Filmography

The following list includes films and television productions containing music by Tiomkin (credited and uncredited).

Devil-May-Care (MGM)
Historical musical with an Albertina Rasch ballet sequence, Love Ballet, filmed in Technicolor, with music by Tiomkin.

Crazy House (MGM)
Comedy short with an Albertina Rasch ballet sequence with music by Tiomkin.

READ: Devil’s Cabaret and Crazy House released on DVD

Lord Byron of Broadway (MGM)
Musical with Albertina Rasch ballet sequences, “Blue Daughter of Heaven” and “Ballet Music,” both with music by Tiomkin.

Our Blushing Brides (MGM)
Drama starring Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, and Anita Page. Includes two Albertina Rasch ballet sequences, “Fashion Ballet” and “Mars Ballet,” both with music by Tiomkin.

The Rogue Song (MGM)
Musical with an Albertina Rasch ballet sequence, “Ballet Music,” with music by Tiomkin. The music for the film is by Herbert Stothart.

The Devil’s Cabaret (MGM)
This comedy musical short incorporates a ballet sequence choreographed by Albertina Rasch with music by Dimitri Tiomkin. The pre-existing music is an excerpt from Tiomkin’s “Creole Blues,” written for Rasch’s ballet company.READ: Devil’s Cabaret and Crazy House released on DVD
Resurrection (Universal)
Drama directed by Edwin Carewe.READ: Dimitri Tiomkin’s Score for Resurrection

Alice in Wonderland lobby card EAlice in Wonderland (Paramount)
Fantasy directed by Norman Z. McLeod based on the original novel by Lewis Carroll. Tiomkin co-wrote a dozen songs with Paramount music director Nathaniel Finston.
Broadway to Hollywood lobby card ABroadway to Hollywood (MGM)
Musical with sections of two Albertina Rasch ballets, “Snow” and “Violin,” accompanied with music by Tiomkin. The Rasch ballet sequences were originally filmed in Technicolor for the March of Time, which was abandoned in 1930.
Roast Beef and Movies (MGM)
Comedy short with two Albertina Rasch ballet sequences “Chinese Scherzo,” and “Blue Daughter of Heaven,” with music by Tiomkin.

Casino Murder Case insertThe Casino Murder Case (MGM)
Mystery directed by Edwin L. Marin.

I Live My Life one sheet, USI Live My Life (MGM)
Society comedy-drama directed by W. S. Van Dyke, starring Joan Crawford.

Mad Love one sheet posterMad Love (MGM)
Horror film directed by Karl Freund, starring Peter Lorre.

More Than a SecretaryMore Than a Secretary lobby card B (Columbia)
Romantic comedy. Morris Stoloff is credited as the music director. The “Main Title,” also known as “Morris Dance,” was written by Dimitri Tiomkin for Alice in Wonderland and tracked into this film. The remainder of the film is tracked with music by other composers.

Lost Horizon lobby card HLost Horizon (Columbia)
Adventure-fantasy film directed by Frank Capra.

Road Back one sheet, USThe Road Back (Universal)
Post-World War I drama directed by James Whale.

The Great Waltz (MGM)
Biographical musical depicting the life of Johann Strauss. Includes Albertina Rasch ballet sequences.

Spawn of the North (Paramount)
Drama directed by Henry Hathaway, starring Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, John Barrymore, and Akim Tamiroff.

You Can’t Take It With You (Columbia)
Screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart.

Daredevils of the Red Circle (Republic)
Serial in twelve chapters. Crime action-adventure.

Mister Smith Goes to Washington half sheet, USMr. Smith Goes to Washington (Columbia)
Political comedy drama directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart.
Only Angels Have Wings (Columbia)
Drama directed by Howard Hawks, starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, and Richard Barthelmess.

Lucky Partners (RKO)
Comedy drama directed by Lewis Milestone, starring Ronald Colman and Ginger Rogers.
The Westerner (United Artists)
Western directed by William Wyler, starring Gary Cooper. The film includes music by Tiomkin and Alfred Newman.

Flying Blind posterFlying Blind (Paramount)
Aviation drama produced by Pine-Thomas Productions (William Pine and William Thomas), starring Richard Arlen.


