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Tail Spin top of page
Tail Spin
20th Century-Fox, 1939, B/W, 84 minutes
Released February, 1939

The story of women fliers in the late 1930s. Alice Faye and Connie Bennett are both highly competitive pilots, and they are both in love with the same man (of course).

Producer: Harry Joe Brown
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Screenplay: Frank Wead
Music: Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
Music Director: Louis Silvers
Art Direction: Bernard Herzbrun, Rudolph Sternad
Set Decoration: Thomas Little
Costume Design: Gwen Wakeling
Sound: Eugene Grossman, Roger Heman
Cinematography: Karl Freund
Film Editing: Allen McNeil

Cast: Alice Faye [Trixie Lee], Constance Bennett [Gerry Lester], Nancy Kelly [Lois Allen], Joan Davis [Babe Dugan], Charles Farrell [Bud], Jane Wyman [Alabama], Kane Richmond [Dick "Tex" Price], Wally Vernon [Chick], Joan Valerie [Sunny], Edward Norris [Speed Allen], J. Anthony Hughes [Al Moore], Harry Davenport [T. P. Lester], Mary Gordon [Mrs. Lee], Harry Rosenthal [Cafe Manager], Irving Bacon [Storekeeper], Sam Hayes [Announcer]

Musical Program: Are You in the Mood for Mischief (Alice Faye)

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game top of page
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
MGM, 1949, Color, 93 minutes, ***½
Premiere release March, 1949
General release April, 1949

Fast and fun turn-of-the-century musical teams Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly as baseball players trying to deal with their team's new female owner (Esther Williams). The score incudes "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg"; Betty Garrett, Edward Arnold, Jules Munshin co-star under Busby Berkeley's direction.

The Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly Collection DVD Box Set (see right) contains this film, Anchors Aweigh and On the Town.

Produced by: Arthur Freed
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Screen Play by: Harry Tugend and George Wells
Story by: Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen
Musical Direction: Adolph Deutsch
Lyrics and Music by: Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Roger Edens
Song: "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" by Jack Norworth and Albert Vin Tilzer
Vocal Arrangements: Robert Tucker
Musical Numbers Staged by: Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons and Daniel B. Cathcart
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Henry W. Grace
Women's Costumes by: Helen Rose
Men's Costumes by: Valles
Hair Styles Designed by: Sydney Guilaroff
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Special Effects: Warren Newcombe
Montage Sequences: Peter Ballbusch
Color by: Technicolor
Director of Photography: George Folsey
Technicolor Color Consultant: Natalie Kalmus
Associate: James Gooch
Film Editor: Blanche Sewell

Cast: Frank Sinatra [Dennis Ryan], Esther Williams [K. C. Higgins], Gene Kelly [Eddie O'Brien], Betty Garrett [Shirley Delwyn], Edward Arnold [Joe Lorgan], Jules Munshin [Nat Goldberg], Richard Lane [Michael Gilhuly], Tom Dugan [Slappy Burke], Additional Cast: Murray Alper [Zalinka], Wilton Graff [Nick Donford], Mack Gray [Henchman], Charles Regan [Henchman], Saul Gorss [Steve], Douglas Fowley [Karl], Eddie Parkes [Dr. Winston], James Burke [Cop in Park], The Blackburn Twins [Specialty], Gordon Jones [Sen. Catcher], Jack Bruce, John Burger, Aaron Phillips, Eddie Cutler, Ellsworth Blake, Harry Allen, Joseph Roach, Hubie Kerns, Peter Kooy, Robert Simpson, Richard Landry, Jack Boyle, Richard Beavers [Wolves' Team Members], Virginia Bates, Joi Lansing [Girls on Train], Mitchell Lewis [Fisherman], Esther Michaelson [Fisherman's Wife], Almira Sessions, Isabel O'Madigan, Gil Perkins, Robert Stephenson, Charles Sullivan, Edna Harris [Fans], Frank Scannell [Reporter], Henry Kulky [Burly Acrobat], Dorothy Abbott [Dancer], Jackie Jackson [Kid], Si Jenks [Sam], Jack Rice [Room Clerk], Edward Cassidy [Teddy Roosevelt], Dick Wessel [Umpire], Sally Forrest [Dancer]

Musical Program: [0:06] Overture: "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" / "The Right Girl for Me" (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:09] Take Me Out to the Ball Game (sung and danced by Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as O'Brien and Ryan vaudeville team); [0:15] Yes, Indeed (sung by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Men's Chorus; danced by Kelly and Sinatra); [0:28] O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg (sung and danced by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin); [0:33] Take Me Out to the Ball Game (reprised by Esther Williams while swimming in the hotel pool); [0:37] The Right Girl for Me (sung by Frank Sinatra); [0:53] It's Fate Baby, It's Fate (sung by Betty Garrett and Frank Sinatra); [0:59] Strictly U.S.A. (production number sung and danced by Betty Garrett, Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly and Chorus); [1:08] The Hat My Dear Old Father Wore upon St. Patricks Day (sung and danced by Gene Kelly and Chorus); [1:36] Finale: Strictly U.S.A. (sung and danced by the Gene Kelly, Esther Williams, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garret)




Tammy and the Bachelor top of page
Tammy and the Bachelor
Universal-International, 1957, Color, 89 minutes, ****
Released June, 1957
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Tammy (Debbie Reynolds) lives on a shanty boat in the Mississippi Delta area with her grandfather (Walter Brenan). Peter Brent crashes his plane nearby one day, and Tammy nurses him back to health. He thanks her and tells her that if she ever needs anything, she can find him at his home Brentwood Hall. So, when Grandpa is arrested for making moonshine, Tammy and her goat head for Brentwood Hall. Having never been away from home, Tammy finds a whole new world, which she greets with wide-eyed wonder while sweeping everyone around her off their feet with her old-world charm and wisdom.

One of my very favorite Debbie Reynolds films! Though not a musical, this popular hit film is notable for bringing us the "Tammy" phenomenon. Debbie Reynolds' rendition of the title song was a number 1 chart record, followed closely by the Ames Brothers record. The film inspired two sequels (starring Sandra Dee), a television series and the Tammy doll, among other things.

Produced by: Ross Hunter
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Assistant Director: Joseph E. Kenny
Screenplay by: Oscar Brodney
Based on a Novel by Cid Ricketts Sumner (Tammy Out of Time)
Musical Score: Frank Skinner
Song: "Tammy" Words and Music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by The Ames Brothers
Music: Frank Skinner
Music Supervision by: Joseph Gershenson
Art Direction: Richard H. Riedel, Bill Newberry
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, Ray Jeffers
Gowns: Bill Thomas
Hair Stylist: Joan St. Oegger
Make-Up: Bud Westmore
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Joseph Lapis
Director of Photography: Arthur E. Arling
Special Photography: Clifford Stine
Filmed in CinemaScope and Technicolor
Technicolor Color Consultant: William Fritsche
Film Editor: Ted J. Kent

Awards: Nominated for Best Song Academy Award ("Tammy")

Cast: Debbie Reynolds [Tammy Tyree], Leslie Nielsen [Peter Brent], Walter Brennan [Grandpa], Mildred Natwick [Aunt Renie], Fay Wray [Mrs. Brent], Louise Beavers [Osia], Sidney Blackmer [Professor Brent], Mala Powers [Barbara], Philip Ober [Alfred Bissle], Craig Hill [Ernie], April Kent [Tina]

Musical Program: [0:00] Tammy (sung behind titles by The Ames Brothers); [0:40] Tammy (sung by Debbie Reynolds)




Tammy and the Doctor top of page
Tammy and the Doctor
Universal International / Ross Hunter Productions, 1963, Color, 88 minutes, ***½
Released May, 1963

When Tammy's elderly friend and companion, Mrs. Call suffers a heart attack, the doctor recommends that she be flown to Los Angeles where she can receive specialized care. Tammy travels with her, but must join the hospital staff in order to be near Mrs. Call. So Tammy becomes a sort of nurse's aide / Candy-Striper. Not knowing anything about hospitals or big-city life, Tammy manages to get herself caught up in all sorts of trouble, but she is so charming her supervisor can't handle the idea of firing her. While there, Tammy has a fling with a young intern (Peter Fonda in his feature film debut).

Cute film - the third in the Tammy movie series - but not quite as good as the original. Dee has the Tammy character down cold, though, complete with swamp-country dialect. She carries the entire film and does an outstanding job!

In Charge of Production: Edward Muhl
Produced by: Ross Hunter
Directed by: Harry Keller
Assistant Director: Phil Bowles
Written by: Oscar Brodney
Music: Frank Skinner
Music Supervision by: Joseph Gershenson
"Tammy" Words and Music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Art Directors: Alexander Golitzen and George Webb
Set Decorations: Howard Bristol
Wardrobe Designer: Rosemary Odell
Make-Up: Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist: Larry Germain
Sound: Waldon O. Watson, Frank H. Wilkinson
Director of Photography: Russell Metty
Eastman Color by Pathe
Film Editor: Milton Carruth

Cast: Sandra Dee [Tambrey "Tammy" Tyree], Peter Fonda (debut) [Dr. Mark Cheswick], Macdonald Carey [Dr. Wayne Bentley], Margaret Lindsay [Rachel Colman, Head Nurse], Beulah Bondi [Annie Call], Reginald Owen [Jason Tripp], Alice Pearce [Nurse Millie Baxter], Adam West [Dr. Eric Hassler], Joan Marshall [Nurse Vera Parker], Stanley Clements [Wally Day], Doodles Weaver [Traction Patient], Mitzi Hoag [Nurse Pamela Burke], Alex Gerry [Chief of Staff], Robert Foulk [Surgeon], Jill Jackson [Assistant Surgeon], Forrest Lewis [Dr. Crandall], Sondra Rodgers [First Nurse], Charles Seel [Dr. Smithers], Suzie Kaye [Dora], Paul Nesbitt [David]

Musical Program: [0:00] Tammy (instrumental arrangement played by Orchestra behind titles and used as theme in background score); [0:49] Tammy (sung by Sandra Dee)




Tammy Tell Me True top of page
Tammy Tell Me True
Ross Hunter Productions / Universal, 1961, Color, 97 minutes, ***½
Released July, 1961

Tammy leaves Brentwood Hall and moves her shanty boat upstream in order to attend Seminola College. To earn the money she needs for tuition and books, she applies for a job as a live-in aide for elderly Mrs. Call. However, Mrs. Call has been cooped up in her huge home for too long, and she wants to move in with Tammy on the Ellen B. to get back to the simple life she knew as a child. But her neice Suzanne Rook (Julia Mead) won't have it. Worried more about Mrs. Call's estate than Mrs. Call herself, Suzanne has the police chase Mrs. Call down and return her to her home. Subsequently, a competency hearing is held, and as the star witness Tammy definitely tells it true!

While all this is going on, Tammy attends Seminola college, taking a course in public speaking and a course in current events. Her professors find her old-world mannerisms quite delightful, but her fellow students aren't so easily impressed. Eventually, though, Tammy wins them all with her inescapable charm.

All three of the Tammy installments are really cute films. This is the first sequel, immediately following the original "Tammy and the Bachelor," starring Debbie Reynolds (see above). Debbie Reynolds was perfect as Tammy, and Sandra Dee does an amazing job as well.

Producer: Ross Hunter
Director: Harry Keller
Assistant Director: Joseph Kenny
Screenplay: Oscar Brodney
Based on the Novel Tammy Tell Me True by Cid Ricketts Sumner
Music Supervisor: Joseph Gershenson
Art Directors: Alexander Golitzen and Alfred Sweeney
Set Decorations: Howard Bristol
Costume Design: Rosemary Odell
Gowns: Rosemary Odell
Miss Grey's Wardrobe: Stanley Sherman for Couture Int'l.
Make Up: Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist: Larry Germain
Music by: Percy Faith
Music Supervision by: Joseph Gershenson
Song: "Tammy Tell Me True" words and music by Dorothy Squires
Sound: Waldon O. Watson, Frank H. Wilkinson
Director of Photography: Clifford Stine
Film Editor: Otto Ludwig

Cast: Sandra Dee [Tambrey "Tammy" Tyree], John Gavin [Tom Freeman], Charles Drake [Buford Woodly], Virginia Grey [Miss Jenks, Dean of Women], Julia Meade [Suzanne Rook, Mrs. Call's neice], Beulah Bondi [Mrs. Annie Call, "Shanty Annie"], Cecil Kellaway [Captain Joe], Edgar Buchanan [Judge Carver], Gigi Perreau [Rita], Juanita Moore [Della], Hayden Rorke [Joshua Welling], Ward Ramsey [Caleb Slade], Henry Corden [Captain Armand], Don Dorrell [Roger], Pat McNulty [Joan], Taffy Paul [Kay], Lowell Brown [John], William Herrin [Phil], Catherine McLeod [Mrs. Bateman], Ross Elliott [Professor Bateman], Ned Wever [Dr. Stach]

Musical Program: Tammy Tell Me True (sung by Sandra Dee)




Tea for Two top of page
Tea for Two
Warner Bros., 1950, Color, 98 minutes, ***
Released September, 1950

Musical comedy based on "No, No, Nanette" stars Doris Day as a would-be stage singer who, in order to win money for a Broadway play, must say "no" to every question asked her for 24 hours. Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson, Eve Arden and Billy De Wolfe also star. Musical highlights include "I Know That You Know," "I Want to Be Happy," "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "Oh Me, Oh My."

Produced by: William Jacobs
Directed by: David Butler
Screen Play by: Harry Clork
Musical Numbers Directed by: LeRoy Prinz
Dances Staged by: Eddie Prinz and Al White
Music Direction: Ray Heindorf
Songs: "Charleston" by Cecil Mack, Jimmy Johnson; "I Know That You Know" by Anne Caldwell, Vincent Youmans; "Crazy Rhythm" by Irving Caesar, Joseph Myer, Roger Wolfe Kahn; "I Only Have Eyes for You" by Al Dubin, Harry Warren; "Tea for Two" and "I Want to Be Happy" by Irving Caesar and Vincent Youmans; "Do, Do, Do" by Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin; "Oh Me! Oh My!" by Ira Gershwin, Vincent Youmans; "Here in My Arms" by Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers; "No, No, Nanette" by Otto Harbach, Vincent Youmans
Art Director: Douglas Bacon
Set Decorator: Lyle B. Reifsnider
Costumes by: Leah Rhodes
Sound by: Dolph Thomas, David Forrest
Director of Photography: Wilfred M. Cline
Color by Technicolor
Technicolor Color Consultant: Mitchell Kovaleski
Film Editor: Irene Morra

Cast: Doris Day [Nanette Carter], Gordon MacRae [Jimmy Smith], Gene Nelson [Tommy Trainor], Patrice Wymore [Beatrice Darcy], Eve Arden [Pauline Hastings], Billy De Wolfe [Larry Blair], S. Z. Sakall [J. Maxwell Bloomhaus], Bill Goodwin [William Early], Virginia Gibson [Mabel Wiley], Crauford Kent [Stevens], Mary Eleanor Donahue [Lynne], John McGovern [Richard], Harry Harvey [Crotchety Man], George Baxter [Backer], Herschel Daugherty [Theater Manager], Abe Dinovitch [Taxi Driver], Elizabeth Flournoy [Secretary], Robert "Buddy" Shaw [Piano Mover], John Hedloe [Chorus Boy], Jack Daley [Truck Driver], Bess Flowers [Woman in Box], Art Gilmore [Radio Announcer]

Musical Program: [0:00] "Tea for Two" (sung by Chorus behind titles); [0:02] unidentified instrumental (short excerpt danced by Kids); [0:02] Charleston (danced by Kids); [0:05] I Know That You Know (sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, danced by Gene Nelson and Doris Day); [0:11] Crazy Rhythm (production number sung by Patrice Wymore and Chorus, danced by Patrice Wymore, Gene Nelson and Chorus); [0:19] I Only Have Eyes for You (sung by Gordon MacRae, danced by Virginia Gibson); [0:25] Tea for Two (sung by Gordon MacRae, then sung by Gordon MacRae and Doris Day); [0:38] Tea for Two (sung by Doris Day); [0:47] Charleston (danced by Gene Nelson, Patrice Wymore, Billy DeWolfe, Virginia Gibson and Chorus); [0:53] I Want to Be Happy (sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae); [0:56] Do, Do, Do (sung by Gordon MacRae and Doris Day); [1:03] Oh Me! Oh My! (sung by Gene Nelson, danced by Gene Nelson, Doris Day and Chorus); [1:32] No, No, Nanette (sung and danced by Doris Day and Chorus); [1:33] Call of the Sea / Tea for Two (sung and danced by Gene Nelson, Gordon MacRae, Company and Chorus); [1:37] Tea for Two (short reprisal by Gordon MacRae and Doris Day)




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Texas Carnival top of page
Texas Carnival
MGM, 1951, Color, 77 minutes, **½
Released October, 1951

Carnival dunk tank performers Esther Williams and Red Skelton get into trouble at a Texas resort when Red poses as a millionaire oil tycoon. Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn and Glenn Strange co-star; songs include "It's Dynamite," "Young Folks Should Get Married" and "Deep in the Heart of Texas."

Produced by: Jack Cummings
Directed by: Charles Walters
Screen Play by: Dorothy Kingsley
Story by: George Wells and Dorothy Kingsley
Music by: Harry Warren
Lyrics by: Dorothy Fields
Musical Direction: David Rose
Choreography by: Hermes Pan
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons and William Ferrari
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis, Keogh Gleason
Women's Costumes Designed by: Helen Rose
Hair Styles Designed by: Sydney Guilaroff
Make-Up Created by: William Tuttle
Special Effects: A. Arnold Gillespie, Warren Newcombe
Recording Supervisor: Douglas Shearer
Director of Photography: Robert Planck
Special Effects: A. Arnold Gillespie
Color by Technicolor
Technicolor Color Consultants: Henri Jaffa, James Gooch
Film Editor: Adrienne Fazan

Cast: Esther Williams [Debbie Telford], Red Skelton [Cornie Quinell], Howard Keel [Slim Shelby], Ann Miller [Sunshine Jackson], Paula Raymond [Marilla Sabinas], Keenan Wynn [Dan Sabinas], Tom Tully [Sheriff Jackson], Glenn Strange [Tex Hodgkins], Dick Wessel [Concessionaire], Donald MacBride [Concessionaire], Marjorie Wood [Mrs. Gaytes], Hans Conried [Hotel Clerk], Thurston Hall [Mr. Gaytes], Duke Johnson [Juggler], Wilson Wood [Bell Boy], Foy Willing and His Orchestra [Themselves], Red Norvo Trio [Themselves], Michael Dugan [Card Player], Additional Cast: Douglas Carter [Cab Driver], Earle Hodgins [Doorman], Gil Patric [Assistant Clerk], Rhea Mitchell [Dealer], Emmett Lynn [Cook], Bess Flowers, Jack Daley, Fred Santley [People in Lobby], Joe Roach, Manuel Petroff, Robert Fortier, William Lundy, Alex Goudavich [Specialty Dancers]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:02] Cornie's Pitch (sung by Red Skelton); [0:14] Whoa, Emma (sung by Howard Keel and Chorus); [0:28] It's Dynamite (sung by Ann Miller, danced by Ann Miller and Ensemble); [0:36] Deep in the Heart of Texas (sung by Howard Keel and Chorus, danced by Ann Miller, Esther Williams, Red Skelton and Ensemble); [0:44] Whoa, Emma (sung by the Red Norvo Trio); [0:46] Young Folks Should Get Married (sung by Howard Keel); [0:50] Young Folks Should Get Married (instrumental arrangement played by Orchestra with Esther's ghostly swimming scene where she appears to be swimming in mid-air in Howard Keel's hotel room)




Thank Your Lucky Stars top of page
Thank Your Lucky Stars
Warner Bros., 1943, B/W, 127 minutes, ***
Released October, 1943

Warner Brothers' contribution to the war effort was this songfest featuring their star players performing numerous hits. The plot revolves around the mishaps of Eddie Cantor and a look-alike cab driver. Stars include Humphrey Bogart, Joan Leslie, Olivia de Havilland, John Garfield, Bette Davis singing "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" and Errol Flynn singing "That's What You Jolly Well Get."

The Warner Bros. and the Homefront Collection DVD box set includes this film,
This Is the Army and Hollywood Canteen

Produced by: Mark Hellinger
Directed by: David Butler
Screen Play by: Norman Panama & Melvin Frank and James V. Kern
From an Original Story by: Everett Freeman, Arthur Schwartz
Music and Lyrics by: Arthur Schwartz and Frank Loesser
Musical Director: Leo F. Forbstein
Orchestral Arrangements: Ray Heindorf
Vocal Arrangements: Dudley Chambers
Dance Numbers Created and Staged by: LeRoy Prinz
Art Directors: Anton Grot, Leo F. Kuter
Set Decorations by: Walter F. Tilford
Gowns by: Milo Anderson
Makeup Artist: Perc Westmore
Sound by: Francis J. Scheid and Charles David Forrest
Director of Photography: Arthur Edeson
Special Effects by: H. F. Koenekamp
Film Editor: Irene Morra

Awards: Academy Award nomination for Best Song ("They're Either Too Young or Too Old")

Cast: Eddie Cantor [Joe Sampson / Himself], Joan Leslie [Pat Dixon], Dennis Morgan [Tommy Randolph], Dinah Shore [Herself], S. Z. Sakall [Dr. Schlenna], Edward Everett Horton [Farnsworth], Ruth Donnelly [Nurse Hamilton], Joyce Reynolds [Girl with Book], Richard Lane [Barney Jackson], Don Wilson [Himself], Henry Armetta [Angelo], Willie Best [Soldier], Humphrey Bogart, Jack Carson, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, John Garfield, Alan Hale, Ida Lupino, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, George Tobias, Spike Jones and His City Slickers [Special Appearances], Frank Faylen [Sailor], Creighton Hale [Engineer], Jack Mower [Engineer], Noble Johnson [Charlie, the Indian], Edward Gargan [Doorman], Billy Benedict [Bus Boy], Hank Mann [Assistant Photographer], Don Barclay [Pete], Stanley Clements [Boy], James Copedge [Boy], Leah Baird, Joan Matthews, Phyllis Godfrey, Lillian West, Morgan Brown, George French [Bus Passenger], Joe De Rita [Milquetoast Type], Eleanor Counts [Sailor's Girl Friend], Charles Soldani, J. W. Cody [Indians], Harry Pilcer [Man in Broadcasting Station], Mike Mazurki [Olaf], Bennie Bartlett [Page Boy], Marjorie Hoshelle, Anne O'Neal [Maids], Jerry Mandy [Chef], Betty Farrington [Assistant Chef], William Haade [Butler], Lou Marcelle [Commentator], Mary Treen [Fan], Juanita Stark [Secretary], Paul Harvey [Dr. Kirby], Bert Gordon [Patient], David Butler [Himself], Mark Hellinger [Himself], Billy Wayne [Chauffeur], Howard Mitchell, James Flavin [Policemen], Dick Rich [Fred], Ralph Dunn [Marty], James Burke [Bill, the Intern Guard], Frank Mayo [Dr. Wheaton], Angi O. Poulos [Waiter], Boyd Irwin [Man], Helen O'Hara [Show Girl], Hattie McDaniel [Gossip], Rita Christiani [Ice Cold Katie], Jess Lee Brooks [Justice], Ford, Harris and Jones [Trio], Matthew Jones [Gambler], Monte Blue [Bartender], Art Foster, Fred Kelsey, Elmer Ballard, Buster Wiles, Howard Davies, Tudor Williams, Allan Cooke, Fred McEvoy, Bobby Hale, Will Stanton, Charles Irwin, David Thursby, Henry Iblings, Earl Hunsaker, Hubert Hend, Dudley Kuzello, Ted Billings [Pub Characters], Jack Norton [Drunk], Henri DeSoto [Maitre d'Hotel], Dick Elliott, Dick Earle [Customers], Harry Adams [Doorman], Sam Adams [Bartender], Conrad Wiedell [Jitterbug], Charles Francis [Bald-headed Man], Harry Bailey [Bald-headed Man], Joan Winfield [Cigarette Girl], Sylvia Opert [Hatcheck Girl / Lucky Star], Nancy Worth [Hatcheck Girl / Lucky Star], Harriette Haddon, Harriette Olsen, Joy Barlowe, Janet Barrett, Dorothy Schoemer, Dorothy Dayton, Lucille LaMarr, Mary Landa [Lucky Stars], Matt McHugh [Fireman], Georgia Lee Settle [Girl], Virginia Patton [Girl], Igor DeNavrotsky [Dancer], Brandon Hurst [Cab Driver], Angelita Mari [Duenna], Lynne Baggett [Miss Latin America], Mary Landa [Miss Spain], Sally Sweetland [singing voice of Joan Leslie]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture: "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:01] Thank Your Lucky Stars (sung by Dinah Shore); [0:04] Blues in the Night (sung and spoken by John Garfield); [0:06] Now's the Time to Fall in Love (Potatoes Are Cheaper, Tomatoes Are Cheaper) (sung by Eddie Cantor, fades to background); [0:16] Hotcha Corina (played by Spike Jones and His City Slickers); [0:23] I'm Ridin' for a Fall (Sung by Dennis Morgan and Sally Sweetland dubbing for Joan Leslie with Spike Jones and His City Slickers); [0:30] We're Staying Home Tonight (sung by Eddie Cantor); [0:40] Goin' North (sung by Jack Carson and Alan Hale); [0:46] Love Isn't Born (sung by Anne Sheridan and Ensemble); [0:57] No You, No Me (sung by Dennis Morgan and Sally Sweetland dubbing for Joan Leslie); [1:06] The Dreamer (sung by Dinah Shore); [1:16] Ice Cold Katie (sung by Hattie McDaniel, Willie Best, Jesse Lee Brooks, Rita Christina and Chorus); [1:29] How Sweet You Are (sung and danced by Dinah Shore and Chorus); [1:34] That's What You Jolly Well Get (sung by Errol Flynn and Ensemble); [1:41] They're Either Too Young or Too Old (sung by Bette Davis); [1:47] The Dreamer (sung by Olivia DeHaviland, Ida Lupino and George Tobias); [1:53] Good Night, Good Neighbor (sung by Dennis Morgan, danced by Alexis Smith); [2:01] Finale: "We're Staying Home Tonight" (reprised by Eddie Cantor) / "How Sweet You Are (sung by Girls Chorus) / "Goin' North" (reprised by Alan Hale and Jack Carson) / "The Dreamer" (reprised by Dinah Shore; reprised by Olivia DeHaviland, Ida Lupino and George Tobias) / "I'm Ridin' for a Fall (reprised by Dennis Morgan and Sally Sweetland dubbing for Joan Leslie) / "Love Isn't Born" (reprised by Anne Sheridan) / "That's What You Jolly Well Get" (reprised by Errol Flynn) / "Good Night, Good Neighbor" (reprised by Dennis Morgan) / "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" (reprised by Bette Davis) / "Ice Cold Katie" (reprised by Eddie Cantor and Hattie McDainiel) / "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (reprised by The Company)




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Thanks for the Memory
Paramount, 1938, B/W, 79 minutes, ***
Released November, 1938

As newlywed novelist Steve Merrick, master of comedy Bob Hope has his hands full trying to finish his first Manhattan masterpiece in this delightful romantic classic. While Steve's beautiful bride Ann (Shirley Ross) dreams of a better life for them, their bon vivant friends - a motley mix of metropolitan loafers and ne'er-do-wells of the gin and tonic set - drop in and out as they please, keeping Steve up late and away from his typewriter. Meanwhile, Louella (Patricia "Honey Chile" Wilder), a beautiful Southern Belle from next door, keeps meddling into their blissful lives. When Ann resumes her modeling career to allow Steve some freedom, housekeeping gets the best of him and he blows his top, causing a muddled mess of epic proportion. Only romance and a good old-fashioned love song can save the day in this witty and charming comedy romp through the minefield of marriage.

