Movie Musical Director - Muir Mathieson

Composer and Conductor Muir Mathieson preferred to be the Musical Director on most of the movies that he worked on. He earned credits on 475 films in the forty years that he worked in the industry. As a Musical Director he could incorporate music from a variety of first rate composers and arrange and conduct their scores. He was nicknamed the 'Tsar of Music for British Films' and was a hard man to impress. But what a result for all that hard work.
The following titles have some of the best filmscores - ever!
This list is dedicated to one of Muir's American fans - blueish35.
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1.
Henry V (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (137 mins.)
“ The first Technicolor film ever made of a Shakespearean play it was a real morale booster to a war weary nation. - "Then should the war-like Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars; and at his heels, leashed in like hounds, would famine, word, and fire crouch for employment."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by William Walton.
Conductor and Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
2.
Becket (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (148 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
“ Two magnificent actors play two influencial characters from English history and bring the screen alive with their art. - "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?"

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Laurence Rosenthal.
Conductor and Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
3.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ The mystery romance thriller especially written for Alfred Hitchcock and one of his best productions. - "If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?"

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Bernard Herrmann.
Score conducted by Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
4.
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves. (106 mins.)
“ The film that started in London but got Blitzed to Hollywood; see if you can spot the difference. - "I am Abu the thief. Son of Abu the thief. Grandson of Abu the thief."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Miklos Rozsa.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
5.
Suicide Squadron (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During World War II, an American newswoman falls for a Polish piano virtuoso...who wants to go back and fight. (94 mins.)
“ Anton Walbrook was actually playing the piano on screen but his performance was dubbed on the soundtrack by Louis Kentner. - "We can always meet in the dark."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Richard Addinsell.
'Bridal Chorus' composed by Richard Wagner.
Musical Director - Muir Matheson. ” - brickley220
 
6.
49th Parallel (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
“ Michael Powell's film which tried to convince America to support Britain in the struggle against Hitler. - "You can't even begin to understand democracy. We own the right to be fed up with anything we damn please and say so out loud when we feel like it."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
7.
Drums (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Set in the India of the British Raj. All the Indians are portrayed as untrustworthy, plotting to overthrow their British masters... (104 mins.)
Director: Zoltan Korda
“ The natives are restless on the North West Frontier but the British Raj has a secret weapon, Drummer Holder. - "Well Azim, you 'old the sticks like this, see."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by John Greenwood.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
8.
The Murder in Thornton Square (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband of the couple who have moved in has a secret which he will do anything to keep hidden. (84 mins.)
“ The earlier and darker version of this classic murder/ madness mystery tale from old foggy London town. - "You will die, raving, in an asylum."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Richard Addinsell.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
9.
Spitfire (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Aircraft designer/patriot R. J. Mitchell, alarmed at growing German militarism, works to perfect a defense against the German Messerschmidt at the cost of his health. (118 mins.)
Director: Leslie Howard
“ Ironically this was Leslie Howard's final screen performance before losing his life in an aircrash. - "Two eighty-five? Mitch, this is 1927, not 1977!"

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by William Walton.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
10.
This Happy Breed (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs... (114 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ The story of a middle class London family from 1919 to 1939. - "Well, they're cutting down the navy, and they're cutting down the army. The only thing they don't seem to be cutting down is the unemployed!"

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Muir Mathieson and Clifton Parker.
Conductor and Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
11.
Genevieve (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse... (86 mins.)
Director: Henry Cornelius
“ Ambrose and Alan agree on everything except for their beautiful Vintage cars. - "This is the end! Making a public spectacle of yourselves. I couldn't have believed you could have behaved like this, either of you. Just hauling like brooligans."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Larry Adler.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
12.
The Crimson Pirate (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings... (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
“ Before Jack Sparrow was a twinkle in his father's eye, Captain Vallo was swashbuckling the Spanish Main. - "You may be over-confident, Captain Vallo. There are 200 of the King's marines aboard this vessel."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by William Alwyn.
Musical Director - Muir Matieson. ” - brickley220
 
13.
A Night to Remember (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912. (123 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
“ Made before CGI and greenscreen this was the landmark in 1950's disaster movies. - "Gentlemen, we are in a precarious position. We must be prepared to abandon ship."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by William Alwyn.
Conducted by Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
14.
Brief Encounter (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (86 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Ah! The smell of Railway engines, the taste of Railway tea and the sound of Railway Rachmaninov. - "I love you. I love your wide eyes, the way you smile, your shyness, and the way you laugh at my jokes."

