Von Sydow. 1965