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!
Once upon a time, I contributed work to an interrupted venue called SPEAK WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. Two of my departed contributions from that limited engagement included film clips of legendary actors doing things they rarely did in their movies: James Stewart and Errol Flynn singing. I recently came across an even more surprising (if not astonishing) sight: a scene from the 1944 film THE FIGHTING SEABEES in which John Wayne dances The Jitterbug:
While I’m at it, I might as well bring back the Stewart and Flynn clips and make this another THREE-FOR-ONE post, so here is Stewart singing Cole Porter’s “Easy To Love” in BORN TO DANCE (1938), followed by Flynn singing “That’s What You Jolly Well Get” from THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS (1943):
I seem to recall accompanying the above two clips in my dead SWI posts with a few hundred well-chosen (?) words, but I can’t for the life of me remember what they were. I guess that’s what I jolly well get.