Vic Mizzy

Composer


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In his two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Vic Mizzy (1916-2009) describes composing two of the most recognizable television theme songs of all time, for the series The Addams Family and Green Acres. Regarding The Addams Family, Mizzy talks about directing the main title sequence and writing motifs for the characters. He discusses meeting Charles Addams and working with the actors and producer David Levy. Regarding Green Acres, Mizzy talks about the concept for the opening titles and working with the lead actors and creator Jay Sommers. Mizzy also recalls his early years as a songwriter with Irving Taylor and later Mann Curtis. He speaks about and sings some of the lyrics for several of his hits including, "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time." Mizzy also talks about his other work in television on the series Shirley Temple's Storybook, Kentucky Jones, and The Pruitts of Southampton. Additionally, he discusses working on feature films such as the Don Knotts comedy vehicles of the '60s and '70s and his work with William Castle. B-roll consists of two photos (Mizzy at MGM and on the set of Green Acres) and a Charles Addams cartoon, as well as Mizzy in person playing his two well-known theme songs at his organ. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Bel-Air, CA on March 29, 2004.

"You better know when to stay out. That's the secret about good film scoring." 

Highlights
Vic Mizzy plays the theme to Green Acres
00:32
Vic Mizzy on writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
03:50
Vic Mizzy on scoring and writing the theme song to Green Acres
03:24
Vic Mizzy on scoring The Munsters' Revenge
00:25
Vic Mizzy on how he'd like to be remembered
03:56
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early interests; on his early talent with instruments and being a piano prodigy; on becoming a Boy Scout
08:56
On wanting to be a composer; on attending NYU and writing songs and scripts for the school's varsity shows; on winning an amateur hour on radio's The Fred Allen Show
07:15
On writing songs with Irving Taylor; on publishing songs; on serving in the Navy's welfare recreation office during World War II; on composing songs that became hits during the war; on staying state-side to play the organ rather than getting shipped overseas
12:49

Chapter 2

On playing the organ for the Navy during World War II and falling ill
08:36
On scoring The Richard Boone Anthology for Mark Goodson; on scoring Kentucky Jones and The Addams Family
06:22
On his early memories of television and participating in experimental television; on one of his first composing jobs: Moment of Fear; on scoring Klondike
05:40
On composing for Shirley Temple's Storybook
03:35
On writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
03:52

Chapter 3

On the promotional reel for The Addams Family; on working with the cast; on Carolyn Jones' death; on creating motifs for the show
13:20
On a typical work week scoring The Addams Family; on memorable episodes; on The Addams Family reunion special
04:19
On the music at the end of an Addams Family episode; on The Addams Family movies; on the legacy of The Addams Family theme song
06:03
On scoring and writing the theme song to Green Acres
04:57

Chapter 4

On working with Eddie Albert on Green Acres; on instrumentation on the show and working with the creator, Jay Sommers
06:06
On a typical scoring session on Green Acres; on the musical legacy of the show; on how he figures out when to put music into a scene
05:18
On scoring the Movie-of-the-week The 13th Gate; on composing for Kentucky Jones, Pruitts of Southampton, Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Captain Nice, and The Don Rickles Show
15:07
On composing for feature films; on working with William Castle
01:41

Chapter 5

On scoring films and getting a song in MGM's "Easy To Love"
05:54
On scoring the television movies The Deadly Hunt, Terror on the 40th Floor, The Perils of Pauline, Hurricane, and The Million Dollar Rip-Off
04:01
On scoring the series Temperature Rising, Quincy, M.E., and The Munsters Revenge
06:40
On then-current projects - scoring "Spiderman"; on the role of music in a TV show; on how the business of film scoring has changed over the years; on advice to aspiring composers
06:42
On colleagues with whom he's worked over the years; on his style
05:21

Chapter 6

On his musical style and conducting style; on the highlight of his career and career regrets
05:19
On how he'd like to be remembered
04:05
B-roll of photos from his career; live performances of the themes to The Addams Family and Green Acres by Vic Mizzy
04:43
Shows

Addams Family, The

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Vic Mizzy on composing for The Addams Family
02:55
Vic Mizzy on writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
03:50
Vic Mizzy on the music for the promotional reel for The Addams Family
04:05
Vic Mizzy on working with the cast of The Addams Family
02:29
Vic Mizzy on working with Carolyn Jones on The Addams Family and attending her funeral
02:29
Vic Mizzy on meeting Charles Addams, creator of the original cartoon of The Addams Family
01:30
Vic Mizzy on creating motifs for The Addams Family
01:15
Vic Mizzy on creating musical themes for The Addams Family
00:33
Vic Mizzy on his use of the harpsichord for musical themes in The Addams Family
00:52
Vic Mizzy on a typical work week scoring The Addams Family
01:35
Vic Mizzy on memorable episodes of The Addams Family
00:59
Vic Mizzy on Charles Addams and the rights to the theme of The Addams Family
00:45
Vic Mizzy on The Addams Family reunion special
01:00
Vic Mizzy on the music at the end of an Addams Family episode
00:55
Vic Mizzy on The Addams Family movies
02:43
Vic Mizzy on the legacy of The Addams Family theme song and rights through ASCAP
01:22
Vic Mizzy on a cartoon of The Addams Family, by Charles Addams
01:08
Vic Mizzy plays the theme to The Addams Family
01:10

