02 June, 2008

JERRY COTTON MEETS JESS FRANCO


Jerry Cotton (George Nader) saves Manhattan from the dastardly extortionist Larry Link (Horst Frank) in Harald Philipp's Um Null Uhr schnappt die Falle zu set to the unique sonic environments of....


...German composer Peter Thomas


Some of which ended up on the soundtrack heard under this scene in Jess Franco's...



Actually it should be prolific composer Peter Thomas meets prolific director Jess Franco, probably without either's knowledge. Someone, probably the sound editing team hired by the US distributors, placed an ethereal female vocal cue from Thomas' jazzy soundtrack for the 1966 Jerry Cotton item Um Null Uhr schnappt die Falle zu into the compiled music track [credited to Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg] of VENUS IN FURS (1969).

This scat style interlude is repeated throughout Um Null Uhr schnappt die Falle zu but heard in VENUS IN FURS during the scene where Maria Rohm seduces Margaret Lee in the latter's photography studio. Once you hear it, you won't forget it.

Obviously Manfred Mann and Hugg composed some of the music they are seen playing, but there remain numerous other mysterious cues in the final mix, including one later heard on the soundtrack of the WEREWOLF VS THE VAMPIRE WOMAN, the US version of Leon Klimovsky's LA NOCHE DE WALPURGIS (1970).

The fact that Thomas wasn't credited in VENUS IN FURS indicates that his composition was culled from library tracks.


I recently made the connection when I picked up a DVD-R of the Cotton title at a fan convention, Um Null Uhr schnappt die Falle zu is a wonderfully entertaining item which I'll be reviewing in an upcoming EUROSPY FILES blog.

(c) Robert Monell, 2008




3 comments:

ecom said...

"Obviously Manfred Mann and Hugg composed some of the music they are seen playing, but there remain numerous other mysterious cues in the final mix, including one later heard on the soundtrack of the WEREWOLF VS THE VAMPIRE WOMAN, the US version of Leon Klimovsky's LA NOCHE DE WALPURGIS (1970)."

Some of the cues are also heard in the American film SISTERS OF DEATH. WEREWOLF VS THE VAMPIRE WOMAN's US post production was performed by Synchronfilm (or Synchrofilm) which also did music supervision on SISTERS OF DEATH as well as VENUS IN FURS, 99 WOMEN (which also shares a cue with VENUS), and A BLACK VEIL FOR LISA.

Robert Monell said...

Thanks for the info on the music for SISTERS... which I haven't seen. Synchronfilm must have had this cue on a library recording. I was wondering if it was a Bruno Nicolai compostion.

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