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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    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 11:41 pm on November 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    THE DUKE GETS THE JITTERS 

    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:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjEJTbf7mWQ

    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):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd7mvzG8bV4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwf-igYR-Z0

    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.

     
    • Don Frankel 10:32 am on December 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Great post and a great clip. I’ve seen this movie but I didn’t remember this part. But The Fighting Seabees is one the few in fact I think one of only four movies where the John Wayne character dies. Can you name the other three?

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    • mistermuse 1:10 pm on December 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve got me on that one, Don, but if I had to guess, I’d guess ROOSTER COGBURN might be one of them. I know he didn’t die in either of my two favorite John Wayne movies (THE QUIET MAN and NORTH TO ALASKA).

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      • Don Frankel 2:23 pm on December 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Muse you could have googled it but you didn’t and I like that. The other three I”m thinking of are The Sands of Iwo Jima, The Cowboys and The Shootist. I don’t count The Alamo as he plays Davey Crockett not one of his own characters. He might have died in some of those old black and whites before he was a star and I don’t count those either. His character is dead in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance but the movie opens with that so he doesn’t die on screen.

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    • literaryeyes 8:43 pm on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the videos. And I had the same uninspiring experience with SWI.

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      • mistermuse 9:41 pm on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks.
        I now recall part of what I wrote in my vanished SWI post in which Stewart sang Cole Porter’s “Easy To Love”: Jimmy quipped re his singing voice, “That song was so good that not even I could spoil it.” He was right, though he needn’t have apologized – he pulled it off just fine.

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