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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , kiss and make up, , , , , , , ,   

    KISS HER IN THE KISSER AND MAKE UP 

    My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. –Cary Grant

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    August 25 is KISS AND MAKE UP DAY. In the Cary Grant spirit of occupying myself as best I can, I thought I’d present an assemblage of good old-fashioned “kiss and make up” goodies (the idea being, if you don’t love my premise, you can kiss my assortment). Let’s start with Cary’s take on make-up, which (as you can see) I’m not making up:

    Well, apparently Cary never did make up with that gal, because here he is two years later, singing another love song to another gal:

    It seems that Cary would rather play the field than kiss and make up. Let us therefore pick a dilly of a ditty less playboy-like in character:

    So much for the guys. I give the last word to the gals (they usually have it anyway):

    Kiss and make up — but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss. –Mae West

    Kiss & make up. Maybe making out for a few minutes would help us figure things out. –Katie Anderson

    In trying to get our own way, we should remember that kisses are sweeter than whine. –Ann Nonymous

     
    • masercot 1:45 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wake up (Wake up)
      Grab a brush and put a little makeup
      Hide your scars to fade away the shakeup

      Serj Tankian

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      • mistermuse 2:11 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Serj is a little after (not BEFORE) my time, musically speaking….but I appreciate a lyric that most of my non-geezer readers may be familiar with, and that even I can dig.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:13 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed that 🙂 My ex didn’t like me wearing makeup, but eyed-up* all the women with makeup.
      *Caribbean expression

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    • chattykerry 5:45 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t help thinking that Cary Grant seemed to enjoy kissing boys as much or more than girls…

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    • Richard A Cahill 7:32 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

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      • mistermuse 8:21 pm on August 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I had to look that one up, Ricardo, and it turns out that you’re just blowin’ smoke (not that I disapprove). 🙂

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    • Paul Sunstone 11:51 pm on August 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Ann Nonymous” That cracked me up.

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      • mistermuse 12:28 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I said I’d give the last word to the gals, so on my post, Ann Nonymous is a gal, whether (s)he likes it or not.

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        • Paul Sunstone 2:27 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink

          I’ve always said, “A man of his word is an admirable man” even if he has to lie to be a man of his word.

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    • mistermuse 9:11 am on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Paul, I think you may be giving me more credit than I’m due, because (not knowing if Ann Nonymous is guy or gal), I may not be lying….though the quote sounds more likely to have been said by a gal. Nonetheless, I would like to be thought of as at least a half-admirable man, so I’ll concede a 50-50 chance that Ann is a man. 🙂

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    • calmkate 5:39 pm on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol Cary didn’t even like the girls, it was all just the camera … love this one but the last wins a gold star!

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  • mistermuse 2:05 am on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Iago, , , , , , Taming of the Shrew   

    THE BARD ON THE DONALD 

    My April 22 post (MARK TWAIN ON DONALD TRUMP) was so well received that I’ve decided to give that theme (of holding up a mirror to The Tempest of Trumpian self-glorification) another go….this time, with the reflections of an even greater giant of literature: the Bard of Avon taking aim at the target of Twain and giving us his measure of the Tweeter of Twaddle. So, in case you haven’t given The Bard a second thought of late: straight from TAMING OF THE SHREW (filmed as KISS ME KATE), what say you….

    and we’ll all know how….the Bard’s words speak to the Iago of Mar-a-Lago:

    Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides. Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.

    False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

    Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

    God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

    It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

    When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.

     

     

     

     
    • arekhill1 8:37 pm on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown,” Sr. Muse. Also, “Woe to the land that’s governed by a child. It’s bad news when a country is ruled by a child.”

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    • mistermuse 9:45 pm on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know how uneasy the head is, Ricardo, but it certainly lies….and lies….and lies.

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    • calmkate 9:35 am on May 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      that an insane idiot is in charge is unbearable …
      But hey the Bard, or sing and dance like that and you might be in with a chance 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:22 am on May 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        KISS ME KATE (the movie, not a personal request) is one of my fav musicals, with great songs….and why wouldn’t they be great? They’re by Cole Porter! 🙂

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        • calmkate 5:40 pm on May 6, 2018 Permalink

          Those two were just magical together, so joyful! Must try and watch the movie sometime … 🙂

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    • literaryeyes 11:31 pm on May 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Ha ha, this is good: Iago of Mar-a-Lago!

