MORE “WHO KNEW THEY COULD SING?” STARS

My last post included a clip of Bette Davis singing — adding to previous clips of Golden Age Hollywood stars Jimmy Stewart and Alan Ladd, who few knew could sing. But wait! There’s more! Thanks to the magic of the silver screen, I’ve uncovered more black & white clips of bygone Hollywood heartthrobs who sang like nobody’s business, and I’ve made it my business to offer the first of these hidden gems to you for a song (and dance):

Thank you, Fred Astaire (alias Clark Gable). Next, we have another hunk from OUT OF THE PAST, Robert Mitchum, whose very next picture, RACHEL AND THE STRANGER (1948), includes this scene with co-stars Loretta Young and William Holden:

We bring down the curtain on this triple feature with that devil-may-care swashbuckler and fun-hero of such films as CAPTAIN BLOOD, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, and THE SEA HAWK, Errol Flynn:

What’s that you say — you didn’t get your bloody money’s worth?  Well, that’s a laugh. You should thank your lucky stars for what you jolly well get!

 

 

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20 comments on “MORE “WHO KNEW THEY COULD SING?” STARS

  1. Mandy says:

    This is so cool. Thank you!

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  2. scifihammy says:

    Marvellous! Thank you so much 🙂
    I think actors were more talented back then (no special effects etc) – makes me wonder who can sing well these days?

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    • mistermuse says:

      In my search for these clips, I came across a number of clips of present-day actors/actresses who sing….but singing different songs, and of course in a different style. It’s mainly a generational thing, but I just wish today’s generation realized that if they lived back in the day, they’d be as much a part of that generation’s music as they now are of contemporary music (and vice versa). There is NOW now, and there is NOW then — nobody should think their NOW is the only NOW that matters.

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      • scifihammy says:

        True. 🙂 But I still think that Generally they don’t sing well these days. eg Tho I enjoyed Moulin Rouge, neither of the leads could sing well!

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      • mistermuse says:

        Just to be clear, there is little I like about today’s music (especially hip-hop and rap), but as long as I don’t have to listen to it and it’s not misogynistic or hate-spewing, let the young enjoy it. They will anyway, regardless of what we old fogies think!

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  3. Don Frankel says:

    Looking this up it seems Errol Flynn sings and dances in quite a few movies. Clark Gable? This seems to be his one and only and Robert Mitchum that’s something I never heard or thought of. But here’s a guy who also seems to have sung in a few movies and who’d a’ thunk it? I picked this clip as I remembered it from when I saw the movie as a little kid.

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  4. arekhill1 says:

    The only thing you’d ever want me to sing are your praises, Sr. Muse.

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  5. da-AL says:

    who knew indeed! how fun 🙂

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  6. mistermuse says:

    Another happy customer! Thank you! 🙂

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  7. ROBERT MITCHUM?! WHO KNEW!

    Errol Flynn in “Thank Your Lucky Stars” never gets old, does it? He’s fabulous.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Right you are! As you probably know, the Bette Davis clip in my previous post is also from “Thank Your Lucky Stars.” I also might as well take this opportunity to wonder if you (or anyone else) caught the “OUT OF THE PAST” double-meaning with reference to Robert Mitchum’s “very next picture, RACHEL AND THE STRANGER.” OUT OF THE PAST was literally the title of Mitchum’s last picture before RACHEL AND THE STRANGER.

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  8. restlessjo says:

    Old Clark was quite light on his feet too, wasn’t he? 🙂 🙂

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  9. dunelight says:

    I knew Robert Mitchum had a beautiful voice, (I own a copy of Thunder Road.) I can’t recall listening to Loretta Young.

    The big surprise for me was Clark Gable. I think it was TCM, I was watching Idiot’s Delight and almost fell out of my chair when Clark Gable started singing and dancing, he was singing and moving well and chock full of that Gable charm.

    For those who were surprised, here is Thunder Road. Epic ballad from my childhood.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Thank you for the comment and the clip. I saw Idiot’s Delight years ago, so I knew about Gable….but I’ve never seen Thunder Road, so this is the first time I’ve heard Mitchum sing the song (I read that he wrote it too).

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  10. MG WELLS says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Enjoy the day, MG.

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