After introducing his theme song in The Big Broadcast of 1938, Bob Hope reteamed with his co-star from that film, Shirley Ross, in this, his second film.

Adolph Zukor Presents
Producer: Mel Shauer
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Screen Play by: Lynn Starling
Based on a Play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich ("Up Pops the Devil")
Musical Direction: Boris Morros
Musical Interpolations: "Thanks for the Memory," by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin "Two Sleepy People," by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael
Art Direction by: Hans Dreier and Franz Bachelin
Costumes: Edith Head
Interior Decorations by: A. E. Freudeman
Sound Recording: Phil Wisdom and Glenn Rominger
Photographed by: Karl Struss
Edited by: Alma Ruth Macrorie

Cast: Bob Hope [Steve Merrick], Shirley Ross [Ann Merrick], Charles Butterworth [Biney], Otto Kruger [Gil Morrell], Hedda Hopper [Polly Griscom], Patricia "Honey Chile" Wilder [Luella May], Roscoe Karns [George Kent], Laura Hope Crews [Mrs. Kent], William Collier, Sr. [Mr. Platt], Emma Dunn [Mrs. Platt], Edward Gargan [Flanahan], Eddie Anderson [Janitor], Jack Norton [Bert Monroe], Additional Cast: Jack Chapin [Messenger], Barney Dean [Kelly], Pat West, Vernon Dent [Refuse Men], Johnnie Morris [Newsboy]

Musical Program: [0:31] Two Sleepy People (sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross); [1:16] Thanks for the Memory (sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross)




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That Certain Age
Universal, 1938, B/W, 101 minutes, ***
Released October, 1938

Smitten with her family's houseguest, visiting journalist Melvyn Douglas, teenager Deanna Durbin ignores former steady beau Jackie Cooper until Douglas sets things right in this song-filled romantic comedy that was co-scripted by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett. Soundtrack includes "Be a Good Scout," "You're as Pretty as a Picture" and the title tune.

Producer: Joe Pasternak
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Assistant Director: Joseph A. McDonough
Screenplay: Bruce Manning
Original Story by: F. Hugh Herbert
Musical Director: Charles Previn
"My Own," "That Certain Age," "Be a Good Scout," "You're As Pretty As a Picture"
Music: Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics: Harold Adamson
Vocal Supervision: Charles Henderson
Orchestrations: Frank Skinner
Art Director: Jack Otterson
Associate: John Ewing
Set Decorations: R. A. Gausman
Gowns: Vera West
Sound Supervisor: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: Joseph Lapis
Director of Photography: Joseph Valentine
Film Editor: Bernard W. Burton

Awards: Academy Award nominations for Best Song ("My Own") and Best Sound Recording (Bernard B. Brown)

Cast: Deanna Durbin [Alice Fullerton], Melvyn Douglas [Vincent Bullitt], Jackie Cooper [Ken], Irene Rich [Mrs. Fullerton], Nancy Carroll [Grace Bristow], John Halliday [Mr. Fullerton], Jack Searl [Tony], Juanita Quigley [The Pest], Peggy Stewart [Mary Lee], Charles Coleman [Stevens], Grant Mitchell [Jeweler], Additional Cast: Claire DuBrey [Horsewoman], Helen Greco [Girl], Lon McCallister [Billy], Buddy Pepper, Vondell Darr [Friends], Leonard Sues [Orchestra Leader], Bess Flowers, Ed Mortimer [Guests], Ruth Weston [Admirer], David Oliver [Farmer], Russell Hicks [Scout Leader], Boy Scouts of Los Angeles Troup 536 [Themselves]

Musical Program: [0:06] That Certain Age (sung by Chorus under titles); [0:07] Be a Good Scout (march arrangement played by Boy Scout Marching Band); [0:11] Be a Good Scout (sung by Deanna Durbin and Boy Scouts); [0:17] Les Filles de Cadiz (sung by Deanna Durbin); [0:40] You're as Pretty as a Picture (sung by Deanna Durbin); [1:00] Daisy (excerpts sung by Deanna Durbin and Melvyn Douglas); [1:26] My Own (sung by Deanna Durbin); [1:43] Juliet's Waltz Song ("Je veux vivre dans ce rêve," from the opera ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, sung by Deanna Durbin); [1:46] That Certain Age (sung by the kids)




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That Midnight Kiss
MGM, 1949, Color, 98 minutes, ***
Released September, 1949

In his first feature film, Mario Lanza plays opposite Kathryn Grayson (not a bad start, eh?) as a singing truck driver. Kathryn is the granddaughter of Abigail Budell (Ethel Barrymore), a wealthy patroness of the arts who decides to start a new opera company to showcase Mario and Kathryn. Of course, Kathryn and Mario fall in love, then feud. Lots of great opera music performed by Mario, Kathryn and Jose Iturbi.

Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Vol. 2 DVD Box Set (shown right) includes this film and The Pirate, Words and Music, That's Dancing, The Belle of New York, Royal Wedding, The Toast of New Orleans.

Produced by: Joe Pasternak
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Screen Play by: Bruce Manning and Tamara Hovey
Musical Direction: Charles Previn
Orchestrations: Leo Arnaud and Conrad Salinger
Musical Supervision: Jose Iturbi
"They Didn't Believe Me" Music by Jerome Kern, Lyrics by Herbert Reynolds
"I Know, I Know, I Know" Music by Bronislau Kaper, Lyrics by Bob Russell
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons and Preston Ames
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Arthur Krams
Costumes by: Helen Rose
Men's Costumes by: Valles
Hair Styles Designed by: Sydney Guilaroff
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
Recording Supervisor: Douglas Shearer
Director of Photography: Robert Surtees
Color by Technicolor
Technicolor Color Consultants: Henri Jaffa, James Gooch
Film Editor: Gene Ruggiero

Cast: Kathryn Grayson (Prudence Budell), Jose Iturbi (Himself), Ethel Barrymore (Abigail Trent Budell), Mario Lanza (Johnny Donetti), Keenan Wynn (Artie Geoffrey Glenson), J. Carrol Naish (Papa Donetti), Jules Munshin (Michael Pemberton), Thomas Gomez (Guido Russino Betelli), Marjorie Reynolds (Mary), Arthur Treacher (Hutchins), Mimi Aguglia (Mamma Donetti), Amparo Iturbi (Herself), Bridget Carr (Donna), Amparo Ballester (Rosina), Ann Codee (Mme. Bouget), Edward Earle (Jason), George Meader (Paul), Sheila Stein (Peanuts), Charles Smith (one of the boys in the garage)

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:02] unidentified instrumental number (played by Orchestra conducted by Jose Iturbi); [0:05] Caro nome che il mio cor (from RIGOLETTO, sung by Kathryn Grayson); [0:11] Veranno a Te sull'aure (from LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, excerpt sung by Kathryn Grayson rehearsing with Thomas Gomez); [0:15] Mamma mia che vò sapè (sung by Mario Lanza); [0:20] Santa Lucia (sung by J. Carrol Naish); [0:23] Down Among the Sheltering Palms (Keenan Wynn and the boys in the garage); [0:26] Una furtiva lagrima (from L'ELISIR D'AMORE, sung by Mario Lanza auditioning for Iturbi); [0:34] Piano Concerto No. 1 (music by Tchaikovsky, Jose Iturbi and Orchestra at concert); [0:37] Celeste Aida (from AÏDA, sung by Mario Lanza at concert); [0:42] They Didn't Believe Me (Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson); [0:48] Veranno a Te sull'aure (from LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, sung by Kathryn Grayson rehearsing with Thomas Gomez); [0:50] unidentified (Orchestra conducted by Jules Munshin); [1:01] unidentified aria (Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza rehearsing); [1:02] Nightingale (Kathryn Grayson); [1:05] Three O'Clock in the Morning (J. Carrol Naish); [1:08] I Know, I Know, I Know (Mario Lanza serenading Prudence); [1:15] Veranno a Te sull'aure (from LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, sung by Kathryn Grayson rehearsing with Thomas Gomez); [1:20] Revolutionary Étude (piano duet by Jose Iturbi and his sister Amparo Iturbi); [1:33] Sweet Are the Love Songs (lyrics to Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza)




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That Night in Rio
20th Century-Fox, 1941, Color, 90 minutes, ***½
Released April, 1941

Remake of Folies Bergere (1935); the setting has been changed from Paris to Rio de Janeiro, and new songs were written for this version. The story was remade once more into On the Riviera with Danny Kaye (1951).

Don Ameche plays a dual role as entertainer Larry Martin and businessman Baron Duarte. With his airline in financial trouble, Duarte slips out of the country to try to make arrangements to save his business. While he's gone, Larry masquerades as the baron so his enemies, most notably Machado (J. Carrol Naish), don't know he's gone. Many laughs follow, especially in the scene where Larry has to bluff his way through a conversation in French (a language the baron speaks but the entertainer doesn't). But it doesn't take the baroness (Alice Faye) long to figure out that this guy isn't her husband. When the baron returns, he realizes he will have to become a better husband to live up to his wife's new, heightened expectations.

The Alice Faye Collection DVD Box Set (shown right) contains this film and Lillian Russell, On the Avenue and The Gang's All Here.

The box set is very nice. The films don't look restored, but rather look like pristine prints, which I find refreshing. All too often the restoration process seems to ruin the authenticity of the film, but these discs are beautiful!

Associate Producer: Fred Kohlmar
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Screen Play by: George Seaton, Bess Meredyth and Hal Long
Additional Dialogue by: Samuel Hoffenstein
Based on a play by Rudolph Lothar and Hans Adler ("The Red Cat")
Adapted by: Jessie Ernst
Lyrics and Music by: Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
Dances Staged by: Hermes Pan
Musical Direction: Alfred Newman
Art Direction: Richard Day, Joseph C. Wright
Set Decorations: Thomas Little
Costumes: Travis Banton
Sound: W. D. Flick, Roger Heman
Directors of Photography: Leon Shamroy, Ray Rennahan
Photographed in Technicolor
Technicolor Director: Natalie Kalmus
Associate: Morgan Padelford
Film Editor: Walter Thompson

Cast: Alice Faye [Baroness], Don Ameche [Larry Martin / Baron Duarte], Carmen Miranda [Carmen], S. Z. Sakall [Penna], J. Carrol Naish [Machado], Curt Bois [Salles], Leonid Kinskey [Pierre], Carmen Miranda's Orchestra [The Banda Da Lua], Frank Puglia [Pedro], Lillian Porter [Luiza], Maria Montez [Inez], Georges Renavent [Ambassador], Edward Conrad [Alfonso], Fortunio Bonanova [Pereira], Flores Brothers [Specialty Trio], Additional Cast: Fred Malatesta [Butler], Alberto Morin [Eca], Fredrik Vogeding [Trader], Jean Del Val [Man], Charles de Ravenne [Page Boy], Gino Corrado [Clerk], Eugene Borden [Official at Airport], Andre Cuyas [Waiter], George Bookasta [Bell Boy], Bess Flowers [Woman in Nightclub], Mary Ann Hyde, Vivian Mason, Barbara Lynn, Jean O'Donnell [Secretaries], Bettye Avery, Bunny Hartley, Marion Rosamond, Mary Joyce Walsh, Lillian Eggers, Roseanne Murray, Poppy Wilde, Dorothy Dearing, Bonnie Bannon, Monica Bannister [Models]

Musical Program: [0:01] Chica Chica Boom Chic (production number sung and danced by Carmen Miranda, Don Ameche and Chorus); [0:11] The Baron Is in Conference (musical skit performed by Don Ameche and Ensemble); [0:20] They Met in Rio (A Midnight Serenade) (sung in Portuguese by Don Ameche, Bando da Lua and Chorus; then sung in English by Alice Faye - beautiful number!); [0:51] Cae Cae (sung by Carmen Miranda with Bando da Lua); [0:54] I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much) (sung by Carmen Miranda with Bando da Lua); [1:09] Boa Noite (sung by Alice Faye); [1:27] Chica Chica Boom Chic (sung by ) / Boa Noite (sung by Don Ameche) / I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much) / Boa Noite (sung by Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda and Chorus)




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That's Dancing!
MGM, 1985, Color and B/W, 104 minutes, ***
Released January, 1985

Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ray Bolger take you on a tour of Hollywood musicals. Classic dance scenes from "Oklahoma!," "The Wizard of Oz," "42nd Street," "Flashdance" and other films are seen, with stars from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to Shirley Temple and John Travolta.

Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Vol. 2 DVD Box Set (shown right) includes this film and The Pirate, Words and Music, The Belle of New York, Royal Wedding, That Midnight Kiss, The Toast of New Orleans.

Producer: Jack Haley, Jr. & David Niven, Jr.
Associate Producer: Bud Friedgen
Executive Producer: Gene Kelly
Original music by: Henry Mancini and Gary S. Scott (breakdance music)
Costume Design by: Ron Talsky
Cinematography by: Andrew Laszlo
Film Editing by: Michael J. Sheridan

Hosts: Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Donald O'Connor, Gene Kelly, John Travolta

Archive Footage: Tommy Abbott, June Allyson, Ann-Margret, Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Robert Banas, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jennifer Beals, David Bean, Francesca Bellini, Busby Berkeley, Eric Blore, Monte Blue, Ray Bolger, John Brascia, Lucille Bremer, James Cagney, Irene Cara, Leslie Caron, Betty Carr, Gower Champion, Marge Champion, Cyd Charisse, Joan Crawford, Carole D'Andrea, Dan Dailey, Leroy Daniels, Sammy Davis Jr., Doris Day, Gloria DeHaven, Norma Doggett, Isadora Duncan, Buddy Ebsen, Taina Elg, Eliot Feld, Margot Fonteyn, Loie Fuller, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Virginia Gibson, Cary Grant, Jack Haley, Carol Haney, June Haver, Robert Helpmann, Harvey Hohnecker, Judy Holliday, Jose Iturbi, Michael Jackson, Marine Jahan, Van Johnson, Ruby Keeler, Paula Kelly, Michael Kidd, Nancy Kilgas, Charles Laskey, Ruta Lee, Vivien Leigh, Bambi Linn, Peter Lorre, Susan Luckey, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin, Léonide Massine, Matt Mattox, Joan McCracken, Ray McDonald, Bert Michaels, Ann Miller, Liza Minnelli, James Mitchell, Ricardo Montalban, Annabelle Moore, Tony Mordente, George Murphy, Gene Nelson, Julie Newmar, Rudolf Nureyev, Donald O'Connor, Susan Oakes, Anna Pavlova, Marc Platt, Dick Powell, Eleanor Powell, Jane Powell, Tommy Rall, Debbie Reynolds, Jeff Richards, Bill Robinson, Mickey Rooney, Wini Shaw, Moira Shearer, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Tucker Smith, James Stewart, Lyle Talbot, Russ Tamblyn, Tarita, Lilyan Tashman, Robert Taylor, Anthony "Scooter" Teague, Tamara Toumanova, Gina Trikonis, Lana Turner, Bobby Van, Vera-Ellen, Ethel Waters, Bobby Watson, Esther Williams, David Winters, Vera Zorina, Jacques d'Amboise.




That's Entertainment! top of page
That's Entertainment!
MGM, 1974, Color and B/W, 134 minutes, ****
Premiere release May, 1974
General release June, 1974
Class Act
Class Act Must-See!
Must See!

MGM musicals anthology. Very entertaining and lots of fun. Features many, many clips of magic moments from some of the best movie musicals ever made!

Producer: Jack Haley, Jr.
Executive Producer: Daniel Melnick
Director: Jack Haley, Jr.
Music Director: Jesse Kaye and Henry Mancini
Writer: Jack Haley, Jr.
Film Editiong: David E. Blewitt, Bud Friedgen

Program:
[0:00] Overture

[0:03] Frank Sinatra hosts: Introduction; Clip from Hollywood Revue of 1929, Cliff Edwards singing "Singing in the Rain," chorus dancing; Jimmy Durante singing "Singing in the Rain," from Speak Easily, 1932; Judy Garland singing "Singing in the Rain," from Little Nellie Kelly, 1940; Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor with umbrellas, singing "Singing in the Rain," from Singin' in the Rain, 1952.

[0:06] Theme music, titles

[0:08] Frank Sinatra continues: Charles King singing "Broadway Melody" from The Broadway Melody, 1929; [0:10] Chorus singing "Rosalie," Eleanor Powell dancing on big drums, from Rosalie, 1937; [0:11] Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy singing "Indian Love Call" from Rose-Marie, 1936; [0:13] Dennis Morgan and Chorus singing "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" with huge spiral staircase "cluttered with beautiful women," from The Great Ziegfeld, 1936; Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire dancing to "Begin the Beguine," from Broadway Melody of 1940, 1940; Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante performing "The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart," from It Happened in Brooklyn, 1947.

[0:20] Liz Taylor hosts: Liz singing "The Music of Spring," from Cynthia (Cuddles Sakall at piano), 1947; [0:22] Lena Horne singing "Honeysuckle Rose" from Thousands Cheer, 1943; [0:23] Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly singing and dancing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" from Take Me Out to the Ball Game, 1949; [0:24] June Allyson and the Blackburn Twins singing "Thou Swell" from Words and Music, 1949; June Allyson, Peter Lawford and Chorus singing and dancing "The Varsity Drag" from Good News, 1947

[0:27] Peter Lawford hosts: Big production number with "native" dancers from On an Island with You, 1948; Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter singing "Aba Daba Honeymoon" from Two Weeks with Love, 1950; Elizabeth Taylor singing "It's a Most Unusual Day" from A Date with Judy, 1948; Jane Powell and Company singing "It's a Most Unusual Day" from A Date with Judy, 1948; Judy Garland and Company singing "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" from The Harvey Girls, 1946

[0:33] Jimmy Stewart hosts dramatic actors doing musical numbers: Robert Montgomery singing "It Must Be You" from Free and Easy, 1930; Joan Crawford singing and dancing "Gotta Feelin' for You" from Hollywood Revue of 1929, 1929; Jean Harlow and Chorines singing "Reckless" from Reckless, 1935; Jean Harlow and Cary Grant singing "Did I Remember" from Suzy, 1936; Jimmy Stewart singing "Easy to Love" from Born to Dance, 1936; Clark Gable and Girls singing "Puttin' on the Ritz" from Idiot's Delight, 1939; Judy Garland singing "Dear Mr. Gable" from Broadway Melody of 1938, 1937

[0:45] Mickey Rooney hosts "backyard musicals" segment: [0:47] montage of scenes from Mickey/Judy films; [0:49] Mickey, Judy and Company singing "Babes in Arms" from Babes in Arms, 1939; [0:50] Mickey, Judy and Ensemble singing and dancing "Hoe Down" from Babes on Broadway, 1941; [0:50] Mickey, Judy and Ensemble singing and dancing "Do the La Conga" from Strike Up the Band, 1940; [0:51] Mickey, Judy and Company singing and dancing "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" from the finale of Babes on Broadway, 1941; [0:52] Judy, Mickey, Richard Quine and Virginia Weidler singing "Babes on Broadway" from the finale of Babes on Broadway, 1941; [0:52] Mickey, Judy and Ensemble singing "Strike Up the Band" from the finale of Strike Up the Band, 1940

[0:53] Gene Kelly hosts Fred Astaire segment: [0:54] Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire dancing "The Babbitt and the Bromide" from Ziegfeld Follies, 1946; Fred Astaire singing and Fred and Ginger Rogers dancing "They Can't Take That Away from Me" from The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949; Fred Astaire and Joan Crawford dancing "Let's Go Bavarian" from Dancing Lady, 1933; Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan singing and dancing "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" from The Band Wagon, 1953; Fred Astaire dancing to "Sunday Jumps" with a hat rack from Royal Wedding, 1951; Fred Astaire dancing "Shoes with Wings On" from The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949; Fred Astaire singing and dancing "You're All the World to Me" (on walls and ceiling) from Royal Wedding, 1951; Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse dancing "Dancing in the Dark" from The Band Wagon, 1953

[1:06] Donald O'Connor hosts Esther Williams segment: [1:06] Montage of clips from Esther's films; montage of clips of Esther swimming with Howard Keel in Pagan Love Song; Fernando Lamas in Dangerous When Wet; Van Johnson in Thrill of a Romance; Peter Lawford in On an Island with You; Ricardo Montalban in On an Island with You; Tom and Jerry (cartoon characters) in Dangerous When Wet; Jimmy Durante in This Time for Keeps; Red Skelton in Bathing Beauty; [1:08] Big swimming finale number from Bathing Beauty; [1:09] montage of big swimming production numbers

[1:13] Debbie Reynolds hosts: [1:13] Debbie Reynolds with Fred Astaire and Red Skelton and Debbie Reynolds with Carleton Carpenter singing "I Wanna Be Loved By You" from Three Little Words, 1950; [1:16] Ann Miller dancing and singing "I've Gotta Hear That Beat" from Small Town Girl, 1953; [1:18] Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson singing "Be My Love" from The Toast of New Orleans, 1950; [1:19] Donald O'Connor singing and dancing "Make 'Em Laugh" from Singin' in the Rain, 1952; [1:22] Chorus singing and dancing "Cotton Blossom" from Show Boat, 1951; [1:24] Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson singing "Make Believe" from Show Boat, 1951; [1:25] William Warfield singing "Ol' Man River" from Show Boat, 1951

[1:27] Fred Astaire hosts Gene Kelly segment: [1:28] Gene Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers sing and dance "Be a Clown" from The Pirate, 1948; [1:29] Gene Kelly stunts as a construction worker (unidentified film); [1:30] Gene Kelly dances "The Pirate Ballet" from The Pirate, 1948; [1:30] Gene Kelly dances Ballet scene from Anchors Aweigh, 1945; [1:31] Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin sing "New York, New York" from On the Town, 1949; [1:33] Gene Kelly and Jerry the mouse dance "The Worry Song" from Anchors Aweigh, 1945; [1:34] Gene Kelly sings and dances "Sinin' in the Rain" from Singin' in the Rain, 1952; Gene Kelly and Ensemble Dance "The Broadway Ballet" from Singin' in the Rain, 1952

[1:40] Liza Minnelli hosts Judy Garland segment: [1:40] finale scene with Liza as toddler from In the Good Old Summertime, 1949; [1:41] The Garland Sisters sing "La Cucaracha" from La Fiesta de Santa Barbara, 1935; [1:42] Judy and Edna Mae (Deanna) Durbin sing "Americana" from Every Sunday, 1936; Judy and Buddy Ebsen dance in the finale of Broadway Melody of 1938, 1937; [1:44] Judy and Munchkins sing and dance "You're Off to See the Wizard" from The Wizard of Oz, 1939; Judy, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Bert Lahr sing "If I Only Had the Nerve" from The Wizard of Oz, 1939; [1:45] Judy sings "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz, 1939; [1:46] Judy sings "But Not for Me" from Girl Crazy, 1943; [1:47] Judy and Chorus sing "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944; [1:48] Judy and Margaret O'Brien sing "Under the Bamboo Tree" from Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944; [1:48] Judy sings "The Boy Next Door" from Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944; [1:49] Judy sings "Get Happy" (partially over montage of clips from Judy's films) from Summer Stock, 1950

[1:51] Bing Crosby hosts: [1:52] Bing sings "Going Hollywood" from Going Hollywood, 1933; [1:53] Bing and Frank Sinatra sing "Well, Did You Evah" from High Society, 1956; Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly sing "True Love" from High Society, 1956; [1:57] Cast and Chorus sing and dance "Hallelujah" from Hit the Deck, 1956; [1:59] Ensemble dances the "Barn Dance" ballet from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1954; [2:01] Louis Jourdan sings "Gigi" from Gigi, 1958; [2:03] Maurice Chevalier sings "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" from Gigi, 1958

[2:04] Frank Sinatra concludes: [2:05] Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and Ensemble dance "An American in Paris Ballet" from An American in Paris, 1951

[2:10] Theme music, end titles
[2:12] Exit music




That's Entertainment, Part 2 top of page
That's Entertainment, Part 2
MGM, 1976, Color and B/W, 129 minutes, ***½
Released May, 1976

MGM musicals anthology; sequel to That's Entertainment. Not quite as spectacular as the first, but still a lot of fun.

Producer: Saul Chaplin and Daniel Melnick
Director: Gene Kelly
Writer: Leonard Gershe
Music Directors: Harry V. Lojewski and Nelson Riddle
Production Design: John De Cuir
Film Editing: David Blewitt, David Bretherton, Bud Friedgen, Peter C. Johnson

Program:
[0:00] Overture
[0:03] Introduction: Titles over montage of clips from MGM musicals
[0:06] Jack Buchanan, Fred Astaire, Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray sing "That's Entertainment," from The Band Wagon, 1953; partially over clips from other musicals.

