(Cruze, 1926) Music composed and compiled by Hugo Riesenfeld.
Used to raise money for the restoration of the U. S. S. Constitution, Old Ironsides is the swashbuckling adventure story about the victory of the infant American marines against the Tripoltanian pirates. Starring a salty Walter Beery, the battle sequences were (and are) the occasion for numerous sound effects and a doubling of the size of the visual image. These battles gave rise to the line “From the shores of Monteczuma to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine hymn. This picture is perfect for a patriotic holiday.
|11 players (violin I and II, cello, bass, flute/pic, clarinet I, trumpet, trombone, piano, synthesizer, perc/tymp.)|
|44 players (strings: 7,7,6,5,4: flute-pic., oboe, clarinet I and II, bassoon, 2 trumpets,2 Fr. Hns, trombone, piano, percussion, tympani, sound effects).|
|Rehearsals||Two 2 ½ hour rehearsals
One 2 ½ hour tech rehearsal
One three hour ten minute dress rehearsal with film
|Performance time||2 hours 15 minutes plus 15 minute intermission|
|Film speed||22 frames per second|
|Film source||Paramount Studios (35% of ticket sales or negotiable)|