Soundtrack included: 'Piano Concerto No.2' by Sergei Rachmaninoff,
'March Militaire' by Franz Schubert and 'Spanish Dances No.5' by Moritz Moszkowski.
Additional music composed by Percival Mackey and Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
15.
Green for Danger (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate. (91 mins.)
Director: Sidney Gilliat
“ This dark murder/ comedy mystery has incredible atmosphere, or maybe it's the nitrous oxide? - "In view of my failure - correction, comparative failure - I feel that I have no alternative but to offer you, sir, my resignation, in the sincere hope that you will not accept it. Full stop."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by William Alwyn.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
16.
Blanche Fury (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The childless widow of Allan Fury bequeaths the Fury estate to her Fuller relatives but Allan's illegitimate son who masquerades as a servant hopes to grab the estate for himself. (90 mins.)
Director: Marc Allégret
“ There are more cads in this movie than you can thrash in one session, no wonder she is plotting their downfall. - "The ape of the Furies is said to protect the family and wreak vengeance on anyone who crosses them."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Clifton Parker.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
17.
The War Lover (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying... (105 mins.)
Director: Philip Leacock
“ Captain Buzz Rickson is a daredevil pilot who meets his match in the delightful Daphne. - "In wartime you don't fall in love, you make love. You know what I mean?"

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Richard Addinsell.
Conducted by Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
18.
Damn the Defiant! (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary Wars, fair Captain Crawford is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command Lt. Scott-Paget whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny. (101 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Unlike the 'Bounty' this ship has a caring Captain and a fearsome First Lieutenant. - "I've been leniant with you Mr Crawford. Obviously much too leniant."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Clifton Parker.
Conducted by Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
19.
The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea... (91 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ An everyday story of Air Sea Rescue in the English Channel, except that this time it is special. - "You mean you forgot to check the engine before you went off duty!"

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Malcolm Arnold.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
20.
Hobson's Choice (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker and tyrannical widower of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses as marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements. (108 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Bootmaker Hobson has the ideal life but his daughters have other plans. - "It's no good Father, Will and I are married and there's nowt you can do about it!"

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Malcolm Arnold.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
21.
Hell in Korea (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
During the Korean War retreat in 1951, a small British recon group is surrounded by Chinese troops and holds out in a lonely temple atop a hill. (81 mins.)
Director: Julian Amyes
“ A British patrol in Korea take refuge in an old temple before they realise that it is surrounded by Chinese troops. - "Blimey, we're in for it now."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Malcolm Arnold.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
22.
The Way Ahead (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A group of conscripts are called up into the infantry during WWII. At first they appear a hopeless bunch... (115 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ Two Chelsea Pensioners discuss how their old Battalion is progressing through the war. - "Do you know their officer? He seems to be giving them a very hard time at the moment."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by William Alwyn.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
23.
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the prince regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her. (115 mins.)
“ This was the 1950s equivalent of 'Legally Blonde' which proved that women could have brains and beauty. Olivier gave up directing films for 13 years after his experiences with Marilyn. - "Oh, don't give me that. I'm an American citizen, no one can do anything to me. Besides, who cares about your old Balkan revolutions, anyway? You have them all the time."

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by Richard Addinsell.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
24.
Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2... (119 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Based on the true story of Violette Szabo, a French speaking English rose who went as an Agent into occupied Franch to help the Resistance movement. - "The life that I have, Is all that I have, And the life that I have, Is yours"

ORIGINAL MUSIC composed by William Alwyn.
Musical Director - Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220
 
25.
The L-Shaped Room (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits... (126 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
“ A lovely story about a pregnant, unmarried mother when such things were not openly discussed. Good use of Brahms' 'Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra' in the soundtrack. - "What am I going to do about you Toby?"

Jazz sequences composed by John Barry.
Music arranged and conducted by Muir Mathieson. ” - brickley220