- My name is Tallulah, my first rule of thumb...
- Love this one for the anecdote about Judy''s hat. The feather kept "bleeding" red all over her during the first few takes, making it look like she was covered in blood! They eventually had to coat it with vaseline!
- "Heaven on a Mule"\
Fascinating on so many levels.
- Burt Reynolds and Cybil Shepherd butchering Cole Porter in "At Long Last Love" -
- I will admit I love this movie. A lot.
- All time classic. Bette at her best. I will never understand why she didn''t get an Oscar.
- Marlene Dietrich in Hitchcock''s Stage Freight . . .
- "Baby, You Knock Me Out!" from "It''s Always Fair Weather."
- Fred and the wonderful Olga San Juan. My favorite version of this song.
- I loved this movie from when I was 10.... I didn''t why I did. Still do! From Calamity Jane.
- This is the weirdest ever from "The Apple".
- R8, I think Cyd Charisse is the greatest dancer in Hollywood history.
- Ethel Shutta (who introduced the song "Broadway Baby" forty years later in FOLLIES) performing the "Stetson Hat" song and dance with the boys, followed by a silly tap routine by the girls'' chorus including a teenage Betty Grable. From Eddie Cantor''s WHOOPEE! in primitive but hypnotic two-strip technicolor with choreography by Busby Berkeley.
- Diana Ross and the Supremes miming "I hear a Symphony" live on CBS with the entire CBS Orchestra (this was the 60''s, remember ? ) absolutely motionless and bizarrely used as a visual prop in the background.
- Recent Bollywood movie, "Luck By Chance" with Hrithik Roshan:
- Joan McCracken sings "Pass the Peace Pipe" from Good News.
- Everyone''s favorite Iraqi assassin (Sayid from ''Lost'') shows his moves in ''Bride and Prejudice.''
- Joan McCracken trivia:%0D\
She was married to a man named Jack Dunphy, who, after their divorce, went on to live with Truman Capote until Truman died. Well, Capote supported him all that time anyway. They had a pretty open relationship.%0D\
She was also married to Bob Fosse for a few years. She died at 43 from diabetes complications.
- Jaan Pechehaan Ho, the most amazing Bollywood number even still today.
- Any of the amazingly awful musical numbers from the Lauren Bacall debacle "The Fan." Why on earth they cast her as a singer is one of life''s great mysteries, but she is rather hypnotic in her awfulness.
- This scene from Coppola''s "One From the Heart".
- Jayne on the Riviera.
- "The Black Hills of Dakota" is one of the most beautiful duets ever filmed - the song, the voices, and the scenery are all fabulous. Howard Keel and Doris Day.
- Love "The Deadwood Stage" from "Calamity Jane."
- More please from all of the DL Nostalgia Experts! I''m keeping this thread up in my Thread Watcher. TIA!
- The Telephone Hour from Bye, Bye, Birdie!
- "Eine Nacht Im Mai" - Marika Rokk goes Hawaiian, twirls and taps! A Naughty Nazi delight from 1938!
- More Marikka - Nazi Germany''s answer to Ruby Keeler!! She mugs like crazy. Her directer must have told her, "Look REALLY animated, honey!"
OUCH! Those SPLITS!
- Jessie Matthews nearly lets love go slipping through her fingers while wearing more sequins than Liza!
- Marika Rokk goes all Eleanor Powell in HALLO, JANINE (1939)
- Virginia O''Brien in the Marx Brothers'' The Big Store. Killed me first time I saw it.
- Thanks for posting that one, R16. It''s a joy to watch Joan McCracken and Ray McDonald tear it up.\
I love the first part of the "Begin the Beguine" number from "Broadway Melody of 1940". The splashy and better-known part is the second half tap dance, but the first is amazing for its control. I also love how Astaire stalled the choreography at exactly the same spot in both halves, at the phrase "...when they begin...". And watch the very end (before the girls in plaid come on), with Powell and Astaire each turning, he at half the speed of her spins. Genius.