[0:08] Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire host:
[0:10] Judy Garland and Gene Kelly sing and dance "For Me and My Gal" from For Me and My Gal, 1942; [0:11] "Fascinating Rhythm" sung by Chorus and danced by Eleanor Powell from Lady Be Good, 1941; Robert Taylor sings "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'" to June Knight from Broadway Melody of 1936, 1936; [0:13] clip of Greta Garbo dancing in unidentified film; [0:13] "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" sung and danced by Fred Astaire from The Belle of New York, 1952; [0:15] "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" sung by Leslie Caron and Carrot Top from Lili, 1953; [0:16] "Be a Clown" sung and danced by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly from The Pirate, 1948 (partially over montage of clips of comedy scenes)

Fred Astaire hosts: [[0:18] the stateroom scene from A Night at the Opera, 1935; [0:21] "From This Moment On" sung and danced by Ann Miller, Tommy Rall, Bobby Van and Bob Fosse; danced by Ann Miller and Tommy Rall, Bob Fosse and Carol Haney, Bobby Van and Jeanne Coyne; from Kiss Me Kate, 1953; [0:23] "All of You" sung by Fred Astaire from Silk Stockings, 1957; [0:24] Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse dancing to "All of You" from Silk Stockings, 1957; [0:26] "The Lady Is a Tramp" sung by Lena Horne from Words and Music, 1948; [0:27] "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" sung by Kathryn Grayson from Lovely to Look At, 1952; "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" danced by Marge and Gower Champion from Lovely to Look At, 1952; [0:29] "Easter Parade" sung by Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Chorus from Easter Parade, 1948

Gene Kelly hosts: Bing Crosby sings "Temptation" to Fifi D'Orsay from Going Hollywood, 1933; Judy Garland sings "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" from Listen, Darling, 1938; Ethel Waters and Rochester sing "Taking a Chance on Love" from Cabin in the Sky, 1943; [0:35] "Swingin' the Jinx Away" sung by Chorus and danced by Eleanor Powell from Born to Dance, 1936; [0:37] "Stout Hearted Men" sung by Nelson Eddy from New Moon, 1940; [0:38] "Lover Come Back to Me" sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy from New Moon, 1940; "Inka Dinka Doo" sung by Jimmy Durante from Two Girls and a Sailor, 1944; [0:41] "I Got Rhythm" finale sung and danced by Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and Chorus with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, from Girl Crazy, 1943

[0:43] Gene Kelly hosts and sings and bit of "Be a Clown"; [0:43] Laurel and Hardy clip; [0:44] Abbott and Costello clip; [0:45] Jack Benny introduces Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, "Wedding of the Painted Doll" sung by Arthur Freed with Nacio Herb Brown at the piano and dancing Chorus Girls, from The Song Writers' Revue

[0:47] Sammy Cahn hosts: [0:48] Ann Sothern and Robert Young composing "Oh Lady Be Good" from Lady Be Good, 1941; [0:48] Lew Ayres, encouraged by Al Shean, composing "Broadway Serenade for Every Lonely Heart" from Broadway Serenade, 1939; [0:50] Mickey Rooney as Lorenz Hart singing his new lyric to "Manhattan" from Words and Music, 1948; [0:41] Fred Astaire and Red Skelton working on the lyric to "Three Little Words" from Three Little Words, 1950; Fernand Gravet, Miliza Korjus and Christian Rub composing "Tales from the Vienna Woods" from The Great Waltz, 1938

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly host: Fred and Gene dance together; [0:54] Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reyonolds and Gene Kelly singing "Good Morning" from Singin' in the Rain, 1952; [0:56] Nanette Fabray, Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan sing "Triplets" from The Band Wagon, 1953; [0:57] Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944; [0:59] Fred Astaire sings and dances to "Steppin' Out with My Baby" from Easter Parade, 1948; [1:01] Doris Day sings "Ten Cents a Dance" from Love Me or Leave Me, 1955; [1:03] Gene Kelly and Children sing "I Got Rhythm" from An American in Paris, 1951

Frank Sinatra sequence: [1:04] Frank sings "The Tender Trap" from The Tender Trap, 1955; [1:05] clip of Frank singing "I'll Walk Alone" in concert; [1:06] Frank singing "Ol' Man River" from Till the Clouds Roll By, 1946; [1:07] Frank sings "I Fall in Love Too Easily" from Anchors Aweigh, 1945; [1:08] Frank, Billy Roy and Jimmy Durante sing "I Believe" from It Happened in Brooklyn, 1947; [1:09] Frank sings "You're Sensational" from High Society, 1956; [1:10] Frank and Gene Kelly sing and dance "I Begged Her" from Anchors Aweigh, 1945; [1:11] Frank singing "Ol' Man River" from Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) over a montage of clips from various Frank Sinatra movies

[1:12] Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly host: [1:12] Fred and Gene dance; [1:12] clips from various MGM movies, including David Copperfield, Grand Hotel, Dinner at Eight, "Traveltalks," Tarzan, Jumbo, Ziegfeld Girl, The Thin Man, A Night at the Opera, A Tale of Two Cities, Lassie Come Home, Gone with the Wind and others

[1:18] Gene Kelly hosts: [1:18] Maurice Chevalier sings "Maxim's" from The Merry Widow, 1934; [1:19] Maurice Chevalier sings "Girls, Girls, Girls" from The Merry Widow, 1934; [1:20] Dinah Shore sings "The Last Time I Saw Paris" (outtake version) from Till the Clouds Roll By, 1946; [1:21] Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron dance to "Love Is Here to Stay" from An American in Paris, 1951; Georges Guetary sings "(I'll Build A) Stairway to Paradise" from An American in Paris, 1951; [1:25] Gwen Verdon and Ensemble dance a Can Can from Can-Can, 1960; [1:26] "The Merry Widow Waltz" danced by Chorus from The Merry Widow, 1934

Gene Kelly hosts: [1:28] Gene Kelly dancing with animated genies from Invitation to the Dance, 1956; [1:31] Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong sing "Now You Has Jazz" from High Society, 1956; [1:33] Judy Garland and Fred Astaire sing and dance "A Couple of Swells" from Easter Parade, 1948; [1:35] Bobby Van performs his Pogo Dance from Small Town Girl, 1953; Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse and Chorus in a segment of the "Broadway Ballet" from Singin' in the Rain, 1952; [1:41] Louis Calhern, Betty Hutton, Howard Keel and Keenan Wynn sing "There's No Business Like Show Business" from Annie Get Your Gun, 1950

Gene Kelly hosts Tracy / Hepburn segment: Clips from Boys Town, Boom Town, The Philadelphia Story, Adam's Rib ... and many others

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire host: [1:51] Gene Kelly sings and dances on roller skates to "I Like Myself" from It's Always Fair Weather, 1955; [1:53] Hermione Gingold and Maurice Chevalier perform "I Remember It Well" from Gigi, 1958; [1:55] Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance "Bouncin' the Blues" from The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949; [1:57] Big Esther Williams water skiing production number

[2:02] Finale sung and danced by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly




That's Entertainment! III top of page
That's Entertainment! III
MGM, 1994, Color and B/W, 113 minutes, ****
Released May, 1994
Class Act
Class Act Must-See!
Must See!

MGM musicals anthology sequel. As spectacular as the original. Lots of Judy Garland in this one. Note: Program outlined below is from the "Director's Cut" version released in the box set (now out of print). There are at least two versions of this film: the regular issue, and the "Director's Cut." The Director's Cut is (apparently) only available as part of the collectors box set (VHS or laser disc).

Producer: Bud Friedgen and Michael J. Sheridan
Exec. Producer: Peter Fitzgerald
Director: Bud Friedgen and Michael J. Sheridan
Writer: Bud Friedgen and Michael J. Sheridan
Film Editing: Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan

[0:00] Overture
[0:06] "Here's to the Girls" performed by Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball and Chorus Girls from Ziegfeld Follies, 1946
[0:06] Introduction
[0:08] Titles (over montage of clips from MGM musicals)
[0:09] Introduction (continued)

[0:09] Gene Kelly hosts: [0:10] The Five Locust Sisters sing "My Beth" (?) from unidentified film; [0:11] "Singing in the Rain" performed by Cliff Edwards and Chorus from Hollywood Revue of 1929, 1929; [0:11] montage of clips from early musical talkies; [0:12] "The Lock Step" sung by the Dodge Twins and danced by Chorus from the unfinished film, March of Time, ca. 1930; [0:13] "Clean as a Whistle" sung by nude (but carefully hidden in water) chorus girls from unidentified film; [0:14] "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy from Naughty Marietta, 1935; "Hollywood Party" performed by Ensemble from Hollywood Party, 1934; "Follow in My Footsteps" sung and danced by Eleanor Powell, Buddy Ebsen and George Murphy from Broadway Melody of 1938, 1937; "Fascinating Rhythm" danced by Eleanor Powell, with footage of the segment being filmed, from Lady Be Good, 1941; [0:21] "Good Morning" sung by Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland from Babes in Arms, 1939; [0:22] Finale from Babes in Arms, 1939

[0:23] Esther Williams hosts: [0:24] "Ten Percent Off" performed by Jimmy Durante, Esther Willams and Chorus Girls from This Time for Keeps, 1947; [0:26] montage of Esther Williams water pageant production numbers; [0:29] "Cleopatterer" sung and danced by June Allyson, Ray McDonald and Chorus from Till the Clouds Roll By, 1946

[0:31] June Allyson hosts: [0:31] "The Three B's" sung and danced by June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven and Nancy Walker from Best Foot Forward, 1943; "Waltz from Serenade for Strings" sung by Kathryn Grayson from Anchors Aweigh, 1945; [0:35] "Shaking the Blues Away" sung and danced by Ann Miller from Easter Parade, 1948; [0:36] "Pass That Peace Pipe" sung and danced by Joan McCracken, Ray McDonald and Chorus from Good News, 1947; [0:38] "Solid Potato Salad" sung and "danced" by the Ross Sisters from Broadway Rhythm, 1944; [0:39] "On the Town" performed by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Vera-Ellen, Betty Garrett and Ann Miller from On the Town, 1949; [0:41] "Baby, You Knock Me Out" performed by Cyd Charisse and Chorus from It's Always Fair Weather, 1955

[0:42] Cyd Charisse hosts: [0:43] "Ballin' the Jack" performed by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly from For Me and My Gal, 1942; [0:44] "You Wonderful You" danced with newspaper by Gene Kelly from Summer Stock, 1950; [0:46] "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" ballet danced by Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen from Words and Music, 1948; [0:48] "An American in Paris Ballet" danced by Gene Kelly from An American in Paris, 1951; [0:49] "Fit as a Fiddle" performed by Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor from Singin' in the Rain, 1952; [0:51] "The Heather on the Hill" performed by Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse from Brigadoon, 1954; [0:53] "You Are My Lucky Star" sung by Debbie Reynolds from Singin' in the Rain, 1952

[0:54] Debbie Reynolds hosts: A tour of the MGM makeup department; [0:57] "You Stepped out of a Dream" performed by Tony Martin, Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr and Ziegfeld Girls from Ziegfeld Girl, 1941; [0:58] "A Lady Loves" performed by Debbie Reynolds and Mens Chorus (interleaved with outtake version in barnyard) from I Love Melvin, 1953; [0:59] "Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks" performed by Dolores Gray and Mens Chorus from It's Always Fair Weather, 1955; [1:01] "Two Faced Woman" performed by Joan Crawford, shown side-by-side with Cyd Charisse's version (both to same voice recording by India Adams), from Torch Song, 1953; [1:03] short excerpt of number by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra; [1:05] "Dance of Fury" danced by Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse and Ann Miller from The Kissing Bandit, 1948; [1:06] "Caroom Pa Pa" performed by Carmen Miranda from Nancy Goes to Rio, 1950; [1:08] "Mama, Yo Quiero" performed by Mickey Rooney from Babes on Broadway, 1941; [1:08] "Where or When" sung by Lena Horne from Words and Music, 1948

[1:09] Lena Horne hosts: [1:10] "Just One of Those Things" sung by Lena Horne from Panama Hattie, 1942; [1:11] "Ain't It the Truth" outtake by Lena Horne in bubblebath from Cabin in the Sky, 1943; [1:13] "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" sung by Ava Gardner (with and without voiceover) from Show Boat, 1951; [1:15] "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" sung by Lena Horne from Till the Clouds Roll By, 1946; [1:16] "I'm an Indian Too" Betty Hutton's version and Judy Garland's version, from Annie Get Your Gun, 1950; [1:18] "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" performed by Judy Garland, outtake from Annie Get Your Gun, 1950; [1:19] "I Wish I Were in Love Again" performed by Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney from Words and Music, 1948

[1:20] Mickey Rooney hosts: [1:21] "Swing Mr. Mendelssohn" performed by Judy Garland and Chorus from Everybody Sing, 1938; [1:22] "In-Between" sung by Judy Garland from Love Finds Andy Hardy, 1938; [1:23] "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" sung by the Munchkins over a montage of clips from The Wizard of Oz, 1939; [1:24] news reel clip of Mickey presenting Judy with her Academy Award, 1940; [1:25] "Over the Rainbow" sung by Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz, 1939; [1:25] "How About You?" performed by Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland from Babes on Broadway, 1941; [1:26] "Minnie from Trinidad" performed by Judy Garland and Chorus from Ziegfeld Girl, 1941; [1:28] "Who?" performed by Judy Garland and Mens Chorus from Till the Clouds Roll By, 1946; [1:30] "March of the Doagies" outtake performed by Judy Garland and Chorus from The Harvey Girls, 1945; [1:32] "Mr. Monotony" outtake performed by Judy Garland from Easter Parade, 1948; "It Only Happens When I Dance with You" performed by Fred Astaire and Ann Miller from Easter Parade, 1948

[1:35] Ann Miller hosts: [1:36] "Let's Go Bavarian" performed by Joan Crawford and Fred Astaire from Dancing Lady, 1933; [1:37] "Juke Box Dance" danced by Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire from Broadway Melody of 1940, 1940; [1:38] "Coffee Time" danced by Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer from Yolanda and the Thief, 1945; [1:39] "Drum Crazy" performed by Fred Astaire from Easter Parade, 1948; [1:41] "Girl Hunt Ballet" performed by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse from The Band Wagon, 1953; [1:43] "Swing Trot" performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers from The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949; [1:44] "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" (outtake and final version played side-by-side) performed by Fred Astaire from The Belle of New York, 1952; [1:46] "Anything You Can Do" performed by Howard Keel and Betty Hutton from Annie Get Your Gun, 1950

[1:48] Howard Keel hosts: [1:49] "Stereophonic Sound" performed by Fred Astaire and Janis Paige from Silk Stockings, 1957; [1:50] "Shaking the Blues Away" performed by Doris Day and Mens Chorus from Love Me or Leave Me, 1955; [1:53] "Jailhouse Rock" performed by Elvis Presley and Mens Chorus from Jailhouse Rock, 1957; [1:54] "Gigi" performed by Louis Jourdan over a montage of clips from the film, Gigi, 1958; [1:56] "That's Entertainment" performed by Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray (over a montage of clips from MGM musicals) from The Band Wagon, 1953

[1:58] End titles

That's Entertainment III Collector's Treasury
Second tape available only with the collectors box set

[0:01] "Behind the Screen" Interviews with the cast and crew of That's Entertainment III

[0:53] Outtakes:
[0:53] "My Intuition," Judy Garland and John Hodiak, cut from The Harvey Girls, 1945
[0:56] "Boys and Girls Like You and Me," Frank Sinatra singing to Betty Garrett, cut from Take Me Out to the Ball Game, 1949
[1:00] "Why So Gloomy," Jane Powell and unidentified child actor, cut from Holiday in Mexico, 1946
[1:03] "An Easier Way," June Allyson, Patricia Marshall and Girls Ensemble, cut from Good News, 1947
[1:08] "Why Is Love So Crazy," Esther Williams (unknown dubbing artist), cut from Pagan Love Song, 1950
[1:10] "Sea of the Moon" Fantasy Sequence, sung and danced by Esther Williams (unknown dubbing artist) and Girls Chorus, cut from Pagan Love Song, 1950
[1:13] "Love and Kisses," Bert Lahr and Marjorie Main comic routine, cut from Rose Marie, 1954
[1:16] "Last Night When We Were Young," Judy Garland, cut from In the Good Old Summertime, 1949
[1:19] "Is It a Crime?" Judy Holliday, cut from Bells Are Ringing, 1960
[1:24] "You Got Looks," Lena Horne, cut from Meet Me in Las Vegas, 1956
[1:27] "Mr. Monotony," Judy Garland, cut from Easter Parade, 1948

[1:30] Original theatrical trailer for That's Entertainment III




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There's No Business Like Show Business top of page
There's No Business Like Show Business
(aka "Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business")
20th Century-Fox, 1954, Color, 117 minutes, ***
Released December, 1954

And there's no musical like this grand salute to the songs of Irving Berlin. Classic Berlin tunes like the title song, "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" and "You'd Be Surprised" are woven around the story of a close-knit vaudeville family. Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor and Marilyn Monroe star.

The Diamond Collection (Vol. 1) DVD Box Set (shown right) contains this film and Bus Stop, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch, The Final Days

Produced by: Sol C. Siegel
Directed by: Walter Lang
Screen Play by: Phoebe and Henry Ephron
From a Story by Lamar Trotti
Lyrics and Music by: Irving Berlin
Music Supervised and Conducted by: Alfred Newman, Lionel Newman
Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by: Robert Alton
Vocal Supervision: Ken Darby
Orchestration: Bernard Mayers, Herbert Spencer, Edward B. Powell, Earle Hagen
Vocal Arrangements: Ken Darby, Hal Schaefer
Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, John De Cuir
Set Decorations: Walter M. Scott, Stuart Reiss
Wardrobe Direction: Charles Le Maire
Costumes Designed by: Miles White, Travilla
Makeup Artist: Ben Nye
Hair Styling by: Helen Turpin
Sound: E. Clayton Ward, Murray Spivack
Director of Photography: Leon Shamroy
Special Photographic Effects: Ray Kellogg
Filmed in CinemaScope, Color by De Luxe
Color Consultant: Leonard Doss
Film Editor: Robert Simpson

Awards: Academy Award nominations for Best Score - Musical (Alfred Newman and Lionel Newman), Best Motion Picture Story (Lamar Trotti) and Best Costume Design - Color

Cast: Ethel Merman [Molly Donahue], Donald O'Connor [Tim Donahue], Marilyn Monroe [Vicky], Dan Dailey [Terrance Donahue], Johnnie Ray [Steve Donahue], Mitzi Gaynor [Katy Donahue], Richard Eastham [Lew Harris], Hugh O'Brian [Charles Gibbs], Frank McHugh [Eddie Duggan], Rhys Williams [Father Dineen], Lee Patrick [Marge], Eve Miller [Hatcheck Girl], Robin Raymond [Lillian Sawyer], Additional Cast: Chick Chandler [Harry], Lyle Talbot [Stage Manager], George Melford [Stage Doorman], Alvy Moore [Katy's Boy Friend], Henry Slate [Dance Director], Gavin Gordon [Geoffrey], Nolan Leary [Archbishop], Charlotte Austin [Lorna], John Doucette [Stage Manager], Isabelle Dwan [Sophie Tucker], Donald Kerr [Bobby Clark], Mimi Gibson [Katy, age 4], Linda Lowell [Katy, age 8], John Potter [Steve, age 2], Jimmy Baird [Steve, age 6], Billy Chapin [Steve, age 10], Neal McCaskill [Tim, age 2], Donald Gamble [Tim, age 6]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles, includes choral vocal of "There's No Business Like Show Business"); [0:02] When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam (sung by Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey); [0:03] Play a Simple Melody (sung and danced by Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey); [0:09] A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (sung by Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey); [0:16] You'd Be Surprised (excerpt sung by Dan Dailey, danced by Dan Dailey and Chorus Girls); [0:16] Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee (excerpt sung by Ethel Merman); [0:17] Alexander's Ragtime Band (sung and danced by Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor and Johnnie Ray); [0:18] Alexander's Ragtime Band (sung by Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey, danced by and Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey and Chorus in Swiss attire); [0:19] Alexander's Ragtime Band (sung by Donald O'Connor, danced by Donald O'Connor and Mens Chorus in Scottish attire); [0:21] Alexander's Ragtime Band (sung by Mitzi Gaynor, danced by Mitzi Gaynor and Chorus in French attire); [0:23] Alexander's Ragtime Band (sung by Johnnie Ray at the piano); [0:25] Alexander's Ragtime Band (sung and danced by Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Johnnie Ray and Chorus); [0:28] Puttin' on the Ritz (played by Orchestra, danced by club patrons); [0:33] After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It (sung by Marilyn Monroe); [0:47] Remember (sung by party guests); [0:49] When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam (sung by Mitzi Gaynor and Donald O'Connor); [0:51] If You Believe (sung by Johnnie Ray); [0:59] Heat Wave (sung and danced by Marilyn Monroe and Chorus); [1:06] A Man Chases a Girl Until She Catches Him (sung and danced by Donald O'Connor); [1:15] Lazy (sung by Mitzi Gaynor, Donald O'Connor and Marilyn Monroe; danced by Mitzi Gaynor and Donald O'Connor); [1:32] A Sailor's Not a Sailor (sung and danced by Ethel Merman and Mitzi Gaynor with Chorus); [1:40] Marie (excerpt sung and danced by male trio); [1:50] There's No Business Like Show Business (sung by Ethel Merman); [1:54] Alexander's Ragtime Band (sung by Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor and Johnnie Ray) / There's No Business Like Show Business sung by Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor, Johnnie Ray and Chorus)




They Got Me Covered top of page
They Got Me Covered
Goldwyn / RKO, 1943, B/W, 95 minutes
Released March, 1943

Bumbling reporter Robert Kittredge has been fired after bungling his latest assignment. His career isn't all he's botched up: his girlfriend Chris is tired of waiting for him to marry her. When he gets a hot tip on some Nazi spies operating in Washington, D.C., he convinces Chris to help him break the story so he can get his job back. The pair soon find themselves in several awkward predicaments as they track the criminals down in a night club, a burlesque show, and face a final showdown at a beauty salon.

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn
Director: David Butler
Screenplay: Harry Kurnitz, Frank Fenton, Lynn Root
(based on a story by Leonard Q. Ross and Leonard Spigelgass)
Original Music: Harold Arlen, Leigh Harline
Art Direction: Perry Ferguson
Set Decoration: Howard Bristol
Costume Design: Adrian and Edith Head
Cinematography: Rudolph Mate
Editor: Daniel Mandell

Cast: Bob Hope [Robert Kittredge], Dorothy Lamour [Christina Hill], Lenore Aubert [Mrs. Olga Vanescu], Otto Preminger [Otto Fauscheim], Eduardo Ciannelli [Baldanacco], Marion Martin [Gloria, the "Glow Girl"], Donald Meek [Little Old Man], Phyllis Ruth [Sally], Philip Ahn [Nichimuro], Donald MacBride [Mason], Mary Treen [Helen], Bettye Avery [Mildred], Margaret Hayes [Lucille], Mary Byrne [Laura], William Yetter [Holtz], Henry Guttman [Faber], Florence Bates [Gypsy Woman], Walter Catlett [Hotel Manager], John Abbott [Gregory Vanescu], Frank Sully [Red], Don Brodie [Joe McGuirk], Etta McDaniel [Georgia], Rudolph Anders [Gerhardt], George Chandler [Smith, Mason's Assistant], Hans Schumm [Schmidt], Kam Tong [Hawara], Ray Turner [Hubert], Jack Carr [Joe, the Comedian], Wolfgang Zilzer [Cross], Nino Pipitone [Testori], Greta Meyer [Katrina], Doris Day [Beautiful Girl in Sheet], Bing Crosby [The Music Box Voice]

Musical Program: Palsy Walsy (Martha Mears dubbing for Marion Martin)




Thin Ice top of page
Thin Ice
20th Century-Fox, 1937, B/W, 78 minutes, ***
Released September, 1937

In her second film, Sonja falls in love with a guest (Ty Power) of the hotel where she works as a skating instructor. Little does she know that her new-found love is a prince! Musical highlights include Joan Davis' comic singing numbers, "I'm Olga from the Volga" and "My Swiss Hilly Billy."

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
Associate Producer: Raymond Griffith
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Assistant Director: William Forsyth
Screen Play by: Boris Ingster and Milton Sperling
From the play "Der Komet" by Attila Orbok
Music and Lyrics: "My Secret Love Affair," "Over Night," "My Swiss Hilly Billy" by Lew Pollack and Sidney D. Mitchell; "I'm Olga from the Volga" by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
Musical Direction: Louis Silvers
Dances Staged by: Harry Losee
Art Direction: Mark-Lee Kirk
Set Decorations by: Thomas Little
Costumes: Royer
Sound: W. D. Flick, Roger Heman
Photography: Robert Planck, Edward Cronjager
Film Editor: Robert Simpson

Awards: Academy Award nomination for Best Dance Direction (Harry Losee)

Cast: Sonja Henie [Lili Heiser], Tyrone Power [Prince Rudolph], Arthur Treacher [Nottingham], Raymond Walburn [Uncle Dornik], Joan Davis [Orchestra Leader], Sig Rumann [Prime Minister], Alan Hale [Baron], Leah Ray [Singer], Melville Cooper [Krantz], Maurice Cass [Count], George Givot [Alex], Greta Meyer [Martha], Egon Brecher [Janitor], Torben Meyer [Chauffer], George Davis [Waiter], Additional Cast: Lon Chaney Jr. [American Reporter], Rudolph Anders [German Reporter], Pat Somerset [English Reporter], Nino Bellini [Italian Reporter], Eugene Borden [French Reporter], Albert Pollet [Waiter], Frank Puglia [Porter], Georges Renavent [Headwaiter], Zola de Crott [Chambermaid], Bert Sprotte [Farmer], Elsa Janssen [Woman], Christian Rub [Man], Greta Meyer [Martha], Alberto Morin [Attendant], Alphonse Martell, Walter Bonn [Officers of Prime Minister], Iva Stewart, Dorothy Jones, June Storey, June Gale, Clarice Sherry, June Wilkins, Monica Bannister, Bonnie Bannon, Pauline Craig, Ruth Hart, Wanda Perry, Doris Davenport, Diane Cook, Margaret Lyman [Girls Band]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture: Over Night (sung by Chorus behind titles); [0:03] My Secret Love Affair (sung by Leah Ray with all-girl orchestra onscreen); [0:29] I'm Olga from the Volga (comic number sung, dances, stuttered and fallen by Joan Davis with all-girl orchestra onscreen); [0:33] instrumental / choral medley (part of background score, skated by Sonja Henie and Chorus); [0:48] My Swiss Hilly Billy (sung, danced and yodeled by Joan Davis); [0:51] instrumental number based on "Blue Danube" and other Strauss Waltzes (skated by hotel guests, then skated by Sonja Henie and Mens Chorus); [1:15] Finale: Over Night (sung by Chorus, skated by Sonja Henie and Ensemble)

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This Is the Army top of page
This Is the Army
(aka "Irving Berlin's This Is the Army")
Warner Bros., 1943, Color, 115 minutes, ***
Premiere release July, 1943
General release August, 1943

If you love Irving Berlin, you'll love to watch this film and hate to get up in the morning. But you're in the army thinking about going "over there," knowing that God blesses America.

