Finding aid for the Miles Goodman musical compositions, 1974-1996 PASC-M.0140

Finding aid prepared by Doug Johnson, May, 2016; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1575
(310) 825-4988
Online finding aid last updated 23 August 2017.

Title: Miles Goodman musical compositions
Identifier/Call Number: PASC-M.0140
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 22.2 linear feet (23 flat boxes and 13 oversize flat boxes)
Date: 1974-1996
Abstract: Miles Goodman was a composer for film and television. The collection consists mostly of his spotting notes and manuscripts for productions in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as scores for the arrangers and performers.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Creator: Goodman, Miles

Conditions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Conditions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where UCLA Library Special Collections does not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Miles Goodman Musical Compositions (Collection PASC-M 140). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5340583 


Miles Goodman was born August 27, 1949 in Los Angeles, CA, and attended Antioch College in Ohio. He began scoring television shows in the 1970s, and in the late 1980s switched to doing mostly feature films, becoming known primarily for his work in comedies. He was a frequent collaborator with director Frank Oz, composing music for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, What About Bob?, and Little Shop of Horrors, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. A fan of jazz music, Goodman also produced several record albums. He died on August 16, 1996, at his home in Brentwood.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of Miles Goodman's spotting notes and manuscripts for film and television productions in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as scores for arrangers and performers. There is some material for several unrealized projects as well as songs written by Goodman, many in collaboration with Douglas Brayfield. There is no personal material.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Series 1. Feature film music
  2. Series 2. Television music
  3. Series 3. Other compositions

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Goodman, Miles.
Motion picture music--Scores.
Television music--Scores.


Series 1. Feature film music 1974-1996


About Last Night (1986)


Working title: Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
Box 1, Folder 1

Music spotting notes; composer's manuscripts 1986


Blankman (1994)

Box 1, Folders 2-3

Music spotting notes; composer's manuscripts 1994

Box 3, Folder 1

Arranger's score undated


The Delinquents (1989)

Box 3, Folder 2

Composer's manuscripts undated


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Box 3, Folder 3

Music spotting notes; budget; cue sheets 1988

Box 3, Folder 4

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 5, Folders 1-2

Conductor's score undated


Dunston Checks In (1996)

Box 4, Folder 1

Music spotting notes 1995

Box 4, Folder 2

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 4, Folder 3

Conductor's score undated


Footloose (1984)

Box 5, Folder 3

Composer's manuscripts undated


For Better or Worse (1995)


Working title: Stranger Things.
Box 6, Folder 1

Music spotting notes; composer's manuscripts 1994


Funny About Love (1990)

Box 6, Folder 2

Music spotting notes; composer's manuscripts 1990

Box 6, Folder 3

Arranger's score undated

Box 7, Folder 1

Rhythm scores undated


Getting Even With Dad (1994)

Box 7, Folder 2

Music spotting notes; scores 1994

Box 7, Folders 3-4

Composer's manuscripts 1994


He Said She Said (1991)

Box 12, Folder 1

Music spotting notes; composer's manuscripts 1990

Box 12, Folder 2

Arranger's score undated


Housesitter (1992)

Box 14, Folders 1-3

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 2, Folder 1-2

Arranger's score undated

Box 8, Folders 1-2, Box 2, Folder 3

Bound score 1992


Indian in the Cupboard (1995)


Goodman's score for the film was rejected.
Box 16, Folder 1

Music spotting notes 1995

Box 16, Folders 2-4

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 9, Folders 1-2

Arranger's scores undated


Indian Summer (1993)

Box 19, Folder 1

Composer's manuscripts 1993

Box 19, Folder 2

Master rhythm score undated


Jinxed! (1982)

Box 19, Folder 3

Music spotting notes; timing sheets 1982

Box 20, Folder 1

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 20, Folder 2

Arranger's score undated


K-9 (1989)

Box 10, Folder 1

Music spotting notes 1989

Box 10, Folder 2

Composer's manuscripts 1989

Box 10, Folder 3

Conductor's score 1989


La Bamba (1987)

Box 20, Folder 3

Music spotting notes; composer's manuscripts 1987

Box 20, Folder 4

Conductor's score undated


Larger Than Life (1996)


Working title: Large as Life.
Box 21, Folder 1

Music spotting notes; composer agreement 1996

Box 21, Folders 2-3

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 11, Folders 1-2

Conductor's score undated


Like Father, Like Son (1987)

Box 22, Folder 1

Composer's manuscripts; parts scores 1987


Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Box 22, Folder 2

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 22, Folder 3

Arranger's score undated

Box 25, Folder 1

Song scores undated


Lookin' to Get Out (1982)

Box 13, Folder 1

Timing notes; composer's manuscripts 1982


The Man Who Wasn't There (1983)