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      • mistermuse 1:24 am on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mary. It’s a good thing I brushed up my Shakespeare before writing this post!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , Robert Mitchum   

    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!

     

     

     
    • Mandy 12:13 am on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      This is so cool. Thank you!

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    • scifihammy 8:06 am on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      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 10:02 am on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        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 12:31 pm on April 8, 2018 Permalink

          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 4:13 pm on April 8, 2018 Permalink

          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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    • Don Frankel 1:47 pm on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      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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      • mistermuse 3:50 pm on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I forgot about that one, Don, even though I saw the movie back in the 50s. Here’s another song (from MAN WITHOUT A STAR) that Douglas sings well:

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    • arekhill1 1:56 pm on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

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

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    • moorezart 4:26 pm on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • da-AL 7:57 pm on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      who knew indeed! how fun 🙂

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    • mistermuse 11:10 pm on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Another happy customer! Thank you! 🙂

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    • Silver Screenings 11:08 am on April 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      ROBERT MITCHUM?! WHO KNEW!

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

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      • mistermuse 11:49 am on April 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        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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    • restlessjo 4:45 pm on April 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

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

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    • dunelight 6:53 pm on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      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 1:50 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        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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    • MG WELLS 12:56 pm on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing this. Enjoy the day, MG.

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  • mistermuse 4:00 pm on April 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Burt Reynolds, , , , , , , TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD   

    THREE FOR THE SHOW 

    It’s not every day that it’s the birthday of three ‘giants’ of Hollywood’s Golden Age, but this is such a day: Bette Davis, born April 5, 1908; Gregory Peck, born April 5, 1916; and Spencer Tracy, born April 5, 1900.

    This post will not go into biographical detail. The lives of these legends can easily be Googled by anyone who’s interested. Instead, I will focus on something about each of them which I (and, hopefully, you) find particularly interesting or appealing.

    In previous posts, I included clips of two film stars singing — Jimmy Stewart and Alan Ladd — who few knew ever sang in a movie. To those unlikely vocalists, I add the Oscar-winning actress BETTE DAVIS, whose fourth & final husband, Gary Merrill, once said, “whatever Bette would have chosen to do in life, she would have had to be the top or she couldn’t have endured it.” I think you will find this WWII-era vocal more than endurable:

    In his 1979 book THE WORLD’S GREAT MOVIE STARS AND THEIR FILMS, Ken Wlaschin says GREGORY PECK “has been the Great Liberal of the American cinema for more than 30 years because he usually conveys conflicts in social values, forced to act in a manner disturbing to his inner morality.” He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. Here he is with Audrey Hepburn in a scene from one of my favorite Peck films, Roman Holiday:

    Last but not priest (overlooking his role as Father Flanagan in Boys’ Town — pardon the pun), we have “the actors’ actor,” Spencer Tracy. I’ve covered Tracy before (in my 6/5/17 post as the star of Bad Day at Black Rock); for this post, I’ll go with this retrospective:

    For me, the most memorable moment from that clip is his answer to this Burt Reynolds question:

    “Mr. Tracy, you’re so good at everything. Is there anything you’re not good at?”

    “Life.”

     

     
    • Don Frankel 5:35 pm on April 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse this is fortuitous as what was I watching on TCM last night? An old movie I never saw, 20,000 years at Sing Sing. Who’s in it? Spencer Tracy and a very young and very skinny, with her hair dyed blond, Bette Davis. It’s a great old movie and here’s the Trailer.

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    • mistermuse 6:32 pm on April 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I missed that one, Don, but it’ll probably be on again and I’ll try to catch it next time. Judging by the trailer, Tracy gives a very Cagney-like performance.

      Speaking of TCM, there’s a whole bunch of goodies on tomorrow, starting with Hitchcock at 8:30 a.m. and continuing through to Leo McCarey’s very funny RUGGLES OF RED GAP in the evening.

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    • Don Frankel 8:47 pm on April 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Right you are Muse. Tracy did everything but cry “Ma’s dead!”