Army recruits put on a musical revue. And nobody is more musical fun than Berlin at his best. With George Murphy, Joan Leslie, Ronald Regan, George Tobias, Alan Hale, Charles Butterworth, Dolores Costello, Una Merkel, Stanley Ridges, Rosemary DeCamp, this classic musical treasure is a rousing tribute to American fighting men and women.   [from back of VHS sleeve]

Irving Berlin produced and starred in a stage musical as entertainment "for the boys" during World War II. This is the screen adaptation of that musical, and Berlin appears in the film, as well! Wonderful Joan Leslie is sweeter than ever! Loaded with plenty of great Berlin tunes.

The Warner Bros. and the Homefront Collection DVD box set includes this film, Thank Your Lucky Stars and Hollywood Canteen

Produced by: Jack L. Warner and Hal B. Wallis
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Assistant Director: Leo F. Forbstein
Screen Play by: Casey Robinson and Capt. Claude Binyon
and (based on the play by Irving Berlin)
Music Directors: Leo F. Forbstein, Ray Heindorf and Frank Heath
Music and Lyrics by: Irving Berlin
Orchestral Arrangements by: Ray Heindorf
Production Numbers Staged by: LeRoy Prinz and M/Sgt. Robert Sidney
Technical Advisor: Lt. Col. Frank T. McGabe
Art Directors: John Hughes and Lt. John Keonig
Special Effects: Jack Cosgrove
Set Decorations by: George James Hopkins
Costumes by: Pvt. Orry-Kelly
Makeup Artist: Perc Westmore
Sound by: C. A. Riggs
Directors of Photography: Bert Glennon and Sol Polito
Montages by: James Leigester and Don Siegel
Filmed in Technicolor
Technicolor Color Director: Natalie Kalmus
Associate: Richard Mueller
Film Editor: George Amy

Awards: Academy Award Academy Award for Best Score - Musical (Ray Heindorf). Academy Award nominations for Best Interior Decoration - Color and Best Sound Recording

Cast: Irving Berlin [Himself], George Murphy [Jerry Jones], Joan Leslie [Eileen Dibble], George Tobias [Maxie Stoloff], Alan Hale [Sgt. McGee], Charles Butterworth [Eddie Dibble], Dolores Costello [Mrs. Davidson], Una Merkel [Rose Dibble], Stanley Ridges [Major Davidson], Rosemary DeCamp [Ethel], Ruth Donnelly [Mrs. O'Brien], Dorothy Peterson [Mrs. Nelson], Frances Langford [Herself], Gertrude Niesen [Singer], Kate Smith [Herself], Men from the Armed Forces: Lt. Ronald Reagan [Johnny Jones], Sgt. Joe Louis [Himself], 1st Sgt. Alan Anderson, M/Sgt. Ezra Stone, T/Sgt. Tom D'Andrea, S/Sgt. James Burrell, Sgt. Ross Elliott, Sgt. Alan Manson, Sgt. John Prince Mendes, Sgt. Julie Oshins, Sgt. Earl Oxford, Sgt. Robert Shanley [as Ted Nelson], Sgt. Philip Truex, Cpl. James MacColl, Cpl. Herbert Anderson [as Danny Davidson], PFC. Joe Cook, Jr., PFC. Larry Weeks, The Allon Trio, Additional Cast: Victor Moore, Ernest Truex [Fathers of Soldiers], Jackie Brown [Mike Nelson], Patsy Moran [Marie Twardofsky], Jimmy Conlin [Doorman], Ilka Gruning [Mrs. Twardofsky], Irving Bacon [Waiter], Murray Alper [Soldier], Pierre Watkin [Stranger], Frank Coghlan Jr., Richard Crane, Arthur Space, Art Foster, Jimmy Butler, Ross Ford, Gayle de Camp, John Day, Allen Pomeroy, John James [Soldiers at Camp Cook], Henry Jones [Soldier / Singer], Doodles Weaver [Soldier on Cot], Leah Baird [Old Timer's Wife], Warner Anderson [Sports Announcer], Jack Young [Franklin D. Roosevelt], Guests: Sidney Robin, William Roerich [Singers], Sgt. Fisher [Blake Nelson], Ralph Magelssen, Tileston Perry, Geno Erbisti, Angelo Buono, Louis Bednarcik [Soldiers]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:02] For Your Country and My Country (Gertude Niesen and Mens Chorus); [0:04] My Sweetie (sung by George Murphy, danced by George Murphy and Chorus Girls); [0:11] Poor Little Me, I'm on KP (George Tobias and Mens Chorus); [0:15] We're on our Way to France (sung and marched by George Murphy and Mens Chorus); [0:23] God Bless America (Kate Smith and Chorus); [0:31] What Does He Look Like (Frances Langford); [0:47] This Is The Army Mr. Jones (Sidney Robin, William Roerich, Henry Jones and Chorus); [0:55] I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep (James Burell and Chorus); [0:58] Mandy (sung and danced by Ralph Magelssen and Chorus); [1:09] Ladies of the Chorus (sung and danced by Alan Hale and Mens Chorus in drag); [1:13] That's What the Well-Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear (sung and danced by Pvt. James Cross and Chorus); [1:18] How About a Cheer for the Navy (Chorus); [1:28] Hostesses of the Stage Door Canteen (?) (Mens Chorus in drag); [1:33] I left my Heart at the Stage Door Canteen (Earl Oxford); [1:37] American Eagles / With My Head in the Clouds (Robert Shanley and Chorus); [1:43] Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning (Irving Berlin, George Murphy, Geore Tobias, Charles Butterworth and Chorus); [1:51] This Time We Will All Make Certain (sung and marched by Robert Shanley and Chorus)




This Time for Keeps top of page
This Time for Keeps
MGM, 1947, Color, 105 minutes, ***½
Released October, 1947

One of my favorite Esther Williams movies. Esther is a swimming star (duh) and Johnston is the son of opera star Melchior. Johnston has just returned from the war and is a bit confused about what he wants to do with his life now. Father Melchior is trying to push his son into opera, but Johnston is not so sure that's what he wants to do. Johnston meets Williams, and they fall in love, but Melchior interferes again when he allows Johnston's future mother-in-law to publish the wedding announcement of Johnston and fiancé Mary Stuart in the newspaper. Johnston no longer has any intention of marrying the girl, and of course Esther sees the announcement before he has a chance to explain.

Loads of music with Durante performing three of his classics: "A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That," "Inka Dinka Doo" and "The Man Who Found the Lost Chord;" Melchior sings some opera, including "M'Appari;" Johnston sings "Why Don't They Let Me Sing a Love Song" and "Un Poquito de Amor;" Esther has a big water ballet number with Jimmy, "Ten Percent Off;" Cugie and his Orchestra have several numbers, and even little Sharon McManus gets into the act with "No Wonder They Fall in Love." Fun film loaded with good music!

Produced by: Joe Pasternak
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Screen Play by: Gladys Lehman
Story by: Erwin Gelsey and Lorraine Fielding
Music Direction by: Georgie Stoll
Dances and Water Ballet by: Stanley Donen
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons and Randall Duell
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Henry W. Grace
Costume Supervision: Irene
Men's Costumes by: Valles
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Director of Photography: Karl Freund
Special Effects: A. Arnold Gillespie
Photographed in Technicolor
Technicolor Color Director: Natalie Kalmus
Associate: Henri Jaffa
Film Editor: John Dunning

Cast: Esther Williams [Nora Cambaretti], Lauritz Melchior [Hans Herald], Jimmy Durante [Ferdi Farro], Johnnie Johnston [Dick Johnson], Xavier Cugat [Himself], Dame May Whitty [Grandma], Sharon McManus [Deborah], Richard Simmons [Gordon Coome], Mary Stuart [Frances], Ludwig Stossel [Peter], Dorothy Porter [Merle], Tommy Wonder [Himself], Nella Walker [Mrs. Allenbury], Holmes Herbert [Norman], William Tannen, Robert Strickland, Kenneth Tobey, Don Garner [Soldiers], Herbert Heywood [Doorman], Nan Bennett [Luci LeRoy], Esther Dale [Mrs. Fields], Duncan Richardson [Duncan], Chris Drake [Soldier at Pool], Anne Francis [Bobby-Soxer], Richard Perrin (aka Jack Perrin) [Bobby-Soxer], Harry Tyler [Bartender]

Musical Program: [0:00] This Time for Keeps (sung by Chorus behind titles); [0:01] Excerpt from "Victorious Emperor" Opera (sung by Lauritz Melchior and Ensemble); [0:08] A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That (sung by Jimmy Durante); [0:18] I Love to Dance (sung by unidentified female vocalist, danced in silhouette by the female vocalist and an unidentified male dancer, accompanied by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [0:24] Why Don't They Let Me Sing a Love Song (Johnnie Johnston with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [0:29] M'appari tutt' amor (from the opera MARTHA, sung by Lauritz Melchior); [0:31] M'appari tutt' amor (from the opera MARTHA - traditional and swing version sung by Johnnie Johnston); [0:35] Ten Percent Off (production number: Jimmy Durante sings, Esther Williams and Chorus Girls Swim, includes instrumental interlude of "Beautiful Lady"); [0:42] Inka Dinka Do (sung by Jimmy Durante with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [0:57] I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time (sung by Johnnie Johnston); [1:01] Jingle Bells (sung by Sharon McManus); [1:01] No Wonder They Fall in Love (sung by Sharon McManus, Johnnie Johnston and Esther Williams); [1:04] aria (sung by Lauritz Melchior); [1:11] The Man Who Found the Lost Chord (sung by Jimmy Durante); [1:16] En Yo Lo (?) (Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra with unidentified female vocalist); [1:20] Un Poquito de Amor (sung by Johnnie Johnston with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [1:32] Chiquita Banana (sung by unidentified female vocalist with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [1:33] Easy to Love (sung by Johnnie Johnston and unidentified female vocalist with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [1:39] Un Poquito de Amor (sung by Johnnie Johnston and unidentified female vocalist with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [1:42] La Donna è mobile (from the opera RIGOLETTO, sung by Lauritz Melchior with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [1:43] Easy to Love (sung by Lauritz Melchior with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra)

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Thoroughbreds Don't Cry top of page
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry
MGM, 1937, B/W, 80 minutes, ***
Premiere release November, 1937
General release December, 1937

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland's first feature film together. Mickey is a jockey and Judy is the niece of Sophie Tucker, who runs the boarding house where he and other jockeys live. Sinclair and grandfather Smith bring their horse from England to race in America, and manage to convince Rooney to be their jockey, which isn't easy because "He don't ride no beetles!" But, Mickey throws the race to save his father (Brown) and really throws a monkey wrench into things! Judy has only one song, which was an outtake from Broadway Melody of 1938.

Produced by: Harry Rapf
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Screen Play by: Lawrence Hazard
Original Story by: Eleanore Griffin and J. Walter Ruben
Music and Lyrics by: Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Musical Direction by: Dr. William Axt
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons
Associates: Stan Rogers, Edwin B. Willis
Wardrobe by: Dolly Tree
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Photographed by: Leonard Smith
Film Editor: Elmo Veron

Cast: Judy Garland [Cricket West], Mickey Rooney [Timmy Donovan], Sophie Tucker [Mother Ralph], C. Aubrey Smith [Sir Peter Calverton], Ronald Sinclair [Roger Calverton], Forrester Harvey [Wilkins], Charles D. Brown ["Click" Donovan], Frankie Darro ["Dink" Reid], Henry Kolker ["Doc" Godfrey], Additional Cast: Helen Troy [Hilda, the Maid], Elisha Cook, Jr. [Jockey Boots Maguire], Buster Slaven [Jockey Hoot Meyer], Bob Tansill [Jockey Bones Conley], James Flavin [Timmy's Agent], Edgar Norton [Mr. Fox, Roger's Teacher], Donald Kerr, Louis Natheaux [Click Donovan's Partners], George Chandler [Jim, the Racetrack Usher], Ernie Alexander [Racetrack Usher], Douglas Wood [Mr. Sloan], Reginald Barlow [Man Seated Behind Mr. Sloan], Lionel Belmore [Calverton's Butler], Marie Blake [Hospital Telephone Operator], Don Brodie [Racetrack Teller], Francis X. Bushman [Racing Steward], Chester Clute [Man with Toupee], Edgar Dearing [Higgins, a Policeman], Edward Gargan [Park Policeman], Chuck Hamilton, Harry Woods [Racetrack Guards], Harry Depp [Official at Racetrack], Pierre Watkin [Dobson, the Racing Steward], Eugene Jackson [Stable Boy], Edward Earle [Race Spectator], Wilbur Mack [Man Betting on Donovan], Edmund Mortimer [Man Listening to Radio], Jack Norton [Man with Monocle], Oscar O'Shea [Man Seated Next to Wilkins], Russ Powell [Diner Counterman], Eddie Shubert [Taxi Driver]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (contains short vocal of Judy Garland singing "Got a Pair of New Shoes" (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:13] Got a Pair of New Shoes (excerpt sung by Judy Garland at the piano); [0:33] Got a Pair of New Shoes (sung by Judy Garland); [1:18] Got a Pair of New Shoes (reprised by Judy Garland with Ronald Sinclair and Mickey Rooney)

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Thoroughly Modern Millie top of page
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Universal, 1967, Color, 138 minutes, ***
Released March, 1967

Julie Andrews is Thoroughly Modern Millie and Mary Tyler Moore is her best friend. Millie gets a job as an office girl for Trevor Graydon (John Gavin); her ambition is to marry her boss. But Jimmy Smith (James Fox) has other ideas about who she's going to marry.

Julie and MTM nearly become victims of a white-slave scam being perpetrated by their building manager (Beatrice Lillie) and all kinds of antics take place. Good fun with many hidden references to many films from the 1920s. A lot of the fun is looking for these little gems! Carol Channing runs off with every scene she's in, and does a wonderful rendition of "Jazz Baby."

Produced by: Ross Hunter
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Assistant Director: Douglas Green
Written by: Richard Morris
Musical Numbers Scored by: André Previn
Music Score by: Elmer Bernstein
"Thoroughly Modern Millie," "The Tapioca" Words and Music (by) Sammy Cahn, James Van Heusen; "Drink La Chaim" Words and Music (by) Sylvia Neufeld; "Jimmy" Words and Music (by) Jay Thompson
Music Supervision by: Joseph Gershenson
Musical Sequences by: Joe Layton
Art Directors: Alexander Golitzen and George C. Webb
Set Decorations: Howard Bristol
Gowns Designed by: Jean Louis
Make-Up: Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist: Larry Germain
Hair Styles for Miss Andrews by: Hal Saunders
Sound: Waldon O. Watson, William Russell, Ronald Pierce
Special Effects: Albert Whitmore
Director of Photography: Russell Metty
Color by Technicolor
Film Editor: Stuart Gilmore

Awards: Academy Award Academy Award for Best Original Score (Elmer Bernstein); Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Carol Channing), Best Adapted Score (André Previn and Joseph Gershenson), Best Song ("Thoroughly Modern Millie") ; Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Sound

Cast: Julie Andrews [Millie Dillmount], Mary Tyler Moore [Dorothy Brown], Carol Channing [Muzzy Van Hossmere], James Fox [Jimmy Smith], Beatrice Lillie [Mrs. Meers], John Gavin [Trevor Graydon], Jack Soo [Oriental], Noriyuki "Pat" Morita [Oriental], Philip Ahn [Tea], Cavada Humphrey [Miss Flannery], Anthony Dexter [Juarez], Lou Nova [Cruncher], Michael St. Clair [Baron Richter], Albert Carrier [Adrian], Victor Rogers [Gregory Huntley], Lisabeth Hush [Judith Tremaine], Herbie Faye [Taxi Driver], Ann Dee [Singer], Benny Rubin [Waiter], Buddy Schwab [Dorothy's Dance Partner], Jay Thompson [Pianist], Todd Mason [Male Pedestrian], Mae Clarke [Woman in the Office], Jackie Allen [singing voice of Mary Tyler Moore], Jimmy Bryant [singing voice of James Fox]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture: Baby Face / Do It Again! / Poor Butterfly / Stumbling / Japanese Sandman (played by Orchestra before film starts); [0:05] Looking at the World Thru Rose Colored Glasses (excerpt sung by unidentified female vocalist); [0:07] Thoroughly Modern Millie (sung by Julie Andrews behind titles); [0:23] The Tapioca (danced by Julie Andrews, James Fox and Ensemble); [0:36] Baby Face (sung by Julie Andrews); [0:40] Drink La Chaim (sung by Julie Andrews, danced by Wedding Party); [0:54] Jazz Baby (performed by Carol Channing); [1:08] Jimmy (performed by Julie Andrews); [1:25] Ah Sweet Mystery of Life (sung by unidentified singers [Mary Tyler Moore and John Gavin on-screen]); [1:28] Intermission: Medley: "Thoroughly Modern Millie" / "Jimmy" / "Baby Face" (sung by Julie Andrews); [1:33] Do It Again (performed by Carol Channing and The Bernini Brothers); [1:39] Poor Butterfly (sung by Julie Andrews); [1:51] Rose of Washington Square (sung by Ann Dee); [2:18] For She's a Jolly Good Fellow (sung by John Gavin, Mary Tyler Moore, James Fox and Carol Channing); [2:26] Thoroughly Modern Millie (sung by Julie Andrews behind end credits); Exit Music: Jazz Baby / Jimmy / Thoroughly Modern Millie; There are also some excerpts of classic pop songs, including: I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me (sung by unidentified male singer on record player); Stumbling (sung by Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore); The Japanese Sandman (sung by Jack Soo and Pat Morita)




Thousands Cheer top of page
Thousands Cheer
MGM, 1943, Color, 126 minutes, ***
Premiere release September, 1943
General release December, 1943

Kelly is an aerial artist with a chip on his shoulder - he's not happy about having his career interrupted by being drafted. Grayson is the daughter of the C.O. at the base where Kelly is stationed. Kelly falls for Grayson (how could he help it??) and tries to convince her to marry him. But she's more interested in her singing career.

The last part of the film consists of a huge program put on at the base showcasing a myriad of MGM stars. Musical highlights include Kathryn's "Three Letters in the Mailbox" and "Let There Be Music;" "In a Little Spanish Town," sung by Gloria De Haven, June Allyson and Virginia O'Brien, with Bob Crosby and His Orchestra and Lena Horne's "Honeysuckle Rose." Jose Iturbi and and Judy Garland stop the show with "The Joint Is Really Jumpin' in Carnegie Hall."

This film was Jose Iturbi's film debut.

Produced by: Joe Pasternak
Directed by: George Sidney
Original Screen Play by: Paul Jarrico and Richard Collins
Based on their story "Private Miss Jones"
Musical Program: "Daybreak" (by) Ferde Grofe, Harold Adamson; "I Dug a Ditch" (by) Lew Brown, Ralph Freed, Burton Lane; "Three Letters in the Mail Box" (by) Walter Jurmann, Paul Francis Webster; "Let There Be Music" (by) Earl Brent, E. Y. Harburg; "United Nations" (by) Dmitri Shostakovitch, Harold Rome, E. Y. Harburg
Musical Direction: Herbert Stothart
Musical Score: Herbert Stothart
Song Score: various
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons
Associate: Daniel B. Cathcart
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Jacques Mersereau
Costume Supervision: Irene
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Cinematography: George Folsey
Photographed in Technicolor
Technicolor Color Director: Natalie Kalmus
Associate: Henri Jaffa
Film Editor: George Boemler

Awards: Academy Award Nominations for Best Color Cinematography (George Folsey), Best Score - Musical (Herbert Stothart) and Best Interior Decoration (Color)

Cast: Kathryn Grayson [Kathryn Jones], Gene Kelly [Eddie Marsh], Mary Astor [Hyllary Jones], John Boles [Colonel William Jones], Ben Blue [Chuck Polansky], Frances Rafferty [Marie Corbino], Mary Elliott [Helen], Frank Jenks [Sgt. Kozlack], Dick Simmons [Captain Fred Avery], Ben Lessey [Pvt. Monks], Jose Iturbi [Himself], Guest Stars: Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Lucille Ball, Ann Sothern, Virginia O'Brien, Frank Morgan, Lena Horne, Marsha Hunt, Marilyn Maxwell, Donna Reed, Margaret O'Brien, June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, John Conte, Sara Haden, Don Loper, Maxine Barrat, Kay Kyser and His Orchestra, Bob Crosby and His Orchestra, Benny Carter and His Band

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (includes excerpt of "Let There Be Music" and other excerpts sung by Chorus); [0:01] Caprice Espanol (played by Orchestra Conducted by Jose Iturbi); [0:02] Sempre libera (from the opera LA TRAVIATA, sung by Kathryn Grayson with Orchestra Conducted by Jose Iturbi); [0:06] Daybreak (sung by Kathryn Grayson and Orchestra Conducted by Jose Iturbi); [0:19] Three Letters in the Mailbox (sung by Kathryn Grayson -- I love this song!); [0:22] I Dug a Ditch (sung by Ben Lessey and Male Trio, continued instrumentally and danced by guests at party); [0:26] I Dug a Ditch (sung by Kathryn Grayson and Mens Chorus as the men escort Kathryn Grayson home); [0:43] Let There Be Music (sung by Kathryn Grayson); [0:54] Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (piano solo by Jose Iturbi); [1:05] Let Me Call You Sweetheart / I Dug a Ditch (instrumental arrangements danced by Gene Kelly and mop); The Show: [1:12] American Patrol (played by Orchestra Conducted by Jose Iturbi); [1:15] Boogie Woogie (played by Orchestra, danced by Eleanor Powell); [1:18] In a Little Spanish Town (sung by Gloria De Haven, June Allyson and Virginia O'Brien with Bob Crosby and His Orchestra); [1:22] WAVES Skit (Frank Morgan [Doctor], Ann Sothern [1st recruit], Lucille Ball [2nd recruit], Marsha Hunt [3rd recruit], Sara Haden [Nurse], Henry O'Neill [Doctor at end of skit]); [1:31] I Dug a Ditch (sung and played by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra with Georgia Carroll); [1:34] Should I? (sung by Georgia Carroll with Kay Kyser and His Orchestra); [1:36] Tico Tico (instrumental danced by Maxine Barrat and Don Loper with Chorus Girls); [1:41] Test Pilot (Mickey Rooney impersonates Clark Gable and Lionel Barrymore in a scene from this classic film); [1:42] Honeysuckle Rose (sung by Lena Horne with Benny Carter and His Band); [1:45] Skelton Skit (Red Skelton [Soda Jerk], Donna Reed [lady whose name Red can't remember] and Margaret O'Brien [Little girl ordering ice cream]); [1:50] The Joint Is Really Jumpin' in Carnegie Hall (sung by Judy Garland with Jose Iturbi at the piano); [1:54] The Flying Corbinos (Gene Kelly and Ensemble); [2:01] United Nations (Victory Song) (sung by Kathryn Grayson and the United Nations Chorus and Orchestra Conducted by Jose Iturbi); There are also a number of short segments of various military anthems and marches and several circus tunes.

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Three Daring Daughters top of page
Three Daring Daughters
MGM, 1948, Color, 115 minutes, ***½
Released February, 1948
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A favorite of mine. Jane Powell, Ann Todd and Mary Eleanor Donahue are the daughters of Jeanette MacDonald, who is divorced from her reporter husband. The girls are determined to get their parents together again, but when Jeanette goes on a getaway steamship cruise, she falls in love and marries Jose Iturbi. In the meantime, the girls have visited newspaper magnate Edward Arnold and persuaded him to bring their father home.

When Jeanette returns home with new hubby, she is angry at the girls for interfering, and she persuades Arnold to not bring her ex-husband home. But, the girls will not accept their new father and convince Arnold (once again) to bring their father home. Poor Arnold is exasperated and poor Mr. Morgan spends the entire movie onboard a steamship dashing all over the world, and never does show up! Anyway, the girls finally accept Iturbi and everyone lives happily ever after.

Really cute film! Musical highlights include: "The Dickey Bird Song" "Route 66" and Jeanette and Jane's wonderful duet of "Springtide."