- Judy singing Minnie From Trinidad from Zigfield Girl.
- Not from a musical, but what the hell...
- [quote]The Telephone Hour from Bye, Bye, Birdie!\
One of my favorites but certainly not obscure.
- Frank Sinatra singing The Brooklyn Bridge in It Happened in Brooklyn - short and very sweet with the lovely sight of Manhattan''s 1940''s skyline in the background, plus he sings it with such LOVE.
- Everyone ought to have a maid ...like Ann Miller!%0D\
From the Columbia "B" - TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM (1941)
- Betty Grable and Hermes Pan in FOOTLIGHT SERENADE. I love that Betty is snapping gum all through it.
- Christopher Walken in Pennies from Heaven
- Great thread OP, I love that scene with Barbara Stanwyck!%0D\
Thank you R27 and R28, I had never heard of Marikka before. Those videos are priceless.
- The hilarious intentionally bad "Better Than Ever" from "Starting Over."%0D\
Candy Bergen rocks!
- "Don''t Go Breakin My Heart" from ELLA ENCHANTED!
- This is Betty Hutton''s best number from her cheapie musical RED, HOT AND BLUE! %0D\
Missing from the end of the clip is the stage manager''s response to her strenuous efforts: "All day long dames bothering me. Go away! YOU STINK!"
- Lucille Ball shakes it in "Mother, What Do I Do Now?" from DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (1940)
Tiger Lily White
- Judy Holliday and Dean Martin in Bells Are Ringing.
- OK, any good Alice Faye clips out there? Is there one of her singing You''ll Never Know?
- "the Lauren Bacall debacle "The Fan" %0D\
I wanted hearts...not diamonds! %0D\
I can''t remember any more than that, because I fainted from the sheer awfulness. But that one line will haunt me forever.
- Here you go, r 46: 19 year old Alice in her first film, GEORGE WHITE SCANDALS of 1934.
- Here''s another good Alice, from KING OF BURLESQUE.
- Ethel Merman sings the great Harold Arlen - Lew Brown song "First You Have Me High, Then You Have Me Low" from STRIKE ME PINK (1936).%0D\
Staged by Robert Alton.
- Another Arlen-Brown number with Merman & Eddie Cantor. Too cute!
- Deanna Durbin sings "The Turntable Song" from the unfortunately named SOMETHING IN THE WIND.
- The Jumpin'' Jive Girls tumble and split all over the place in SENSATIONS of 1945....then Eleanor Powell dances with a horse.
- Not as obscure as it used to be - The Ross Sisters perform "Solid Potato Salad" from BROADWAY RHYTHM (1944)
- I just dig this one. It starts at about 90 second in. Lots of fun and the musicians are just jamming.
- For r39, Ida Sue McCune (and B. Peters) singing "Love is Good for Anything that Ails You" in "Pennies from Heaven."%0D\
It''s a travesty that this movie isn''t given its due. I remember seeing it during its intial release and being absolutely blown away.
- I love that clip too, r 55. Eddie Cantor at his best.
- Did Alice really sing "make me sizzle and then you jizzle" at r48''s link?! LOL!
- Another tune from Doris Day''s ''Calamity Jane"--I Can Do Without You.
- 1967 East German musical, "Hot Summer".
- O0hhh, R14, what movie was that from?
- Marni Nixon dubbing Deborah Kerr in the nightclub scene of "An Affair to Remember". I love how Marni sings in Deb''s accent. BTW, Marni''s autobiography is a great read for behind the scenes stuff.
- r 58: Yes. It''s pre-code! :)
r 48: "You sweet and nasty, I know what''s on your mind..."
- "Love Never Went to College."
- From TOO MANY GIRLS, sung by Frances Langford.%0D\
Can''t find it on YouTube...I know it was there at one point.
- Judy''s first big number in a Hollywood film. \
After this number, the movie''s all hers.\
A brief glimpse of a young Betty Grable, and then watch queeny Johnny Downs practically wet himself when Judy lets loose.