Captain Nice

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Vic Mizzy on composing the pilot and theme for Captain Nice
00:26

Don Rickles Show, The

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Vic Mizzy on scoring The Don Rickles Show and appearing on camera
01:15

Double Life of Henry Phyfe, The

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Vic Mizzy on composing for Double Life of Henry Phyfe
01:00

F Troop

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Vic Mizzy on passing on composing for F-Troop
00:31

Fred Allen Show, The

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Vic Mizzy on winning an amateur hour on the radio version of The Fred Allen Show
01:15

Green Acres

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Vic Mizzy on scoring and writing the theme song to Green Acres
03:24
Vic Mizzy on the instrumentation and knowledge about the show used to create the theme song to Green Acres
01:29
Vic Mizzy on working with Eddie Albert on Green Acres
01:47
Vic Mizzy on the instrumentation for Green Acres
01:52
Vic Mizzy on working with Jay Sommers, the creator on Green Acres, and the cancellation of the show
01:46
Vic Mizzy on working with Paul Henning on Green Acres
00:41
Vic Mizzy on a typical scoring session on Green Acres
00:57
Vic Mizzy on the musical legacy of Green Acres
01:28
Vic Mizzy on a photo of him teaching the actors the theme to Green Acres
00:35
Vic Mizzy plays the theme to Green Acres
00:32

Kentucky Jones

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Vic Mizzy on NBC executive Felix Jackson asking him to score Kentucky Jones
00:57
Vic Mizzy on composing the theme for Kentucky Jones
01:46
Vic Mizzy on working with a problematic director on Kentucky Jones
00:44

Munsters' Revenge, The

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Vic Mizzy on scoring The Munsters' Revenge
00:25

Petticoat Junction

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Vic Mizzy on writing cues for Petticoat Junction
00:15

Pruitts of Southampton, The

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Vic Mizzy on composing for Pruitts of Southampton
01:25
Vic Mizzy on composing the theme for Pruitts of Southampton
01:57

Quincy, M.E.

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Vic Mizzy on scoring Quincy, M.E.
00:27

Shirley Temple's Storybook

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Vic Mizzy on composing for Shirley Temple's Storybook
03:19

Temperatures Rising

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Vic Mizzy on scoring the series Temperature Rising
01:00
Topics

Advice

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Vic Mizzy on advice to an aspiring composer
00:58

Historic Events and Social Change

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Vic Mizzy on serving in the Navy's welfare recreation office during World War II - working on films and writing shows
03:53
Vic Mizzy on composing songs that became hits during World War II
01:52
Vic Mizzy on playing the organ for the Navy during World War II and falling ill
08:36

Hollywood Blacklist

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Vic Mizzy on not having any involvement with the Hollywood Blacklist
01:01

Industry Crossroads

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Vic Mizzy on not having any involvement with the Hollywood Blacklist
01:01

Pop Culture

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Vic Mizzy on writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
03:50
Vic Mizzy on the legacy of The Addams Family theme song
01:22
Vic Mizzy on scoring and writing the theme song to Green Acres
04:53
Vic Mizzy on composing the theme for Kentucky Jones
01:46
Vic Mizzy on composing the theme for Pruitts of Southampton
00:34
Vic Mizzy on the role of music in a TV show
01:37
Vic Mizzy plays the theme to The Addams Family
01:10
Vic Mizzy plays the theme to Green Acres
00:32

TV Theme Songs

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Vic Mizzy on writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
02:24
Vic Mizzy on the legacy of The Addams Family theme song
01:22
Vic Mizzy on scoring and writing the theme song to Green Acres
04:53
Vic Mizzy on composing the theme for Kentucky Jones
01:46
Vic Mizzy on composing the theme for Pruitts of Southampton
00:34
Vic Mizzy on the role of music in a TV show
01:37
Vic Mizzy plays the theme to The Addams Family
01:10
Vic Mizzy plays the theme to Green Acres
00:32

Television Industry

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Vic Mizzy on not having any involvement with the Hollywood Blacklist
01:01
Vic Mizzy on advice to an aspiring composer
00:58

War

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Vic Mizzy on serving in the Navy's welfare recreation office during World War II - working on films and writing shows
03:53
Vic Mizzy on composing songs that became hits during World War II
01:52
Vic Mizzy on playing the organ for the Navy during World War II and falling ill
08:36

World War II

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Vic Mizzy on serving in the Navy's welfare recreation office during World War II - working on films and writing shows
03:53
Vic Mizzy on composing songs that became hits during World War II
01:52
Vic Mizzy on playing the organ for the Navy during World War II and falling ill
08:36
Professions