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Forced Landing Jumbo Window Card - USForced Landing (Paramount)
Aviation drama produced by Pine-Thomas Productions (William Pine and William Thomas), starring Richard Arlen.

Meet John Doe (Warner Bros.)
Newspaper political drama directed by Frank Capra, starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.

Scattergood Meets Broadway (RKO)
Comedy drama directed by Christy Cabanne. Guy Kibbee plays Scattergood Baines, a character based on a popular radio program. The film was edited by John Sturges, who later chose Tiomkin to score his directorial efforts for Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Old Man and the Sea, and Last Train from Gun Hill.

The Corsican Brothers (United Artists)
Adventure directed by Gregory Ratoff, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Ruth Warrick, and Akim Tamiroff.

A Gentleman after Dark (United Artists)
Crime drama directed by Edwin L. Marin, starring Brian Donlevy and Miriam Hopkins.

Moon and the Sixpence insert, USThe Moon and Sixpence (United Artists)
The Moon and Sixpence served as the first of many collaborations between Tiomkin and the film’s associate producer, Stanley Kramer. It also marked the directorial debut of the producer Albert Lewin, who would go on to helm The Picture of Dorian Gray. Tiomkin previously had worked with Lewin on Spawn of the North. For The Moon and Sixpence, Lewin himself adapted the screenplay from W. Somerset Maugham’s novel of the same name. The film chronicles the excesses of Charles Strickland, an abusive artist who abandons his wife and family, cavorts with a friend’s wife (who in turn commits suicide), and then sets off for Tahiti, where he marries a native teenage girl.

READ: The Moon and Sixpence

Our Russian Front (Russian War Relief, Inc.)
World War II documentary produced by Russian War Relief, Inc. Tiomkin served as music director.

Twin Beds (United Artists)
Domestic comedy directed by Tim Whelan.

The Battle of Britain (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary, part of the Why We Fight series. Tiomkin served as music director.

Battle of Russia US one sheet posterThe Battle of Russia (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary, part of the Why We Fight series. Tiomkin served as music director.

Divide and Conquer (U.S. War Department) (Warner Bros.)
World War II documentary, part of the Why We Fight series. Tiomkin served as music director.
Know Your Ally: Britain (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary and orientation film. Tiomkin served as music director.
The Nazi’s Strike (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary, part of the Why We Fight series. Tiomkin served as music director.
Shadow of a Doubt (Universal)
Suspense drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Substitution and Conversion (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary and orientation film. Tiomkin served as music director.
Unknown Guest (Monogram)
Mystery directed by Kurt Neumann.

The Battle of China (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary, part of the Why We Fight series. Tiomkin served as music director.
Bridge of San Luis Rey one sheet poster ArgentinianThe Bridge of San Luis Rey (United Artists)
Drama directed by Rowland V. Lee, starring Lynn Bari, Akim Tamiroff, Francis Lederer, Alla Nazimova.
The Imposter (Universal)
Produced, directed, and written by Julien Duvivier.
Ladies Courageous (Universal)
World War II aviation drama on the story of the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. Directed by John Rawlins, starring Loretta Young.
The Negro Soldier (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary and orientation film from the Motion Picture Industry: War Activities Committee. Tiomkin served as music director.READ: Film Music Society releases Tiomkin’s World War II documentary film music

Tunisian Victory (U.S. Office of War Information)
World War II documentary co-directed by Frank Capra.

READ: Film Music Society releases Tiomkin’s World War II documentary film music

When Strangers Marry (Monogram)
Suspense drama directed by William Castle, starring Robert Mitchum and Kim Hunter.

China’s Little Devils (Monogram)
War drama. Directed by Monta Bell, starring Harry Carey.

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Dillinger is a fictionalized melodrama focusing on the crime spree of John Dillinger, the legendary 1930s-era bank robber. It was produced by King Bros. Productions, a company formed in 1942 by Frank, Herman, and Maurice King, who had previously hired Tiomkin to score their 1943 feature Unknown Guest. Tiomkin provides a lengthy, robust score that fills three quarters of the production’s running time, with the galloping rhythms for the crime montage and pursuit sequences balanced by a tender romantic theme. The critic for the Hollywood Reporter observed that “Dimitri Tiomkin’s score, with its piano dissonants [sic] contributes enormously to the suspense and dramatic evolution.”

