Sunday, March 25, 2007

RIP Herman Stein

Composer Herman Stein died on March 15 of congestive heart failure at age 91. Stein was the prolific writer of TV and film scores like "Creature from the Black Lagoon," "The Incredible Shrinking Man," "Lost In Space," and "This Island Earth." Most of his contributions were uncredited. Stein worked in all genres—horror, sci-fi, westerns, comedy—and for directors as diverse as William Castle, Douglas Sirk, Roger Corman, and AndrĂ© De Toth. His last film was Castle's 1966 "Let's Kill Uncle." To honor this great, unsung hero go out and rent one of the fine films he worked on. I recommend "It Came From Outer Space," (German title "Gefahr aus dem Weltall" in poster at left).


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