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We haven't done this in a few years...%0D %0D Barbara Stanwyck bumps, grinds, and sings in thick Brooklynese: "Take it off the E-string, Play it on the G-string"

by Anonymousreply 9606/26/2013

My name is Tallulah, my first rule of thumb...

by Anonymousreply 109/30/2010

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!

by Anonymousreply 209/30/2010

"Heaven on a Mule"

Fascinating on so many levels.

by Anonymousreply 309/30/2010

Burt Reynolds and Cybil Shepherd butchering Cole Porter in "At Long Last Love" -

by Anonymousreply 409/30/2010

I will admit I love this movie. A lot.

by Anonymousreply 509/30/2010

All time classic. Bette at her best. I will never understand why she didn't get an Oscar.

by Anonymousreply 609/30/2010

Marlene Dietrich in Hitchcock's Stage Freight . . .

by Anonymousreply 709/30/2010

"Baby, You Knock Me Out!" from "It's Always Fair Weather."

by Anonymousreply 809/30/2010

Fred and the wonderful Olga San Juan. My favorite version of this song.

by Anonymousreply 909/30/2010

I loved this movie from when I was 10.... I didn't why I did. Still do! From Calamity Jane.

by Anonymousreply 1009/30/2010

This is the weirdest ever from "The Apple".

by Anonymousreply 1109/30/2010

R8, I think Cyd Charisse is the greatest dancer in Hollywood history.

by Anonymousreply 1209/30/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 1309/30/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 1409/30/2010

Recent Bollywood movie, "Luck By Chance" with Hrithik Roshan:

by Anonymousreply 1509/30/2010

Joan McCracken sings "Pass the Peace Pipe" from Good News.

by Anonymousreply 1609/30/2010

Everyone's favorite Iraqi assassin (Sayid from 'Lost') shows his moves in 'Bride and Prejudice.'

by Anonymousreply 1709/30/2010

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 %0D She was also married to Bob Fosse for a few years. She died at 43 from diabetes complications.

by Anonymousreply 1809/30/2010

Jaan Pechehaan Ho, the most amazing Bollywood number even still today.

by Anonymousreply 1909/30/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 2010/01/2010

This scene from Coppola's "One From the Heart".

by Anonymousreply 2110/01/2010

Jayne on the Riviera.

by Anonymousreply 2210/01/2010

"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.

by Anonymousreply 2310/01/2010

Love "The Deadwood Stage" from "Calamity Jane."

by Anonymousreply 2410/07/2010

More please from all of the DL Nostalgia Experts! I'm keeping this thread up in my Thread Watcher. TIA!

by Anonymousreply 2510/07/2010

The Telephone Hour from Bye, Bye, Birdie!

by Anonymousreply 2610/07/2010

"Eine Nacht Im Mai" - Marika Rokk goes Hawaiian, twirls and taps! A Naughty Nazi delight from 1938!

by Anonymousreply 2710/07/2010

More Marikka - Nazi Germany's answer to Ruby Keeler!! She mugs like crazy. Her directer must have told her, "Look REALLY animated, honey!"

by Anonymousreply 2810/07/2010

Jessie Matthews nearly lets love go slipping through her fingers while wearing more sequins than Liza!

by Anonymousreply 2910/07/2010

Marika Rokk goes all Eleanor Powell in HALLO, JANINE (1939)

by Anonymousreply 3010/07/2010

Virginia O'Brien in the Marx Brothers' The Big Store. Killed me first time I saw it.

by Anonymousreply 3110/07/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 3210/07/2010

Judy singing Minnie From Trinidad from Zigfield Girl.

by Anonymousreply 3310/07/2010

Not from a musical, but what the hell...

by Anonymousreply 3410/07/2010

[quote]The Telephone Hour from Bye, Bye, Birdie!

One of my favorites but certainly not obscure.

by Anonymousreply 3510/08/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 3610/08/2010

Everyone ought to have a maid Ann Miller!%0D %0D From the Columbia "B" - TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM (1941)

by Anonymousreply 3710/08/2010

Betty Grable and Hermes Pan in FOOTLIGHT SERENADE. I love that Betty is snapping gum all through it.

by Anonymousreply 3810/08/2010

Christopher Walken in Pennies from Heaven

by Anonymousreply 3910/08/2010

Great thread OP, I love that scene with Barbara Stanwyck!%0D %0D Thank you R27 and R28, I had never heard of Marikka before. Those videos are priceless.

by Anonymousreply 4010/08/2010

The hilarious intentionally bad "Better Than Ever" from "Starting Over."%0D %0D Candy Bergen rocks!

by Anonymousreply 4110/08/2010

"Don't Go Breakin My Heart" from ELLA ENCHANTED!

by Anonymousreply 4210/08/2010

This is Betty Hutton's best number from her cheapie musical RED, HOT AND BLUE! %0D %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!"

by Anonymousreply 4310/08/2010

Lucille Ball shakes it in "Mother, What Do I Do Now?" from DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (1940)

by Anonymousreply 4410/08/2010

Judy Holliday and Dean Martin in Bells Are Ringing.

by Anonymousreply 4510/08/2010

OK, any good Alice Faye clips out there? Is there one of her singing You'll Never Know?

