Dimitri Tiomkin

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    Date of birth
    10 May 1894
    Kremenchuk, Poltava province, Ukraine

    Date of death
    11 November 1979
    London, England, UK. (complications of hip fracture)

    Sometimes Credited As:
    Dmitri Tiomkin / Tiomkin / Dmitri Tyomkin

    Birth name
    Dimitri Zinovich Tiomkin


    Olivia Cynthia Patch (1972 - 11 November 1979) (his death)
    Albertina Rasch (1927 - 2 October 1967) (her death)
    Carolina Perfetto (? - ?) 1 child

    Died from injuries resulting from fracturing his pelvis in a fall

    Mini Biography
    from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
    One of the most prolific composers in Hollywood, Tiomkin was also one of the most respected, and one of the fewalong with Max Steiner and Franz Waxman-who brought a level of Continental sophistication to American film music. Educated at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Tiomkin was a successful pianist and conductor in his homeland, and is generally credited for bringing the music of George Gershwin to European audiences. In 1925 he emigrated to the U.S., and never looked back, becoming an American citizen in 1937. By then, he was already a flourishing screen composer, having created memorable music for Mad Love (1935) and Frank Capra's Lost Horizon (1937). The latter won him the first of a remarkable 23 Oscar nominations. He and Capra had a falling-out over the director's displeasure with Tiomkin's dark, brooding score for It's a Wonderful Life (1946); the complete, original work wasn't heard until a restoration and recording was made in the late 1980s. Highlights from Tiomkin's work include his Oscarwinning scores for High Noon (1952, which also won him a Best Song Oscar for "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'"); The High and the Mighty (1954), and The Old Man and the Sea (1958). The great success of the song from High Noon caused producers to hire Tiomkin and lyricist Ned Washington, hoping they could work the same magic on their pictures. Some of the songs were quite successful, like the theme from The High and the Mighty others never caught on. Still, Tiomkin's résumé is formidable, including Oscar nominations for Lost Horizon (1937), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Corsican Brothers (1941), The Moon and Sixpence (1942), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944), Champion (1949), Giant (1956), the song "Thee I Love" from Friendly Persuasion (1956), the title song from Wild Is the Wind (1957), the song "Strange Are the Ways of Love" from The Young Land (1959), The Alamo (1960) and the song "The Green Leaves of Summer" from the same film, The Guns of Navarone (1961), the title song from Town Without Pity (1961), 55 Days at Peking (1963), the song "So Little Time," from The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), and best adaptation of Tchaikovsky (1971, which he also produced). He published his autobiography, "Please Don't Hate Me," in 1959.
    Copyright © 1994 Leonard Maltin, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

