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  • mistermuse 12:36 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brigitte Bardot, dance, , , Jack Lemmon, , , ,   

    WHO KNEW? 

    Who knew that….

    JACK LEMMON COULD SING?

    BRIGITTE BARDOT COULD DANCE?

    RONALD REAGAN COULD ACT? Really.

    DONALD TRUMP COULD LIE? Well, only whenever he talks or tweets. And, in his defense (as the aforementioned Jack Lemmon discovered),

     

     
    • thelonelyauthorblog 12:42 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Here I go sticking my foot in my mouth. I had to check out Bardot dancing. I had no idea.
      Oh, she was gorgeous.

      Have a great week. THANKS fior sharing.

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    • mistermuse 1:47 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t worry about sticking your foot in your mouth — nobody’s perfect. 🙂

      You have a great week too.

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    • scifihammy 3:45 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well who knew? Now me! 😀
      Good to see you. 🙂

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    • calmkate 6:52 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol you haven’t lost your flare 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 9:09 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We’re always surprised to find that some male actor can sing. Maybe we just assume all women can. But here’s a gem I found a while back. I never heard her sing. She’s pretty good too.

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      • mistermuse 12:49 am on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, Don. As you probably know, she was also a very good dancer, having been trained in ballet and starting her career as a chorus girl. Not a bad actress either (to understate the obvious).

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    • Richard A Cahill 2:24 am on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into a bar. I don’t remember the rest of it, but Donald Trump is a fucking asshole.

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    • Rachel McAlpine 5:52 pm on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yay, I feel so superior. I was ahead of you on two of these revelations, and one was that the glorious Brigitte Bardot could dance. Welcome back, by the way!

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      • mistermuse 8:15 pm on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I bet Ronald Reagan was the other one (I don’t count Trump, because everyone knows he lies).

        And thanks for the welcome back! 🙂

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    • Silver Screenings 11:07 pm on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I did not know Jack Lemmon could sing. Knowing that has made my day all the better.

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    • mistermuse 11:44 pm on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t know either, SS, until I recently chanced upon a review of the film MY SISTER EILEEN and found the clip which leads off this post.

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    • barkinginthedark 3:59 pm on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      RONALD REAGAN COULD ACT? Really. Really?? continue…

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      • mistermuse 7:45 pm on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        At least Reagan could act like a President, which is more than can be said of Trump!

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    • tref 2:17 am on November 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I have a recording of Jack Lemmon singing and playing, ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ from the This Is Art Deco record series. I’d recommend searching it out.

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      • mistermuse 9:10 am on November 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that interesting info, tref. I will Google it and give it a listen (if it’s there).

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    • mistermuse 9:18 am on November 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      It IS there, and I love Lemmon’s interpretation — so much so, that I’m posting it here for others to savor:

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    • barkinginthedark 11:34 pm on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      my very first scene in a movie was with Jack Lemmon. i was a cabdriver and he was my passenger in the 1980 film “Tribute.” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081656/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast continue…

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      • mistermuse 1:36 am on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        That must have been an exciting experience. Lemmon was one of my favorite actors. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone over 17 years.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dance, , 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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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dance, , , , , , , , , , Pick Yourself Up, Swing Time   

    A MAN AND HIS ‘DOGS’ 

    dogs, Slang. The feet: My dogs are killing me!  fantasy, n.  A play of the mind; imagination; fancy; a picture existing only in the mind. –World Book Dictionary

    A footnote to the World Book definition of fantasy: it is personified, in my view, by one man — fittingly so, because beyond his pictures he still dances in the mind, as timeless as imagination….no less real than the Hollywood from which such flights of fancy emanated and stars were born. That ethe-real man is Fred Astaire, the pictures were his movies, and this day is his birthday (May 10, 1899).

    Astaire’s “dogs” may have been what carried him across the dance floor with Ginger Rogers in his arms, but it was his persona that took us with him. I like to think that what Santa Claus embodied for children, Fred Astaire embodied for my parent’s generation as teenagers/young adults, epitomizing easy grace and the allure of dreams more enticing than any toy that Santa could promise.  No other hoofer in film history even comes close to capturing his magic….which is why he survives his and my parent’s generation, just as any great artist lives on in what he or she creates.

