Soundtracks by Henry Mancini

Soundtracks by Henry Mancini

14 Episodes

Henry Mancini combined elements of jazz, pop, easy listening, and exotica into lush, loungey scores that all but defined space-age, cocktail-shaker sophistication. Bright, breezy, and casually inventive, Mancini’s music lends that little something extra to works by Orson Welles (TOUCH OF EVIL), Stanley Donen (CHARADE, TWO FOR THE ROAD), and especially Blake Edwards, with whom Mancini collaborated on twenty-seven films, including the classics DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES and VICTOR/VICTORIA.

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Soundtracks by Henry Mancini
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    Episode 1

  • Touch of Evil

    Episode 2

    Directed by Orson Welles • 1958 • United States
    Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles

    Orson Welles’s sublimely sordid noir masterpiece opens with the most explosive tracking shot in all of cinema and ends with one of the medium’s most immortal lines (delivered, unforgettably, by Ma...

  • Days of Wine and Roses

    Episode 3

    Directed by Blake Edwards • 1962 • United States
    Starring Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford

    Blake Edwards’s powerful adaptation of J. P. Miller’s heartrending teleplay broke startling new ground in its unsparing, bare-knuckled look at an ordinary family torn apart by alcoholism. Cast aga...

  • Experiment in Terror

    Episode 4

    Directed by Blake Edwards • 1962 • United States
    Starring Lee Remick, Glenn Ford

    Following the success of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, producer-director Blake Edwards took a detour into noir territory with this ultra-stylish, mood-drenched thriller. Lee Remick plays a San Francisco bank clerk who is ...

  • Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

    Episode 5

    Directed by Henry Koster • 1962 • United States
    Starring James Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, Fabian

    This high-spirited family favorite comedy will have you reconsidering your vacation plans for the summer. Exhausted by his busy life in the city, stressed-out banker Roger Hobbs (James Stewart) would l...

  • Charade

    Episode 6

    Directed by Stanley Donen • 1963 • United States
    Starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau

    In this comedic thriller, a trio of crooks relentlessly pursue a young American, played by Audrey Hepburn in gorgeous Givenchy, through Paris in an attempt to recover the fortune her dead husband...

  • Arabesque

    Episode 7

    Directed by Stanley Donen • 1966 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel

    Following the runaway success of CHARADE, director Stanley Donen brought together another pair of megastars for a similarly swanky, Hitchcockian blend of romance, comedy, and international intrigue. ...

  • Two for the Road

    Episode 8

    Directed by Stanley Donen • 1967 • United Kingdom
    Starring Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Georges Descrières

    Infused with a fresh, French New Wave–inspired energy, this effervescent road movie follows successful architect Mark (Albert Finney) and his wife, Joanna (Audrey Hepburn), as they embark...

  • Sunflower

    Episode 9

    Directed by Vittorio De Sica • 1970 • Italy, Soviet Union
    Starring Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Ludmila Savelyeva

    Sophia Loren delivers a stunning performance in this grandly emotional romantic epic. In one of her great collaborations with director Vittorio De Sica, she plays Giovanna, a ...

  • Once Is Not Enough

    Episode 10

    Directed by Guy Green • 1975 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Alexis Smith, David Janssen

    Based on the bestseller by “Valley of the Dolls” author Jacqueline Susann, this torrid big-screen soap opera centers on the fraught relationship between Mike Wayne (Kirk Douglas), a has-been Hollywood...

  • Silver Streak

    Episode 11

    Directed by Arthur Hiller • 1976 • United States
    Starring Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Pryor

    In this wild (and wildly popular) buddy-comedy adventure, rail passenger George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) finds that a romantic escapade with a sultry secretary (Jill Clayburgh) puts him in the midd...

  • Little Miss Marker

    Episode 12

    Directed by Walter Bernstein • 1980 • United States
    Starring Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis

    Damon Runyon’s classic short story—originally filmed in 1934 as a Shirley Temple vehicle—gets a sparkling screen update courtesy of an all-star cast. Walter Matthau stars as Sorrowful Jones, t...

  • Victor/Victoria

    Episode 13

    Directed by Blake Edwards • 1982 • United Kingdom, United States
    Starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston

    Blake Edwards’s brilliant boudoir farce stars a never-better Julie Andrews as Victoria Grant, a struggling 1930s cabaret singer who cooks up a scheme that makes her the toast of ...

  • That’s Life!

    Episode 14

    Directed by Blake Edwards • 1986 • United States
    Starring Jack Lemmon, Julie Andrews, Sally Kellerman

    This independently produced comedic drama from Blake Edwards is a true family affair. Shot in Edwards and Julie Andrews’s gorgeous beachside Malibu home and featuring a cast made up largely of f...