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Secrets of the French Police (1932)

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Theme name: Beau Ideal
Borrowed from: Beau Ideal (1931)
Start time: 0:00:15
End time: 0:00:30
Total duration: 0:00:15
Page #: no score available
Measure #: no score available
Scene: no score available
Key: Bb
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 130
Instrumentation: orchestra

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Description: The film opens with a jaunty up-tempo military march featuring triadic brass arpeggiations and drum rolls; this cue is called "Beau Ideal" because the entire main title sequence music is lifted from the film Beau Ideal (1930), including the quotations of the Marseillaise and the second "Romance" theme; however, there is an additional Eastern-sounding theme in Beau Ideal that is omitted in this film, and it sounds like a new recording rather than stock music
On-screen: A newspaper is opened to a detective story
Analysis: The bugle-call melody features only triadic arpeggiations, with chromaticism added by the lower brass

cast list | march | newspaper | opening title sequence | self-borrowing | upbeat