Los Angeles -- You sometimes forget in a moment of euphoria and enchantment that what you have just experienced was the culmination of countless numbers of talented artists and craftsmen working either in tandem or independent of one another, each with a unique contributing artisan skill that collectively breath life into a production along with an accompanying paycheck and a flourishing career. And that is my point, in spite our adulation of entertainment in general, it remains as it has a business like all businesses that in order to survive and grow must earn profits, otherwise the Hollywood as we know it today would have never come into existence.
With money as the motivator and negotiator, many a high profile personalty, be they the main talent in front of the camera or the above the line key personality behind the camera do accept on occasion jobs less flattering but essential in helping them over a financial hump they might be experiencing or a lag time between projects or even both.
Lost In Space without exception for example had two very dramatic musical motifs that Bill Mummy, who played the precocious Will Robinson, hummed during an interview. The tune in question was a musical number composed by a relatively obscure composer by the name of Herman Stein and the composition was titled as Family/The Robinsons first featured in two episodes, The Derelict and Welcome Stranger. The musical cues were then reused throughout the series to represent any particularly sentimental moment, mostly ones involving the Robinson family.
Thanks to Ben Boatwright Productions for posting on YouTube. Here is the link if you wish to explore further: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klS3GOQ6nIQ&list=RDklS3GOQ6nIQ&index=29
Bernard Hermann, Alfred Hitchcock's favorite film composer, who brought such "Hitch" classics as North By Northwest, Pyscho, The Man Who Knew Too Much to heightened levels of suspense, added one of the most dramatic and stunning musical motifs, the Belt, Rocket Ride of Dr. John Robinson. However, in actuality it was lifted from the Herrmann soundtrack for BENEATH THE 12 MILE REEF (1953).
John Williams of Star Wars fame and Jaws actually penned the theme songs to both the first season as well as the second and third. Here are the themes in the order that they were released.
I leave you with a visual trivia of memorabilia. Ah heck just throw the kitchen sink while your at it!
Compilation Interviews From The SCFI Channel Courtesy JLovebirch
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