Arthur Morton

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Film and TV composer/orchestrator Arthur Morton orchestrated scores for the movies The Sand Pebbles, From Here to Eternity, Patton, Chinatown, Superman: The Movie (1978), Planet of the Apes, Escape From…
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Film and TV composer/orchestrator Arthur Morton orchestrated scores for the movies The Sand Pebbles, From Here to Eternity, Patton, Chinatown, Superman: The Movie (1978), Planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Ocean's Eleven, Our Man Flint, In Like Flint, and the movie series based on the Star Trek TV series. His other TV credits include ABC-TV's '60s nighttime soap opera Peyton Place and the CBS-TV family drama The Waltons. One of Morton's frequent collaborators was Jerry Goldsmith.

A native of Duluth, MN, Morton was a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He started working in the music departments of Hal Roach Studios and Columbia Pictures in the '30s. Some of his early movie scores include Night Life of the Gods (1935), Riding on Air (1937), Turnabout (1940), The Nevadan, and Rogues of Sherwood Forest (both 1950).

At the age of 91, Arthur Morton died in his Santa Monica, CA, home on April 15, 2000.

Arthur Morton-related releases are (with Jerry Goldsmith) Rudy, Hoosiers, The Blue Max, Explorers, Omen, Total Recall, Rambo 3 Scotti Brothers, 6 Degrees of Separation, A Patch of Blue Intrada, City Hall, Secret of Nimh, Outland/Capricorn One-National Philharmonic Orchestra, Randy Newman-Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman, the movie soundtracks to Medicine Man, The Wind and the Lion, Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier, Forever Young, Space & Beyond (Silva), The Russia House, Congo, Horror! Monsters Witches & Vampires, Alien Invasion: Space and Beyond, Vol. 2-the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Kismet (Rhino), Gremlins 2, The Cult Files, Lionheart (Varese Sarabande), Poltergeist, Rambo: First Blood, Pt. 2, Leviathan, How the West Was Won, Vol. 1: Classic Western Film Scores, and Islands in the Stream.