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The Flim-Flam Man
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Douglass Fake
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Film Score Monthly
(February, 2000)
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The album is a limited release of 3,000 copies, available originally through FSM or specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you seek a superior presentation of the parody Western The Flim-Flam Man in the brilliance of its original stereo mix (an absolute necessity for the character of its style).

Avoid it... if Jerry Goldsmith's smaller-scale and unique Americana style, especially concerning delicate themes for harmonica and woodwind, doesn't sustain your interest.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #926
WRITTEN 3/5/00, REVISED 4/15/07
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The Flim-Flam Man/A Girl Named Sooner: (Jerry Goldsmith) Often lost among composer Jerry Goldsmith's grand, large-scale scores of the Silver Age were his variety of comedies, parody westerns, and smaller character drama scores like A Patch of Blue that rarely receive due attention in the era after the composer's death. Working tirelessly to bring these more obscure Goldsmith scores from the 60's and 70's to soundtrack album collectors has been Lukas Kendall's Film Score Monthly label, and at the time of the release of The Flim-Flam Man and A Girl Named Sooner, the label was steaming through many of the titles the composer's fans were most requesting. Both scores on this particular album feature a genuine Americana spirit unique to Goldsmith's career. As mentioned in the product's fine notation, Goldsmith had an Americana feel not inspired by the style of Aaron Copland or Elmer Bernstein, conjuring themes and rhythms that defined Goldsmith's own style of home grown American spirit. It wasn't uncommon for Goldsmith to use the harmonica during these years to promote that sound, and both these scores owe much of their own identities to that instrument. Irvin Kerschner's The Flim-Flam Man was a happy-go-lucky 1967 comedy about con artists at the top of their game, with a script that showed the development of an apprentice by the master. By the end of the film, after being chased by dumb police and bilking money from unsuspecting fools in business, the younger con artist proves his loyalty to the older one by sacrificing his freedom for George C. Scott (in the role of the master). The second film was a strict character drama made for television in 1975 and followed the relationship between a couple who adopts a young wild girl and deals with effects of her presence and absence. The first score obviously conveys volumes of Goldsmith's more wild and parody spirit while the second score is much more restrained, but both are saturated with the essence of Goldsmith's sound of Americana. Most of the people interested in this release will be attracted to The Flim-Flam Man and its undeniably funny character sound, though there is much merit to be heard in the more tender sounds of A Girl Named Sooner.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 64:26
The Flim-Flam Man

• 1. Main Title (1:41)
• 2. A Good Trick (0:16)
• 3. No Rest for the Wicked (3:46)
• 4. A Little Inspiration (1:38)
• 5. Stolen Property (3:14)
• 6. The Getaway (3:00)
• 7. The Main Line (2:17)
• 8. Times Gone By (1:07)
• 9. The Visitor (3:23)
• 10. Good Night/The Homestead (2:46)
• 11. The Hayseed (1:17)
• 12. A Poor Ending (0:51)
• 13. Run for It (1:08)
• 14. Curly's Plan (2:44)
• 15. Curly's Farewell (1:16)
• 16. The Waiting Game (1:24)
• 17. On the Road Again (1:12)
A Girl Named Sooner

• 18. Main Title (3:04)
• 19. Sooner Frees the Calf (0:45)
• 20. Into Town (0:29)
• 21. Mac and Elizabeth (2:08)
• 22. Elizabeth Meets Sooner (0:35)
• 23. The Bath/Bird's New Perch (2:49)
• 24. Becoming a Family/Jumping Rope (2:59)
• 25. Isolation (2:19)
• 26. Elizabeth Comforts Sooner (2:37)
• 27. A Kiss Goodnight (0:59)
• 28. Runaway (2:08)
• 29. Second Thoughts (1:24)
• 30. Tears of Regret (0:54)
• 31. Sooner and Granny/Reconciliation (4:19)
• 32. Making a Difference (2:14)
• 33. End Title (1:00)

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The album contains the usual excellent quality of pictorial and textual information established in other albums of FSM's series, with extremely detailed notes about the films and scores.
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