Friday, September 9, 2016

Come Sunday...

 Our opening number,
an homage to Gene Wilder:
"Pure Imagination" from Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.
Below, "Puttin' On The Ritz" with Peter Boyle
in Young Frankenstein.
Born Jerome Silberman, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
Gene left to study acting at the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England,
where he also learned to fence.
He would later teach fencing to stay solvent during his
leaner years of acting.

 His role in Broadway's "Mother Courage and Her Children"
with Anne Bancroft
brought him to the attention of Mel Brooks.
They got married and had several children.
Vive le Wilder...1933-2016.

 A wonderful shot of Marilyn,
whose Anthology album we'll hear from:
"You'd Be Surprised",
an Irving Berlin tune from 1919.

 Judy Garland introducing "The Boy Next Door"
to the world
in Meet Me In St. Louis, 1944.
Time Magazine called it "one of the year's prettiest pictures"
thanks to the new invention, Technicolor!

 A promotional photo for Funny Face, 1957,
where Audrey Hepburn got to sing her own songs 
(not like in "Fair Lady" where Marni Nixon vocalized for her).
Fred was 58 at the time,
30 years older than his leading lady.
Of course he'd done the Broadway version back in 1927...
when the leading lady was his sister Adele.
We'll hear "S'Wonderful", one of just 4 songs kept in the movie
from the original show.

 Panama Hattie hit the boards in 1940,
a Cole Porter musical starring Ethel Merman
(above on the The Playbill, and below center on the bike!),
Arthur Treacher, Betty Hutton,
and in the dance line, Lucille Bremer and June Allyson
(see June below, with the snazzy striped skirt at right).
We'll hear "Make It Another Old Fashioned, Please."

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