READ: Dillinger: Bullets and Boogie Woogie

Forever Yours Style B Half SheetForever Yours (Monogram)
Drama, with songs. Directed by William Nigh, starring Gale Storm, C. Aubrey Smith, Johnny Mack Brown, Conrad Nagel.
Here Is Germany (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary and orientation film. Tiomkin served as music director.

Let There Be Light (U.S. Army)
World War II documentary film, first released in 1980. Tiomkin served as music director.

READ: Battle and Light: Tiomkin-scored films lead the streaming revolution

Operation Titanic (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary.
Pardon My Past (Columbia)
Screwball comedy directed by Leslie Fenton, starring Fred MacMurray.
San Pietro (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary and historical film. Tiomkin served as music director.READ: Film Music Society releases Tiomkin’s World War II documentary film music
Two Down – One to Go (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary and orientation film, Two Down and One to Go! Tiomkin served as music director.
War Comes to America (U.S. War Department)
World War II documentary, part of the Why We Fight series. Tiomkin served as music director.

Angel on My Shoulder half sheet posterAngel on My Shoulder (United Artists)
Romantic comedy directed by Archie Mayo, starring Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, and Claude Rains.

READ: Angel on My Shoulder soundtrack released

Black Beauty half sheet posterBlack Beauty (20th Century-Fox)
Family drama.

The Dark Mirror (Universal)
Psychological mystery directed by Robert Siodmak and produced by Nunnally Johnson.

Whistle Stop (United Artists)
Melodrama.

Duel in the Sun one sheet posterDuel in the Sun (Selznick Releasing Organization)
Western directed by King Vidor for David O. Selznick.

It's a Wonderful Life one sheet, USIt’s a Wonderful Life (RKO)
Comedy-drama directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.

The Long Night (RKO)
Crime drama directed by Anatole Litvak, starring Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes, Vincent Price, and Ann Dvorak.

READ: The Long Night soundtrack released

The Dude Goes West (Monogram)
Comedy Western.

Red River one sheet posterRed River (United Artists)
Western directed by Howard Hawks, starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift.

So This Is New York (United Artists)
Comedy directed by Richard Fleischer.

Tarzan and the Mermaids (RKO)
Jungle adventure directed by Robert Florey, starring Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, and introducing Linda Christian.

Canadian Pacific insert for AustraliaCanadian Pacific (20th Century-Fox)
Western, directed by Edwin L. Marin.

READ: National Train Day

Trains have figured prominently in several films scored by Dimitri Tiomkin, from High Noon to Last Train from Gun Hill. In recognition of National Train Day, we examine two films from this particular portion of his oeuvre, Canadian Pacific and Night Passage, in which trains play a central role in the story line.

Champion U.S. window cardChampion (United Artists)
Drama directed by Mark Robson from a screenplay by Carl Foreman, starring Kirk Douglas.

READ: Champion soundtrack released

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Home of the Brave (United Artists)
World War II drama directed by Mark Robson and produced by Stanley Kramer.

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Portrait of Jennie (Selznick Releasing Organization)
Fantasy directed by William Dieterle and produced by David O. Selznick.

Red Light lobby card ERed Light (United Artists)
Crime drama directed by Roy Del Ruth.

READ: Red Light: Gideon Bibles and Vengeance, or Film noir meets Religion

Champagne for Caesar (United Artists)
Comedy.

D.O.A. Jumbo Window Card Style BD.O.A. (United Artists)
Rudolph Maté directed this film noir suspense thriller, released by United Artists in 1950. The cast includes Edmond O’Brien as an accountant desperately in search of the killer who lethally poisoned him. D.O.A. was the first in a trio of films produced by brothers Harry and Leo Popkin, with music by Tiomkin. Tiomkin was an early practitioner of placing theme music in the source score, as he does in “Juke Box Theme,” a light dance arrangement of the film’s love theme.

READ: D.O.A. soundtrack released by Screen Archives

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Dakota Lil (20th Century-Fox)
Western, with songs.

Guilty Bystander (Film Classics, Inc.)
Film noir.