Produced by: Joe Pasternak
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Original Screen Play by: Albert Mannheimer, Frederick Kohner, Sonya Levien, John Meehan
Music Direction: Georgie Stoll
Musical Score: Herbert Stothart and Lothar Perl
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons and Preston Ames
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Arthur Krams
Costume Supervision: Irene
Associate: Shirley Barker
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Director of Photography by: Ray June
Color by Technicolor
Technicolor Color Director: Natalie Kalmus
Associate: Henri Jaffa
Film Editor: Adrienne Fazan

Cast: Jeanette MacDonald [Louise Rayton Morgan], Jose Iturbi [Himself], Jane Powell [Tess Morgan], Edward Arnold [Robert Nelson], Harry Davenport [Dr. Cannon], Moyna MacGill [Mrs. Smith], Mary Eleanor Donahue [Alix Morgan], Ann Todd [Ilka Morgan], Tom Helmore [Michael Pemberton], Kathryn Card [Jonesy], Additional Cast: Amparo Iturbi [Herself], Larry Adler [Himself], Dorothy Porter [Specialty Singer], Thurston Hall [Mr. Howard], Nan Bennett [Toney Tiger], Charles Coleman [Butler], Ian Wolfe [Butler], Stephen Hero [Ribs], Leon Belasco [Ship's Orchestra Leader], Virginia Brissac [Miss Drake], Frank Pershing [Steward], Bill Lewin [Steward], Thomas E. Breen [Steward], William Forrest [Ship's Captain], Joanee Wayne [Telephone Operator], Don Avalier [Headwaiter], Diane Stewart [Singer], Dorita Pallais [Singer], Nina Bara [Singer], Phyllis Gaffeo [Singer], Conchita Lamus [Singer], Jack Lipson [Fat Man on Street], Anita Aros [Telephone Operator], Estelita Zarco [Telephone Operator], Connie Mintoya [Telephone Operator], Aldana Rios [Telephone Operator], Wheaton Chambers [Stage Manager], Edward Peil Sr. [Waiter], Joan Valerie [Hostess], Brick Sullivan [Taxi Driver], Amparo Ballester [Cigarette Girl], David Cota [Cuban Bellboy], Pat Hyatt [singing voice for Ann Todd], Beverly Jean Garbo [singing voice for Mary Eleanor Donahue]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:01] Alma Mater (sung by Jane Powell and School Girls at graduation ceremony); [0:03] Fleurette (sung by Jane Powell); [0:09] The Dickey-Bird Song (sung by Jane Powell, Pat Hyatt dubbing for Ann Todd, Beverly Jean Garbo dubbing for Mary Eleanor Donahue and Jeanette MacDonald); [0:16] Passepied (sung by Jane Powell); [0:23] Liebestraum (played by Jose Iturbi at the piano, joined by Orchestra); [0:34] Where There's Love (sung by Jeanette MacDonald with Jose Iturbi at the piano onboard passenger liner, joined by Orchestra); [0:39] Ritual Fire Dance (El Amor Brujo) (Jose Iturbi at the Piano, Amparo Iturbi at the Piano, Orchestra and Chorus); [0:46] You Made Me Love You (sung by Jeanette MacDonald with Jose Iturbi at the piano); [0:48] Happy Birthday to You / The Dickey Bird Song (sung by Jane Powell, Pat Hyatt dubbing for Ann Todd, Beverly Jean Garbo dubbing for Mary Eleanor Donahue); [0:48] Mulatta Likes the Rhumba (?) (sung by Girls Band at nightclub); [0:49] Feliz Compleaños (to the tune of "Happy Birthday to You" sung by Girls Chorus at night club); [1:05] Je veux vivre (from the opera ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, sung by Jane Powell with Jose Iturbi at the piano); [1:11] Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 (played by Orchestra Conducted by Jose Iturbi); [1:21] Sweethearts (sung by Jeanette MacDonald with Jose Iturbi on piano, solo violinist and Orchestra); [1:25] Allegro Appassionato (played by Jose Iturbi at the piano); [1:27] Route 66 (sung by Jane Powell and Pat Hyatt dubbing for Ann Todd followed by Boogie piano solo by Jose Iturbi); [1:43] Springtide (sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Jane Powell -- beautiful!); [1:48] Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony (excerpt played by Orchestra Conducted by Jose Iturbi); [1:53] Finale: The Dickey-Bird Song (sung by Jane Powell, Pat Hyatt dubbing for Ann Todd, Beverly Jean Garbo dubbing for Mary Eleanor Donahue and Jeanette MacDonald with Jose Iturbi); There are also short excerpts of Hungarian Fantasy; Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11 in A




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Three for the Show
Columbia, 1955, Color, 89 minutes, ***
Released February, 1955

A sort of musical remake of My Favorite Wife with Betty Grable having to make up her mind between Gower Champion and Jack Lemmon. And Marge is eagerly awaiting Betty's decision! Marge sings "Someone to Watch Over Me" (and Marge and Gower dance to the tune) and Jack and Betty sing "How Come You Do Me Like You Do?" Funny film!

Produced by: Jonie Taps
Directed by: H. C. Potter
Assistant Director: Earl Bellamy
Screen Play by: Edward Hope, Leonard Stern
Based on a play by W. Somerset Maugham ("Too Many Husbands")
Choreography by: Jack Cole
All Music Under the Personal Supervision of, and conducted by: Morris Stoloff
Assistant: Fred Karger
Original Music and Arrangements by: George Duning
Songs: "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I've Got a Crush on You" (by) George and Ira Gershwin; "How Come You Do Me Like You Do?" (by) Gene Austin and Roy Bergere; "Down Boy" (by) Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Adamson; "Which One?" (by) Lester Lee and Ned Washington; "I've Been Kissed Before" (by) Bob Russell and Lester Lee
Art Director: Walter Holscher
Set Decorator: William Kiernan
Costume Design: Jean Louis
Makeup by: Clay Campbell
Hair Styles by: Helen Hunt
Recording Supervisor: John Livadary
Director of Photography: Arthur Arling
Photographed in CinemaScope, Color by Technicolor
Technicolor Color Consultant: Francis Cugat
Film Editor: Viola Lawrence

Cast: Betty Grable [Julie], Marge Champion [Gwen Howard], Gower Champion [Vernon Lowndes], Jack Lemmon [Marty Stewart], Myron McCormick [Mike Hudson], Paul Harvey [Colonel Wharton], Robert Bice [Sergeant O'Hallihan], Hal K. Dawson [Theater Treasurer], Charlotte Lawrence [Girl], Willard Waterman [Moderator], Gene Wesson [Reporter], Aileen Carlyle [Mother], Rudy Lee [Boy], Eugene Borden [Costume Designer]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture: "Someone to Watch Over Me" (a sort of "Punch and Judy Ballet" played by Orchestra, danced by Betty Grable, Marge and Gower Champion and Chorus behind titles); [0:03] unidentified instrumental (continuation of "Punch and Judy" ballet); [0:21] Which One? (sung by Marge Champion); [0:25] Down Boy (Julie's daydream sequence: production number sung by Betty Grable, danced by Betty Grable, Jack Lemmon, Gower Champion and Chorus; instrumental portion includes excerpts of Stranger in Paradise); [0:36] Someone to Watch Over Me (sung by Marge Champion); [0:37] Swan Lake (Gwen's dream sequence: production number danced by Marge and Gower Champion, Betty Grable, Jack Lemmon and Chorus); [0:51] I've Been Kissed Before (sung and danced by Betty Grable); [0:52] I've Got a Crush on You (sung by Jack Lemmon and Betty Grable); [1:09] Someone to Watch Over Me (instrumental danced by Marge and Gower Champion); [1:21] How Come You Do Me Like You Do? (sung and danced by Betty Grable and Chorus); [1:27] I've Got a Crush on You (sung by Marge and Gower Champion, Jack Lemmon and Betty Grable)




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365 Nights in Hollywood
Fox Films, 1934, B/W, 77 minutes, ***
Released October, 1934

Starstruck Illinois gal Alice Faye arrives in Hollywood dreaming of a movie career, but instead enrolls in a fly-by-night acting school run by two con men. When a wealthy man agrees to finance a film, the scheming school owners hatch a plot to sabotage it in this song-filled comedy, long thought to be a "lost film." With James Dunn, Frank Mitchell.

Produced by: Sol M. Wurtzel
Directed by: George Marshall
Screen Play: William Conselman and Henry Johnson
Based on a book of short stories by James Starr
Musical Director: Samuel Kaylin
Music: Richard Whiting
Lyrics: Sidney Clare
Musical Numbers Created and Staged by: Sammy Lee
Settings: Duncan Cramer, Albert Hogsett
Gowns: Royer
Sound: Bernard Freericks
Photography: Harry Jackson

Cast: James Dunn [Jimmy Dale], Alice Faye [Alice Perkins], Mitchell and Durant: Frank Mitchell [Percy], Jack Durant [Clarence], John Bradford [Adrian Almont], Grant Mitchell [J. Walter Delmar], Frank Melton [Frank Young], John Qualen [Professor Ellenbogen], Additional Cast: Ray Cooke [Assistant Director], Addison Richards [Assistant District Attorney], Arthur Housman [Drunk], Tyler Brooke [Casting Director], Paul McVey [Cameraman], Dick Whiting [Composer], Ben Hall [Student Actor], James Conlin [Heeber], Frank Sully [Iron Worker], Al Klein [Prop Man]

Musical Program: [0:16] Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay (excerpt sung by residents of boarding home); [0:17] Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day (short excerpt sung by boarding house resident immitating Bing Crosby); [0:19] Hold Your Man (excerpt sung by Alice Faye impersonating Jean Harlow); [0:36] Yes to You (sung by Alice Faye and composers working on the new song); [0:39] Yes to You (production number performed by Alice Faye, John Bradford and Chorus); [1:04] My Future Star (finale production number performed by Alice Faye, James Dunn and Chorus)




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Three Little Girls in Blue
20th Century-Fox, 1946, Color, 90 minutes
Premiere release September, 1946
General release October, 1946

Three sisters, Pam (June Haver), Liz (Vivian Blaine) and Myra Charters (Vera-Ellen) try to disguise themselves as society women in Atlantic City in order to catch wealthy husbands. Their plan works in part, but the find that love is definitely more important than money.

Producer: Mack Gordon
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Screenplay: Valentine Davies, Robert Ellis, Lynn Starling, Brown Holmes and Helen Logan
(based on the play "Three Blind Mice" by Stephen Powys)
Music Director: Alfred Newman
Song Score: Mack Gordon and Josef Myrow
Choreography: Seymour Felix, Babe Pearce
Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Joseph C. Wright
Set Decoration: Thomas Little
Costume Design: Bonnie Cashin
Sound: Roger Heman, E. Clayton Ward
Special Effects: Fred Sersen
Cinematography: Ernest Palmer
Film Editing: Barbara McLean

Cast: June Haver [Pam Charters], George Montgomery [Van Damm Smith], Vivian Blaine [Liz Charters], Celeste Holm [Miriam Harrington], Vera-Ellen [Myra Charters], Frank Latimore [Steve Harrington], Charles Smith [Mike], Charles Halton [Hoskins], Ruby Dandridge [Mammy], Thurston Hall [Colonel], Clinton Rosemond [Ben], William Forrest Jr. [Head Clerk], Theresa Harris [Maid], Eddie Acuff [Josh], Al Murphy [Bartender], Roger Neury [Headwaiter], Coleen Gray [Girl], Smoki Whitfield [Sam], Jesse Graves [Headwaiter], Don Garner [Boy on Beach], Ben Gage [singing voice of George Montgomery], Carol Stewart [singing voice of Vera-Ellen], Del Porter [singing voice of Charles Smith]

Musical Program: Overture (Orchestra); Three Little Girls in Blue (unidentified vocal group); A Farmer's Life Is a Very Merry Life (Carol Stewart dubbing for Vera-Ellen, June Haver and Vivian Blaine); On the Boardwalk (In Atlantic City) (June Haver, Vivian Blaine and Carol Stewart dubbing for Vera-Ellen); Three Little Girls in Blue (reprise: June Haver, Vivian Blaine and Carol Stewart dubbing for Vera-Ellen); Oh My Love (unidentified vocal group); I Like Mike (Carol Stewart dubbing for Vera-Ellen); Somewhere in the Night (Vivian Blaine); If You Can't Get a Girl in the Summertime (Ben Gage dubbing for George Montgomery and June Haver); You Make Me Feel So Young (Carol Stewart dubbing for Vera-Ellen, Del Porter dubbing for Charles Smith, and unidentified vocal group); This Is Always (June Haver and Ben Gage dubbing for George Montgomery); Always the Lady (Celeste Holm); Finale (Company)

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Three Little Words
MGM, 1950, Color, 103 minutes, ***½
Released July, 1950

This is a film biography based on the lives and careers of the Tin Pan Alley song-writing team Kalmar and Ruby (many of their songs are still familiar today). It's a fun-filled film with a great cast. From today's perspective it is notable for one of Debbie Reynolds' earliest film appearances, singing (actually lip-syncing to Helen Kane's voice) "I Wanna Be Loved By You" to Carleton Carpenter.

Also of interest is Gloria DeHaven playing the part of her real-life mother singing "Who's Sorry Now." This is also one of the more accurate of the musical biographies, and the film's technical adviser was none other than Harry Ruby. Other musical highlights include Vera-Ellen and Fred Astaire's "Mr. and Mrs. Hoofer at Home," Vera-Ellen's "Come On, Papa" and Arlene Dahl's "I Love You So Much."

The film begins with the statement, "Back around 1919, a couple of fellows met in Tin Pan Alley and formed a song-writing team. They were Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby -- real people -- whose songs became a real part of America. This picture deals with some of their songs and some of their adventures."

This was Debbie Reynolds' MGM film debut.

Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Vol. 1 DVD Box Set (shown right) includes this film and Ziegfeld Follies, Till the Clouds Roll By, Summer Stock, It's Always Fair Weather.

Produced by: Jack Cummings
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Screen Play by: George Wells
Based on the Lives and Songs of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Technical Advisor: Harry Ruby
Songs: "Three Little Words," "Where Did You Get That Girl," "I Wanna Be Loved by You," "Come On Papa," "I Love You So Much," "My Sunny Tennessee," So Long! Oo-Long (How Long You Gonna Be Gone?)," "Thinking of You," "Nevertheless I'm in Love with You"
Music Director: André Previn
Musical Direction: André Previn
Orchestrations: Leo Arnaud
Dances Created and Directed by: Hermes Pan
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons and Urie McCleary
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Arthur Krams
Costumes by: Helen Rose
Hair Styles Designed by: Sydney Guilaroff
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
Recording Supervisor: Douglas Shearer
Director of Photography: Harry Jackson
Special Effects: Warren Newcombe
Montage Sequence by: Peter Ballbusch
Color by Technicolor
Technicolor Color Consultants: Henri Jaffa, James Gooch
Film Editor: Ben Lewis

Awards: Academy Award nomination for Best Score - Musical (André Previn)

Cast: Fred Astaire [Bert Kalmar], Red Skelton [Harry Ruby], Vera-Ellen [Jessie Brown Kalmar], Arlene Dahl [Eileen Percy], Keenan Wynn [Charlie Kope], Gale Robbins [Terry Lordel], Gloria DeHaven [Mrs. Carter DeHaven (her real-life mother)], Phil Regan [Himself], Harry Shannon [Clanahan], Debbie Reynolds [Helen Kane], Paul Harvey [Al Masters], Carleton Carpenter [Dan Healy], George Metkovich [Al Schacht], The Great Mendoza [Himself], Additional Cast: Billy Gray [Boy], Pat Flaherty [Coach], Pierre Watkin [Philip Goodman], Syd Saylor [Barker], Elzie Emanuel [Black Boy], Sherry Hall [Pianist], Pat Williams [Assistant], Charles Wagenheim [Waiter], Tony Taylor [Kid], Phyllis Kennedy [Mother], Donald Kerr [Stage Manager], Beverly Michaels [Francesca Ladovan], Bert Davidson [Director], William Tannen [Director], George Sherwood [Director], Harry Barris [Guest Piano Player], Alex Gerry [Marty Collister], Helen Kane [singing voice of Debbie Reynolds], Anita Ellis [singing voice of Vera-Ellen]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture: "Three Little Words" (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:01] Where Did You Get That Girl (sung and danced by Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen dubbed by Anita Ellis); [0:07] She's Mine, All Mine (sung by The Lady Killers Quartet); [0:14] Mr. and Mrs. Hoofer at Home (instrumental danced by Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen); [0:23] "The Shores of Araby" (sung by Red Skelton, Fred Astaire helps him work on the lyric); [0:25] My Sunny Tennessee (sung by Fred Astaire and Red Skelton and it turns into "My Sunny Tennessee"); [0:28] "Three Little Words" (a few bars demonstrated by Red Skelton for Fred Astaire - he continues to work on this tune all through the film); [0:31] So Long! Oo-Long (How Long You Gonna Be Gone?) (sung by Fred Astaire and Red Skelton in music store); [0:32] Who's Sorry Now? (beautifully sung by Gloria DeHaven); [0:36] Test Dance (instrumental danced tentatively by Fred Astaire, includes reprise of "Where Did You Get That Girl," sung and danced by Fred Astaire to test his leg); [0:39] Come On Papa (sung and danced by Vera-Ellen and Men's Chorus, Vera-Ellen dubbed by Anita Ellis); [0:42] Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You) (sung and danced by Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen, Vera-Ellen dubbed by Anita Ellis); [0:49] All Alone Monday (sung by Gale Robbins in nightclub); [0:42] You Smiled at Me (excerpt sung by Arlene Dahl); [0:54] All Alone Monday (sung by Gale Robbins in the show "The Ramblers"); [1:03] I Wanna Be Loved By You (played on piano and sung by Fred Astaire, with Debbie Reynolds throwing in Boo-Boop-Ah-Doo); [1:04] I Wanna Be Loved By You (sung by Helen Kane dubbing for Debbie Reynolds); [1:06] Montage (Up in the Clouds from "Five O'Clock Girl" excerpts sung by Chorus); [1:07] Thinking of You (sung by Anita Ellis dubbing for Vera-Ellen, beautifully danced by Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen); [1:14] Hooray for Captain Spalding (short excerpt sung by Red Skelton and Fred Astaire -- used in the stage comedy "Animal Crackers" by the Marx Brothers [also used in the film]); [1:16] "I Love You So Much" (a few bars sung by Red Skelton, and lyric tried with the "Three Little Words" melody); [1:17] I Love You So Much (sung and danced by Arlene Dahl and Men's Chorus); [1:21] "The Shores of Araby" (excerpt sung by party guests); [1:27] Thinking of You (excerpt sung by Arlene Dahl); [1:30] You Are My Lucky Star (short excerpt sung by Phil Regan); [1:34] Fred Astaire and Red Skelton try to work on lyric for "Three Little Words"; [1:37] Medley: My Sunny Tennessee / Who's Sorry Now / I Wanna Be Loved by You / Thinking of You / So Long! Oo-Long / Nevertheless (sung by Fred Astaire and Red Skelton); [1:40] Three Little Words (excerpt sung by Fred Astaire, reprised by Phil Regan)




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The Three Musketeers
(aka The Singing Musketeer)
20th Century-Fox, 1939, B/W, 73 minutes, ***
Released February, 1939

A rousing, musical take on Alexandre Dumas' classic starring Don Ameche as D'Artagnan, the brave young adventurer who joins forces with the swashbuckling Musketeers (played by the Ritz Brothers) to protect King Louis XIII from scheming Cardinal Richelieu. Lionel Atwill, Binnie Barnes, John Carradine also star. Songs include "My Lady" and "Song of the Musketeers."

The film begins with the statement, "Once upon a time, (to be exact, 314 years ago), a young Gascon, with a stout heart and a song on his lips set forth for Paris to enlist in the service of his King."

In Charge of Production: Darryl F. Zanuck
Associate Producer: Raymond Griffith
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Screen Play by: M. M. Musselman, William A. Drake and Sam Hellman
Music and Lyrics by: Samuel Pokrass and Walter Bullock
Special Material by: Sid Kuller and Ray Golden
A Musical Comedy Version of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Musical Direction: David Buttolph
Art Direction: Bernard Herzbrun, David Hall
Set Decorations: Thomas Little
Costumes: Royer
Sound: George Leverett, Roger Heman
Photography: Peverell Marley
Film Editor: Jack Dennis

Cast: Don Ameche [D'Artagnan], The Ritz Brothers [Three Lackeys], Binnie Barnes [Milady De Winter], Gloria Stuart [Queen], Pauline Moore [Lady Constance], Joseph Schildkraut [King], John Carradine [Naveau], Lionel Atwill [De Rochefort], Miles Mander [Cardinal Richelieu], Douglas Dumbrille [Athos], John King [Aramis], Russell Hicks [Porthos], Gregory Gaye [Vitray], Lester Matthews [Duke of Buckingham], Egon Brecher [Landlord], Moroni Olsen [Bailiff], Georges Renavent [Captain Fageon], Montague Shaw [Ship Captain], Jean Perry, Fredrik Vogeding [Guards]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:01] Voila (sung by Don Ameche); [0:04] Voila (reprised by Don Ameche); [0:06] Plucking Song (sung by the Ritz Brothers); [0:19] Song of the Musketeers (sung by Don Ameche and the Ritz Brothers); [0:31] My Lady (sung by Don Ameche to Pauline Moore); [0:34] Song of the Musketeers (sung by Don Ameche and the Ritz Brothers); [0:36] Voila (reprised by Don Ameche); [0:54] My Lady (sung Pauline Moore and Don Ameche); [0:56] Doin' the Nimble Cymbal (instrumental played by Orchestra with the Ritz Brothers on cymbals); [1:11] Song of the Musketeers (sung and marched by Don Ameche, the Ritz Brothers and Chorus)




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Three Smart Girls
Universal, 1936, B/W, 86 minutes, ***
Released December, 1936

Deanna's first feature film made her an instant star. She plays Penny Craig. Penny and her two sisters (played by Nan Grey and Barbara Read) attempt to break up their father's (Charles Winninger) plans to marry a golddigger (Binnie Barnes) and reunite him with their mother (Alice Brady). Deanna is bouncy and bubbly and really cute. The rest of the cast is great, too!

Edna Mae Durbin started her movie career at MGM. While there, she made a short film with Judy Garland called Every Sunday. But her contract was dropped shortly thereafter (it's not clear exactly why this happened) and Universal snapped her up and she was assigned to Joe Pasternak who groomed her for stardom. Later, Pasternak moved to MGM where he headed up a musical comedy unit second only to Arthur Freed's unit.

The Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack DVD Box Set (shown right) includes this film and Something in the Wind, First Love, It Started with Eve, Can't Help Singing, Lady on a Train.

Associate Producer: Joseph Pasternak
Executive Producer: Charles R. Rogers
Directed by: Henry Koster
Assistant Director: Frank Shaw
Original Story and Screen Play: Adele Commandini
Music: Bronislaw Kaper & W. Jurmann
Lyrics: Gus Kahn
Musical Director: Charles Previn
Song Score: Gus Kahn, Walter Jurmann and Bronislau Kaper
Art Supervision: John Harkrider
Associate: Jack Otterson
Gowns: Albert Nickels
Sound Supervision: Homer Tasker
Special Effects: John P. Fulton
Photographer: Joseph Valentine
Film Editor: Ted Kent

Awards: Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Story (Adele Commandini) and Best Sound Recording

Cast: Binnie Barnes [Donna Lyons], Charles Winninger [Judson Craig], Alice Brady [Mrs. Lyons], Ray Milland [Lord Michael Stuart], Mischa Auer [Count Arisztid], Ernest Cossart [Binns], Lucile Watson [Martha], John King [Bill Evans], Nella Walker [Dorothy Craig], Hobart Cavanaugh [Wilbur Lamb], With the Three Smart Girls Nan Grey [as Joan], Barbara Read [as Kay], and Universal's New Discovery Deanna Durbin [as Penny], Additional Cast: Dennis O'Keefe [Club Extra], Gladden James [Waiter], Wade Boteler [Sergeant], Lane Chandler [Cop], Charles Coleman [Butler], Franklin Pangborn [Jeweler], Albert Conti [Count's Friend]

Musical Program: [0:01] My Heart Is Singing (sung by Deanna Durbin on a sailboat with her sisters); [0:23] Someone to Care for Me (sung by Binnie Barnes sort of Marlene Dietrich style); [0:31] Someone to Care for Me (sung by Deanna Durbin); [0:40] Dance Specialty (instrumental played by Orchestra, danced by dance couple specialty); [1:14] Il Bacio (sung by Deanna Durbin at the Police Station)




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Three Smart Girls Grow Up
Universal, 1939, B/W, 88 minutes, ***½
Released March, 1939

When Penny discovers that both of her sisters are in love with the same man, she tries to fix things, but ends up with disatrous results. Deanna has four great numbers in this film.

Produced by: Joe Pasternak
Directed by: Henry Koster
Assistant Director: Frank Shaw
Original Screen Play: Bruce Manning, Felix Jackson
Musical Director: Charles Previn
Vocal Instructor: Andres de Segurola
Weber's "Invitation to the Dance"
Vocal Adaptation: Charles Henderson
Orchestrations: Frank Skinner
Art Director: Jack Otterson
Associate: John Ewing
Set Decorations: R. A. Gausman
Gowns: Vera West
Sound Supervisor: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: Joseph Lapis
Director of Photography: Joseph Valentine
Film Editor: Bernard W. Burton

Cast: Deanna Durbin [Penny "Mouse" Craig], Nan Grey [Joan Craig], Helen Parrish [Kay Craig], Charles Winninger [Judson Craig], Nella Walker [Mrs. Dorothy Craig], Robert Cummings [Harry Loren], William Lundigan [Richard Watkins], Ernest Cossart [Binns, the Butler], Felix Bressart [Penny's Music Teacher], Additional Cast: Thurston Hall [Senator], Mary Forbes [Mrs. Withers], Charles Previn [Conductor], Alphonse Martell [Headwaiter], Charles Coleman [Henry], Grady Sutton [Clarence], Mary Treen, Bess Flowers [Secretaries]

Musical Program: [0:02] Invitation to the Dance (instrumental arrangement played by Orchestra, danced by Party Guests, then sung by Deanna Durbin); [0:25] La Capinera (The Wren) (sung by Deanna Durbin); [0:37] Strauss Waltz (piano played on-screen by Bob Cummings); [0:48] The Last Rose of Summer (used in the opera MARTHA, sung by Deanna Durbin); [1:05] unidentified instrumental (played by Bob Cummings and his band); [1:24] Because (sung by Deanna Durbin)




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Thrill of a Romance
MGM, 1945, Color, 104 minutes, ***
Premiere release May, 1945
General release July, 1945

Esther marries business tycoon Carleton Young, and they're off to a honeymoon at a resort hotel in the mountains. But hubby gets a phone call as soon as they arrive, and he's off on a business trip, leaving his new bride behind and all alone. Meantime Esther meets war hero Van Johnson and tries desperately not to fall in love with him, but she just can't help it. Some great musical numbers by Lauritz Melchior (another guest at the hotel) and by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. A real show-stopper is a young man named Jerry Scott, who sings a wonderful rendition of "Because."

The story may be a bit weak, but this film is simply packed with great music! It's incredible! There are many featured musical numbers, and the background score is loaded with pop and classical numbers. I've had quite a time of it trying to identify all the music! If you want to hear/see a great concert, watch this.

