Larry Adler talks about composing music for the film Genevieve, Ravel's Boléro, and falling for Ingrid Bergman.
Now aged seventy, Larry Adler a guest on The Late Late Show talks about his autobiography 'It Ain't Necessarily So'. Composing the soundtrack for the 1953 film Genevieve earned Larry Adler an Oscar nomination. When the film was being made, the producers had no budget to pay him and instead offered a 2.5% ownership in the film. This turned out to be very lucrative deal as the film was a huge success he is still receiving royalties.
My children went to college on Genevieve.
This was not the only stroke of luck to come his way during his career. To Larry Adler's surprise, composer Maurice Ravel left him the sole and exclusive rights to play Boléro in any way he saw fit without any copyright performance fee.
While on tour in Germany, Larry Adler met Ingrid Bergman and fell in love with her. The problem was that they were both married to different people.
I never lost the great admiration and respect and affection for her that I had at the very beginning and we always remained good friends.
Larry Adler performs 'Summertime' on both the mouth organ and piano.
This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 10 November 1984. The presenter is Gay Byrne.