Monday, July 31, 2006

No Way To Treat A Lady

William Goldman's oddball horror/comic novel No Way to Treat a Lady was made into an even odder 1968 cult film, starring Rod Steiger as a psycho strangler who goes after New York women in a variety of disguises (even in drag) while taunting Jewish cop George Segal. The wonderful score is one of the earlier efforts from the late and underrated Stanley Myers (The Deer Hunter, The Martian Chronicles), mixing some spooky whistling, a lilting main theme, some fun "swinging" bits, a great psychedelic track ("St. Matthew Fashion"), and even a goofy tribute to the Tijuana Brass entitled "Alpert Memorial."

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Blogger gspeedlace said...

Good choice; it's a shame more people don't know the film.

I like Myers' score for PRICK UP YOUR EARS as well. Any chance you've got that and MARTIAN CHRONICLES in the pipeline for another post?

Also, have you got THE OMEGA MAN in your archives? I missed the limited edition CD when it was released several years back and I've been kicking myself ever since.

2:23 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Hi! Don't worry, there's some more Stanely Myers in the pipeline. If you like this one, be sure to also check out his great score for the little-seen Sitting Target, which was recently issued on CD (finally). The Omega Man has been posted on another blog before, though offhand I can't recall which one. I'll try to post the site here shortly.

3:38 PM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Sitting Target is a terrific score!

A guy sent me the LP of Myers "Blind Date" but I have no turntable. By chance, you have this one?

1:14 AM  
Anonymous dom said...

in britain "sitting target" is not little seen at all as about once a fortnight TCM have been showing it (along with blow up,get carter & the hill,etc) for about the last 10 years, it must've been shown over a 100 times at least! brilliantly filmed in parts...speaking of which,another TCM favourite (one of their 100 or so films they endlessly screen) is "The Walking Stick", another Myers score which pre dates the deer hunter by years by using "cavatina".

8:33 PM  
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Blogger Anders said...

I have this LP but can't listen to it, as my record player is in storage. The link is dead (, as opposed to .com, seems to delete the files instantly), so would you be able to re-upload it, please?
I would be very happy if that happened :-)

2:57 AM  

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