Dominic Frontiere papers, 1958-1972

Overview of the Collection

Frontiere, Dominic
Dominic Frontiere papers
1958-1972 (inclusive)
16.44 cubic ft. (23 boxes)
Collection Number
Contains music scores by Dominic Frontiere for television shows and movies.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Dominic Frontiere (b.1931) was born in New Haven, Connecticut and became a composer, arranger, and jazz accordionist. After a stint with a big band in the 1940s and 1950s, Frontiere moved to Los Angeles where he enrolled at UCLA. In 1958 he released an album titled, “Pagan Festival”. He became the musical director of 20th Century Fox where he scored several films such as “The Marriage Go Around”. In the 1960s, mainly in association with producer and director Leslie Stevens, Frontiere began composing for several television shows, including the innovative blend of music and sound effects he created for the theme to "The Outer Limits". Other television shows included “Stoney Burke”, “The Name of the Game”, “Search”, "The Rat Patrol", “That Girl” and "The Invaders". He composed the music for films including "Hang 'Em High" and the motorcycle racing documentary, “On Any Sunday”. In the early 1970s, Frontiere became the head of Paramount's music department, where he worked on a combination of television and film scores, while concurrently orchestrating popular music albums for, among others, Chicago. In 1971 he won an Emmy for the television special, “Sing Out Sweet Land.” In 1980, he won a Golden Globe for the score for "The Stunt Man."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains scores, sketches, music cues and conductor parts for television shows and films worked on by Frontiere. Productions include “Branded”, “The F.B.I. Files”, “The Outer Limits”, “Search”, “Cancel My Reservation”, “Chisum”, and many others, including unsold pilots. Also included are scripts and a small amount of correspondence.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

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Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Dominic Frontiere at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from Dominic Frontiere in 1968, 1970, and 1983.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Laura Uglean Jackson in September 2012

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1, 3 "6th Column, The" undated
18 "Allan" undated
3 "Barquero" 1969
14 Beatnik (song) 1962
11 "Billie" undated
1, 3, 11, 14 "Branded" 1965
4, 17, 23 "Cancel My Reservation" 1972
1, 21 "Chisum" undated
21 "Chopper One" circa 1974
23 Disney, Unidentified undated
7 "Elke" 1971
14, 21 "F.B.I, The" undated
13 "Flying Nun, The" undated
16 "Frank Merriwell" undated
3 "Freebie and the Bean" (script) 1973
3, 17, 18 "Hammersmith is Out" circa 1971
3, 13 "Hang 'Em High" undated
3 "Harry Never Holds" [a.k.a. "Harry in Your Pocket"] (script) 1971
13 "Haunted" undated
3 "Haunts of the Very Rich" (script) 1972
16 "Hero's Island" undated
3, 18, 20, 22 "Immortal, The" 1969
20 "Invaders, The" undated
20 "Iron Horse" undated
22 Jean Claude Killy undated
1 "Kincaid" (Pilot spin-off of Stoney Burke) undated
3 "Knife for the Ladies, A" (script) circa 1974
3, 16 "Lost Flight" circa 1968
20 Love Eyes undated
16 "Marriage Go Round" undated
3 "McKlusky" [a.k.a. later "White Lightning"] (script) 1972
3 "McMasters of Sweetwater" (script) undated
5 "Miscellaneous" undated
21-22 "Movin On" undated
3 "Mr. Kingston" (unsold pilot) 1962
3, 7 "Name For Evil, A" [a.k.a. "The Grove" 1972
10 "Name of the Game" undated
1 "Number One" 1969
3, 21-22 "On Any Sunday" undated
10 "One Foot In Hell" 1960
1 "Outer Limits, The" (Pilot, "Please Stand By") 1963
1, 3 "Outer Limits, The" 1963
19 Pagan Festival 1958
1 "Point of Entry" (Pilot spin-off of Stoney Burke) 1963
8 "Popi" undated
15 "Rat Patrol" undated
19 Rhythm of Love (album) undated
4, 21-23 "Search" 1972-1973
15 "Seven Thieves" 1959
21 "Sheriff, The" 1971
3, 9, 21 "Silent Force, The" circa 1970
3 "Sing Out Sweet Land" circa 1970
16 "Somewhere In Italy" (pilot) undated
1, 2, 7 "Stoney Burke" 1962-1963
15, 23 "That Girl" undated
5, 17, 23 "There Once Was a Woman" undated
9, 12, 14 "Twelve O'Clock High" undated
6, 18, 23 Unidentified Music Scores undated
14 Venus Girl (song) 1962
16 "Way West, The" undated
3 "Wednesday Morning" (script) undated
15 "Wet and Wild" undated
3 "Young Rebels, The" circa 1970

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Arrangers (Musicians) -- United States -- 20th century.
  • Composers -- United States -- 20th century.
  • Film composers.
  • Motion picture music.
  • Musical sketches.
  • Television music.

Titles within the Collection

  • Outer limits (Television program : 1963-1965)