      Thanks for the heads up but I have a guest this weekend and she’s a lot younger. They don’t watch the old black and white movies.

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    • Garfield Hug 1:25 am on April 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Good share as I have heard of these screen giant icons! Now I must try and watch their movies.

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    • America On Coffee 5:30 pm on April 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent.

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  • mistermuse 12:04 am on February 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Angel Eyes, , , , , , , , ,   

    ANGELS HAVE EYES 

    ANGELS HAVE EYES

    “Sex is sacred,”
    some humans say —
    but they still do
    it anyway.

    Why they do so
    beats us above….
    They’re not, you know,
    so easy to love.

    Yet angels know
    man needs no shove,
    dreams you’d be so….
    How does it go?

    Oh, yes! It’s — so….

     

     
    • arekhill1 1:24 pm on February 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Humans may be hard to love, Sr. Muse, but they’re easy to fuck. Many a song has been written about that, too.

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      • mistermuse 5:12 pm on February 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, even Cole Porter couldn’t get away with writing a song titled “Easy To Fuck” (though he did write one called “Love For Sale”). I guess that’s why he settled instead for “”Easy To Love.” Even so, the puritanical Hayes Office censored the lyric “so sweet to awaken with” in the Jimmy Stewart clip.

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    • Don Frankel 5:12 pm on February 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      While this does not belong here musically, it just makes a point about how someone can look like an angle, talk like an angel and yet…

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      • mistermuse 6:18 pm on February 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, I’ll see your DEVIL IN DISGUISE and “raise” you one with ANGEL IN DISGUISE, which was written in 1940 and became a Marine favorite in the Pacific theater in WWII:

        P.S. The vocalist is Ann Sheridan from the soundtrack of IT ALL CAME TRUE (1940) (among her co-stars in the film was Humphrey Bogart).

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andy Razaf, , , , Jimmy Van Heusen, , , , , , ,   

    A com-POSE-r BY ANY OTHER NAME…. (Part 1 of 2) 

    Tomorrow, Feb. 15, is the birthday of one of America’s greatest composers of popular songs, Hyman Arluck. Hyman WHO, you ask? Never heard of him? If you’re a fan of America’s Golden Age of Popular Music, this song of his is probably one of your favorites:

    ….not to mention this one:

    You say you thought those songs were composed by HAROLD ARLEN?
    From what I hear, no doubt they was….
    because…because…because…because…
    of the wonderful whiz he was.
    But before a wonderful whiz he was, he was Hyman Arluck, so born on Feb. 15, 1905. If you were fooled, you should be grateful because, as Arlen (nee Arluck) notes in another of his songs, it’s….

    Speaking of which, I thought it might be fun (for me, anyway) to fool around with a selection of birth names of other great Golden Age songwriters (each of them listed with one of their most popular songs), followed by a list of their noms de plume in scrambled order. Unless you Arluck-y, you’ll probably be unable to correctly pair more than 70% of the names (but at least half are guessable even if you don’t know them):

    a. Israel Baline (HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?)
    b. Benjamin Anzelwitz (SWEET GEORGIA BROWN)
    c. C. K. Dober (BARNEY GOOGLE)
    d. Vladimir Dukelsky (APRIL IN PARIS)
    e. Charles N. Daniels (CHLOE)
    f. Albert Gumm (TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME)
    g. Johnny Kluczko (RACING WITH THE MOON)
    h. Edward Chester Babcock (LOVE AND MARRIAGE)
    i. Andrea Razafkeriefo (MEMORIES OF YOU)
    j. William Samuel Rosenberg (I’VE GOT A FEELING I’M FALLING)

    1. Albert Von Tilzer
    2. Irving Berlin
    3. Ben Bernie
    4. Con Conrad
    5. Vernon Duke
    6. Neil Moret
    7. Billy Rose
    8. Andy Razaf
    9. Jimmy Van Heusen
    10. Johnny Watson

    In Part 2, I’ll post the answers plus clips of a few of the above songs. Meanwhile, if you’d like to hear one of the songs in particular, comments are open — please make a request. I’ve got a feeling I’m filling it.

