The OP is talking about the ad just under the description. To be fair, it can be a bit confusing that you have to click the double caret (^^) button to expand the description box. Although, Mr. Karas is mentioned in the opening credits of the movie itself.
Thanks for clearing that up. I guess I just didn’t look carefully enough. The music to Zorba the Greek reminds me of Third Man Theme in a way, as well as Never On Sunday. And there’s another instrumental from that era that I tend to confuse with it, but I can’t even hum the tune at the moment.
I never could understand the fascination with the movie.
Nice try. Opens a can of worms. But the one I’m trying to bring back is more Middle Eastern in flavor, to me anyway. I’m thinking early 50’s and a name orchestra backing a string instrument like a guitar or a balalaika or whatever.
I did find “Vanessa” while I was flipping through names on YouTube. Very Leroy Anderson sounding but not even in the ballpark with this mystery tune.
He was a one hit wonder. I had the opportunity to listen to several Mercury Theater productions, and they were pretty standard radio ‘plays’ but what made War of the Worlds outstanding was it being presented like a series of flash news interruptions in a regular radio evening, getting people to believe it was really happening. Then he went to Hollywood, and made Citizen Kane - which I personally don’t like, but it was also filmed in an unusual way, and brought him more attention. His subsequent movies were meh. He spent the rest of his career trying to find another movie script he could do something odd with and pretty much fizzled. I never much liked his acting.
Probably “Midnight in Moscow” by the Village Stompers. I can’t find their version of it online, but here is another version, and here is the Village Stompers doing “Washington Square.”, their biggest hit.
The Third Man, one of my favorite movies. Anytime I recommend it to someone I always tell tell them something along the lines of “After you watch it, and you have a question about it, the answer is ‘zither’” I suppose it’s the fact that you hear the music throughout the entire movie that makes people wonder what it is. http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=12649805&postcount=7