    In my favorite scene from my favorite Astaire-Rogers film (SWING TIME, 1936), professional dancer Astaire comes to New York and, after a chance street encounter with Rogers doesn’t go well, he follows her to the dance studio where she is an instructor. Pretending to be a novice, he botches the dance lesson. She insults him and is fired. As she is leaving the studio….

    Of course, many elements must come together to produce movie magic, and SWING TIME had the good fortune to combine the talents of the stars with those of a great director (George Stevens), a fine supporting cast (including Eric Blore, seen in the above clip), and one of the best composer/lyricist teams of the Golden Age (Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields). In addition to the ‘dance lesson’ song PICK YOURSELF UP, their outstanding score includes A FINE ROMANCE, NEVER GONNA DANCE, and this love song:

    On this May 10 celebration, let’s end appropriately with this:

     

     

     

     

     
    • scifihammy 4:58 am on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Movie magic indeed. 🙂 Always a pleasure to watch these two together and the ease with which Fred Astaire sings and dances 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 6:18 am on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You know I’ve heard and more than once that song writers wanted Fred Astaire to sing their songs. Not Sinatra as he might change the lyrics on them or any of the other big time singers of the era but Astaire. If you listen to the respect and the tenderness with which he handles the words it makes sense.

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      • mistermuse 7:42 am on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Exactly right, Don. To quote from one of my Astaire record album covers: “In creating these songs, it almost seemed as if five of the undisputed masters in the field–Irving Berlin, Ira and George Gershwin, Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern–were stimulated by their assignments to out-do themselves in the quality of their work. And the reason was undoubtedly Fred Astaire himself. What songwriters loved about him was that, despite his admitted vocal limitations, he brought to each song a personal involvement that never distorted either the meaning or the melody.”

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    • Midwestern Plant Girl 6:35 am on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I always loved the quote, “Ginger Rogers did everything the great Fred Astaire did backwards and in high heels.” 😉

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    • arekhill1 9:14 am on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I ask you, Sr. Muse, in your capacity as a semi-official curator of proclaimed national and world-wide days, should Astaire’s birthday be celebrated as White Guys Who Can Dance Day?

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    • mistermuse 9:37 am on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds good to me. I’d also proclaim Oct. 2o and March 17 as Black Guys Who Could Dance Like No White Guys Did And Become Legendary Day (the birthdays of the fabulous Nicholas Brothers, Fayard and Harold).

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    • Cynthia Jobin 12:17 pm on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The kind of art that Astaire personified is one (of only a few, mind you) reason I wouldn’t mind returning to that era…

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    • mistermuse 1:40 pm on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My sentiments exactly, Cynthia. But at least we still have Turner Classic Movies to go to whenever it’s worthwhile returning to that era, such as today when TCM is running a number of old Astaire films, such as CAREFREE at three P.M. Eastern Daylight Savings Time (SWING TIME was on this morning).

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    • Cynthia Jobin 1:51 pm on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That’s our cable channel 42 here in Maine….ROYAL WEDDING is on now…thanks for the tip!

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    • mistermuse 2:24 pm on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You’re more than welcome. ROYAL WEDDING (for me) doesn’t have the magic of the Astaire-Rogers films (or even DAMSEL IN DISTRESS with Astaire-Joan Fontaine, which was on earlier), but it’s still worth a view or two. 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 5:01 pm on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That man is sure light on his feet!

      If someone made a list comparing slang for dogs and cats, wonder what we would find?

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    • D. Wallace Peach 6:21 pm on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome scenes. When my daughter was about 4 years old she LOVED these old movies. We would snuggle on the couch and watch Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, and the rest. Great dancing and so much romance. 😀

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      • mistermuse 6:55 pm on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        It’s good to expose children to what was good about the good old days, so that they realize there’s a lot more to life than just the current culture. The more expansive their upbringing, the more well-rounded they will be when they’re on their own. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 6:37 pm on May 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If you’re a lucky dog , BroadBlogs, what you find would be the cat’s meow, otherwise you’re barking up the wrong tree. That’s a short list, but if I made it longer, it would be so bad, we might fight like cats and dogs. 😦

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