Dimitri Tiomkin

Dimitri Tiomkin

Highest Rated: 100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Lowest Rated: 40% The High and the Mighty (1954)

Birthday: May 10, 1894

Birthplace: Kremenchuk, Poltava Province, Ukraine

One of the most influential European film composers of the 20th Century, Dimitri Tiomkin made the unlikely leap from post-revolutionary Russia to Hollywood thanks to a rich melodic sound which effortlessly captured the American spirit. A favorite of several legendary directors, classically-trained pianist Tiomkin first struck up a creative partnership with Frank Capra on "Lost Horizon" (1937), which later resulted in the first of a staggering 22 Oscar nominations with "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939). Tiomkin then moved into Western territory for a number of Fred Zinnemann films including "High Noon" (1952), whose box-office success was widely attributed to a hit theme tune which unarguably introduced the concept of the blockbuster soundtrack. Showcasing his versatility, Tiomkin also scored four Alfred Hitchcock classics, changed the course of science fiction music on Howard Hawks' "The Thing" (1951) and enhanced the epic nature of "The Land of the Pharaohs" (1955). Tiomkin's 'golden decade' ended in 1958 but he continued to court awards attention with his expansive scores for "Town Without Pity" (1961), "The Fall of the Roman Empire" (1964) and his final work, "Chaikovsky" (1969), and also made a major impact on the small screen with his memorable theme to "Rawhide" (CBS, 1959-1965). His 1979 death closed the book on one of Hollywood's most visionary composing careers.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
92% 86% The Guns of Navarone Original Music - 1961
60% 59% The Unforgiven Original Music - 1960
75% 63% The Sundowners Original Music - 1960
52% 63% The Alamo Original Music - 1960
91% 81% Last Train From Gun Hill Original Music - 1959
No Score Yet 29% The Young Land Original Music - 1959
98% 91% Rio Bravo Original Music - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Search for Paradise Original Music - 1957
50% 54% Night Passage Original Music - 1957
85% 69% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Original Music - 1957
No Score Yet 25% Tension at Table Rock Original Music - 1956
93% 87% Giant Original Music $183.9K 1956
88% 81% Friendly Persuasion Original Music - 1956
40% 59% The High and the Mighty Original Music - 1954
No Score Yet 0% The Command Original Music - 1954
89% 92% Dial M for Murder Original Music - 1954
No Score Yet 35% His Majesty O'Keefe Original Music - 1953
83% 76% I Confess Original Music - 1953
No Score Yet 28% Take the High Ground Original Music - 1953
No Score Yet 72% The Happy Time Original Music - 1952
95% 89% High Noon Original Music - 1952
98% 92% Strangers on a Train Original Music - 1951
No Score Yet 22% Drums in the Deep South Original Music - 1951
100% 43% The Well Original Music - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dakota Lil Original Music - 1950
No Score Yet 29% Canadian Pacific Music - 1949
No Score Yet 33% Red Light Original Music - 1949
94% 74% Champion Original Music,
Music Director
- 1949
88% 75% D.O.A. Original Music - 1949
85% 85% Portrait of Jennie Original Music - 1948
No Score Yet 17% The Dude Goes West Original Music - 1948
100% 87% Red River Original Music - 1948
No Score Yet 48% The Long Night Original Music - 1947
77% 55% Duel in the Sun Original Music - 1946
71% 56% The Dark Mirror Original Music - 1946
94% 95% It's a Wonderful Life Original Music $3.3M 1946
83% 87% Let There Be Light Original Music - 1946
No Score Yet 45% Dillinger Original Music - 1945
No Score Yet 67% San Pietro Original Music - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Is Germany Music - 1945
No Score Yet 50% The Battle of China Original Music - 1944
100% 89% Shadow of a Doubt Original Music - 1943
91% 83% Meet John Doe Original Music - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forced Landing Original Music - 1941
No Score Yet 50% The Corsican Brothers Original Music - 1941
100% 76% The Westerner Original Music - 1940
100% 82% Only Angels Have Wings Original Music - 1939
96% 94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Original Music - 1939
93% 88% You Can't Take It With You Original Music - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spawn of the North Original Music - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road Back Original Music - 1937
93% 82% Lost Horizon Original Music - 1937
67% 60% Alice in Wonderland Original Music - 1933