As we head into the awards season for movies, it's interesting to consider the nominee who didn't win on the day, but Elmer Bernstein's score for The Magnificent Seven has outlived the film itself to become part of our popular culture. There's no doubt about it — when you hear the opening strains of its main theme, you're immediately transported to the Old West.
Bernstein was behind a number of famous film scores, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Escape, Ghostbusters, and My Left Foot. He was nominated for 14 Oscars, winning just once in the Best Original Score category for Thoroughly Modern Millie in 1967. He even wrote two Broadway musicals: How Now, Dow Jones and Merlin.
On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear that famous main theme to The Magnificent Seven.