May 2007
The High and the Mighty to screen at Academy in Los Angeles

Dimitri Tiomkin conducting, circa 1955-1956

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Gold Standard Screening Series will feature The High and the Mighty to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of the film’s star and co-producer, John Wayne. The film’s title song, by Tiomkin and Ned Washington, was nominated for an Academy Award and became so identified with Wayne that it was played at his funeral.

This is the theatrical premiere of a restoration of the 1954 film directed by William Wellman, and is part of a program titled “A Centennial Salute to John Wayne.” A panel discussion follows the screening, moderated by Hollywood columnist Army Archerd and featuring William Wellman Jr., Wayne’s daughter-in-law Gretchen Wayne, and actresses Angie Dickinson and Nancy Olson. The program takes place Thursday, May 24, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Tickets for the general public can be purchased for US$5. For more information, log on to or contact AMPAS at (310) 247-3600.

Dimitri Tiomkin with John Wayne and James Edward Grant

Tiomkin scored a number of John Wayne films, beginning with Red River in 1948 and followed by The Alamo, Rio Bravo, and The War Wagon, to name a few. This screening of The High and the Mighty may be the first public digital projection of a Tiomkin-scored film. The digital master, courtesy of Batjac Productions (a company co-founded by Wayne), is the result of a lengthy restoration process begun in the 1990s by Wayne’s son Michael. Gretchen Wayne shepherded the project to completion after Michael’s death in 2003. Tiomkin’s Academy Award-winning score will be heard in unparalleled splendor—eight-channel discreet AES digital audio from a state-of-the–art QuBIT server­—in what is arguably one of the finest private theaters in the world.

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