Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cupid: Bow? Needle? Shuffle?

 Back in 1981, Pennies From Heaven, starring
Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters, was released.
The actors lip-synched several standards from the 1920s and 30s,
and allowed me to hear (for the first time)
Ida Sue McCune singing
"Love Is Good For Anything That Ails You",
which was "sung" by Bernadette in Pennies,
Can't find an image of we'll go with BP!

 Marlene Dietrich
in Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel), 1930,
in which she sang "Falling In Love Again"
written by Friedrich Hollaender.
The original German title of the song:
"I am, from head to toe, ready for love".
"You Made Me Love You"
was written back in 1913 by James Monaco and Joseph McCarthy.
Judy Garland sang it to Clark Gable 
at an MGM birthday party, below,
with additional "personalized" lyrics by Roger Edens.
It proved a hit,
and MGM included the song (and Judy) in
The Broadway Melody of 1938,

Edith Adams,
later known as Edie,
in Wonderful Town, 1953...
in which she was "A Little Bit In Love." 
Below is how I remember her,
doing commercials for Muriel Cigars
  ("Why don't you pick one up and smoke it sometime?")
and, of course, on hubby Ernie Kovac's TV show.

 Grover Dale and Elaine Stritch
in Noel Coward's Sail Away.
We'll hear the "Beatnik Love Affair"
(I think this must be only song EVER to include Sputnik in its lyrics).
Below Grover with George Chakiris in
The Young Ladies of Rochefort, 1967...

 ...and here's a (not much) younger George
cavorting with The Clooney,
in "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me,"
with Irving Berlin writing sexy
for White Christmas. :)

 A duet by Ethel Merman and a be-spectacled Donald O'Connor,
in the movie version of Call Me Madam, 1953.
You're not sick, Donald..."you're just in love"
was theeee hit song of that Broadway show
with Ethel originating the role of Sally Adams,
and Dick Haymes in the O'Connor role. 
Also starring Billy DeWolfe, George Sanders, and Vera-Ellen.

 Gotta Sing Sing!
"Prisoners Of Love"
written by Mel Brooks for his Broadway version
of The Producers, 2001.
Nathan, Mathew, and lots of horizontal stripes
(dangerous for some)!

 And I had to include a little Shirley,
from Stowaway, released in 1936,
co-starring Robert Young (above), Alice Faye,
and lower on the bill, Arthur Treacher,
one of the best Hollywood butlers ever
(prior to The Merv Griffin Show,
and launching his Fish N' Chip empire, of course)!
We'll hear "Goodnight, My Love,"
written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.

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