The musical makers/shakers...
Alan Jay Lerner, Barbara Harris, John Cullum and Burton Lane,
in prep for
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, 1965.
The critics loved the melodies, if not the book
nonetheless, both John and Barbara were nominated for their work,
as was the Lerner & Lane score.
Above, John and Barbara recording the cast album,
and below, Barbara with William Daniels,
who would soon star in 1776!
(I remember him in The Graduate, St. Elsewhere,
and I'm positive he used to be on a soap opera...
The Edge of Night?...but I can't find "evidence!")
in a show-within-a-show...in the MOVIE, A Star Is Born, 1954.
"Lose That Long Face"
was contributed by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin;
the film also used Rodgers and Hart songs,
Roger Eden's "Born In A Trunk"
and oldies like "The Peanut Vendor",
"Swanee", and "My Melancholy Baby".
Judy was nominated for an Academy Award,
but come the night of the presentation,
she was about to give birth to her son Joey...
of course the cameras were ready, hospital-bed-side,
for the moment...
(which moment? the baby or the Oscar? the lady or the tiger?),
but she lost to Grace Kelly in the Country Girl.
"Were Thine That Special Face"
from Kiss Me, Kate.
Above, Petruchio, as portrayed by Alfred Drake,
and a very suspicious, if not terrified,
Patricia Morison as Kate.
I guess it all works out in the end,
but some of the songs now rankle in a sexist sorta way.
Oh, to have a Funny Face like that!
Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in the 1957 movie version
of Funny Face.
Music by the Gershwin Boys, of course...
done originally on Broadway in 1927
with Fred and his sis, Adele.
The movie just changed the entire plot,
and dropped all but 4 of the original songs.
But hey...Funny Face! :)