Men one sheet, US

The Men (United Artists)
Post-World War II drama directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Marlon Brando. Based on the story and screenplay by Carl Foreman.

Cyrano de Bergerac (United Artists)
Historical romance directed by Michael Gordon from an adapted screenplay by Carl Foreman. José Ferrer received an Academy Award for his portrayal of Cyrano, the title character.

READ: Cyrano de Bergerac soundtrack released

Drums in the Deep South (RKO)
Historical war drama directed by William Cameron Menzies.

Mr. Universe (United Artists)
Comedy.

Peking Express (Paramount)
Political war drama directed by William Dieterle and produced by Hal Wallis.

Strangers on a Train one sheet, US

Strangers on a Train (Warner Bros.)
Thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, and Robert Walker.

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The Thing (RKO)
Science fiction from Howard Hawks, directed by Christian Nyby, starring Kenneth Tobey, and Margaret Sheridan.

The Well (United Artists)
Social drama co-directed by Leo Popkin.

Big Sky half sheet posterThe Big Sky (RKO)
Historical adventure directed by Howard Hawks, starring Kirk Douglas.

Bugles in the Afternoon (Warner Bros.)
Western.

The Four Poster (Columbia)
Comedy-drama directed by Irving Reis.

READ: The Four Poster soundtrack released

The Happy Time (Columbia)
Historical comedy directed by Richard Fleischer.

High Noon half sheet - US - Style AHigh Noon (United Artists)
Western directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Gary Cooper. Carl Foreman was associate producer.

The Lady in the Iron Mask (20th Century-Fox)
Serial in twelve chapters.

Mutiny (United Artists)
War drama directed by Edward Dmytryk.

My Six Convicts (Columbia)
Prison drama.

The Steel Trap (20th Century-Fox)
Suspense drama directed by Andrew Stone.

Angel Face Style B half sheet posterAngel Face (RKO)
Film noir directed by Otto Preminger, presented by Howard Hughes.

Blowing Wild (Warner Bros.)
Action drama directed by Hugo Fregonese, starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Ruth Roman, Anthony Quinn.

Cease Fire U.S. one sheet posterCease Fire! (Paramount)
Korean War reenactment directed by Owen Crump. Produced by Hal Wallis and in 3-D.

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His Majesty O’Keefe (Warner Bros.)
Historical adventure directed by Byron Haskin, starring Burt Lancaster.

I Confess (Warner Bros.)
Thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Jeopardy half sheet, USJeopardy (MGM)
The plot of Jeopardy revolves around an American family on vacation in Mexico and their encounter with an escaped convict and psychopath, played with relish by Ralph Meeker. The film’s direction (by John Sturges), screenplay (by Mel Dinelli), and cast­—with Barbara Stanwyck in the lead role—are first rate. Jeopardy was the first of four collaborations between Sturges and Tiomkin. Later in the decade, Tiomkin would score Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Old Man and the Sea, and Last Train from Gun Hill.

READ: Rhythms and redemption in Tiomkin’s Jeopardy.

Return to Paradise lobby card FReturn to Paradise (United Artists)
South Seas drama directed by Mark Robson, starring Gary Cooper.

Take the High Ground insert, USTake the High Ground (MGM)
Military drama directed by Richard Brooks.

Dore Schary, producer; Millard Kaufman, writer; John Alton, cinematographer. With Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, and Elaine Stewart.

The IMDb synopsis: In 1953, at Fort Bliss, Texas, two former Korean War combat veterans work as drill sergeants and fall in-love with the same woman.

The advertising tagline was Take the High Ground!…with Those Great Guys

The Adventures of Hajji Baba (20th Century-Fox)
Adventure film.

A Bullet Is Waiting (Columbia)
Drama directed by John Farrow, starring Rory Calhoun, Jean Simmons.

The Command (Warner Bros.)
Western directed by David Butler.

Dial M for Murder one sheet, style ADial M for Murder (Warner Bros.)
Thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Grace Kelly.

High and the Mighty one sheet posterThe High and the Mighty (Warner Bros.)
Aviation drama directed by William Wellman, starring John Wayne.

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (Warner Bros.)
Biographical drama directed by Otto Preminger, starring Gary Cooper.

