Dimitri Tiomkin

Accomplished, prolific composer, in the US from 1925, whose lush, often sentimental scores proved effective across a wide range of genres. Tiomkin first gained prominence in the 1930s for his accompaniments to films such as Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon" (1937) and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939). Highlights of his work including the poignant lone harmonica segment from "High Noon" (1951)--the...

Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire
With his older sister and dance partner Adele, vaudeville performer Fred Astaire became the toast of Broadway during the Jazz Age while partnering with composers George and Ira Gershwin to redefine American musical theatre. After Adele's retirement in 1931, Astaire tried his luck in Hollywood, pairing with Ginger Rogers at RKO for a total of 10 films, including "Top Hat" (1935), "Follow the Fleet"...