An evening pause: From the 1964 Blake Edwards film, The Pink Panther. Written by Mancini with the actor Peter Sellers specifically in mind.
Hat tip Danae.
An evening pause: From the 1962 Howard Hawks film Hatari!, this scene, and the music that goes with it, shows off the film’s light-hearted adventurous tone. And yes, that’s John Wayne following the girl. Since then this music has been reused innumerable times in youtube pet videos.
Hat tip Diane Zimmerman.