     

     
    • Superduque777 12:08 am on February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

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    • scifihammy 7:09 am on February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the Over the Rainbow clip. I never tire of hearing Judy Garland sing it. 🙂
      I’m rubbish at guessing the real names!
      But I’d like to hear April in Paris Thank you 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 8:57 am on February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I knew Israel Baline was Irving Berlin as a relative of one of my relatives was his accountant. Sometimes I got some really great seats at the Music Box Theater. Then I knew who Edward Chester Babcock was as he worked with and was a close friend of Sinatra. I could guess who Billy Rose was as the names are pretty similar but then I had a lot of fun looking up the other ones.

      I’ve always thought that Somewhere Over The Rainbow is one of the finest examples of blending words and music you can ever find.

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      • mistermuse 9:55 am on February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Glad you enjoyed it, Don. Unbeknownst to me, your comment came in while I was in the middle of replying to scifihammy’s comment, so my Billy Rose example had already been guessed by you. I guess great minds really do think alike (at least, I prefer that explanation over coincidence, How About You?).

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    • mistermuse 9:21 am on February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, scifihammy — I’ll be glad to play “April In Paris”….maybe even before April in Paris (like in my next post). 🙂

      As for guessing at matching the songwriters’ names, what I meant by “half are guessable even if you don’t know them” is best shown by this example: the real name of the writer of I’VE GOT A FEELING I’M FALLING, William Rosenberg, can be deduced from its similarity to his professional name, Billy Rose. Thus, j. is 7. There are several other instances whereby a match can be made by comparing the first and/or last names in the first list with those in the second list.

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    • moorezart 9:52 pm on February 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 1:07 am on February 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks, moorezart. I wonder if a reblog by any other name would smell as sweet? A thorny question indeed. 😦

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    • Don Frankel 7:53 am on February 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a great song by Morris Hyman Kushner but I had to go look that up. When I did I found out that he also wrote the musicals ‘On a Clear Day’ and ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ in addition to a lot of other great songs. I also found out he discovered Francis Gumm.

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      • mistermuse 12:57 pm on February 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        HOW ABOUT YOU? was indeed composed by Morris Hyman Kushner (aka Burton Lane), with lyrics by Ralph Freed (aka Ralph Freed). I wonder if Francis Gumm (aka Judy Garland) was related to Albert Gumm, composer of TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME? I’ll have to check that out.

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    • arekhill1 1:21 pm on February 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Let’s make this about me. I’ve never changed my birth name. One of my many shitty career moves, probably.

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    • mistermuse 10:24 pm on February 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe it’s not too late, Ricardo — which, by the way, suggests a name you could change to and gain instant fame: Ricardo Montalban Jr. After all, the original Ricardo Montalban had good luck with it until he died, but that could happen to anyone.

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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , old films, , , The Fat Lady Sings   

    JAZZ FOR LAUGHS (PART 05) 

    If you haven’t been following this series, you don’t know what you’ve been missing (athough some might claim ignorance is bliss). If you are a follower, you may think the humor has been pretty juvenile. This first selection of Part 05 should assuage all concerns:

    3 to 1 you now think this series is for the birds….but you ain’t heard nothing yet. Here’s a real turkey:

    OK, I don’t need a straw vote to tell me the next selection has nowhere to go but up….

    Now that’s what I call ending on a high note (as opposed to starting on a high chair). And so we come to the moment you’ve all been waiting for….

    You’re welcome.

     
    • Garfield Hug 12:28 am on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Not at all juvenile as I enjoy these very much! Thanks for the laughs!

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      • mistermuse 1:09 am on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I intended “juvenile” in a tongue-in-cheek way, but no matter how you took it, I’m glad you appreciated the clips. Two of the four were very obscure, and I was fortunate to find them.

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    • Don Frankel 9:32 am on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great clips here. I’m not sure which is the best but I’ll give the nod to Laurel and Hardy.

      Now in the interests of political correctness let us say the opera ain’t over till the plus sized lady sings. Or maybe we could use the medical code E66.3 which is used to indicate overweight. It would be like spelling a word in front of a two year old because you don’t want them to hear it.

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      • mistermuse 11:36 am on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with your nod to the Laurel & Hardy clip, which is from one of their best movies, WAY OUT WEST (1937). I thought TURKEY IN THE STRAW (one of the two obscure clips I mentioned in a previous comment) was relatively well done, given that many ‘hayseed’ films of this type are just plain cornball.

