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They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Home > Film: They Made Me a Criminal > Theme: The Fugitive > Variant: Relieved > Instance: 0:29:25

Theme name: The Fugitive
Variant name: Relieved
Start time: 0:29:25
End time: 0:29:45
Total duration: 0:00:20
Page #: 27
Measure #: 83
Scene: Reel 3 Part 2
Key: D
Meter: 4/4
Tempo (bpm): 69
Marking: Tranquillo
Instrumentation: orchestra

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Description: Peaceful variant on the Fugitive theme as Johnnie realizes he is not in trouble; the walking motive (from earlier instances of The Fugitive) returns when Peggy says "as soon as he can walk"
On-screen: Johnnie listens to the sheriff
Music annotations: [m. 83] slowly / port; [m. 85] rall trem; [m. 88] this connects with Reel 4 (Part I)
Film annotations: [m. 83] I just wanted to stop in; [m. 84] Hey sheriff
Analysis: Instead of rising, the theme ends by gently falling downwards, releasing the tension from the previous cue; features an altered dominant with a flat 9 that resolves to 8

altered dominant | conflict | conversing | leading man | peaceful | room | tranquil