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      Dimitri Tiomkin

      Dimitri Tiomkin

      Highest Rated: 100% The Westerner (1940)

      Lowest Rated: 42% 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

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      Credit
      92% 68% The Fall of the Roman Empire Music - 1964
      92% 86% The Guns of Navarone Original Music - 1961
      52% 64% The Alamo Original Music - 1960
      77% 63% The Sundowners Original Music - 1960
      60% 60% The Unforgiven Original Music - 1960
      91% 80% Last Train From Gun Hill Original Music - 1959
      96% 90% Rio Bravo Original Music - 1959
      No Score Yet 25% The Young Land Original Music - 1959
      50% 53% Night Passage Original Music - 1957
      85% 69% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Original Music - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Search for Paradise Original Music - 1957
      89% 82% Friendly Persuasion Original Music - 1956
      88% 87% Giant Original Music $183.9K 1956
      No Score Yet 40% Tension at Table Rock Original Music - 1956
      No Score Yet 0% The Command Original Music - 1954
      42% 59% The High and the Mighty Original Music - 1954
      90% 92% Dial M for Murder Original Music - 1954
      No Score Yet 30% Take the High Ground Original Music - 1953
      81% 77% I Confess Original Music - 1953
      No Score Yet 38% His Majesty O'Keefe Original Music - 1953
      94% 89% High Noon Original Music - 1952
      No Score Yet 74% The Happy Time Original Music - 1952
      100% 43% The Well Original Music - 1951
      98% 92% Strangers on a Train Original Music - 1951
      No Score Yet 22% Drums in the Deep South Original Music - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dakota Lil Original Music - 1950
      No Score Yet 35% Red Light Original Music - 1949
      88% 75% D.O.A. Original Music - 1949
      No Score Yet 25% Canadian Pacific Music - 1949
      94% 74% Champion Original Music,
      Music Director
      - 1949
      No Score Yet 17% The Dude Goes West Original Music - 1948
      88% 85% Portrait of Jennie Original Music - 1948
      100% 87% Red River Original Music - 1948
      No Score Yet 50% The Long Night Original Music - 1947
      71% 57% The Dark Mirror Original Music - 1946
      76% 55% Duel in the Sun Original Music - 1946
      86% 87% Let There Be Light Original Music - 1946
      93% 95% It's a Wonderful Life Original Music $3.3M 1946
      No Score Yet 66% San Pietro Original Music - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Is Germany Music - 1945
      No Score Yet 45% Dillinger Original Music - 1945
      No Score Yet 50% The Battle of China Original Music - 1944
      100% 89% Shadow of a Doubt Original Music - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forced Landing Original Music - 1941
      92% 83% Meet John Doe Original Music - 1941
      No Score Yet 54% The Corsican Brothers Original Music - 1941
      100% 76% The Westerner Original Music - 1940
      100% 82% Only Angels Have Wings Original Music - 1939
      97% 94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Original Music - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spawn of the North Original Music - 1938
      95% 88% You Can't Take It With You Original Music - 1938
      93% 82% Lost Horizon Original Music - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road Back Original Music - 1937
      67% 59% Alice in Wonderland Original Music - 1933