        As for “the plus sized lady sings,” that description may be more politically correct, but it ain’t nearly as FUNNY as “it ain’t over until THE FAT LADY sings” — though I admit I probably wouldn’t think it was funny if I were a fat lady. On second thought, make that “if I were a plus sized lady.” 😦

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    • 2017blogpresse 2:24 pm on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      nice blog, I like very much.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 3:42 pm on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful. Thanks for the giggles!

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    • moorezart 1:18 pm on February 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • mistermuse 6:30 pm on February 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, moorezart. May the Fat Lady never sing on your blog!

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    • tref 11:40 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Turkey in the Straw” is one of those songs I like to suddenly start whistling when I’m in line for a movie or something.

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      • mistermuse 12:29 am on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Probably no one in line who hears you whistling knows the title of the song, because if they did, they’d might say there’s a turkey in the theater (just kidding — I’m sure you whistle beautifully, tref).

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  • mistermuse 1:02 am on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: By the Sea, , , , La Mer, , , , ,   

    MER-SEA 

    In comments to a Jan.2 Peach of a post titled Fallen Angel, I included links to BEYOND THE SEA and LA MER (English and French versions of the same song). Diana Peach’s preternatural post & both song links can be found here: https://mythsofthemirror.com/

    I bring this up because that song is just one of several ‘beautiful’ sea songs I recall, and I thought I’d take a stroll down memory lane — or should I say, memory beach. I invite you to join me….that is, if you don’t mind getting sand — as I don’t mind getting….

    And now let us start our stroll:

    Of course, there is more than one way to see the sea — you can join the Navy:

    You say the Navy’s not your cup of sea? Then let us end our stroll like Mr. Bean, oblivious to all else, bidding glorious adieu to….

    Mer-sea beaucoup.

     
    • Don Frankel 11:00 am on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse there are other great sea songs like ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’, ‘C C Ryder’ and ‘Good Night Irene’ that has the line “I’ll see you in my dreams”. But that’s enough out of me. I’ll see you later.

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      • mistermuse 12:08 pm on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, “I’ll see you in my dreams” is actually a song in itself, written in 1924, pre-dating “Good Night Irene.” It was one of lyricist Gus Kahn’s biggest hits — so much so that it served as the title of the hokey 1951 biopic directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Danny Thomas as Gus Kahn. Here is the Mills Brothers’ version:

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    • Carmen 1:27 pm on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Mornin’ mistermuse,
      Of course you must realize that I live on the sea bound coast. . .
      The first video mentioned the sand on Havana beaches – gorgeous! We’ve been to several around Cuba and they are, indeed, as good as the lady sings about. 🙂
      Lovely song selections!
      (and you were worried I’d unleash a sea of slights)

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      • mistermuse 5:05 pm on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Good afternoon, Carmen. Not only do I remember that you live on the sea bound coast, but I think I mentioned in a comment a few years ago that I’ve been in your lovely neck of the woods (and coast) on vacation….when it was slightly warmer, of course.

        Glad you enjoyed the song selections. I think the last one (from the film MR. BEAN’S HOLIDAY) is a visual delight, as well as an auditory one.

        As for your last sentence, I wasn’t worried in the slightest. 😦

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        • Carmen 5:48 pm on January 5, 2018 Permalink

          Well, I am sorry to have mist you. . . 😉 (and excuse my foggy memory)

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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Donald O'Connor, Easy come easy go, , Fit as a fiddle, , , , If it looks like a duck, , , , , , , , Tweety Bird,   

    DUBIOUS PROPOSITIONS 

    I’m a big fan of old sayings, but even I concede that some sayings could no more pass the proverbial smell test than a rodent could pass a spell(ing) test. They may seem innoscent enough, but smellegant isn’t the same as elegant, and you must admit that a proverb like A turd in the hand is worth two in the tush is less than elegant. Really, close encounters of the turd kind could leave you holding your nose….if not checking your rear-view mirror.

    That said, are such askew old sayings any less farcical than the twisted tweets America’s Tweeter-in-Chief oft twitters? “Fake news!”…”fake news!”…”fake news!” And if ANYONE can smell (like) a rat when it comes to fake news, it is obviously President Tweety Turd.

