Saturday, May 8, 2021

Who Are Those Composers ~ Ken Thorne


Kenneth Thorne was born on January 26, East Dereham, Norfolk, England. Ken began his musical career as a pianist with the big bands of England during the 1940s, playing at night clubs and the dance halls. At age 27, Thorne decided to seriously study composition with private tutors at Cambridge and later studied the organ for five years in London.

Thorne began composing scores for films in 1948. He was considered Richard Lester's composer of choice since their first work together on “It's Trad, Dad!” (1962), “Help!” (1965) and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (1966).

When Henry Mancini was scoring Blake Edwards' 1968 film “The Party” with Peter Sellers, Thorne composed the soundtrack to “Inspector Clouseau”. He also composed the music scores for “How I Won the War” (1967), The Monkees movie “Head” (1968), “The Magic Christian” (1969) and “The Ritz” (1976). He was also hired for Richard Lester's films “Superman II” and “Superman III” with instructions to reuse the themes composed by John Williams from the first film and adapt them for the sequels, also adding some original work. From the 1980s, Ken Thorne mainly focused on his work for TV, working predominantly with director Kevin Connor.

His television work included the theme to the 1964 BBC series ‘R3’, and he also scored incidental music for ‘The Persuaders!’ ‘The Zoo Gang’ in the 1970s. His later work included the score for the miniseries ‘Return to Lonesome Dove’ in 1993.

Ken Thorne died in a hospital in West Hills, California on 9 July 2014.

THORNE, Ken (Kenneth Thorne) [1/26/1924, East Dereham, Norfolk, England, U.K. – 7/9/2014, West Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.] – composer, conductor, orchestrator, songwriter, married to Linda Hayes (1973-2014) father of Jennifer Coplin, production manager Emily Thorne, assistant director Claire Thorne.

A Talent for Loving - 1969

Hannie Caulder - 1970

50th Anniversary of “Django’s Cut Rate Corpses”


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Anche per Django le carogne hanno un Prezzo” (Django’s Cut Rate Corpses) directed by Paolo Solvay and starring Jeff Cameron. The film tells the story of the Cortez brothers and their gang who rob the bank of Silver City and kidnap Susan Crane in order to obtain information about a gold mine. The bandits take refuge in Mexico where a number of people pursue them; Sheriff Fulton follows the robbers in pursuit of the stolen gold. Django is in pursuit in order to rescue Susan, who is his fiancée and to collect the bounty on the Cortez brothers’ heads. Pickwick is in pursuit because his stolen saddle holds the will of his grandfather leaving him a large ranch. Saloon owner Pedro and his wife Dolores also pursue the bandits. This group of people both help and hinder each other and the capture of the gang. Pedro is killed for his greed while the bandits release Susan hoping this will appease Django. Fulton, Pickwick and Django join forces to meet the Cortez brothers in a final duel to the death.


Anche per Django le carogne hanno un prezzo - Italian title

La venganza de Django - Spanish title

Tambien la corona tiene un precio - Spanish title

Django contra 4 irmaos - Brazilian title

Pour Django les salauds on un prix - French title

Même pour Django... les salauds ont un prix - French Canadian title

Auch Djangos Kopf hat seinen Preis - German title

A Pistol for Django - U.K. title

Even Django Has His Price – U.S.A. title

Django’s Cut Rate Corpses - U.S.A title


A 1971 Italian production [Constitution Film, Manuelli Italiana Film (Rome)]

Producers: Mario De Riso, Gino Turini

Director: Paolo Solvay (Luigi Batzella)

Story: Luigi Batzella, Mario DeRosa, Gaetano Dell’Era

Screenplay: Luigi Batzella, Mario DeRosa, Gaetano Dell’Era

Cinematography: Giorgio Montagnani [Eastmancolor, widescreen]

Music: Vasili Kojucharov

Running time: 89 minutes



Django - Jeff Cameron (Giovanni Scarciofolo)

Pickwick - John Desmont

Pilar - Esmeralda Barros (Esmerlinda Barros)

Susan Crane - Dominique Badou

Ramon Cortez - Edilio Kim

Ramon’s brothers - William Major, Mario De Rosa, Franco Daddi

Sheriff Fulton - Gengher Gatti

Donna Dolores Ramirez - Angela Portaluri

Pedro Ramirez - Mark Devis (Gianfranco Clerici)

Saloon girl - Laila Shed

Monk - Marletta Franco (Francesco Marletta)

Ramon henchman- Garriba Fabio (Fabio Garriba)

With: El Meteco (L. Metero), Gennaro Masino, Renato Lamperla, Wladimiro Daddi (Wladimir Daddi), Jean-Claude Jabes (Gianclaudio Jabes)


Special Birthdays

 Gualtiero Tumiati (actor) would have been 145 today, but died in 1971.







Luana Alcaniz (actress) would have been 115 today, but died in 1991.



Erico Menczer (cinematographer) would have been 95 today, but died in 2012.







Bruno Carotenuto (actor) is 80 today.







James Mitchum (actor) is 80 today.