Box 25, Folder 2

Score 1983


The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Box 26, Folder 1

Music spotting notes; Christmas carols 1992

Box 26, Folders 2-4

Composer's manuscripts 1992

Box 13, Folders 2-4

Arranger's score undated


Opportunity Knocks (1990)

Box 15, Folder 1

Composer's manuscripts undated


Problem Child (1990)

Box 28, Folder 1

Music spotting notes; composer's manuscripts 1990

Box 28, Folder 2

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 28, Folder 3

Arranger's score undated

Box 29, Folders 1-2

Parts scores undated


Real Men (1987)

Box 29, Folder 3

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 30, Folder 1

Arranger's score undated


Sister Act II (1993)

Box 30, Folder 2

Composer's manuscripts undated


The Squeeze (1987)


Working title: Skip Tracer.
Box 30, Folder 3, Box 31, Folder 1

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 31, Folder 2

Arranger's score undated


Sunset Park (1996)

Box 31, Folder 3

Correspondence 1995-1996

Box 15, Folder 2

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 31, Folder 4

Parts scores undated


The Super (1991)

Box 32, Folder 1

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 32, Folders 2-3

Scores undated


Table for Five (1983)

Box 33, Folder 1

Music spotting notes; composer's score 1982


To Be a Rose (1974)

Box 33, Folder 2

Song "I'll Never Dream Again," with lyric by Douglas Brayfield 1974


Vital Signs (1990)

Box 33, Folder 3

Music spotting notes; master rhythm score 1989

Box 33, Folder 4

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 17, Folder 1

Arranger's score undated


What About Bob? (1991)

Box 34, Folders 2-3

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 34, Folder 1

Music spotting notes; rhythm scores 1991

Box 17, Folders 2-3

Arranger's score undated


Series 2. Television music circa 1983-1991


The Best Times (1985)

Box 18, Folder 1

Music spotting notes; rhythm scores 1984


Carly Mills (1986)

Box 18, Folders 2-3

Composer's manuscripts; master rhythm scores 1986


Children of the Night (1985)

Box 18, Folder 4

Composer's manuscripts undated


The Face of Rage (1983)

Box 18, Folder 5

Composer's manuscripts; cue sheets undated


For Richer, for Poorer (1992)


Working title: Getting There.
Box 23, Folder 1

Music spotting notes; composer's manuscripts 1991


Fort Figueroa (1988) Subseries 3.


A presentation in the CBS Summer Playhouse series.
Box 23, Folder 2

Music spotting notes; master list; composer's manuscripts 1988


The Grand Baby (1985)

Box 23, Folder 3

Composer's manuscripts; lyrics undated


Indecency (1992)

Box 23, Folder 4

Composer's manuscripts; part scores undated


Me and Mom (1985)

Box 24, Folder 1

Composer's manuscripts undated


Mick and Frankie (1989)

Box 24, Folder 2

Composer's manuscripts undated


A Reason to Live (1985)


Working title: My Life, Your Life.
Box 24, Folder 3

Music spotting notes; composer's manuscripts 1984


Traveling Man (1988)

Box 24, Folder 4

Composer's manuscripts undated

Box 24, Folder 5

Master rhythm scores; songs by Stephen Foster undated


Series 3. Other compositions circa 1978-1994

Box 27, Folder 1

Boys' Life - composer's manuscripts 1993

Box 27, Folder 2

Compositions by others undated

Scope and Content

Includes music by Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Kay Dennis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, Jimmy van Huesen, Thad Jones, and Stephen Sondheim.
Box 27, Folders 3-4

Hapgood undated


This is an unproduced musical, not the play by Tom Stoppard.

Scope and Content

Script, with book by Seth Freeman, music by Miles Goodman, and lyrics by Douglas Brayfield; Goodman's resume, circa 1978.
Box 27, Folder 5

King of Hearts - lyrics; composer's manuscripts undated

Box 35, Folder 1

Neal's Story [unproduced film] 1991

Scope and Content

Script by Dennis Feldman, with music by Miles Goodman and lyrics by Craig Carnelia; composer's manuscripts.
Box 35, Folder 2

Rockinwagner undated

Box 35, Folder 3

Short compositions undated and 1993-1994

Scope and Content

Contains a variety of short instrumental works that do not appear related to a larger project.
Box 35, Folder 4

Songs by Miles Goodman undated

Box 36, Folder 1

Songs by Miles Goodman and Douglas Brayfield undated

Box 36, Folder 2

Thielemans, Toots 1994

Scope and Content

Material regarding the album East Coast West Coast, produced by Goodman.
Box 36, Folder 3

Unidentified project - composer's manuscripts undated