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Alex North was known for his soundtrack work with people who, like him, came out of the theater, especially director Elia Kazan, who brought him into the movies to score Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The Misfits reunited him with Miller, who wrote the screenplay, and introduced him to director John Huston, with whom he went on to work frequently thereafter. All of which is to say that this was a happy project for him, even if The Misfits is mainly remembered today as the last picture made by Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe before each died. North's varied score is typically contemporary (it even boasts a rock & roll track, "Paddleball") and jazzy, with strong melodic themes and a melodramatic tone appropriate to the mood of the film.

Biography

Born: 04 December 1910 in Chester, PA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

American composer Alex North hardly needed films to enhance his reputation. A graduate of Juilliard and the pupil of such musical heavyweights as Ernst Toch and Aaron Copland, North was responsible for the incidental music in several major Broadway productions of the 1940s, notably Death of a Salesman. He also composed for the ballet, for symphony orchestra, and even for Benny Goodman. North's earliest film work consisted of the scores for documentary films, an activity he engaged in from 1937 through...
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