Treasury Men In Action / T-Men In Action (crime drama)
(ABC Primetime, 1950;
NBC Primetime, 1951 - 54;
ABC Primetime, 1954 - 1955;
[Syndicated Title: "Federal Men";
This series dramatized actual Treasury Department cases from
the files of the Internal Revenue Service. Character actor
Walter Greaza played the role of "The Chief" of the bureau
for all five years (181 episodes) -- introducing each story,
and providing a wrap-up at the end where he told the sentences
and fate of those who attempted to cheat the United States
Theme 1: "Splendour and Victory -- Processional March"
[Above is title as filed for U.S. Copyright in 1929, and also
seen on the piano-conductor's score rented from Boosey & Hawkes;
aka: spelled "Splendor and Victory" in ASCAP Repertoire;
Verified as the THEME in the TV Guide article "What's The
Name of That Theme Song?" Feb. 19, 1954 on p.21;
This composition written in Great Britain in 1929 was heard as the
opening and closing themes for "Treasury Men in Action", and the
end credits theme for the Syndicated version "Federal Men."
Herman Finck (1872-1939) was conductor of the Palace
Theatre Orchestra in London. He was born in London "of
Dutch extraction", according to the IMDB. He wrote popular
songs for the theatre, and the occasional piece for orchestra.
Some sources credit his birth name as being spelled "Hermann
van der Vinck" and others spell it "Hermann von der Finck".
At any rate his given name was spelled with 2 n's, which he
Anglicized to just one.
This stirring march theme was a memorable piece heard on the
U.S. television series for the five years of its Network run,
and many years afterward in Syndication.]
Composer: Herman Finck (British PRS/ASCAP)
[pseudonym of Hermann von der Finck]
Original Publisher: Hawkes & Son, Ltd. (PRS/ASCAP)
of London, England
1998 Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes, Inc. (ASCAP)
Copyright Date: 1929 on piano-conductor score rented
from Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. published
by Hawkes & Son, Ltd., London
U.S. Copyright Date: Dec. 13, 1929; EFO 8 660.
U.S. Renewal Date: Dec. 21, 1956; R 184 625.
78rpm - OT.2148 in the Boosey and Hawkes Mood Music Library
[appeared in a 1947 catalog, page reprinted in "Journal Into
Melody" Issue 130, p. 38, from The Robert Farnon Society]
Theme 2: "U. S. Treasury March (Signature)"
This may have been the short opening Main Title that was clumsily
spliced to shorten it, heard on some versions of "Federal Men" in
Composers: William ("Bill") Lava (ASCAP) and
Ray John Heindorf (ASCAP)
1978 Publisher: Leeds Music Corp. (ASCAP)
2000 Publisher: On Back Street Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
c/o MCA Music Publ.
a div. of Universal Studios, Inc.
of Los Angeles, CA
Copyright Date: (unknown)
Syndicated Theme 3: "Federal Men (Main
[aka: "Brutal Regiment", from the MUTEL Music Service;
aka: "THEME NO. 2 (Dramatic-Full)", in the Capitol "Q" Library.
This THEME was also used for the "True Detectives" radio series, and
for the first "Mr. District Attorney" TV series, which see...
Probably the original writer was Herschel Burke Gilbert, adapted
from his 1948 film score "Open Secret" by Joseph Mullendore
for use in David Chudnow's MUTEL Music Service -- where it
was known as "Brutal Regiment", according to CD producer and
library music expert Paul Mandell.
Melvyn Lenard Gordon, aka Melvyn Lenard, were pseudonyms of
music publisher David Marvin Gordon, president of Gordon Music
who published this THEME, and a few others in the MUTEL library.
It seems to have been used during later years of the show's
syndication, supplanting the two themes described above. The
music director for the show -- Melvyn Lenard -- was listed
on the end credits. So he may have decided to collect more
royalties by substituting this piece in which he had had
some profit participation.]
Composer: Melvyn Lenard Gordon (ASCAP)
1978 Publisher: Gordon Music Co. (ASCAP)
2000 Publisher: Gordon Music Company, Inc. (ASCAP)
of Canoga Park, CA
Copyright Date: (unknown)
in the "MUTEL" (Music For Television) library,
and 78 rpm reference disks in the Capitol "Q" Series library.
Q- 1:3 THEME NO. 2 - OPENING (Dramatic-Full) (0:46)
Q- 1:4 THEME NO. 2 - CLOSING (Dramatic-Full) (0:24)
Q-12:2 THEME NO. 2 - Long Version (Dramatic-Full) (01:16)
CD: [Excerpt in track: "Brutal Regiment"] on the CD
"Adventures of Superman - the Original 1950s
[produced by Paul Mandell and Bruce Kimmel]
Varèse Sarabande 302 066 093 2 (2000)
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