Thursday, May 14, 2015

Gene, Gene, and More Gene!

 In Les Girls, with Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, and Taina Elg, 1957,
music and lyrics by Cole Porter (his last film score).
This was Gene's last MGM movie, 
finishing the contract he had with them beginning in 1942.
The original "Les Girls" were supposed to be:
Jean Simmons, Leslie Caron, Cyd Charisse, and Carol Haney.

 1951...and An American In Paris.
Gene with George Guetary and Oscar Levant
is sure "S'Wonderful".
Filmed in Hollywood (not on the Champs Elysee!),
it featured the music of the Gershwins
and a script by Alan Jay Lerner. 

 Oscar and Gene
belting out "Tra La La" in the same movie.
Oscar couldn't sing, but he couldn't dance either.

 From Ziegfeld Follies, 1946...
Gene and Fred performed for the first (and only) time,
in "The Babbitt And The Bromide" which had 3 sections,
the first two choreographed by Gene, the third by Fred.
More Gershwin...

With Frank in Anchors Aweigh, 1945.
"If You Knew Susie," by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Meyer.
First popularized by Eddie Cantor...way back in the 1920s.

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