In the 1940s, JEROME MOROSS began to work in Hollywood, California, where he would compose the music scores for sixteen films from 1948 to 1969.
He composed the score for the World War II drama The Sharkfighters. The score is distinctive in its use of ethnic themes featuring syncopation and percussion instruments that stress the ostinato rhythm that soon became the signature style element of his scores for many westerns.
His best-known film score is that for the 1958 movie The Big Country, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
JEROME MOROSS's scores were always well crafted, nicely complementing the action on screen, and earned him a high degree of respect. It is clear that Moross was required to devote a great deal of his creative energy, more than he would have liked, to commercial music. His efforts in the 1940s and 1950s were dominated by work in film and television. -Charles Turner