Composer

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Vic Mizzy on wanting to be a composer when he was a kid
02:02
Vic Mizzy on how he figures out when to put music into a scene
01:37
Vic Mizzy on the role of music in a TV show
01:37
Vic Mizzy on how the business of film scoring has changed over the years
01:26
Vic Mizzy on how technology has affected scoring
00:23
Vic Mizzy on advice to an aspiring composer
00:58
Vic Mizzy on his style
01:01
Vic Mizzy on his musical style
02:30
Vic Mizzy on his conducting style
00:51

Music Professionals

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Vic Mizzy on wanting to be a composer when he was a kid
02:02
Vic Mizzy on how he figures out when to put music into a scene
01:37
Vic Mizzy on the role of music in a TV show
01:37
Vic Mizzy on how the business of film scoring has changed over the years
01:26
Vic Mizzy on how technology has affected scoring
00:31
Vic Mizzy on advice to an aspiring composer
00:58
Vic Mizzy on his style
01:01
Vic Mizzy on his musical style
02:30
Vic Mizzy on his conducting style
00:51
Genres

Comedy Series

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Vic Mizzy on writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
02:24
Vic Mizzy on working with the cast, scoring and writing the theme song to The Addams Family
23:50
Vic Mizzy on scoring and writing the theme song to Green Acres
04:53
Vic Mizzy on composing for Green Acres
08:46
Vic Mizzy on composing for Pruitts of Southampton
04:11

Sci-Fi/Supernatural Series

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Vic Mizzy on writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
02:24
Vic Mizzy on working with the cast, scoring and writing the theme song to The Addams Family
23:50
People

Charles Addams

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Vic Mizzy on meeting Charles Addams, creator of the original cartoon of The Addams Family
01:30
Vic Mizzy on a cartoon of The Addams Family, by Charles Addams
01:08

Eddie Albert

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Vic Mizzy on scoring and writing the theme song to Green Acres
03:24
Vic Mizzy on working with Eddie Albert on Green Acres
01:47

Fred Allen

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Vic Mizzy on working with Fred Allen
00:13

John Astin

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Vic Mizzy on working with John Astin on The Addams Family
00:55
Vic Mizzy on composing music for John Astin for the promotional reel for The Addams Family
00:22

Richard Bare

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Vic Mizzy on working with Richard Bare
00:15

William Castle

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Vic Mizzy on working with William Castle
00:57

Perry Como

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Vic Mizzy on working with Perry Como
00:33

Jackie Coogan

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Vic Mizzy on composing music for Jackie Coogan for the promotional reel for The Addams Family
00:31

Phyllis Diller

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Vic Mizzy on composing the theme for Pruitts of Southampton
00:38
Vic Mizzy on composing for the Phyllis Diller movie "Did You Hear The One About The Traveling Saleslady?"
00:49
Vic Mizzy on composing the theme for Pruitts of Southampton
00:34

Eva Gabor

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Vic Mizzy on scoring and writing the theme song to Green Acres
03:24

Mark Goodson

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Vic Mizzy on scoring The Richard Boone Anthology for Mark Goodson
02:30
Vic Mizzy on scoring the pilot Legal Eagle
02:09

Paul Henning

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Vic Mizzy on working with Paul Henning on Green Acres
00:41

Felix Jackson

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Vic Mizzy on NBC executive Felix Jackson asking him to score Kentucky Jones
00:57

Carolyn Jones

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Vic Mizzy on working with Carolyn Jones on The Addams Family and attending her funeral
02:18
Vic Mizzy on composing music for Carolyn Jones for the promotional reel for The Addams Family
00:23

Dave Kahn

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Vic Mizzy on working with Dave Kahn
00:20

Don Knotts

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Vic Mizzy on working with and composing for Don Knotts
00:57

Andre Kostelanetz

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Vic Mizzy on working with Andre Kostelanetz
00:17

Gypsy Rose Lee

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Vic Mizzy on working with Gypsy Rose Lee on Pruitts of Southampton
01:23

David Levy

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Vic Mizzy on scoring The Richard Boone Anthology for Mark Goodson
02:30
Vic Mizzy on composing for The Addams Family
02:55
Vic Mizzy on writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
03:50
Vic Mizzy on David Levy casting The Addams Family and other shows
00:49

Lisa Loring

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Vic Mizzy on working with child actor Lisa Loring, "Wednesday Addams" on The Addams Family
00:45

Nat Perrin

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Vic Mizzy on working with Nat Perrin
00:21

Frank Sinatra

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Vic Mizzy on working with Frank Sinatra
01:17

Jay Sommers

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Vic Mizzy on scoring and writing the theme song to Green Acres
03:24
Vic Mizzy on working with Jay Sommers, the creator on Green Acres
01:46
Vic Mizzy on Jay Sommers wanting lots of interstitial music on Green Acres
00:26

Shirley Temple

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Vic Mizzy on composing for Shirley Temple's Storybook and composing "The Enchanted Melody"
03:19

Lana Turner

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Vic Mizzy on dancing with Lana Turner at a barbeque hosted by Carolyn Jones
00:40

Frederic Ziv

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Vic Mizzy on scoring Ziv's Klondike
00:42

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