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Trivia Countdown! One Day to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

Posted By Bill Newcott On May 14, 2013 @ 8:00 am In Entertainment | Comments Disabled

I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM [1]. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing:

Spellbound lobby card (Photo: Selznick International Pictures) [2]

Spellbound lobby card
(Photo: Selznick International Pictures)

Besides its eerie dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali, Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound is noted for its unforgettable, Oscar-winning musical score by Miklos Rozsa. He makes great use of the theramin, that haunting device that makes the spooky “whoo-OOO!” sound that later became popular in science fiction movies. In fact, the theramin plays an important audio role in The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Thing-plus, of all things, The Ten Commandments [3]. For a long time I thought the theramin was used to create the musical score of another film we’re featuring on Turner Classic Movies, Forbidden Planet. But although the sound is similar, Planet utilizes a different electronic device created by Greenwich Village performance artists Louis and Bebe Barron.


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[1] Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-02-2013/movies-for-grownups-turner-classic-movies.html

[2] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/020829-spellbound.jpg

[3] The Ten Commandments: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-09-2011/charlton-hestons-greatest-role.html

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