    The Making of 'Lost Horizon' (video documentary short) (original Lost Horizon score - uncredited)
    1987 Homage to Portrait of Jennie (short)
    1968 Great Catherine
    1967 The War Wagon
    1965 36 Hours
    1964 The Magnificent Showman
    1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire
    1963 55 Days at Peking
    1962 Without Each Other
    1961 The Guns of Navarone
    1961 Town Without Pity
    1960 The Sundowners
    1960 The Alamo
    1960 The Unforgiven
    1959 Last Train from Gun Hill
    1959 The Young Land
    1959 Rio Bravo
    1958 The Old Man and the Sea
    1957 Wild Is the Wind
    1957 Search for Paradise (documentary)
    1957 Night Passage
    1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
    1956 Friendly Persuasion
    1956 Giant
    1956 Tension at Table Rock
    1955 One Man Mutiny
    1955 Land of the Pharaohs
    1955 Strange Lady in Town
    1954 The Adventures of Hajji Baba
    1954 A Bullet Is Waiting
    1954 Dial M for Murder
    1954 The High and the Mighty
    1954 His Majesty O'Keefe
    1954 The Command
    1953 Cease Fire! (documentary)
    1953 Take the High Ground!
    1953 Blowing Wild
    1953 Return to Paradise
    1953 ABC Album (TV series)
    – A Tale of Two Cities: Part 2 (1953)
    – A Tale of Two Cities: Part 1 (1953)
    1953 Jeopardy
    1953 I Confess
    1952 Angel Face
    1952 The Steel Trap
    1952 The Happy Time
    1952 The Four Poster
    1952 The Big Sky
    1952 High Noon
    1952 Lady in the Iron Mask
    1952 My Six Convicts
    1952 Mutiny
    1952 Bugles in the Afternoon
    1951 Drums in the Deep South
    1951 The Well
    1951 Peking Express
    1951 Strangers on a Train
    1951 The Thing from Another World
    1951 Mister Universe
    1950 Cyrano de Bergerac
    1950 The Men
    1950 Champagne for Caesar
    1950 D.O.A.
    1950 Guilty Bystander
    1950 Dakota Lil
    1949 Red Light
    1949 Canadian Pacific
    1949 Home of the Brave
    1949 Champion
    1948 Portrait of Jennie
    1948 Red River
    1948 So This Is New York
    1948 The Dude Goes West
    1948 Tarzan and the Mermaids
    1947 The Long Night
    1946 Duel in the Sun
    1946 It's a Wonderful Life
    1946 The Dark Mirror
    1946 Angel on My Shoulder
    1946 Black Beauty
    1946 Whistle Stop
    1946 Let There Be Light (documentary) (uncredited)
    1945 Pardon My Past
    1945 Know Your Enemy - Japan (documentary) (uncredited)
    1945 War Comes to America (documentary) (uncredited)
    1945 China's Little Devils
    1945 Two Down and One to Go (documentary short) (uncredited)
    1945 San Pietro (documentary short) (uncredited)
    1945 Dillinger
    1945 The Right to Live
    1945 Here Is Germany (uncredited)
    1944 When Strangers Marry
    1944 Attack! Battle of New Britain (documentary) (uncredited)
    1944 The Negro Soldier (documentary short) (uncredited)
    1944 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
    1944 The Impostor
    1944 Ladies Courageous
    1944 The Battle of China (documentary) (uncredited)
    1943 The Battle of Russia (documentary) (uncredited)
    1943 The Unknown Guest
    1943 Report from the Aleutians (documentary) (uncredited)
    1943 Shadow of a Doubt
    1943 The Nazis Strike (documentary short) (uncredited)
    1942 The Moon and Sixpence (as Dmitri Tiomkin)
    1942 Twin Beds
    1942 A Gentleman After Dark
    1941 The Corsican Brothers
    1941 Flying Blind
    1941 Scattergood Meets Broadway
    1941 Forced Landing (uncredited)
    1941 John Doe, Dynamite
    1940 The Westerner
    1940 Lucky Partners
    1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    1939 Only Angels Have Wings
    1938 Spawn of the North
    1938 You Can't Take It with You
    1937 The Road Back
    1937 Lost Horizon
    1935 I Live My Life
    1935 The Hands of Orlac
    1935 The Casino Murder Case (synchronized score)
    1934 Roast-Beef and Movies (short)
    1933 Alice in Wonderland
    1931 Resurrection

    1. Mackenna's Gold (1969) (producer)

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin was a Russian-born Hollywood film score composer and conductor.
    He is considered "one of the giants of Hollywood movie music."
    Musically trained in Russia, he is best known for his westerns,
    "where his expansive, muscular style had its greatest impact."
    Tiomkin received 22 Academy Award nominations and won four Oscars.

    Dimitri Tiomkin,
    was responsible for many wonderful film scores and songs,
    He composed for music for 6 of Duke's films,

    The War Wagon (1967)
    Circus World (1964)
    The Alamo (1960) (also songs "Green Leaves of Summer", "Tennessee Babe", "Here's to the Ladies" and "Ballad of the Alamo")
    Rio Bravo (1959) (songs "Rio Bravo" and "My Rifle, My Pony, and Me") (songs titles uncredited)
    The High and the Mighty (1954)
    Red River (1948) (also the song "Settle Down")

    Other cowboy classics include High Noon and Gunfight at O.K Corral ,
    but I just think the music, of Red River , says it all!!

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Have you ever noticed how the theme from Red River appears as a song in Rio Bravo and the deguello written by Tiomkin for Rio Bravo appears in The Alamo?
    For all Dimi's wonderful work for Wayne, even The High and the Mighty, I think Elmer Bernstein best captured Duke's musical screen essence.

    We deal in lead,friend.