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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (Limited Edition CD Soundtrack)


Sound: B     Music: B-



In another comic soundtrack when John Williams was still that jazzy, groovy composer Johnny Williams, he scored a wacky comedy for the usually non-comic director J. Lee Thompson.  John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965) was a light comedy in its time, but a story about an Arab football team (you read that right) playing that of the legendary Notre Dame and how a couple of Americans help the Arabs beat the famed college!


That mere concept seems at least a light-year away, but this was future Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty’s high concept and 20th Century-Fox decided to fill up the film with a strong cast that included Shirley MacLaine, Peter Ustinov as the lead Arab behind the team, Jim Backus, Scott Brady, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Harry Morgan, Telly Savalas, Richard Deacon, Jackie Coogan, Teri Garr and Richard Crenna in the title role.  We’ll wait for Fox to put out the DVD to cover it, but the combination of that cast, director, writer and how politically incorrect that film is should be something to see.


As for this CD, it is the first time this music has ever been released as a soundtrack and William’s fans should be thrilled, because except for some minor distortion here and there from the often repetitious score.  Like Elmer Bernstein’s score for the Peter Seller’s comedy World Of Henry Orient (reviewed elsewhere on this site), this makes sense that it would work in a comedy that is keeping a certain series of jokes and situations going, but not necessarily as well on its own.  There are also some bonus and alternate tracks here.


In the case of the title song, MacLaine sang it for the film, which is here, but an alternate version was cut in two versions (opening and end titles) by recording artist Jaye P. Morgan, who went on to greater Pop culture fame as the first lady of the infamous TV game show The Gong Show before a dispute between her and creator/host Chuck Barris over her flashing her breasts had him get rid of her.  The show’s loss of her killed the show.


This is about on par with the Williams score for Guide For The Married Man (another FSM CD score reviewed elsewhere on this site as well), though I liked the theme song to that film a bit better.  Those and many other great CD soundtracks are available from the Film Score Monthly soundtrack label at www.filmscoremonthly.com where they can be ordered exclusively.  Order soon, though, as all of their soundtracks are limited to only 3,000 pressings.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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