Land of the Pharaohs (Warner Bros.)
Epic drama directed by Howard Hawks. This was Tiomkin’s fourth score for a Hawks directed film, having previously scored Only Angels Have Wings, Red River, and The Big Sky.

READ: Land of the Pharaohs soundtrack released

Strange Lady in Town (Warner Bros.)
Historical Western directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

Friendly Persuasion (Allied Artists)
Civil War comedy-drama directed by William Wyler, starring Gary Cooper.
Giant (Warner Bros.)
Western directed by George Stevens, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean.
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Tension at Table Rock (RKO)
Western. Directed by Charles Marquis Warren, starring Richard Egan, Dorothy Malone.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (Paramount)
Western directed by John Sturges, starring Kirk Douglas.READ: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral soundtrack released
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Night Passage (Universal)
Western, with songs. Directed by James Neilson, starring James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea.

READ: National Train Day

Search for Paradise (Stanley Warner Cinerama Corporation)
Cinerama travelogue documentary directed by Otto Lang and produced by Lowell Thomas.

The Old Man and the Sea (Warner Bros.)
Adventure drama directed by John Sturges.
Wild Is the Wind (Paramount)
Domestic drama directed by George Cukor.
READ: Wild Is the Wind soundtrack released

Hotel de Paris [TV] (ABC)
TV series.
Last Train from Gun Hill (Paramount)
Western directed by John Sturges and produced by Hal Wallis.READ: Last Train from Gun Hill soundtrack released
Rawhide Italian Photobusta 4Rawhide [TV] (CBS)
TV series with title theme by Tiomkin.
Rhapsody of Steel (U.S. Steel)
Animated documentary.
Rio Bravo (Warner Bros.)
Western directed by Howard Hawks, starring John Wayne.
The Young Land (Columbia)
Western directed by Ted Tetzlaff, starring Patrick Wayne, Yvonne Craig, Dennis Hopper, Dan O’Herlihy.

Alamo Japanese half sheet posterThe Alamo (United Artists)
Western directed by, and starring, John Wayne.

The Spirit of the Alamo [TV] (ABC)
Pontiac Spectacular television special on the making of The Alamo featuring tracked music by Tiomkin.

The Sundowners (Warner Bros.)
Historical comedy-drama directed by Fred Zinnemann.

The Unforgiven (United Artists)
Western directed by John Huston.
READ: Unforgiven soundtrack released

The Guns of Navarone (Columbia)
World War II action drama directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay by Carl Foreman.
Gunslinger [TV] (ABC)
Made-for-television film.
The Last Sunset (Universal)
Theme song, “Pretty Little Girl in the Yellow Dress,” by Tiomkin. The film was scored by Ernest Gold.
Town Without Pity (United Artists)
Drama directed by Gottfried Reinhart, starring Kirk Douglas.

Without Each Other (Allen Klein)
Drama directed by Saul Swimmer, starring Tony Anthony.

Fifty-Five Days at Peking lobby card A55 Days at Peking (Allied Artists)
A dramatization of the 1900 Boxer Rebellion by director Nicholas Ray and producer Samuel Bronston.

Circus World French posterCircus World (Paramount)
Drama directed by Henry Hathaway, starring John Wayne.
Fall of the Roman Empire one sheet posterThe Fall of the Roman Empire (Paramount)
Epic historical drama directed by Anthony Mann, starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason.

A President’s Country (U.S. Information Agency)
Lyndon B. Johnson documentary.
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36 Hours (MGM)
World War II drama directed by George Seaton starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, and Rod Taylor.

The War Wagon (Universal)
Western directed by Burt Kennedy, starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas.READ: War Wagon soundtrack released

Great Catherine (Warner Bros.)
Comedy drama. Directed by Gordon Flemyng, starring Peter O’Toole, Zero Mostel, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Hawkins.

Mackenna’s Gold (Columbia)
Western co-produced by Tiomkin. The film was scored by Quincy Jones.

Dimitri TiomkinTchaikovsky (Mosfilm)
Tiomkin returned to his native Russia to film this historical biography for which he arranged the music and served as executive producer. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the foreign language film category.

VIEW: Tchaikovsky photo gallery

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