Listening to "Light Music" is one of my interests, to which end I am a member of the Light Music Society and have the set of four CDs of British Light |music Classics produced by Ronald Corp, And his others on American and European Classics.
Instead of Beethoven's Ninth that was on the Classic FM evening concert I decided to put on the fourth CD in the collection. This includes a piece called "Cavalcade of Youth" by Jack Beaver, whose name I was unfamiliar with. It includes a stately tune (used for a radio programme called "The Barlows of Beddington" that I've never heard of).
The notes in the leaflet that comes with the CD give Jack Beaver's dates as 1900 - 1963 and says he often contributed music to British films anonymously. It mentions The Thirty-Nine Steps (1933) which is well known and The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940) for which he provided what was considered the first "tabloid piano concerto".
Since I like Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto, and Charles Williams' Dream of Olwen, I thought I would search for this Jack Beaver piece on You Tube. Sure enough they have a whole selection of his film music. Much of it sounds surprisingly familoar. The piano piece is called Portrait of Isla.
I also found that You Tube has the whole film of The Case of the Frightened Lady, and found it sufficiently intriguing to watch through for an hour last night. It is based on an Edgar Wallace play, and this theatricality shows. It is set in a creepy old house owned by an aristocratic family led by Lady Lebanon and her son, a composer. Her Secretary is Isla the Frightened Lady of the title.
As one might expect from an Edgar Wallace story it is a whodunnit, solved by Inspector Tanner of the Yard and his comical sidekick. Quite a few familiar actors of that period in the cast. Definitely a pleasant taste of nostalgia for me.