- Slightly less obscure, and not on YouTube. But I really love Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice) from the film version of The Wiz. I strongly dislike the rest of the show, but that one number just slays me. Love it.
- "The Red Blues" with the best female dancer on the MGM lot:
- Judy never looked more beautiful...
- My dear old dad danced with Betty Grable at a USO club during the war.
- There are no words...
- C''mon Honey%0D\
The First Nudie Musical %0D\
- The title song from THE LITTLE PRINCE\
Beautiful song and the way Richard Kiley sings it.\
I know Lerner and Loewe disowned this film...\
But this song is one of their best
- Paula w/ her old nose.
- The Andrew Sisters'' "Bounce Me Brother with a Solid Four" from Abbott & Costello''s Buck Privates.
- My favorite is "Put Your Arms Around Me Honey", from In the Good Old Summertime. Judy Garland and Van Johnson are both great. Delightful.
- Never miss a Liv Ullmann musical
- The Andrews Sisters (and Joan Davis) are the only things that make those Abbott and Costello movies watchable today.%0D\
I''m telling you, the world must have been in true chaos to make them Number One at the Box Office.
- Hey R27 - r30, this is the Nazi musical number to end all Nazi musical numbers.....and coming in 1944, I actually think it was the last Technicolor musical they released. I have this image of the audience walking home from this film as they walk past the devastation from the allied bombing raids.
- This is my latest obsession. I admit I used to despise Betty Hutton, or thought I did. Then I realized that THE PERILS OF PAULINE was a childhood public domain favorite and I liked her in MIRACLE OF MORGAN''S CREEK . Anyway, I''ve been watching everything of hers I can recently and this is the favorite movie I''ve discovered. I love the sound of her voice on this song, she''s so sophisticated, the staging is great (I love her gestures) and the woman who plays the maid kicks it! She''s unbilled but her name is Jeni LeGon and there''s a five minute documentary about her elsewhere on youtube. %0D\
This is part of an incredibly cheesy but wonderful montage. And there''s just something so awkwardly sexy about Ralph Meeker trying to lipsync and dance. %0D\
It''s a shame this was the last musical she did.
- "Earth Girls Are Easy" was a pretty lame movie, but it included a cute musical number...%0D
- I also love The Texas Tornado from "Pigskin Parade". I was about to post it myself.
- onald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan: "Rude, Crude, and Unattractive" from "Mr. Big"
- The previous link with Bergen in "Starting Over" wasn't her. Here she is-
- Remember my forgotten man...gold diggers of 1933... Not sure if the link works...on new ipad!
- R85 : THANKS FOR BUMPING THIS THREAD!!!
I have been watching so many clips of films I either forgot or never even heard of - and R81, that 1944 Nazi musical starring Marika Rokk is beyond fabulous - she is so very carefree as she dances with well, a VERY-Jewish looking male co-star.
Here is my contribution to the thread - I love this Betty Hutton song and it may not have been so obscure if only it was staged better. It is Betty's most poignant moment on film, IMO.
- No obscure Helen Lawson numbers?
- The Ross Sisters and "Solid Potato Salad."
- Oscar nominated...
- I had the pleasure of seeing Frances Langford in Vietnam back in 1966. She had a small group with her and they traveled all over the place giving shows. Everybody loved her. She still had a great voice.
- Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, as Frederick & Anna Bronski, dazzle an audience with their Polish rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown."
In an NPR interview, Brooks said they worked with a teacher for a month in order to learn the Polish lyrics.
In the same interview, he also told of getting a seat for "Anything Goes" when it first hit Broadway. He said he was in the back top of the balcony and was amazed how Ethel Merman's voice reached way up there. "She was too loud!"
- absolutely LOVE "Zing a Little Zong" from the 1952 Bing Crosby/Jane Wyman musical "Just for You".
- I like the into to Psycho Beach Party with the crazy go go dancer.
- There are several version of the Brooks-Bancroft "Sweet Georgia Brown." They did a film version and TV version.