Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Playlist for November 23, 2014: Are you ready for some LEE MARVIN!?

Who cast Lee Marvin, that's all I wanna know! Here we are, in 1950, poised to produce Paint Your Wagon as a movie, and somebody says, "Who else but Lee!?"  Marvin turned down a role in The Wild Bunch to do it. I think he makes a marvelous Ben Rumson, and if you sorta turn your volume down a bit, he sings pretty good, too.  Clint Eastwood (as Pardner) did his own "singing," as well, but not Jean Seberg.  Jean was about the 4th woman they offered the female lead to (Julie Andrews, Diana Rigg, and Faye Dunaway had all turned it down).  Anyway, just be ready when Lee takes the "2 on the Aisle" stage this Sunday, okay? I'll give an advance warning.

Another goodie:  Judy Garland and Howard Keel, in an outtake from Annie Get Your Gun. Judy was initially cast as Miss Oakley, but due to illness, she was released from her contract, and Barbara Hutton replaced her.  So this version of "They Say It's Wonderful" that Judy did was shelved...Let's take it off that shelf this Sunday!

We'll also have a cameo by Jack Buchanan, singing with Fred Astaire...Jack was sort of a British version of Fred. He played classy bon vivants, on the English and American stage, British radio and TV....here he is in his best known film,The Band Wagon, where he played Jeffrey Cordova, ego-driven director.

And listen for 56 seconds of Clark Gable, hoofing it with chorus girls, in Idiot's Delight!  I'll say!  ;)

That's Entertainment! (Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant,
                                   The Band Wagon)
I Got the Sun in the Morning (Ethel Merman, Annie Get Your Gun)
I'm a Bad, Bad Man (Ray Middleton, Annie Get Your Gun)
They Say It's Wonderful (Judy Garland, Howard Keel, Annie Get Your Gun)
You Can't Get a Man With a Gun (Barbara Hutton, Annie Get Your Gun)
There's No Business Like Show Business (Ensemble, Annie Get Your Gun)
It's the Hard-Knock Life (Ensemble, Annie)
Maybe (Andrea McArdle, Annie)
N.Y.C. (Reid Shelton, Ensemble, Annie)
Tomorrow (Andrea McArdle, Annie)
I'm on My Way (Company, Paint Your Wagon)
They Call the Wind Maria (Rufus Smith, Ensemble, Paint Your Wagon)
There's a Coach Comin' In (Company, Paint Your Wagon)
Wand'rin' Star (Lee Marvin, Paint Your Wagon)
Shine on Your Shoes (Fred Astaire, The Band Wagon)
Puttin' on the Ritz (Clark Gable, Idiot's Delight)
I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan (Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, The Band Wagon)
After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It (Marilyn Monroe, There's No
                                    Business Like Show Business)
Skid Row (Ensemble, Little Shop of Horrors)
Somewhere That's Green (Ellen Greene, Little Shop of Horrors)
Dentist! (Franc Luz, Little Shop of Horrors)
Suddenly Seymour (Ellen Greene, Lee Wilkof, Little Shop of Horrors)
After the Ball (Barbara Cook, Show Boat)
Make Believe (Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Show Boat)
Ol' Man River (William Warfield, Show Boat)
Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine (Annette Warren, Show Boat)
Naughty Baby (Jodi Benson, Crazy for You)
Things Are Looking Up (Harry Groener, Crazy for You)
Slap That Bass! (Harry Groener, Ensemble, Crazy for You)
How To (Robert Morse, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)
The Company Way (Sammy Smith, Robert Morse, How to Succeed)
Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm (Bonnie Scott, How to Succeed)
Brotherhood of Man (Robert Morse, Rudy Vallee, Company, How to Succeed)

1 comment:

  1. I knew that Judy had been cast for Annie Get Your Gun but this is the first I am hearing a number she did. Thanks for climbing up on that shelf to retrieve that one...wonderful!!!