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White Heat (1949) [IN PROCESS - Information may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies]

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Theme name: Prison Break
Borrowed from: Crime School (1938)
Start time: 1:07:19
End time: 1:07:29
Total duration: 0:00:10
Page #: 93
Measure #: 7
Scene: Reel 7 Part 2
Meter: 6/8
Tempo (bpm): 160
Instrumentation: orchestra

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Description: As Cody and his friends sneak of the prison, we hear a tense rising-and-falling theme for their escape that comes from the "Searchlights" theme in Crime School (1938)
On-screen: Cody and men go outside
Music annotations: [m. 7] f; [m. 8] etc in chords; [m. 10] sfz / etc; [m. 12] sfz
Film annotations: [m. 7] Dissolve; [m. 12] Stop
Orchestration annotations: The speeding music returns as the camera cuts back to the criminals, who pull into a drive-in to hide from Ernie; showing at the drive-in is another Warner Brothers picture, South of St. Louis, which was released on March 6, 1949 (and which Steiner also scored); the double feature on the sign, Siren of Atlantis, is not a Warner Brothers picture, and is therefore partically obscured by a street sign in the camera set-up; the movie footage that we see on the drive-in screen is a plane battle from the war film Task Force (which was premiered just a few days before White Heat was released, but which was not distributed widely until September 30 ... so the characters in this film could not have seen it!)

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