Saturday, August 04, 2007

Happy birthday, David Raksin.

Film composer and two-time Oscar nominee David Raksin, well known for his haunting theme for the 1944 film Laura, was born today in 1912. He died in 2004.

In addition to Laura, Raksin's mystery music credits include The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), Fallen Angel (1945), Force of Evil (1948), Whirlpool (1949), and Al Capone (1959). Nonmystery music work includes The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), Forever Amber (1947), and the TV series Ben Casey (1961).


Ed Gorman said...

My single favorite song of all time is Laura.

Elizabeth Foxwell said...


I have a nifty version of "Laura" by the Dave Brubeck Trio.