Producer: Joe Pasternak
Director: Richard Thorpe
Screenplay: Richard Connell and Gladys Lehman
Musical Program: "Please Don't Say No" Ralph Freed, Sammy Fain; "I Should Care" Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn; "Lonely Night" (Folk Song) Georgie Stoll, Richard Connell
Music Adaptation and Direction: Georgie Stoll
Musical Score: George Stoll
Song Score: various
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Jack Bonar
Costume Supervision: Irene
Associate: Kay Dean
Director of Photography: Harry Stradling
Film Editor: George Boemler

Cast: Van Johnson [Major Thomas Milvaine], Esther Williams [Cynthia Glenn], Frances Gifford [Maude Bancroft], Henry Travers [Hobart Glenn], Spring Byington [Nona Glenn], Lauritz Melchior [Mr. Nils Knudsen], Carleton G. Young [Robert G. Delbar], Ethel Griffies [Mrs. Fenway], Donald Curtis [K.O. Karny], Jerry Scott [Lyonel], Fernando Alvarado [Julio], Helene Stanley [Susan Dorsey], Vince Barnett [Oscar], Billy House [Dr. Tove], Joan Fay Macaboy [Betty], additional cast: Jean Porter [Ga-ga Bride], Carli Elinor [Gypsy Orchestra Leader], Thurston Hall [J. P. Bancroft], Alex Novinsky, Stuart Holmes [Chess Players], Pierre Watkin [Tycoon], Tim Murdock [Naval Ensign], Frank Ferguson, Selmer Jackson [Hotel Clerks], Robert Emmett O'Connor [Mr. Vemmering], Dagmar Oakland [Guest at Reception], Tom Brannigan [Johnny], Arno Frey [Headwaiter], Dick Earle [Mr. Carter], Virginia Brissac [Secretary], Jack Baxley [Detective], Ray Goulding [Dance Extra], Art Buehler [Chauffeur], Tony Coppala [Waiter], Jack Shea [Donald Curtis' Diving Double], Ruth Nurmi [Esther Williams' Diving Double], Henry Daniels, Jr., Douglas Cowan, Fulton Burley, Wally Boag, Phil Hanna, Joe Sullivan [Canadian Flyers], Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra [Themselves]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (The Thrill of a Romance) (played behind credits by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra and the MGM Studio Orchestra); [0:10] Serenade (played behind credits by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra and the MGM Studio Orchestra); [0:19] Vesti la giubba (from the opera PAGLIACCI, sung by Lauritz Melchior); [0:21] I Should Care (sung by unidentified singers with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra); [0:26] The Guy with the Slide Trombone (Hungarian Rhapsody) (sung and played on piano by Helene Stanley introduced as Susan Dorsey with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra); [0:31] Mattinata (sung by Lauritz Melchior); [0:48] Lonely Night (Lauritz Melcior); [0:51] I Should Care (excerpt sung by Bob Allen with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra); [0:53] I Love You (Jeg elsker Dig) (Lauritz Melchior with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra); [1:01] Please Don't Say No (Say Maybe) (played by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra); [1:06] Please Don't Say No (Say Maybe) (Jerry Scott with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra); [1:07] Because (Jerry Scott with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra); [1:14] unidentified instrumental with drum solo (Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra); [1:16] Vive l'Amour (Lauritz Melchior and Chorus); [1:21] I Want What I Want When I Want It (sung by Lauritz Melchior); [1:41] Please Don't Say No (Say Maybe) (Lauritz Melchior singing for Van Johnson serenading Esther Williams, with Chorus joining in)

Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra in "Thrill of a Romance"




Tickle Me top of page
Tickle Me
Allied Artists, 1965, Color, 90 minutes
Released June, 1965

New man in Zuni Wells. Handsome. Knows horses. Looking for part-time work until rodeo season opens. But when the so-called ranch job Lonnie Beale snaps up turns out to be a stint at a dude ranch / spa for actresses and models and when the fella playing Lonnie is none other than Elvis Presley, it's a cinch we're all in for full-time fun!

Tickle Me tickles viewers with a saddlebag of nine tunes, including "I'm Yours" and "(Such An) Easy Question."

There's considerable tickling of the funnybone, too, since writers Elwood Ullman and Edward Bernds are veterans of the Three Stooges comedies. Frequent sitcom player Jack Mullaney is the foil of most of the gags and pratfalls. But Elvis also enjoys his share of the laughs as he meets girl (Jocelyn Lane), loses girl and gets girl back plus a fortune in lost gold. With songs, laughs and The King, Tickle Me is good as gold in so many ways.   [from back of VHS sleeve]

Elvis - The Hollywood Collection DVD Box Set (shown right) contains this film and Charro!, Girl Happy, Kissin' Cousins, Live a Little, Love a Little, Stay Away Joe.

Produced by: Ben Schwalb
Production Manager: Frank Caffey
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Assistant Director: Arthur Jacobson
Technical Advisor: Col. Tom Parker
Written by: Elwood Ullman and Edward Bernds
Music Scored and Conducted by: Walter Scharf
Vocal Accompaniment by: The Jordanaires
Choreography: David Winters
Art Direction: Hal Pereira, Arthur Lonergan
Set Decorations: Sam Comer, Arthur Krams
Makeup Supervision: Wally Westmore
Hair Style Supervision: Nellie Manley
Costumes: Leah Rhodes
Sound Recording by: Hugo Grenzbach, Charles Grenzbach
Director of Photography: Loyal Griggs
Special Photographic Effects: Paul K. Lerpae
Process Photography: Farciot Edouart
Filmed in Panavision, Color by Deluxe
Edited by: Archie Marshek

Cast: Elvis Presley [Lonnie Beale], Julie Adams [Vera Radford], Jocelyn Lane [Pam Merritt], Jack Mullaney [Stanley Potter], Merry Anders [Estelle Penfield], Bill Williams [Deputy Sturdivant], Edward Faulkner [Brad Bentley], Connie Gilchrist [Hilda], Barbara Werle [Barbara], John Dennis [Adolph, the Chef], Grady Sutton [Mr. Dabney], Allison Hayes [Mabel], Inez Pedroza [Ophelia], Lilyan Chauvin [Ronnie], Angela Greene [Donna], Louis Elias [Jerry, the Groom], Robert Hoy [Henry, the Gardener], Dorothy Konrad [Mrs. Dabney], Eve Bruce [Pat], Francine York [Mildred], Laurie Burton [Janet], Linda Rogers [Clair Kinnamon], Ann Morell [Sibyl], Jean Ingram [Evelyn], Jackie Russell [Gloria], Peggy Ward [Dot], Dorian Brown [Polly], The Jordanaires [backup vocals]

Musical Program: [0:00] It's a Long, Lonely Highway (sung by Elvis Presley on-screen behind titles); [0:05] It Feels So Right (sung by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires); [0:17] (Such An) Easy Question (sung by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires); [0:20] Dirty, Dirty Feeling (sung by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires, danced by Elvis and Ranch Guests); [0:39] Put the Blame on Me (sung by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires); [0:47] I'm Yours (sung by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires); [0:54] Night Rider (sung by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires); [0:58] I Feel That I've Known You Forever (sung by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires); [1:02] I Feel That I've Known You Forever (reprised by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires); [1:29] Slowly But Surely (sung by Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires)




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Till the Clouds Roll By top of page
Till the Clouds Roll By
MGM, 1946, Color, 137 minutes, ****
Released December, 1946
Class Act
Class Act Must-See!
Must See!

Musically, this is one of my very favorites. The music of Jerome Kern is fabulous, and this gorgeous film really pours it on! The film is also notable for a mini-version of "Show Boat" with Kathryn Grayson playing Magnolia as she would in the 1951 MGM film production. Lena Horne plays Julie in this version, giving us a chance to see what she could have done with the role in 1951, if only...

Jerome Kern was technical advisor on this film, but he died before the film was completed, making it all the more poignant.

NOTE: This film is apparently in public domain, so there are many different companies selling it on VHS and DVD. Most of them use poor prints, so if you want one with a good print, you should buy the real thing from MGM!!

The film opens with the statement, "This story of Jerome Kern is best told in the bars and measures, the quarter notes and grace notes of his own music -- that music that sings so eloquently his love of people, love of country, love of life. We who have sung it and will sing it to our children can only be grateful that he gave his life to music -- and gave that music to us.

On December 27, 1927, the curtain went up on the most exciting night of his life -- the opening of his immortal 'Show Boat.' And there we join him..."

Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Vol. 1 DVD Box Set (shown right) includes this film and Ziegfeld Follies, Three Little Words, Summer Stock, It's Always Fair Weather.

Produced by: Arthur Freed
Directed by: Richard Whorf
Screen Play by: Myles Connolly and Jean Holloway
Story by: Guy Bolton
Adapted by: George Wells
Based on the Life and Music of Jerome Kern
Musical Direction: Lennie Hayton
Musical Score: Conrad Salinger, Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton
Song Score: Jerome Kern
Orchestration: Conrad Salinger
Vocal Arrangements: Kay Thompson
Judy Garland's Numbers Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Musical Numbers Staged and Directed by: Robert Alton
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Daniel B. Cathcart
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Richard Pefferle
Costume Supervision: Irene
Costumes Designed by:Helen Rose
Men's Costumes: Valles
Hair Styles Created by: Sydney Guilaroff
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Directors of Photography: Harry Stradling, George J. Folsey
Special Effects: Warren Newcombe
Montages by: Peter Ballbusch
Photographed in Technicolor
Technicolor Color Director: Natalie Kalmus
Associate: Henri Jaffa
Film Editor: Albert Akst

Cast: Robert Walker [Jerome Kern], Judy Garland [Marilyn Miller], Lucille Bremer [Sally Hessler], Joan Wells [Sally as a girl], Van Heflin [James I. Hessler], Paul Langton [Oscar Hammerstein], Dorothy Patrick [Mrs. Jerome Kern], Harry Hayden [Charles Frohman], Paul Maxey [Victor Herbert], Mary Nash [Mrs. Muller], Ann Codee [Miss Larouche], Mary Hatcher [Chorus Girl], Matt Mattox [Dancer], Esther Williams [Cameo], Trudi Erwin [singing voice for Lucille Bremer], Guest Stars: June Allyson, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Van Johnson, Tony Martin, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Gower Champion, Cyd Charisse, Angela Lansbury, Ray McDonald, Virginia O'Brien, Caleb Peterson, William "Bill" Phillips, Wilde Twins

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture: Till the Clouds Roll By / The Touch of Your Hand (played by MGM Studio Orchestra behind titles); [0:03] Cotton Blossom (sung and danced by the MGM Studio Chorus); [0:05] Where's the Mate for Me? (sung by Tony Martin); [0:07] Make Believe (sung by Kathryn Grayson and Tony Martin); [0:10] Life Upon the Wicked Stage (sung and danced by Virginia O'Brien and Girls Chorus); [0:12] Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (sung by Lena Horne); [0:16] Ol' Man River (sung by Caleb Peterson and the MGM Studio Chorus); [0:24] Ka-Lu-A (played by MGM Studio Orchestra); [0:36] How'd You Like to Spoon with Me? (sung by Angela Lansbury and the MGM Studio Chorus); [0:47] They Didn't Believe Me (Dinah Shore dubbing for Dorothy Patrick); [0:54] They Didn't Believe Me (sung by Dinah Shore); [1:03] Till the Clouds Roll By (sung and danced by Ray McDonald, June Allyson and Chorus); [1:11] Leave It to Jane / Cleopatterer (sung and danced by Ray McDonald and June Allyson with Chorus); [1:17] Look for the Silver Lining (sung by Judy Garland); [1:32] Sunny (sung by Chorus); [cut] D'Ya Love Me (Outtake: sung by Judy Garland and two men); [1:34] Who? (sung and danced by Judy Garland and Mens Chorus); [1:49] One More Dance (sung and danced by Lucille Bremer, Trudi Erwin dubbing for Lucille Bremer); [1:50] I Won't Dance (sung and danced by Lucille Bremer and Van Johnson, Trudi Erwin dubbing for Lucille Bremer); [1:59] She Didn't Say Yes (excerpt sung by The Wilde Twins); [2:00] Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (sung by MGM Studio Chorus, danced by Cyd Charisse and Gower Champion); [2:01] The Last Time I Saw Paris (sung by Dinah Shore); [2:04] The Land Where the Good Songs Go (sung by Trudi Erwin dubbing for Lucille Bremer); [2:06] Yesterdays (excerpt sung by the MGM Studio Chorus); [2:06] Long Ago (And Far Away) (excerpt sung by Kathryn Grayson); [2:07] A Fine Romance (excerpt sung by Virginia O'Brien); [2:08] All the Things You Are (excerpt sung by Tony Martin); [2:10] Why Was I Born? (excerpt sung by Lena Horne); [2:12] Ol' Man River (crooned by Frank Sinatra, final few bars reprised by Chorus)

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The Time, the Place and the Girl
Warner Bros. - First National, 1946, Color, 105 minutes
Released December, 1946

Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson attempt to stage a Broadway musical against the wishes of opera star Florence Bates. She tries to stop them, but they keep right on pitching, and soon Bates' granddaughter Vickers and husband Sakall are helping out in the effort. The show is a big success, with lavish costumes and musical numbers. And Cupid just might be hanging around the stage door.

Produced by: Alex Gottlieb
Directed by: David Butler
Screen Play by: Francis Swann, Agnes Christine Johnston and Lynn Starling
Original Story by: Leonard Lee
Music Adapted by: Frederick Hollander
Vocal Arrangements: Dudley Chambers
Musical Director: Leo F. Forbstein
Music by: Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by: Leo Robin
Production Numbers Orchestrated and Conducted by: Ray Heindorf
Musical Sequences Created and Staged by: LeRoy Prinz
Art Director: Hugh Reticker
Set Decorations by: Howard Winterbottom
Wardrobe by: Milo Anderson
Makeup Artist: Perc Westmore
Sound by: Dolph Thomas and David Forrest
Directors of Photography: William V. Skall and Arthur Edeson
Montages by: James Leicester
Filmed in Technicolor
Technicolor Color Director: Natalie Kalmus
Associate Technicolor Director: Leonard Doss
Film Editor: Irene Morra

Awards: Nominated for Best Song Academy Award ("A Gal in Calico," music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Leo Robin)

Cast: Dennis Morgan [Steven Ross], Jack Carson [Jeff Howard], Janis Paige [Sue Jackson], Martha Vickers [Victoria Cassel], S. Z. Sakall [Ladislaus Cassel], Alan Hale [John Braden], Angela Greene [Elaine Winters], Donald Woods [Martin Drew], Florence Bates [Mme. Lucia Cassel], Carmen Cavallaro and His Orchestra [Themselves], The Condos Brothers [Themselves], Chandra Kaly and His Dancers [Themselves], Sally Mueller [singing voice for Martha Vickers]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:03] I Happened to Walk Down First Street (sung by Dennis Morgan, Angela Greene, Jack Carson and Janis Paige); [0:09] unidentified aria (sung by Sally Mueller dubbing for Martha Vickers); [0:24] A Solid Citizen of the Solid South (sung by Janis Paige and Dennis Morgan, danced by Girls Chorus; danced by the Condos Brothers); [0:34] Oh but I Do (sung by Dennis Morgan); [0:37] A Solid Citizen of the Solid South (instrumental arrangement played by party guests, including S. Z. Sakall on flute, Jack Carson on trumpet, Janis Paige at the piano); [0:57] A Rainy Night in Rio (excerpt sung by Sally Mueller dubbing for Martha Vickers); [0:59] Through a Thousand Dreams (sung by Dennis Morgan and Chorus Girls with Carmen Cavallaro and His Orchestra, piano solo by Carmen Cavallaro); [1:10] A Gal in Calico (sung by Jack Carson, Dennis Morgan, Sally Mueller dubbing for Martha Vickers, and Chorus Girls); [1:20] A Rainy Night in Rio (excerpt sung by Janis Paige); [1:36] A Rainy Night in Rio (sung by Dennis Morgan, Sally Mueller dubbing for Martha Vickers, Jack Carson, Janis Paige and Chorus with Carmen Cavallaro and His Orchestra; danced by Chandra Kaly Dancers); [1:42] Through a Thousand Dreams / Oh But I Do (reprised by Chorus at finale)


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Tin Pan Alley
20th Century-Fox, 1940, B/W, 94 minutes, ***
Released November, 1940

This song-packed romantic comedy filled with "heart and thrills, loves and laughs" (Hollywood Reporter), is the story of the singing Blane Sisters (Alice Faye, Betty Grable) and two struggling songwriters (John Payne, Jack Oakie) in New York's exciting music district. After a mix-up causes them to part ways, it takes World War I to bring the ideal foursome back together. [from Fox videotape sleeve]

Associate Producer: Kenneth MacGowan
Directed by: Walter Lang
Screen Play by: Robert Ellis and Helen Logan
Based on a Story by Pamela Harris
Musical Direction: Alfred Newman
Dances Staged by: Seymour Felix
Songs: "You Say the Sweetest Things (Baby) Lyrics and Music by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren; "America I Love You" by Edgar Leslie and Archie Gottler (Mills Music, Inc.); "Goodby Broadway Hello France by C. Francis Reisner, Benny Davis and Billy Baskette (Leo Feist, Inc.); "K-K-K-Katy" by Geoffrey O'Hara (Leo Feist, Inc.); "Moonlight Bay" by Edward Madden and Percy Wenrich (Jerome H. Reuick Co.); "Honeysuckle Rose" by Andy Razaf and Thomas Waller (Santly - Joy - Select, Inc.)
Art Direction: Richard Day, Joseph C. Wright
Set Decorations: Thomas Little
Costumes: Travis Banton
Sound: Eugene Grossman, Roger Heman
Director of Photography: Leon Shamroy
Film Editor: Walter Thompson

Awards: Academy Award Academy Award for Best Score (Alfred Newman)

Cast: Alice Faye [Katie Blane], Betty Grable [Lily Blane], Jack Oakie [Harry Calhoun], John Payne [Skeets Harrigan], Allen Jenkins [Casey], Esther Ralston [Nora Bayes], Nicholas Brothers [Dance Specialty], Ben Carter [Boy], John Loder [Reggie Carstair], Elisha Cook, Jr. [Joe Codd], Fred Keating [Harvey Raymond], Billy Gilbert [Sheik], Lillian Porter [Telephone Operator], Princess Vanessa Ammon, Brian Sisters, Roberts Brothers [Specialties], Tyler Brooke [Bert Melville], Hal K. Dawson [Hotel Clerk], William B. Davidson [Hotel Manager], Lionel Pape [Lord Stanley], Billy Bevan [Stage Doorman], Dewey Robinson [Dumb Guy], Robert Emmett Keane [Manager], John Sheehan [Announcer], George Watts [Mike Buckner], Additional Cast: Bess Flowers [Nightclub Patron], Dorothy Tuttle [Bit]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles, begins with montage / medley of short vocal excerpts of: Oh You Beautiful Doll / Take Me Back to Melody Lane / Any Little Girl (That's a Nice Little Girl) / I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad); [0:08] "Dixie Number" (medley of tunes with special lyrics sung by Jack Oakie attempting lyrics for a new song); [0:10] "Hawaiia" (K-K-K-Katy with special lyric) (excerpt sung by Jack Oakie, then sung and danced by Alice Faye and Betty Grable); [0:15] You Say the Sweetest Things (Baby) (played on piano by Elisha Cook, Jr. [onscreen]); [0:19] You Say the Sweetest Things (Baby) (sung by Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie; then sung by various vocalists behind montage); [0:22] You Say the Sweetest Things (Baby) (played by small band on ferry, then sung by John Payne and Alice Faye); [0:28] (On) Moonlight Bay (sung by Alice Faye); [0:36] Honeysuckle Rose (harmonica solo played by man in jail, then sung and danced by Betty Grable and Chorus); [0:39] Moonlight and Roses (sung and danced by Betty Grable and Chorus); [0:43] America, I Love You (sung by Alice Faye, then by the Roberts Brothers, then by the Brian Sisters and Chorus, then by Alice Faye, John Payne and Chorus); [0:51] "Ireland" (K-K-K-Katy with special lyric) (sung by Jack Oakie, who has been making up new lyrics for his song "Hawaiia" all through the film); [0:59] Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag (used instrumentally, danced by Betty Grable and London club patrons); [1:05] Goodbye Broadway, Hello France (sung by Jack Oakie with Elisha Cook, Jr. at the piano [onscreen]); [1:11] Over There (used instrumentally in background score along with several fragments of other songs popular during WWI); [1:15] The Sheik of Araby (production number: instrumental arrangement danced by the Nicholas Brothers; then sung and danced by Alice Faye, Betty Grable and Billy Gilbert); [1:31] K-K-K-Katy (excerpt sung by Jack Oakie, then sung by Jack Oakie, Alice Faye, Betty Grable, John Payne and Chorus); Fragments of additional instrumenal numbers embedded in the background score.




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To Sir, with Love
Columbia, 1967, Color, 105 minutes, ***½
Released June, 1967

Sentimental heart-tugger stars Sidney Poitier as a first-year teacher at a rundown East End London high school who bucks the traditional educational system, allowing his unruly students to learn through experience and acquire a sense of responsibility. Co-stars Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts and Lulu (who sings the title tune); written, produced and directed by novelist James Clavell ("Shogun").

Wonderfully uplifting movie. Poitier is, as always, fantastic. And so was Judy Geeson and Lulu. I remember staying up late in the dorm with a bunch of my friends on New Years Eve 1967 listening to the Casey Kasen top 100 countdown for 1967. We were all cheering for Lulu to hit #1 with "To Sir, with Love," and -- she did!

Written for the Screen, Produced & Directed by: James Clavell
Assistant Director: Ted Sturgis
Executive Producer: John R. Sloan
Production Manager: Basil Rayburn
Screenplay: James Clavell
From the Novel by E. R. Braithwaite
Conducted by: Philip Martell
Music by: Ron Grainer
Songs: "To Sir with Love" Lyric: Don Black, Music: Marc London; "Stealing My Love from Me" Lyric and Music: Marc London; "Off and Running" Lyric: Toni Wine, Music: Carole Bayer; "It's Getting Harder All the Time" Lyric: Ben Raleigh, Music: Charles Albertine; Title Song Arranged by Mike Leander
Art Director: Tony Woollard
Set Dresser: Ian Whittaker
Wardrobe Supervisor: John Wilson Apperson
Makeup: Jill Carpenter
Hairdresser: Betty Glasow
Director of Photography: Paul Beeson
Montage: George White
Montage Stills: Laurie Ridley, Dennis C. Stone
Filmed in Technicolor
Editor: Peter Thornton

Cast: Sidney Poitier [Mark Thackeray], Christian Roberts [Bert Denham], Suzy Kendall [Gillian Blanchard], Judy Geeson [Pamela Dare], Lulu [Barbara Pegg], Faith Brook [Mrs. Evans], Geoffrey Bayldon [Mr. Weston], Mona Bruce [Jose Dawes], Fiona Duncan [Miss Phillips], Cyril Shaps [Mr. Pinkus], Edward Burnham [Mr. Florian], Patricia Routledge [Miss Clinty Kittridge], Gareth Robinson [Tich Jackson], Grahame Charles [Fernman], Roger Shepherd ["Fats" Buckley], Christopher Chittell [Potter], Marianne Stone [Gert], Adrienne Posta [Moira Jackson], Peter Attard [Ingham], Anthony Villaroel [Seales], Lynne Sue Moon [Wong], Michael Des Barres [Williams], Rita Webb [Mrs. Joseph], Ann Bell [Mrs. Dare], The Mindbenders [Themselves]

Musical Program: [0:00] To Sir, with Love (sung by Lulu behind titles); [0:10] Stealing My Love from Me (sung by Lulu, danced by kids); [0:37] Off and Running (sung by The Mindbenders on record player, danced by kids); [0:50] To Sir, with Love (sung by Lulu); [1:33] unidentified instrumental (played by The Mindbenders on-screen, danced by kids); [1:37] It's Getting Harder All the Time (performed by The Mindbenders on-screen, danced by Judy Geeson and Sidney Poitier); [1:40] To Sir, with Love (sung by Lulu, backed by the Mindbenders on-screen); [1:44] To Sir, with Love (sung by Lulu behind end credits)




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The Toast of New Orleans
MGM, 1950, Color, 103 minutes, ***½
Released August, 1950
Class Act
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Pepe (Mario Lanza) and his uncle (J. Carrol Naish) are fishermen in a little village in Louisiana. They are happy enough until New Orleans opera star, Suzette Micheline (Kathryn Grayson), comes to the village and sings for them. Pepe thinks he's in love with Suzette, and he's intrigued by the idea of making money singing. So, he and Uncle Nicky move to New Orleans and Pepe goes to work for the opera company. But, his singing doesn't need as much work as do his manners and his "polish," so work begins on turning Pepe into a gentleman. It's a good story with lots of wonderful music.

"Be My Love," sung by Grayson and Lanza was a big hit, and was nominated for Best Song Academy Award. Other highlights include the highly energetic "Tina Lina," danced by James Mitchell and Rita Moreno (one of my all-time favorite production numbers), "Boom Biddy Boom Boom" (sung by Lanza) and a slew of great opera arias sung by Grayson and Lanza. The finale scene is great, too!

Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Vol. 2 DVD Box Set (shown right) includes this film and The Pirate, Words and Music, That's Dancing, The Belle of New York, Royal Wedding, That Midnight Kiss.