    Leaving the President’s behind for a moment, here are some classic old sayings. Can you make out the fakeout — aka smell the rat — in these venerable gems?

    If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and mocks like a mocking bird, duck — it’s The Donald.

    A watched pot never boils….but it may get a bit peeved.

    A rolling stone gathers no animosity.

    A fool and his honey are soon parted.

    Faint heart ne’er won bare lady.

    Oil and water don’t mix — got that, Slick?

    You can’t get blood out of a turnip, but you can get honey out of two-lips.

    Monkey pee pee, monkey do do (easy come, easy go).

    Dead men tell no tales, but some may leave a will which does.

    Friends and would-be heirs, some of the above were almost enough to make me gag, but I can assure your butt that not every old phrase strays in dubious ways. For example:

    ….and this:

    ….and this:

    Oh….and I almost forgot this old saying: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

     

     

     

     
    • Garfield Hug 6:30 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy New Year Mistermuse! Love your “old” sayings🤗

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      • mistermuse 9:27 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. Here’s an “old” saying that’s so bad, it goes without saying: A GARFIELD HUG AROUND THE TUSH IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH. Sorry about that — especially if you mind Garfield hugging you around the tush. 🙂

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    • Carmen 7:41 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As hubby’s grandmother used to say (referring to the first video), “Those fellas are SOUP-le”. 🙂
      Great videos as usual, mistermuse! (Although the second one wasn’t available -in my country, I assume)
      Meanwhile, here in the Maritimes, we are bringing in the brass monkey at night. Brrrrr. . Happy New Year, eh? 😉

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      • mistermuse 9:44 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        “SOUP-le” sounds like French for “supple.” I’d supple-ment that with something witty, but it’s not supple-meant to be.

        The second video is a 1939 song titled SNUG AS A BUG IN A RUG, which I hope you and your hubby are staying in this “Brrrrr” weather.

        Warmest wishes for the New Year.

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        • Carmen 9:57 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink

          That was the joke. She meant to say ‘supple’, as in ‘can bend easily’ but it came out mispronounced. It was one of those endearing things she said which no one ever corrected – she was a character! 🙂
          We’ve got fires in both the furnace and the kitchen wood range. . . we’re managing! Even took the kids on a not-exactly-sleigh-ride yesterday (it was a balmy minus 8 C) — a trailer hooked to an old tractor, complete with straw bales and blankets. Seventeen children, eight on down to eight months, thought it was a great time!

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    • mistermuse 11:01 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That “sleigh ride” sounds like a blast (of cold air), but who cares about the cold when you’re “eight on down.” It’s a different story when you’re eighty on up….but it beats the alternative of being six feet under. 😦

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    • manoloprofe 1:16 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy New Year & thanks a lot for being in the observation post…! 🙂 🙂

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      • mistermuse 5:33 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        It has been my pleasure. Hopefully 2018 will be another good year of observation and posting for both of us.

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    • RMW 2:27 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Still in love with Gene Kelly after all these years…

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      • mistermuse 5:37 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        And well you should….after all, Gene Kelly danced almost as well as I (in my dreams). 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 7:52 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy New Year Muse!

      Remember ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’.

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      • mistermuse 8:25 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        B.B. King must’ve thought he was indeed a king, singing “You don’t do as I tell you, baby” in that song — apparently her INaction spoke louder than words, as far as he was concerned. The nerve of the woman, not doing as he told her!

        Don, if you’re heading for Times Square tomorrow night to ring in the New Year, stay warm and sober (or at least warm). 🙂

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        • Don Frankel 9:28 am on December 31, 2017 Permalink

          Muse I’m just going to post last year’s picture from last year. I’m not going out of the house today.

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    • Superduque777 8:05 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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    • inesephoto 4:47 pm on January 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Happy New Year! Love your blog ❤

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    • lexborgia 11:32 pm on January 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You can’t get blood out of a turnip…..leave a will which does.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , hocus-pocus, , , , LAURA, Lindy Hop, , , SWEET LORRAINE,   

    ‘LLZAPOPPIN (PART ONE) 

    The above title (a contraction of HELLZAPOPPIN, a 1941 movie based on a long-running Broadway show of the same name) sets the stage for letter L in our fem song series. Ere we proceed, just for the L of it, let’s pop in on the film’s frenetic LINDY HOP dance number:

    Speaking of numbers, I’m breaking L up into two parts — due, not just to an abundance of Lady L songs to choose from, but to previously needing to combine two letters (H-I) into one post. Part II will get the focus back on locus, becoming opus #12 of this hocus-pocus, once again matching the post with the corresponding letter of the alphabet.

