High Noon for Hollywood

NPR had an interesting feature last Sunday about the theme song for the film, High Noon.

The movie High Noon premiered in New York City on July 24, 1952, with an innovation — a theme song, Do Not Forsake Me. It was a major a surprise hit, selling 2 million records.

The movie industry lost an important revenue stream. United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc. 334 US 131 (1948)forced the industry to divest its theaters.

The movie industry rush in to take over the recording industry. For the next decade, virtually all films had a theme song. The theme songs helped to market the films, while earning revenues. Besides the new medium of LP records, now needed 12 songs rather than 6.

National Public Radio.2007. Weekend Edition Sunday (22 July).

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12155282

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