Produced by: Joe Pasternak
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Written by: Sy Gomberg and George Wells
Musical Direction: Georgie Stoll
Operatic Numbers Conducted by: Johnny Green
Songs: Music by Nicholas Brodszky, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Dances Staged by: Eugene Loring
Orchestrations: Conrad Salinger, Robert Franklyn
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons and Daniel B. Cathcart
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Richard A. Pefferle
Women's Costumes by: Helen Rose
Men's Costumes by: Walter Plunkett
Hair Styles Designed by: Sydney Guilaroff
Make-Up Created by: William J. Tuttle
Recording Supervisor: Douglas Shearer
Director of Photography: William Snyder
Special Effects: A. Arnold Gillespie, Warren Newcombe
Color by Technicolor
Technicolor Color Consultants: Henri Jaffa, James Gooch
Film Editor: Gene Ruggiero

Awards: Nominated for Best Song Academy Award ("Be My Love")

Cast: Kathryn Grayson [Suzette Micheline], Mario Lanza [Pepe Abellard Duvalle], David Niven [Jacques Riboudeaux], J. Carrol Naish [Nicky Duvalle], James Mitchell [Pierre], Richard Hageman [Maestro P. Trellini], Clinton Sundberg [Oscar], Sig Arno [Mayor], Rita Moreno [Tina], Romo Vincent [Manuelo], George Davis [Stooge], Marietta Canty [Angelique], Alex Gerry [Headwaiter], Wallis Clark [Mr. O'Neill], Henry Corden, Nick Thompson [Fishermen], Mary Benoit [Woman], Betty Daniels, Louise Bates [Dowagers], Leon Belasco [Orchestra Leader], Fred Essler [Emile], Nino Pipitone [Store Keeper], Eduard Moreno, Dino Bolognese, Guy DeVestal [Waiters], Paul Frees [Narrator]

Musical Program: [0:00] The Toast of New Orleans (Mario Lanza and Chorus behind titles); [0:07] O luce di quest'anima (from the opera LINDA DI CHAMOUNIX by Donizetti, sung by Kathryn Grayson at the festival); [0:09] Be My Love (Kathryn Grayson, joined by Mario Lanza at festival); [0:13] The Tina Lina (sung by Mario Lanza and Chorus, danced by Mario Lanza, James Mitchell, Rita Moreno and Ensemble); [0:23] Je suis Titania (from MIGNON, sung by Kathryn Grayson); [0:30] Boom Biddy Boom Boom (Mario Lanza and Chorus); [0:33] La ci darem la mano (from DON GIOVANNI, sung by Kathryn Grayson and unidentified tenor); [0:41] Be My Love (Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson at Dominique's); [0:45] Flower Song (from the opera CARMEN, sung by Mario Lanza at recital); [0:49] Montage: Regnava nel silenzio (from LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, sung by Kathryn Grayson) / O Paradiso (from L'AFRICAINE, sung by Mario Lanza) / Ombres légères (from DINORAH, sung by Kathryn Grayson) / M'appari tutt' amor (from MARTHA, sung by Mario Lanza); [0:51] The Tina Lina (reprise, Mario Lanza, J. Carrol Naish and Chorus in dive); [0:55] I'll Never Love You (Mario Lanza serenading Suzette through door); [0:58] Libiamo, Libiamo (The Drinking Song from LA TRAVIATA, sung by Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson at Dominique's); [1:05] Bayou Lullaby (Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson on the bayou); [1:23] I'll Never Love You (Mario Lanza at Dominique's); [1:29] Viene la Sera (Love Duet from MADAMA BUTTERFLY, sung by Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson)




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Tom Sawyer
(Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer, A Musical Adaptation)
Readers Digest / United Artists, 1973, Color, 99 minutes, ***
Released March, 1973

Beautifully produced and highly entertaining film. Good example of an integrated musical. Johnny Whitaker nearly carries the movie all on his own. Jodie Foster is perfect as Becky Thatcher, and the rest of the cast is fun, too. Nice Sherman Brothers song score includes "River Song" sung by Charley Pride.

See also: Huckleberry Finn

Producer: Arthur P. Jacobs
Associate Producer: Frank Capra, Jr.
Executive Producer: Walter Bien
Production Supervisor: Robert Greenhut
Associate Producer: Frank Capra Jr.
Directed by: Don Taylor
Screenplay by: Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Based upon The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Music and Lyrics by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Music Conducted and Supervised by: John Williams
"Tom Sawyer" and "Gratification" Staged by Danny Daniels
Production Design: Philip Jefferies
Set Decorator: Robert deVestel
Makeup Supervision: John Inzerella
Hair Stylist: Vivienne Walker
Costumes Designed by: Donfeld
Sound: Dean Vernon, Theodore Soderberg
Director of Photography: Frank Stanley
Filmed in Panavision, Color by Deluxe
Film Editor: Marion Rothman

Awards: Academy Award nominations for Best Song Score, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Costume Design

Cast: Johnny Whitaker [Tom Sawyer], Celeste Holm [Aunt Polly], Warren Oates [Muff Potter], Jeff East [Huckleberry Finn], Jodie Foster [Becky Thatcher], Lucille Benson [Widow Douglas], Henry Jones [Mister Dobbins], Noah Keen [Judge Thatcher], Dub Taylor [Clayton], Richard Eastham [Doc Robinson], Sandy Kenyon [Constable Clemens], Joshua Hill Lewis [Cousin Sidney], Susan Joyce [Cousin Mary], Steve Hogg [Ben Rogers], Sean Summers [Billy Fisher], Kevin Jefferson [Joe Jefferson], Page Williams [Saloon Girl], Kunu Hank [Injun Joe], James A. Kuhn [Blacksmith], Mark Lynch [Prosecuting Attorney], Jonathan Taylor [Small Boy], Anne Voss [Girl]

Musical Program: [0:03] River Song (The Theme from Tom Sawyer) (sung by Charley Pride and Chorus); [0:12] Tom Sawyer (sung by Celeste Holm, Joshua Hill and Susan Joyce); [0:21] Gratifaction (sung by Johnny Whitaker and Boys); [0:29] A Man's Gotta Be (sung by Warren Oates, Johnny Whitaker and Jeff East); [0:52] How Come? (sung by Johnny Whitaker); [1:00] If'n I Was God (sung by Johnny Whitaker); [1:04] River Song (reprised by Charley Pride); [1:05] Freebootin' (sung by Johnny Whitaker and Jeff East); [1:09] Tom Sawyer (reprised by Celeste Holm); [1:13] Rock of Ages (Church sung by Congregation); [1:19] Hannibal Mo (Zouree) (sung by Cast and Chorus); [1:36] River Song (sung by Charley Pride and Chorus)




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Tom Thumb
MGM, 1958, Color, 92 minutes, ***
Released December, 1958

Things are looking up for the woodcutter's lad named Tom Thumb. Of course, when you're a mere 5½ inches tall, that's the only way things can look. The tiny hero overcomes hard luck and huge obstacles while saving his parents from harm in this beloved Best Special Effects Academy Award winner based on the Brothers Grimm tale and produced and directed by trailblazing effects moviemaker George Pal.

Russ Tamblyn plays the title role, bringing athletic enthusiasm to an imaginative story in which toys spring to life (but only for Tom!) and unoccupied shoes happily cavort. Peggy Lee composes two of the five songs. And Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers provide gleeful villainy. Good things do indeed come in small packages.  [from back of DVD case]

Producer: George Pal
Associate Producer: Dora Wright
Directed by: George Pal
Assistant Director: David Middlemas
Screen Play by: Ladislas Fodor
Based on a Story from the Pen of the Brothers Grimm
Songs by: Peggy Lee and Fred Spielman, Janice Torre, Kermit Goell
Music Direction: Muir Mathieson
Musical Score by: Douglas Gamley and Ken Jones
Choreographer: Alex Romero
Art Director: Elliot Scott
Costume Designer: Olga Lehmann
Make-Up: Charles Parker
Hairdresser: Hilda Fox
Recording Supervisor: A. W. Watkins
Director of Photography: Georges Perinal
Photographic Effects: Tom Howard
Animators: Gene Warren and Wah Chang
Film Editor: Frank Clarke

Awards: Academy Award Academy Award for Best Effects, Special Effects (Tom Howard)

Cast: Russ Tamblyn [Tom Thumb], Alan Young [Woody], June Thorburn [Forest Queen], Terry-Thomas [Ivan], Peter Sellers [Antony], Bernard Miles [Jonathan], Jessie Matthews [Anne], Ian Wallace [The Cobbler], Peter Butterworth [Kapellmeister], Peter Bull [Town Crier], Barbara Ferris [Thumbelina], Stan Freberg [voice of Yawning Man], Dal McKennon [voice of Con-Fu-Shon], Norma Zimmer [singing voice of Anne]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (Tom Thumb's Tune / Are You a Dream) (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:15] After All These Years (sung by Norma Zimmer dubbing for Jessie Matthews); [0:19] Tom Thumb's Tune (sung by Russ Tamblyn and Chorus, danced by Russ Tamblyn; recurring theme in background score); [0:37] Talented Shoes (played by Military Band, sung by Ian Wallace, danced by Talented Shoes and people at the fair; instrumental segment danced by Russ Tamblyn); [1:00] The Yawning Song (sung by Stan Freberg); [1:08] Are You a Dream (sung by Alan Young); [1:31] Tom Thumb's Tune (sung by Chorus, danced by Russ Tamblyn and Barbara Ferris)

June Thorburn as the Forest Queen
Jean Thorburn as the Forest Queen




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Tommy
Columbia, 1975, Color, 119 minutes, ***½
Released March, 1975
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The Who's innovative rock opera gets an electrifying, eye-popping film treatment from director Ken Russell. Roger Daltrey plays the "deaf, dumb and blind kid" whose pinball prowess makes him a global sensation; Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton and Jack Nicholson also star. Songs include "Pinball Wizard," "The Acid Queen," "See Me, Feel Me."

Produced by: Robert Stigwood and Ken Russell
Associate Producer: Harry Benn
Executive Producers: Beryl Vertue and Christopher Stamp
Production Manager: John Comfort
Directed by: Ken Russell
Assistant Director: Jonathan Benson
Screenplay by: Ken Russell
Based upon the Rock Opera by Pete Townshend
Additional Material by: John Entwistle and Keith Moon
Musical Director: Pete Townshend
Original (record) album produced by Kit Lambert
Song Score: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend
"Eyesight to the Blind" by Sonny Boy Williamson
Choreographer: Gillian Gregory
Art Director: John Clark
Assistant Art Director: Terry Ackland-Snow
Sets Designed by: Paul Dufficey
Set Dresser: Ian Whittaker
Costumes Designed by: Shirley Russell
Make Up: George Blackler, Peter Robb-King
Hairdresser: Joyce James
Sound Recordist: Iain Bruce
Photographed by: Dick Bush, Ronnie Taylor
Special Material Filmed by: Robin Lehman
Special Effects: Effects Associates, Nobby Clarke, Camera Effects
Editor: Stuart Baird

Awards: Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Ann-Margret) and Best Song Score (Peter Townshend)

Cast: Oliver Reed [Frank], Ann-Margret [Nora], Roger Daltrey [Tommy], Elton John [Pinball Wizard], Guest Artists: Eric Clapton [The Preacher], John Entwistle [Himself], Keith Moon [Uncle Ernie], Paul Nicholas [Cousin Kevin], Jack Nicholson [The Specialist], Robert Powell [Captain Walker], Pete Townshend [Himself], Tina Turner [The Acid Queen], Arthur Brown [The Priest], Victoria Russell [Sally Simpson], Ben Aris [Reverend Simpson], Mary Holland [Mrs. Simpson], Gary Rich [Rock Musician], Dick Allan [President Black Angels], Barry Winch [Young Tommy], Eddie Stacey [Bovver Boy], Additional Cast: Jennifer Baker, Susan Baker, Imogen Claire [Nurses], Juliet King, Gillian King [Handmaidens], The Who

Musicians: Elton John, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Ronnie Wood, Kenny Jones, Nicky Hopkins, Chris Stainton, Fuzzy Samuels, Caleb Quaye, Mick Ralphs, Graham Deakin, Phil Chen, Alan Ross, Richard Bailey, Dave Clinton, Tony Newman, Mike Kelly, Dee Murray, Nigel Ollson, Ray Cooper, Davey Johnstone, Geoff Daley, Bob Efford, Ronnie Ross, Howie Casey

Vocal Chorus: Liza Strike, Gillian McIntosh, Simon Townshend, Vicki Brown, Mylon Le Fevre, Kit Trevor, Billy Nichols, Helen Shappell, Jeff Roden, Paul Gurvitz, Margo Newman, Allison Dowling

Musical Program: [0:00] Prologue-1945 (played by The Who); [0:05] Captain Walker (performed by Pete Townsend with The Who); [0:07] It's a Boy (performed by Pete Townshend, Margo Newman and Vicki Brown); [0:10] Bernie's Holiday Camp (performed by Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Alison Dowling and The Who); [0:15] 1951 / What About the Boy (performed by Mike Kelly, Nicky Hopkins, Chris Stainton, Mick Ralphs, Caleb Quaye, Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed); [0:18] Amazing Journey (performed by Tony Newman, Nicky Hopkins, Alan Ross, Phil Chen and Pete Townshend); [0:21] Christmas (performed by Nicky Hopkins, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Alison Dowling and Chorus); [0:25] Eyesight to the Blind (performed by Kenny Jones, John Entwistle and Eric Clapton); [0:32] Acid Queen (performed by Kenny Jones, Ron Wood, John Entwistle, Nicky Hopkins and Tina Turner); [0:41] Do You Think It's Alright? (performed by Graham Deakin, Phil Chen, Nicky Hopkins, Alan Ross, Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed); [0:42] Cousin Kevin (performed by Tony Newman, Dave Wintour and Paul Nicholas); [0:45] Do You Think It's Alright? (performed by Graham Deakin, Phil Chen, Nicky Hopkins, Alan Ross, Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed); [0:46] Fiddle About (performed by The Who with John Entwistle on brass and vocals by Keith Moon); [0:49] Do You Think It's Alright? (performed by Graham Deakin, Phil Chen, Nicky Hopkins, Alan Ross, Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed); [0:49] Sparks (performed by The Who); [0:53] Extra, Extra, Extra (performed by Alan Ross, Pete Townshend, Tony Stevens, Kenny Jones and Simon Townshend); [0:54] Pinball Wizard (performed by Nigel Olsson, Dee Murray, Ray Thomas, Davey Johnstone, Elton John and Chorus); [0:59] Champagne (performed by Ann-Margret, Roger Daltrey and The Who); [1:06] There's a Doctor (performed by Ron Wood, Alan Ross, Kenny Jones, Chris Stainton, Ann-Marget and Oliver Reed); [1:06] Go to the Mirror (performed by Phil Chen, Richard Bailey, Caleb Quaye, Nicky Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson and Roger Daltrey); [1:10] Tommy Can You Hear Me (performed by Alan Ross, Chris Stainton and Ann-Margret); [1:11] Smash the Mirror (performed by Kenny Jones, John Entwistle, Alan Ross and Ann-Margret); [1:13] I'm Free (performed by Kenny Jones, John Entwistle, Nicky Hopkins and Roger Daltrey); [1:15] Mother and Son (performed by Pete Townshend, Ann-Margret and Roger Daltrey); [1:19] Miracle Cure (performed by Alan Ross, Pete Townshend, Tony Stevens, Kenny Jones and Simon Townshend); [1:19] Sally Simpson (performed by Phil Chen, Nicky Hopkins, Eric Clapton, Graham Deakin, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey); [1:25] Sensation (performed by Tony Newman, Phil Chen, Nicky Hopkins, Alan Ross, John Entwistle, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey); [1:29] Welcome (performed by Pete Townshend, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Roger Daltrey and Chorus); [1:32] T.V. Studio (performed by Pete Townshend, Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed); [1:34] Tommy's Holiday Camp (performed by Gerald Shaw and Keith Moon); [1:37] We're Not Gonna Take It (performed by Caleb Quaye, Alan Ross, Nicky Hopkins, Mike Kelly, Fuzzy Samuels, Chris Stainton, John Entwistle, Roger Daltrey and Chorus); [1:42] Listening to You / See Me, Feel Me (performed by The Who, Nicky Hopkins, Chris Stainton, John Entwistle, Roger Daltrey and Chorus)




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Tonight and Every Night
Columbia, 1945, Color, 92 minutes
Released January, 1945

A different sort of film from the war years, Tonight and Every Night begins with the reminiscences of the stage manager of the Music Box Theatre. Flashback to WWII - Roz Bruce (Rita Hayworth), Judy Kane (Janet Blair), and Tommy Lawson (Marc Platt) are dancers in the musical revue on the Music Box stage every night despite the falling bombs, much to the delight of the servicemen who fill the theater. RAF pilot Paul Lundy (Lee Bowman) is powerfully attracted to Roz and they fall in love. Judy and Tommy are killed in the bombing, and Paul and Roz separate without making any commitments to each other. Some truly great and unique production numbers fill in the story.

Produced and Directed by: Victor Saville
Screenplay: Abem Finkel and Lesser Samuels
(based on the play "Heart of the City" by Lesley Storm)
Music Director: Jack Cole
Musical Score: Marlin Skiles and Morris Stoloff
Song Score: Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Choreography: Jack Cole and Val Raset
Art Direction: Lionel Banks, Stephen Goosson, Rudolph Sternad
Set Decoration: Frank Tuttle
Costume Design: Jean Louis, Marcel Vertes
Sound: Lambert Day, William Randall
Special Effects: Lawrence W. Butler
Cinematography: Rudolph Mate
Film Editing: Viola Lawrence

Awards: Academy Award nominations for Best Score (Musical) (Marlin Skiles and Morris Stoloff) and Best Song ("Anywhere")

Cast: Rita Hayworth [Rosalind "Roz" Bruce], Lee Bowman [Paul Lundy], Janet Blair [Judy Kane], Marc Platt [Tommy Lawson], Leslie Brooks [Angela], Professor Lamberti [The Great Waldo], Dusty Anderson [Toni], Stephen Crane [Leslie Wiggins], Jim Bannon [Life Magazine Photographer], Florence Bates [May Tolliver], Ernest Cossart [Sam Royce], Philip Merivale [Rev. Gerald Lundy], Patrick O'Moore [David Long], Gavin Muir [Group Captain], Shelley Winters [Bubbles], Marilyn Johnson [Pamela], Mildred Law [Frenchie], Elizabeth Inglise [Joan], Aminta Dyne [Mrs. Peabody], Joy Harrington [Mrs. Good], Ann Codee [Annette], Cecil Stewart [Bert], Dagmar Oakland, Victor Travers, Charles Meakin [Jolly Trio], Edward Cooper, William Lawrence [Waiters], Gary Bruce, Fred Graff (aka Fred Graham) [American Soldiers], David Thursby [Scotch Soldier], Jeanne Bates [WAC], Robert B. Williams [U.S. CPO], John Bleifer [Russian Sailor], Tom Bryson, Nigel Horton [English Sailors], Adele Jergens [Showgirl], Donald Dewar [Boy], P. J. Kelly, Keith Hitchcock [ARP Men], Charles McNaughton [Peters], Stuart Nedd [Petty Officer], Russell Burroughs [Orderly], George Kirby [Father], John Heath, Tony Marsh [British Sailors], Richard Woodruff, Richard Deane [British Soldiers], Wilson Benge [News Vendor], Nelson Leigh [British Army Officer], C. Montague Shaw [Old Bobby], Alec Craig [Englishman], David Clyde [Police Sergeant], Queenie Leonard [Cockney Woman], Sheila Roberts [Barmaid], Frank Leigh [Air Warden], Richard Haydn [Specialty], Martha Mears [singing voice for Rita Hayworth]

Musical Program: Cry and You Cry Alone (sung by Marc Platt and Martha Mears dubbing for Rita Hayworth); What Does an English Girl Think of a Yank? (sung by Martha Mears dubbing for Rita Hayworth); Anywhere (sung by Janet Blair); The Boy I Left Behind (sung by Janet Blair and Martha Meers dubbing for Rita Hayworth); You Excite Me (sung by Martha Meers dubbing for Rita Hayworth); Tonight And Every Night (sung by Janet Blair and Martha Meers dubbing for Rita Hayworth)




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Too Many Girls
RKO, 1940, B/W, 85 minutes, ***
Released October, 1940

Lucille Ball plays a snooty heiress attending a college "out west." Her father assigns four football players to keep an eye on her to make sure she stays out of trouble, but she manages just fine in spite of them. Lots of fun and laughs with a great cast. Look for Van Johnson as a chorus boy and Desi Arnaz in his first film. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz met and fell in love on the set.

Produced and Directed by: George Abbott
Assistant Director: Dewey Starkey
Screen Play by: John Twist
From the Musical Play "Too Many Girls," Book by George Marion, Jr., Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, as Produced by George Abbott
Dance Numbers Staged by: LeRoy Prinz
Vocal Director: Hugh Martin
Musical Director: George Bassman
Orchestra Conduced by: Frank Tours
Music by: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by: Lorenz Hart
Orchestral Arrangements by: George Bassman and Gene Rose
Art Director: Van Nest Polglase
Associate: Carroll Clark
Wardrobe by: Edward Stevenson
Recorded by: Earl A. Wolcott
Director of Photography: Frank Redman
Special Effects: Vernon L. Walker
Edited by: William Hamilton

Cast: Lucille Ball [Connie Casey], Richard Carlson [Clint Kelly], Ann Miller [Pepe], Eddie Bracken (debut) [Jojo Jordan], Frances Langford [Eileen Eilers], Desi Arnaz (debut) [Manuelito], Hal LeRoy [Al Terwilliger], Libby Bennett [Tallulah Lou], Harry Shannon [Mr. Casey], Douglas Walton [Beverly Waverly], Chester Clute [Lister], Midge Martin [Tiny Person], Ivy Scott [Mrs. Tewksbury], Byron Shores [Sheriff Andaluz], Additional Cast: Van Johnson (screen debut) [Boy], John Benton [Boy], Janet Lavis, Anna Mae Tessle, Amarilla Morris, Vera Fern, Mildred Law, Ellen Johnson [Coeds], Michael Alvarez [Joe], Sethma Williams [Marie], Averell Harris [Detective], Tommy Graham [Hawker], Grady Sutton [Football Coach], Homer Dickinson [Butler], Iron Eyes Cody, Jay Silverheels [Indians], Chief Big Tree [Chief], Pamela Blake [Student], Trudy Erwin [singing voice of Lucille Ball]

Musical Program: [0:00] Heroes in the Fall (sung by Mens Chorus behind titles); [0:12] You're Nearer (sung by Trudy Erwin dubbing for Lucille Ball); [0:16] Pottawatomie (sung by Chester Clute and Harry Shannon, then sung by Chorus); [0:20] 'Cause We Got Cake (sung by Frances Langford, sung and danced by Chorus); [0:35] Spic and Spanish (production number sung and danced by Desi Arnaz, Ann Miller and Chorus); [0:43] Love Never Went to College (sung by Frances Langford); [0:51] Look Out (sung by Ann Miller, Frances Langford and Chorus); [1:02] I Didn't Know What Time It Was (sung by Trudy Erwin dubbing for Lucille Ball, then sung by Eddie Bracken); [1:15] You're Nearer (sung by Frances Langford, Libby Bennett, Ann Miller, Desi Arnaz, Trudi Erwin dubbing for Lucille Ball and Chorus); [1:19] Conga (danced by Company)




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Top Hat
RKO, 1935, B/W, 97 minutes, ****
General release September, 1935
Class Act
Class Act Must-See!
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Perhaps the best remembered of the 10 Astaire / Rogers musicals, Top Hat has it all. Art Deco elegance, a whimsical storyline, loopy support from skilled farceurs and the ideal chemistry of the two leads cheek-to-cheeking to Irving Berlin's finest film score. It's a wake-up call to romance when Fred's lively "No Strings" hotel room dance disturbs the sleeping beauty (Ginger) below. Love beckons - until Ginger gets the wrong idea that Fred is a married playboy. Among the highlights: Fred mows down the chorus in his signature "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails," the shimmeringly dreamy "Isn't It a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)?" and the tender "Cheek to Cheek." Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Top Hat is top-flight movie magic.   [from back of DVD case]

Astaire & Rogers Collection, Vol. 1 DVD Box Set (shown right) includes this film and Follow the Fleet, Swing Time, Shall We Dance and The Barkleys of Broadway.

Produced by: Pandro S. Berman
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Screen Play by: Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott
Story by: Dwight Taylor
Musical Director: Max Steiner
Lyrics and Music: Irving Berlin
Ensembles Staged by: Hermes Pan
Art Director: Van Nest Polglase
Associate: Carroll Clark
Set Dressing by: Thomas Little
Gowns by: Bernard Newman
Music Recorded by: R. J. Faulkner, Jr.
Photographed by: David Abel
Photographic Effects by: Vernon Walker
Edited by: William Hamilton

Awards: Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Interior Decoration, Best Song ("Cheek To Cheek") and Best Dance Direction (Hermes Pan)

Cast: Fred Astaire [Jerry Travers], Ginger Rogers [Dale Tremont], Edward Everett Horton [Horace Hardwick], Helen Broderick [Madge Hardwick], Erik Rhodes [Alberto Beddini], Eric Blore [Bates], Lucille Ball [Flower Shop Clerk], Leonard Mudie [Flower Shop Salesman], Edgar Norton [Hotel Manager], Gino Corrado [Hotel Manager], Peter Hobbes [Call Boy], Frank Mills [Lido Waiter], Tom Ricketts [Thackeray Club Waiter], Dennis O'Keefe [Elevator Passenger]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:08] No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) (sung and danced by Fred Astaire); [0:23] Isn't This a Lovely Day (sung by Fred Astaire, danced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers); [0:39] Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (sung and danced by Fred Astaire and Men's Chorus); [1:01] Cheek to Cheek (played by Orchestra, danced by hotel guests, then sung by Fred Astaire dancing with Ginger Rogers); [1:29] The Piccolino (production number: sung by Ginger Rogers, danced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers with Chorus)




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The Trouble with Girls
aka The Trouble with Girls (And How to Get into It)
aka The Chautauqua
MGM, 1969, Color, 97 minutes, ***
Released September, 1969

Offbeat Elvis Presley comedy, with the King playing the manager of a touring Chautauqua company in the 1920s, and the trouble that erupts when it arrives in a small town. With Marlyn Mason, Vincent Price, Dabney Coleman, Sheree North. Songs include "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot."

