The Great Mancini

Don Black explores the prolific career and legacy of Henry Mancini, composer of `Moon River', `The Pink Panther' and hundreds of other songs and film themes.

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01Big Band Beginnings20010420

Don Black explores the prolific career and legacy of Henry Mancini, composer of `Moon River', `The Pink Panther' and hundreds of other songs and film themes.

After being taught to play the flute as a boy, the young Henry Mancini gets his first big break with big bands, and finds his future wife and the beginnings of a movie career.

02Moon River20010427

A haircut on a film lot brings a chance meeting with director Blake Edwards, and the scores for `Peter Gunn' and `Breakfast at Tiffany's' are born.

03Movies, Movies20010504

Mancini enjoys a spectacular run of film-theme hits.

04 LASTMancini Goes Pop20010511

The magic of Mancini's music goes on tour and the composer becomes a well-known conductor.

But as the movies keep coming, there is an unfulfilled longing to write a Broadway show.