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I may be off the mark, but two stars singing together made me think of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. I'll guess Girl Of the Golden West as the film in which there was no duet..close?

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Thanks, starliteyes:

 

 

This actress had musicals for two of her first six films, and a song played a major part in one of her first dramatic roles.  Please name the films, the songs she performed in each film, and the composers for each film.  

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That's a pretty involved question. film lover.  Here's what I think.  Angela Lansbury started at MGM in 1944.  Her first six films, in order, and the songs that she sang are:

 

1. Gaslight

 

2.  National Velvet

 

3.  The Picture Of Dorian Gray - "Good-bye, Little Yellow Bird", sung as she is about to meet Dorian Gray

 

4.  The Harvey Girls - "Wait And See", "Oh, You Kid" - music by Harry Warren

 

5.  The Hoodlum Saint - "How Am I To Know", "If I Had You"

 

6.  Till The Clouds Roll By - "How'd You Like To Spoon With Me?" - music by Jerome Kern

 

"The Harvey Girls" and "Till The Clouds Roll By" were musicals.

Here she is with "Oh, You Kid"

 

 

 

And with "How'd You Like To Spoon with Me?", she may be introducing the "Swing Era".

 

 

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MilesArcher--First, you're correct in what you named :)

 

 

Second, since you named her first six films AND noticed two songs I'd forgotten (I sentence myself to 50 lashes with a wet noodle and rewatching "The Hoodlum Priest" on YouTube), You are declared owner of this thread (for the next question).

 

Three, here are the composers I was looking for.

 

Jerome Kern for "Till The Clouds Roll By".

 

Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren for "The Harvey Girls".

 

William Hargreaves for "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

 

For your find, MilesArcher, the composers were:Jimmy Campbell, Ted Shapiro, Reginald Connelly, Jack King, & Dorothy Parker all composed for "The Hoodlum Saint".

 

Your thread, Miles Archer. :)

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Thanks.  This next one won't require quite as many answers.

 

A song featured in "Meet Me In St. Louis" had a line changed by the original lyricist more than ten years after the movie had been released.  The change was made at the request of a well known singer who wanted to record the song, but didn't like a certain line.  Much later, in this century, a movie set during World War II featured the song, but the updated lyrics were used, not the original lyrics.  This was a goof on the part of the movie's producers.  Can you name the song and the 21st century movie it was in?  Can you name the singer who asked that the line be changed?  The 21st century movie is not a musical.

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Well, I know that Frank Sinatra didn't like the line "until then we'll have to muddle through somehow" in the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".  The line was changed to "hang a shining star upon the highest bough".  I think that the 21st century movie is The Monuments Men.

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Very good, Azure.  If you remember in the 1944 movie, which was just shown on TCM last night, the Smith family was unhappy about the prospect of leaving St Louis for New York.  Margaret O'Brien is very distraught.  Judy Garland consoles her with the song. Around 1957, Frank Sinatra was about to record the song for an album called "The Joy Of Christmas".  He thought that there was nothing joyous about the line "We'll have to muddle through somehow", so he asked the original lyricist, Hugh Martin, to change it.  Apparently, when Frank asks, people don't say no, so Martin changed the line.  That became the standard line for all subsequent recordings.  In "The Monuments Men", in a scene in a camp in the Ardennes Forest in December 1944, Bill Murray receives a phonograph record from home.  While he takes a shower, Bob Balaban plays the record over the camp's loudspeaker.  It contains the line "Hang a shining star upon the highest bough".  When I saw the movie in a theater, I knew immediately that it was a goof on the part of the producers.  I wanted to tell the others in the theater, but I stayed quiet.  George Clooney starred and he also directed the picture.  He was also one of the screenwriters and one of the producers.  His aunt, Rosemary, had recorded the song with the new line, although it was not her recording that was used in the movie.  Apparently she never told him or her brother Nick, who was in the movie playing George many years later as an old man, that the line had been changed.

 

Here's Judy with Margaret:

 

 

 

Azure, it's your turn now.     

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When I saw the movie in a theater, I knew immediately that it was a goof on the part of the producers.  I wanted to tell the others in the theater, but I stayed quiet. 

 

Miles, you should have grabbed a soapbox, stood right in front of that theater and informed the audience about this egregious error.  Sure, the people might have thrown popcorn (or drinks) at you, but hey, this kind of thing is important! 

 

OK, I'm sorry for teasing you, Miles.  I am usually a stickler for historical accuracy in films, so I completely understand how you felt.  Recently, I heard a 1940s song in a film that was set in the 1920s.  It practically drove me nuts.  Anyway, thanks for the additional info about the song.  Very interesting. 

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Next:  This brother-and-sister dancing team were well known on the vaudeville circuit.  After a successful screen test, they were both signed to a 2-year contract at a major studio.  They both made their film debut in a 1930s musical.  Due to a problem with her contract, the sister only ended up making one film.  Her brother went on to appear in several movies and had a long acting career. 

 

Please name the brother and sister and their first film. 

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Next:  This brother-and-sister dancing team were well known on the vaudeville circuit.  After a successful screen test, they were both signed to a 2-year contract at a major studio.  They both made their film debut in a 1930s musical.  Due to a problem with her contract, the sister only ended up making one film.  Her brother went on to appear in several movies and had a long acting career. 

 

Please name the brother and sister and their first film. 

Vilma and Buddy Ebsen the film was Broadway Melody of 1936 ??

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Thanks Azure :) Too bad Vilma did appear in any more films

 

There's a musical that was shown recently ( it's in the rotation so it's been shown before) that focuses on dancers. One of the those dancers doesn't have a very long list of credits but among those credits surprisingly is a well known porno film.

Actress, the more mainstream film that was shown on TCM and that porno film???

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Lav, I remember Helen Wood very well in Give a Girl a Break. But I never knew anything about her background. Her story may be one of the oddest and saddest for a professional dancer who actually made it to the big time, like she did.

 

I never saw Deep Throat, but everybody talked about it at the time. Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems became famous. They were all over People magazine.

 

Helen never became famous due to the movie; she called herself Dolly Sharp in the skin flick. I doubt that anyone would have recognized her any way.

 

Despite the fact that she only made a few films she was very big on Broadway and on television.

 

Apparently she couldn't find other work and she went into pornography for the money.

 

Lav, did TCM make any commentary about her later career?

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Princess that's all correct Helen Wood/ Dolly Sharp and the film was Give A Girl A Break, the Debbie Reynolds. Bob Fosse, Gower and Marge Champion film. Helen/Dolly played one of the 3 girls vying for the Broadway role in the film.  The film I don't think was ever shown in prime time on TCM. so don't know if any of that info was ever discussed about her later career. She also appeared according to her credits in another porno flick. She also had a small role in The Night They Raided Minsky's. I remember all the hoopla about Deep Throat, I never saw the film either. It is quite sad that she had to resort to making these porno films. She was a talented dancer.

 

Good work Princess, your thread

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