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The Sundowners


The Sundowners (1960) is a spirited love story of a hard-drinking Irish-Australian ‘sheep-drover’, his wife and son, and their nomadic family life in the remote Australian Outback. Starring Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr, its warm-hearted images are interspersed with scenes of the sheep-shearers brawling, gambling and pub-crawling. For the Irish connection, Tiomkin applied a lighthearted Gaelic touch to his main theme, weaving it throughout the movie along with traditional melodies like ‘Moreton Bay’, ‘The Lime-Juice Tub’ and ‘The Wild Colonial Boy’. The latter is sung full-throated by Mitchum in one of the many pub scenes: ‘He was a wild colonial boy, Jack Doolan was his name’. A Tiomkin biographer called the score one of ‘folksy innocence’.

from notes by Jim Brown © 2011


Tiomkin: The greatest film scores
Studio Master: LSO0720Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Extract: Theme

Track-specific metadata for LSO0720 track 12

Extract: Theme
Recording date
27 October 2011
Recording venue
Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
James Mallinson
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
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  1. Tiomkin: The greatest film scores (LSO0720)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: August 2012
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