Hard to believe a site devoted to Sherlock Holmes & horror films doesn’t have a thread on this guy (or at least I couldn’t find one).
I was first introduced to Frank Skinner when our local Channel 5 launched a serial package, back in early 1950, that included some of the Universal comic strip based serials. DON WINSLOW OF THE COAST GUARD had numerous cues (especially the devastating fire theme) from Hitch’s SABOTEUR. Later on, FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE presented more of Skinner’s work. This time from TOWER OF LONDON & THE SUN NEVER SETS. Natch, I had no idea, at the time, who the composer was, but I loved ‘em (&, of course the old Roemheld, Waxman & Vaughn stuff as well).
A couple of years before I was old enough to drive, I took a bus (or hitch-hiked) to Santa Ana with a friend to see a Realart re-release, double-feature, “horror” show. Top-billed was SON OF DRACULA. Although Hans Salter got screen credit for the music, at least half of it was Skinner’s (cadged from Holmes & SABOTEUR). The other film on the bill was BLACK FRIDAY. The irony here is that neither my friend nor I knew that one of the main themes in the latter film was co-written by said friend’s father (originally utilized in Whale’s WIVES UNDER SUSPICION).
Then, a few years later, Channel 11 started running the Uni Sherlock Holmes’ series &, of course, I was gassed by the title theme… & the rest of the music as well.
S-o-o-o-o, a week ago I rented VOICE OF TERROR to re-experience some of those themes. Actually, a few years ago, I purchased a DVD from this very site which contained these same cues from VOICE (come to think of it, I actually paid for 2 copies, but only received 1 ---- hmmmmmm??). Hate goin’ thru my damp & dusty cellar, but I’ve GOT to re-locate that damn treasure!!!