by Anonymousreply 4610/08/2010

"the Lauren Bacall debacle "The Fan" %0D %0D I wanted hearts...not diamonds! %0D %0D I can't remember any more than that, because I fainted from the sheer awfulness. But that one line will haunt me forever.

by Anonymousreply 4710/08/2010

Here you go, r 46: 19 year old Alice in her first film, GEORGE WHITE SCANDALS of 1934.

by Anonymousreply 4810/08/2010

Here's another good Alice, from KING OF BURLESQUE.

by Anonymousreply 4910/08/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 5010/08/2010

Another Arlen-Brown number with Merman & Eddie Cantor. Too cute!

by Anonymousreply 5110/08/2010

Deanna Durbin sings "The Turntable Song" from the unfortunately named SOMETHING IN THE WIND.

by Anonymousreply 5210/08/2010

The Jumpin' Jive Girls tumble and split all over the place in SENSATIONS of 1945....then Eleanor Powell dances with a horse.

by Anonymousreply 5310/08/2010

Not as obscure as it used to be - The Ross Sisters perform "Solid Potato Salad" from BROADWAY RHYTHM (1944)

by Anonymousreply 5410/08/2010

I just dig this one. It starts at about 90 second in. Lots of fun and the musicians are just jamming.

by Anonymousreply 5510/08/2010

For r39, Ida Sue McCune (and B. Peters) singing "Love is Good for Anything that Ails You" in "Pennies from Heaven."%0D %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.

by Anonymousreply 5610/08/2010

I love that clip too, r 55. Eddie Cantor at his best.

by Anonymousreply 5710/08/2010

Did Alice really sing "make me sizzle and then you jizzle" at r48's link?! LOL!

by Anonymousreply 5810/08/2010

Another tune from Doris Day's 'Calamity Jane"--I Can Do Without You.

by Anonymousreply 5910/08/2010

1967 East German musical, "Hot Summer".

by Anonymousreply 6010/09/2010

O0hhh, R14, what movie was that from?

by Anonymousreply 6110/09/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 6210/09/2010

r 58: Yes. It's pre-code! :)

by Anonymousreply 6310/09/2010

"Love Never Went to College."

by Anonymousreply 6410/09/2010

From TOO MANY GIRLS, sung by Frances Langford.%0D %0D Can't find it on YouTube...I know it was there at one point.

by Anonymousreply 6510/09/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 6610/09/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 6710/09/2010

"The Red Blues" with the best female dancer on the MGM lot:

by Anonymousreply 6810/09/2010

Judy never looked more beautiful...

by Anonymousreply 6910/09/2010

My dear old dad danced with Betty Grable at a USO club during the war.

by Anonymousreply 7010/09/2010

There are no words...

by Anonymousreply 7110/09/2010

C'mon Honey%0D %0D The First Nudie Musical %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 7210/09/2010

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

by Anonymousreply 7310/09/2010

Paula w/ her old nose.

by Anonymousreply 7410/10/2010

The Andrew Sisters' "Bounce Me Brother with a Solid Four" from Abbott & Costello's Buck Privates.

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by Anonymousreply 7710/10/2010

My favorite is "Put Your Arms Around Me Honey", from In the Good Old Summertime. Judy Garland and Van Johnson are both great. Delightful.

by Anonymousreply 7810/10/2010

Never miss a Liv Ullmann musical

by Anonymousreply 7910/11/2010

The Andrews Sisters (and Joan Davis) are the only things that make those Abbott and Costello movies watchable today.%0D %0D I'm telling you, the world must have been in true chaos to make them Number One at the Box Office.

by Anonymousreply 8010/11/2010

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.

by Anonymousreply 8110/11/2010

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 %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 %0D It's a shame this was the last musical she did.

by Anonymousreply 8211/09/2010

"Earth Girls Are Easy" was a pretty lame movie, but it included a cute musical number...%0D

by Anonymousreply 8311/09/2010

I also love The Texas Tornado from "Pigskin Parade". I was about to post it myself.

by Anonymousreply 8411/09/2010

onald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan: "Rude, Crude, and Unattractive" from "Mr. Big"

by Anonymousreply 8505/10/2013

The previous link with Bergen in "Starting Over" wasn't her. Here she is-

by Anonymousreply 8605/11/2013

Remember my forgotten diggers of 1933... Not sure if the link works...on new ipad!

by Anonymousreply 8705/11/2013


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.

by Anonymousreply 8805/16/2013

No obscure Helen Lawson numbers?

by Anonymousreply 8905/16/2013

The Ross Sisters and "Solid Potato Salad."

by Anonymousreply 9005/16/2013

Oscar nominated...

by Anonymousreply 9105/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 9205/17/2013

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!"

by Anonymousreply 9305/20/2013

absolutely LOVE "Zing a Little Zong" from the 1952 Bing Crosby/Jane Wyman musical "Just for You".

by Anonymousreply 9405/20/2013

I like the into to Psycho Beach Party with the crazy go go dancer.

by Anonymousreply 9505/20/2013

There are several version of the Brooks-Bancroft "Sweet Georgia Brown." They did a film version and TV version.

by Anonymousreply 9606/26/2013
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