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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Something New Every Day

Tonight I watched Hatari!, the Howard Hawks safari comedy starring John Wayne. During the opening credits, I noted that Henry Mancini scored the film, and yet I was still surprised when his "Baby Elephant Walk" accompanied a scene of Elsa Martinelli's character walking a trio of baby elephants to a watering hole. I hadn't realized that Mancini's hit had been composed for a soundtrack, nor that the instrumental's title was so literal. As a fan of Mancini and Hawks, this was a real treat. And it even helped me feel a bit better - I've been fighting a bad head cold over the last couple of days. Thanks, Howard and Henry! 

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