Produced by: Lester Welch
Associate Producer: Wilson McCarthy
Directed by: Peter Tewksbury
Assistant Director: John Clark Bowman
Screen Play by: Arnold and Lois Peyser
From a Novel by: Day Keene and Dwight Babcock ( "The Chautauqua" )
Based on a Story by: Mauri Grashin
Music Score by: Billy Strange
Song Score: various
Choreography by: Jonathan Lucas
Art Directors: George W. Davis and Edward Carfagno
Set Decorations: Henry Grace, Jack Mills
Costumes Designed by: Bill Thomas
Hair Styles by: Mary Keats
Make-up by: William Tuttle
Recording Supervisor: Franklin Milton
Director of Photography: Jacques Marquette
Filmed in Panavision and Metrocolor
Film Editor: George W. Brooks

Cast: Elvis Presley [Walter Hale], Marlyn Mason [Charlene], Nicole Jaffe [Betty Smith], Sheree North [Nita Bix], Edward Andrews [Johnny], John Carradine [Mr. Drewcolt], Anissa Jones [Carol Bix], Vincent Price [Mr. Morality], Joyce Van Patten [Maude], Pepe Brown [Willy], Dabney Coleman [Harrison Wilby], Bill Zuckert [Mayor Gilchrist], Pitt Herbert [Mr. Perper], Anthony Teague [Clarence], Med Flory [Constable], Robert Nichols [Smith], Helen Winston [Olga Prehlik], Kevin O'Neal [Yale], Frank Welker [Rutgers], John Rubinstein [Princeton], Chuck Briles [Amherst], Patsy Garrett [Mrs. Gilchrist], Linda Sue Risk [Lily-Jeanne], Charles P. Thompson [Cabbie], Leonard Rumery [First Farmhand], William M. Paris [Second Farmhand], Kathleen Rainey [Third Farmhand], Hal James Pederson [Soda Jerk], Mike Wagner [Chowderhead], Brett Parker [Iceman], Duke Snider [The Cranker], Pacific Palisades High School Madrigals [Choral Group]

Musical Program: [0:00] Sousa March (played behind intro); [0:03] Chautauqua March (instrumental version played by the Chautauqua Marching Band); [0:06] Exsultate justi (sung by the Pacific Palisades High School Madrigals); [0:09] America the Beautiful (played on kazoos by children); [0:09] When You Wore a Tulip (And I Wore a Big Red Rose) (sung by young girl); [0:11] De Camptown Races (played by little boy "one man band"); [0:12] Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye) (sung by Linda Sue Risk); [0:13] Darktown Strutter's Ball (sung and danced by Anissa Jones and Pepe Brown); [0:17] The Bell Song from the opera LAKME (sung by unidentified soprano off-screen); [0:22] Hello Susan Brown (sung by Kathleen Rainey, Leonard Rumery and William M. Paris); [0:30] Short ballet scene; [0:31] Swing Down Sweet Chariot (sung by Elvis Presley and Mens Chorus); [0:46] The Cukoo Is a Pretty Bird (sung by Kathleen Rainey, Leonard Rumery and William M. Paris); [0:51] Doodle Doo Doo (performed by Linda Sue Risk); [0:52] Frere Jacques (sung in English off-screen); [0:56] Medley: Blow the Man Down / Mademoiselle from Armentieres / Row, Row, Row Your Boat / Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep (sung by Mens Chorus during swimming exhibition); [1:16] Medley of college school songs (sung by Kevin O'Neal, Frank Welker, John Rubinstein and Chuck Briles, joined by Elvis Presley for a short excerpt of "Violets"); [1:19] unidentified song (sung by Cathy, Leonard and Bill [Kathleen Rainey, Leonard Rumery and William M. Paris]); [1:20] I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (excerpt sung by drunk Sheree North, along with short excerpts of some other unintelligible songs); [1:22] Clean Up Your Own Backyard (sung by Elvis Presley); [1:25] I'm Nobody's Baby (sung by Anissa Jones, Pepe Brown and Marilyn Mason); [1:26] Darktown Strutter's Ball (excerpt sung and danced by Anissa Jones and Pepe Brown); [1:27] Signs of the Zodiac (sung and danced by Elvis Presley and Marilyn Mason); [1:32] Almost (sung by Elvis Presley); Other short excerpts of numerous songs on soundtrack, too short or too much in the background to identify. The film is almost continuous music from start to finish!




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Two Girls and a Sailor
MGM, 1944, B/W, 125 minutes, ****
Premiere release April, 1944
General release June, 1944
Class Act
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Multi-millionaire gob Van Johnson anonymously buys a warehouse for show-girl sisters June and Gloria to convert into a wartime canteen. One of my all-time favorite movies! It's pure delight from one end to the other! June Allyson and Gloria DeHaven make a dynamite team, then throw in Jimmy Durante and the rest of this cast, and you're bound to have a winner! Musical standouts include Allyson and DeHaven's "Sweet and Lovely" and "A Love Like Ours," Romay's "Babalu," DeHaven's sultry "My Mother Told Me There'd Be Moments Like This," Durante's "Inka Dinka Doo" ... well... most everything is a standout.

Produced by: Joe Pasternak
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Original Screen Play by: Richard Connell and Gladys Lehman
Musical Direction: Georgie Stoll
Vocal Arrangements: Kay Thompson
Dance Direction: Sammy Lee
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons
Associate: Paul Groesse
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: John Bonar
Costume Supervision: Irene
Associate: Kay Dean
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Director of Photography: Robert Surtees
Film Editor: George Boemler

Awards: Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay (Richard Connell and Gladys Lehman)

Cast: June Allyson [Patsy Deyo], Gloria DeHaven [Jean Deyo], Van Johnson [John Dyckman Brown III], Tom Drake [Frank Miller], Henry Stephenson [John Dyckman Brown I], Henry O'Neill [John Dyckman Brown II], Ben Blue [Ben], Carlos Ramirez [Carlos], Frank Sully [Private Adams], Albert Coates [Himself], Donald Meek [Mr. Nizby], Amparo Novarro [Herself], Jose Iturbi [Himself], Jimmy Durante [Billy Kipp], Gracie Allen [Herself], Lena Horne [Herself], Virginia O'Brien [Herself], The Wilde Twins [Themselves], Frank Jenks [Dick Deyo], Harry James and His Music Makers [Themselves], with Helen Forrest [Herself], Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra [Themselves], with Lina Romay [Herself], Additional Cast: Joan Thorson [Gladys Deyo], Doreen McCann [Patsy as a girl], Eilene Janssen [Patsy as a girl], Sandra Lee [Jean as a girl], Gigi Perreau, Ava Gardner [Rockette Girls], Billy Lechner, Allen Forienza [Call Boys], William Frambes [Boy Vaudevillian], Don Loper [Small Town Wolf], Charles Hayes [Man in Evening Clothes], Eve Whitney [Bejeweled Woman], Sheldon Jett [Fat Man], Ruth Cherrington [Stout Lady], Hazel Dohlman [Dowager], Lynn Arlen, Patricia Lenn [Debutantes], Florence Wix, Harry Adams, Ed Mortimer [Middle-aged Folks], Diana Mumby, Shelby Payne [Cigarette Girls], Fred Rapport [Captain of Waiters], Leo Mostovoy [Waiter], Eddie Kane [Headwaiter], Lee Bennett [Friend], Arthur Walsh [Lonesome Soldier], Joe Yule [Carpenter], Thomas Louden [Butler], Peggy Maley [Girl], Ralph Gardner, James Carpenter, Mickey Rentschler, Doodles Weaver [Soldiers], Fred Beckner (aka Fred Coby) [Sailor], Kay Williams [Girl Flirt], Nolan Leary [Durante's Double], Sol De Garda [Man in Canteen], Buster Keaton [Durante's Son]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:07] Did You Ever Have the Feelin' / Who Will Be with You When I'm Far Away (performed by Jimmy Durante); [0:10] Sweet and Lovely (sung and danced by June Allyson and Gloria DeHaven); [0:11] A Tisket, A Tasket (sung and danced by June Allyson and Gloria DeHaven with Chorus Girls); [0:14] Sweet and Lovely (instrumental arrangement played by Harry James and His Music Makers); [0:15] unidentified instrumenal (played by Harry James and His Music Makers); [0:17] A Love Like Ours (sung by June Allyson and Gloria DeHaven accompanied by Harry James and His Music Makers); [0:19] Rumba Rumba (played by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra, vocal by Lina Romay); [0:22] Granada (sung by Carlos Ramirez with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [0:27] unidentified instrumental (played by servicemen at the Deyo Sister's open house); [0:28] My Mother Told Me (sung by Gloria DeHaven accompanied by servicemen); [0:34] Estrellita (trumpet solo played by Harry James); [0:40] My Mother Told Me (with special lyric, sung by Van Johnson, Frank Sully and Tom Drake); [0:50] Take It Easy (sung by Lina Romay, the Wilde Twins and Virginia O'Brien with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [0:57] unidentified instrumental (played by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra, danced by Lina Romay and Ben Blue); [0:59] Concerto for Index Finger (Gracie Allen at the piano with Albert Coates and the MGM Studio Orchestra); [1:06] In a Moment of Madness (sung by Helen Forrest with Harry James and His Music Makers); [1:15] The Young Man with a Horn (sung by June Allyson with Harry James and His Music Makers); [1:21] Patsy's dream sequence (June Allyson, Jimmy Durante, Van Johnson and Chorus; includes fragment of "Anchors Aweigh," [marching band] "I'll Always Love You" (?) [Harry James and His Orchestra with unidentified male vocalist]); [1:41] Babalu (sung by Lina Romay with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra); [1:46] Inka Dinka Doo (sung by Jimmy Durante with Harry James and His Music Makers); [1:49] Ritual Fire Dance (piano duet played by Jose Iturbi and his sister Amparo); [1:51] Paper Doll (sung by Lena Horne); [2:01] A Love Like Ours (reprised by Gloria DeHaven) / The Young Man with a Horn (reprised by June Allyson) / Inka Dinka Doo (reprised by Jimmy Durante) / Sweet and Lovely (reprised by June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven and Chorus); There are several instrumental numbers danced by canteen guests that I have yet to identify.




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Two Girls on Broadway
MGM, 1940, 73 minutes, **½
Released April, 1940

Lana Turner does some fine dancing in this film about two girls moving to New York in hopes of breaking into show business. Joan Blondell is always a lot of fun, and this film is no exception, even though it's a relatively minor production.

Produced by: Jack Cummings
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon
Screen play by: Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov
Based on a Story by Edmund Goulding
Songs: "My Wonderful One Let's Dance" (by) Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed, Roger Edens; "Broadway's Still Broadway" (by) Harry Revel and Ted Fetter
Musical Presentation: Merrill Pye
Musical Director: Georgie Stoll
Musical Arrangements: Walter Ruick
Orchestration: Leo Arnaud and George Bassman
Dance Direction: Bobby Connolly and Eddie Larkin
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons
Associate: Stan Rogers
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Wardrobe: Dolly Tree
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Director of Photography: George Folsey
Film Editor: Blanche Sewell

Cast: Lana Turner [Pat Mahoney], Joan Blondell [Molly Mahoney], George Murphy [Eddie Kerns], Kent Taylor ["Chat" Chatsworth], Richard Lane [Buddy Bartell], Wallace Ford [Jed Marlowe], Otto Hahn [Ito], Lloyd Corrigan [Judge], Don Wilson [Announcer], Charles Wagenheim [Bartell's Assistant], Additional Cast: Chester Clute [Salesman], George Meader [McChesney], May McAvoy [Secretary], Jessie Arnold [Secretary], Cyril Ring [Assistant], Adrienne d'Ambricourt [Miss Apricots], Arthur O'Connell, Lester Dorr, J. Anthony Hughes, Harry Lash [Reporters], Jimmy Conlin [Poem Vendor], Edward Peil Sr. [Man], George Lollier [Chauffeur], Lee Murray [Newsboy], Maxine Conrad [Chorus Girl], Daisy Bufford [Maid], Jack Gardner [Messenger Boy], Hillary Brooke [Girl], Carole Wayne [Girl], Hal K. Dawson [Clerk]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:01] Lana Turner and Joan Blondell teaching dance to Children; [0:04] My Wonderful One Let's Dance (sung and danced by George Murphy); [0:14] Broadway's Still Broadway (sung and danced by Joan Blondell and Lana Turner); [0:21] Broadway's Still Broadway (instrumental arrangement danced by Lana Turner and George Murphy); [0:43] My Wonderful One Let's Dance (sung by George Murphy, danced by George Murphy and Lana Turner with Chorus)


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Two Guys from Texas
Warner Bros., 1948, Color, 86 minutes, ***
Premiere release August, 1948
General release September, 1948

Two vaudeville actors traveling to California get stranded in Texas. Love and adventure comes their way when they get jobs at a local dude ranch, and two thugs steal their car and rob the local bank. Features an animated sequence with great caricatures of Carson and Morgan as well as Bugs Bunny (by Friz Freleng). Lots of laughs and some good music.

Producer: Alex Gottlieb
Director: David Butler
Screenplay: Allen Boretz and I.A.L. Diamond (based on the play "Howdy Stranger" by Louis Pelletier, Jr. and Robert Sloane)
Music Director: Leo F. Forbstein
Song Score: Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
Choreography: LeRoy Prinz
Art Direction: Edward Carrere
Set Decoration: Lyle B. Reifsnider
Costume Design: Leah Rhodes, Travilla
Animation: Friz Freleng
Sound: David Forrest, C. A. Riggs
Special Effects: Wesley Anderson, William McGann
Cinematography: Arthur Edeson, William V. Skall
Film Editing: Irene Morra

Cast: Dennis Morgan [Steve Carroll], Jack Carson [Danny Foster], Dorothy Malone [Joan Winston], Penny Edwards [Maggie Reed], Forrest Tucker [Tex Bennett], Fred Clark [Dr. Straeger], Gerald Mohr [Link Jessup], John Alvin [Jim Crocker], Andrew Tombes [The Texan], Monte Blue [Pete Nash], The Philharmonica Trio [Specialty]

Musical Program: Every Day I Love You Just a Little Bit More; Hankerin'; I Don't Care If It Rains All Night; There's Music in the Land; I Wanna Be a Cowboy In the Movies (Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan)

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Two Sisters from Boston
MGM, 1946, 112 minutes, ***½
Released April, 1946
Class Act
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It's the scandal of the century! Abigail is from a wealthy and influential Boston family, and she's the Belle of the Bowery, High-C Susie in New York! Her family thinks she's taking singing lessons - and she is - but she needs more money than her allowance provides, and she doesn't want to bother father.

The family hears rumors of Abigail "showing her limbs" and travels to New York to investigate the matter. Durante, the half-owner of the night club where Abigail works, manages to sneak Abigail into a real opera for one performance so her family can see that she is, indeed, an opera singer.

Lawford thinks Abigail got the opera part because she's having an affair with his father, who is a member of the board of directors. Things get pretty messy for Abigail before prudish sister June sacrifices herself to save the day by posing as High-C Susie.

A really fun film! Musical highlights include Grayson's "There Are Two Sides to Every Girl" (with the back of her dress missing!); the "His Masters Voice" scene, in which Melchior is recording a Victrola record; and June Allyson's "After the Show," - just to name a few. Don't miss this one!

Produced by: Joe Pasternak
Directed by: Henry Koster
Orifinal Screen Play by: Myles Connolly
Additional Dialogue by: James O'Hanlon and Harry Crane
Musical Direction: Charles Previn
Songs by: Sammy Fain, Ralph Freed
Operatic Sequences Adapted from Liszt and Mendelsshohn by Charles Previn and William Wymetal
Dance Direction: Jack Donohue
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Daniel B. Cathcart
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Costume Supervision: Irene
Costumes Designed by: Helen Rose
Men's Costumes: Valles
Hair Designs for Miss Grayson by: Sydney Guilaroff
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Director of Photography: Robert Surtees
Film Editor: Douglass Biggs

Cast: Kathryn Grayson [Abigail Chandler], June Allyson [Martha Canford Chandler], Lauritz Melchior [Olstrum], Jimmy Durante ["Spike"], Peter Lawford [Lawrence Tyburt Patterson, Jr.], Ben Blue [Wrigley], Isobel Elsom [Aunt Jennifer], Harry Hayden [Uncle Jonathan], Thurston Hall [Mr. Lawrence Tyburt Patterson, Sr.], Nella Walker [Mrs. Lawrence Tyburt Patterson, Sr.], Gino Corrado [Ossifish], Almira Sessions [Bit]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:03] unidentified chamber music (June Allyson at the piano); [0:07] Hello, Hello, Hello (sung by Jimmy Durante); [0:08] There Are Two Sides to Every Girl (sung by Kathryn Grayson, Jimmy Durante and Chorus Girls); [0:12] Nellie Martin (sung by Jackson Brothers Quartet, fades into background); [0:21] G'wan Home, Your Mudder's Callin' (rehearsal sung by Chorus Girls); [0:37] Opera Sequence (sung by Lauritz Melchior and Ensemble); [0:50] Opera rehearsal (sung by Lauritz Melchior); [1:08] The Prize Song ("Preislied" from Wagner's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG; Lauritz Melchior making a Victor recording - "His Master's Voice" scene); [1:14] G'wan Home, Your Mudder's Callin' (sung and danced by Chorus Girls); [1:16] Down by the Ocean (sung and danced by Jimmy Durante and Kathryn Grayson); [1:26] When Romance Passes By (sung by Kathryn Grayson); [1:35] After the Show (sung by June Allyson and Chorus Girls); [1:45] Opera Sequence (sung by Kathryn Grayson, Lauritz Melchior and Ensemble)

Two Sisters from Boston lobby card
Peter Lawford, Kathryn Grayson, Jimmy Durante




Two Tickets to Broadway top of page
Two Tickets to Broadway
Howard Hughes / RKO, 1951, Color, 106 minutes, ***
Released November, 1951

Pelican Falls high school graduate Nancy Peterson (Janet Leigh) is off to the big city to try her luck on Broadway. Along the way she meets show girls Foxy Rogers (Barbara Lawrence), Hannah Holbrook (Gloria DeHaven) and Joyce Campbell (Ann Miller), whose manager Lew Conway (Eddie Bracken) has led them to believe that he can get them an appearance on Bob Crosby's TV show. Of course, it's easier said than done!

Some nice songs and dance numbers. Crosby's spoof of brother Bing, "Let's Make Comparisons," is a show-stopper!

Producer: Howard Hughes
Directed by: James V. Kern
Screen play by: Sid Silvers and Hal Kanter
Based on a Story by Sammy Cahn
Musical Score: Walter Scharf
Musical Numbers Created and Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Songs: "Are You a Beautiful Dream?," "The Closer You Are," "Baby, You'll Never Be Sorry," "The Worry Bird," "Big Chief Hole-in-the-Ground," "Pelican Falls," "It Began in Yucatan" by Jule Styne and Leo Robin
Other Songs: "Manhattan" by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart; "There's No Tomorrow" by Al Hoffman, Leo Corday and Leon Carr; The Prologue from "Pagliacci" by Leoncavallo; "Let's Make Comparisons" by Sammy Cahn and Bob Crosby
Vocal Arrangements: Eliot Daniel
Musical Supervision: C. Bakaleinikoff
Art Directors: Albert S. D'Agostino, Carroll Clark
Set Decorations: Darrell Silvera, Harley Miller
Gowns by: Michael Woulfe
Makeup Artist: Mel Berns
Hair Stylist: Larry Germain
Sound by: Earl Wolcott, Clem Portman
Directors of Photography: Edward Cronjager and Harry Wild
Color by Technicolor
Technicolor Color Consultant: Morgan Padelford
Film Editor: Harry Marker

Awards: Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Recording

Cast: Tony Martin [Dan Carter], Janet Leigh [Nancy Peterson], Gloria DeHaven [Hannah Holbrook], Eddie Bracken [Lew Conway], Ann Miller [Joyce Campbell], Barbara Lawrence [S. F. "Foxy" Rogers], Bob Crosby [Himself], The Charlivels [Acrobatic Specialty], Smith and Dale: Joe Smith [Harry] and Charles Dale [Leo], Taylor Holmes [Willard Glendon], Buddy Baer [Sailor], Frieda Stoll [Wardrobe Woman], Fred L. Gillett [Bus Driver], Norval Mitchell [Mr. Peterson], Helen Spring [Mrs. Peterson], John Gallaudet [McGiven], Isabel Randolph [Housekeeper], Donald MacBride [Bus Terminal Guard], John Sheehan [Desk Clerk], Don Blackman [Porter], Vera Miles [Chorus Girl], Joi Lansing [Redhead]

Musical Program: [0:00] Overture (played by Orchestra behind titles); [0:04] Pelican Falls (sung and marched by Chorus, then sung by Janet Leigh and Chorus; includes excerpt of "Auld Lang Syne" (with special lyric) sung by Chorus and "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (with special lyric) sung by Chorus); [0:11] There's No Tomorrow (sung by Tony Martin); [0:29] Manhattan (sung and danced by Tony Martin, Janet Leigh and Chorus); [0:40] Baby You'll Never Be Sorry (sung by Gloria DeHaven and Eddie Bracken); [0:48] It Began in Yucatan (used instrumentally, danced by Ann Miller and Chorus Girls as part of montage); [0:49] Baby You'll Never Be Sorry (short reprisal sung by Tony Martin); [0:51] The Closer You Are (sung and danced by Tony Martin and Janet Leigh); [0:58] The Worry Bird (sung and danced by Gloria DeHaven with Janet Leigh, Ann Miller and Barbara Lawrence); [1:02] Baby You'll Never Be Sorry (short reprisal sung by Tony Martin, then sung and danced by Smith and Dale); [1:15] The Charlivels acrobat performance; [1:26] Let's Make Comparisons (sung by Bob Crosby with His Bobcats); [1:31] Prologue from PAGLIACCI (sung by Tony Martin); [1:36] Big Chief Hole-in-the-Ground (sung by Tony Martin, Gloria DeHaven, Janet Leigh, Ann Miller and Barbara Lawrence); [1:41] Are You a Beautiful Dream (sung by Tony Martin, danced by Janet Leigh); [1:45] Pelican Falls / The Closer You Are (sung by Chorus)




Two Weeks with Love top of page
Two Weeks with Love
MGM, 1950, 93 minutes, ***½
Released November, 1950
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Must See!

Kittenish teens Patti (Jane Powell) and Melba (Debbie Reynolds) turn a 1900s family vacation in the Catskills into Two Weeks with Love, "a bright entertainment that may come as a surprise to those who think there is nothing new under the musical sun The Hollywood Reporter. Patti is fluttery over a suave older man (Ricardo Montalban) and thinks romance will bloom if her disapproving parents let her wear... a corset! With that longed-for garment, 18-year-old [sic] Patti is sure she'll look like a more mature woman. Meanwhile, Melba stalks a local boy (Carleton Carpenter) with lovestruck determination. In a sensational showstopper, Reynolds and Carpenter tear into a version of "Aba Daba Honeymoon," so frisky and charming it became a smash-hit record. Busby Berkeley staged all the numbers, including "Row, Row, Row" and a dream sequence that has corseted Powell wowing Montalban with, of all things, an aria from The Chocolate Soldier. Aba daba, what a delight!  [from back of VHS sleeve]

Another favorite of mine. I never grow tired of this film! Debbie Reynolds and Jane Powell are the most charming duo of all time. Debbie Reynolds' and Carleton Carpenter's rendition of "Aba Daba Honeymoon" was so popular the record became a chart topper. This was Debbie Reynolds' first full role at MGM, and she's simply gushing with talent!

Contrary to what you may read elsewhere, "The Aba Daba Honeymoon" was not written for this film. It was written in 1914, and it was originally used in Billy Rose's "Diamond Horseshoe."

Double-feature DVD includes Nancy Goes to Rio

Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory Vol. 3 DVD Box Set (shown right) includes this film and Hit the Deck, Deep in My Heart, Kismet, Nancy Goes to Rio, Broadway Melody of 1936, Broadway Melody of 1938, Born to Dance and Lady Be Good.

Produced by: Jack Cummings
Directed by: Roy Rowland
Screen Play by: John Larkin and Dorothy Kingsley
Story by: John Larkin
Musical Direction: Georgie Stoll
Musical Numbers Staged by: Busby Berkeley
Orchestrations: Leo Arnaud
Vocal Arrangements: Saul Chaplin
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons and Preston Ames
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associate: Richard A. Pefferle
Women's Costumes by: Helen Rose
Men's Costumes by: Walter Plunkett
Hair Styles Designed by: Sydney Guilaroff
Make-Up Created by: William J. Tuttle
Director of Photography: Alfred Gilks
Special Effects: Warren Newcombe
Color by Technicolor
Technicolor Color Consultants: Henri Jaffa, James Gooch
Film Editor: Irvine Warburton

Cast: Jane Powell [Patti Robinson], Ricardo Montalban [Demetrio "Demi" Armendez], Louis Calhern [Horatio Robinson], Ann Harding [Katherine Robinson], Debbie Reynolds [Melba Robinson], Carleton Carpenter [Billy Finley], Phyllis Kirk [Valerie Stresemann], Clinton Sundberg [Mr. Finley], Gary Gray [McCormick Robinson], Tommy Rettig [Ricky Robinson], Charles Smith [Eddie Gavin], additional cast: Lillian Bronson [Miss Zilly], Everett Glass [Mr. Hibbs], Mitchell Lewis [Mr. Schimpf], Melba Meredith [Mrs. Armendez], Dorothy Neumann [Miss Pinwhistle], Marjorie Wood [Mrs. Stresemann], Jack Shea [Lifeguard], Edward Clark [Druggist], Betty Farrington [Customer], Mary Jane Smith [Girl], Bob Stebbins [Young Man], Dickie Humphreys [Boy Partner], Wilson Wood [Band Leader], Peter M. Thompson, Ted Eckelberry [Boys], Lucille Curtis, Jack Daley, Fred Santley, George Brandt, Alice Richey [Hotel Guests]

Musical Program: [0:00] Waltz (played by Orchestra [band in bandstand onscreen] behind titles); [0:01] A Heart That's Free (sung by Jane Powell accompanied by band in bandstand [onscreen]); [0:04] Light Cavalry Overture (played by Ochestra [band in bandstand onscreen] fades to background); [0:15] That's How I Need You (sung by Debbie Reynolds, Carleton Carpenter and boys at hotel); [0:17] Oceana Roll (sung and danced by Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Carleton Carpenter and kids at hotel); [0:28] The Aba Daba Honeymoon (sung by Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpener with Chorus, dance segment by Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter); [0:36] By the Light of the Silvery Moon (sung by Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Jane Powell and Ensemble); [0:50] Waltz (danced by hotel guests and by Ricardo Montalban and Jane Powell); [0:54] Polka (danced by hotel guests); [1:11] The Corset Scene: Beautiful Lady (sung by Chorus) / My Hero (sung by Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban [probably dubbed] and Chorus, danced by Ricardo Montalban and Jane Powell); [1:19] Row, Row, Row (sung and danced by Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter at Kissamee Kapers); [1:26] El Tango (danced by Ricardo Montalban and Jane Powell)

Two Weeks with Love lobby card
Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalban




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