    Our first Lady L is the title song of the 1944 film noir classic LAURA, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, who Must Have Been A Beautiful (November) Baby*. Believe it or not, Mercer wrote what has to be a record 20+ songs with a girl’s name* in the title — none more haunting than….

    We conclude Part One with the indelible SWEET LORRAINE (instrumental version):

    If you want to ‘sing along’ with the song (assuming your family and/or neighbors won’t object/protest), here are the lyrics:

    http://www.carsieblanton.com/lyrics/sweet-lorraine/

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    • Johnny Mercer was born November 18, 1909. YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL BABY was one of his many hit songs.
    • Mercer “girl’s name” list (#2 after Cinderella signifies two songs with that name in the title):

    Amber
    Antonia
    Ariane
    Bernadine
    Blossom
    Celia
    Cherie
    Cinderella (2)
    Cindy
    Deirdre
    Emily

    Georgia
    Jezebel
    Joanna
    Jo-Jo
    Kate
    Laura
    Mandy
    Mary
    Pollyanna
    Sally
    Tangerine

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • arekhill1 1:48 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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    • Don Frankel 7:39 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “the face in the misty light. Footsteps that you hear down the hallway.” Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, the very beautiful Gene Tierney, the great portrait and that haunting refrain.

      Laura. “I’m going to call the police.”
      Detective MacPherson. “But I am the police.”

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      • mistermuse 8:23 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Great song. Great film (with a GREAT cast). Here’s another quote I like from the film: “For a charming, intelligent girl, you’ve certainly surrounded yourself with a remarkable collection of dopes.” –Dana Andrews (as Detective McPherson)

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    • scifihammy 9:15 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      And the kids today think they can dance? I bet they couldn’t do half the things in that first clip!
      Lovely collection of L songs 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:27 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I get out of breath just watching that Lindy Hop clip. But SWEET LORRAINE (as played by the Jimmy Noone Orchestra) is the calm after the storm, in a manner of speaking — ‘liquid’ notes for the soul.

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        • scifihammy 2:12 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink

          I have a record of Nat King Cole singing it beautifully and I also like Frank Sinatra’s version. 🙂 Liquid notes for the soul indeed 🙂

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    • Mark Scheel 10:47 pm on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse–whatever happened to those good ol’ days of song and dance? While waiting in the doctor’s office reception area, I watched three graphic, bloody, brutal murders on a big screen (some police procedural show). That’s today’s entertainment? Since it’s oldsters in the urology clinic, why couldn’t they show clips from Hellzapoppin?

      Mark

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      • mistermuse 8:18 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        One of the things I like about most old movies is the great character actors, whose names (and faces) are still familiar to Golden Age film buffs. In HELLZAPOPPIN’, these include the likes of Mischa Auer, Hugh Herbert, Elisha Cook Jr., and even Shemp Howard (of Three Stooges fame).

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    • Joseph Nebus 10:57 pm on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am delighted by this roster of women’s names in Johnny Mercer songs.

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      • mistermuse 7:39 am on November 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, Joseph, because it took some time to compile that roster. By the way, I ‘refrained’ from including MAY and JUNE in the list because, although they are girl’s names, Mercer didn’t use them as such in his songs QUEEN OF THE MAY, JUNE BRIDE, and JUNE COMES AROUND EVERY YEAR.

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    • tref 2:08 am on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I am watching Laura on TCM at this very moment! Great movie. Beautiful song.

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    • mistermuse 8:31 am on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve seen LAURA, but didn’t stay up last night to watch it again because I had to get my beauty rest. It IS a great movie, as is the movie which preceded it on TCM which I’ve seen at least five times, DODSWORTH. I did stay up for that one, because if I got too much beauty rest, my wife might swoon at the sight of me (she can barely stand to look at me as it is).

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