Scoring the Hollywood Actor in the 1950s theorises the connections between film acting and film music using the films of the 1950s as case studies.

Closely examining performances of such actors as James Dean, Montgomery Clift, and Marilyn Monroe, and films of directors like Elia Kazan, Douglas Sirk, and Alfred Hitchcock, this volume provides a comprehensive view of how screen performance has been musicalised, including examination of the role of music in relation to the creation of cinematic performances and the perception of an actor’s performance. The book also explores the idea of music as a temporal vector which mirrors the temporal vector of actors’ voices and movements, ultimately demonstrating how acting and music go together to create a forward axis of time in the films of the 1950s.

This is a valuable resource for scholars and researchers of musicology, film music and film studies more generally.

chapter |14 pages


chapter 1|21 pages

Musicalising Montgomery Clift

chapter 2|27 pages

Kazan, Brando, and Mélomania

chapter 4|27 pages

Day, Monroe, and gendered music

chapter 6|28 pages

Waters, Poitier, music, and race

chapter |3 pages