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A TRIBUTE TO OUR MILITARY
A CAST OF CHARACTERS
A CALENDER OF MOVIES: What to Watch When
A CALENDAR OF MOVIES: Christmas - "The King of Kings" (1927)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
ABBOTT & COSTELLO
AMERICAN CLASSIC MOVIES INTRODUCTIONS
ANIMALS AND THE MOVIES
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Sets
ARCITECTURE: Ancient Egypt
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Bernheimer Residence
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Ennis-Brown House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Evan Thompson's Bottle House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Greystone Manor
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Hearst Castle
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Hollywood Sign
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Homes of the Stars
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Jean Harlow
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Maps and Floor Plans
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Pickfair
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Rispin Mansion
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Royal Hawaiian Hotel
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Scotty's Castle
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Shelby House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: West Hollywood Historical Association
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Whimsy
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 1
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 2
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 3
ASSORTED SHORT CLIPS
"B" MOVIES
B - MOVIES: Serials
B - MOVIES: Series
B - MOVIES: Television Series
THE BARRYMORE FAMILY
BIOGRAPHIES
BLOOPERS
BOBBY "BORIS" PICKETT
BUSTER KEATON
CARLA LAEMMLE
CARTOONS
CHARLIE CHAN ANNEX
CHARLIE CHAN: Asian Actors in Hollywood
CHARLIE CHAN: Bloopers & Bonus Questions
CHARLIE CHAN: The Books and Their Movies!
CHARLIE CHAN: Chang Apana
CHARLIE CHAN: Charlie's Sons
CHARLIE CHAN: Chemicals
CHARLIE CHAN: Chronology
CHARLIE CHAN: Criminal?!?!*
CHARLIE CHAN: Extras
CHARLIE CHAN: Gilbert Martines and Chang Apana
CHARLIE CHAN: Hawaii Steve
CHARLIE CHAN: Maps
CHARLIE CHAN: Maven and Rush Glick's Interview in . . . "Monster Bash"!
CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Eras
CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Notes
CHARLIE CHAN: Murder Rate
CHARLIE CHAN: On The Town
CHARLIE CHAN: Puzzles and Quizzes
CHARLIE CHAN: Quiz and Puzzle Answers
CHARLIE CHAN: Radio Shows
CHARLIE CHAN: Spookies
CHARLIE CHAN: Transportation
CHARLIE CHAN: Weather
CHILDREN'S CORNER
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Holiday Crafts
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Boats and Planes and More
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Paper Dolls
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Fun Stuff to Read
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Boys' Town
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Colleen Moore's Castle
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Judy Bolton
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Nancy Drew
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Nancy Drew (For Older Fans!)
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Shirley Temple
COMEDIANS
COPPER CAPERS: FBI's and CIA's!
COSTUME DESIGNERS
DASHIELL HAMMETT
ETTA KIT
FASHIONS IN FILM
FILM NOIR
FOOD CENTRAL
FOREIGN FILMS
GENRES
GINGER ROGERS
HALLOWEEN FUN!
HALLOWEEN 2011: Movies to Watch
HALLOWEEN RECIPES
HAROLD LLOYD
HAUNTS: Hollywood and Elsewhere
HAUNTS: Winchester House
HISTORY: Hollywood and Elsewhere
HOLLYWOOD'S SCANDALS AND CRIMES
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . CRIME: Greystone Mansion Murder
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . Crime: Jean Harlow and Paul Bern's Muder?
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . CRIME: Tate/LaBianca Murders
HOLLYWOOD'S . . .CRIME: William Desmond Taylor Murder
HOLLYWOOD'S MARRY-GO-ROUNDS
HORROR - SCIENCE FICTION
HORROR - SCI FI: Annex
HORROR - SCI FI: The Atomic Submarine (1959)
HORROR - SCI FI: Bela Lugosi
HORROR - SCI FI: Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi
HORROR - SCI FI: Boris Karloff
HORROR - SCI FI: Dracula (1931)
HORROR - SCI FI: Frankenstein (1931)
HORROR - SCI FI: Gojira (1954) & Godzilla (1957)
HORROR - SCI FI: Invaders from Mars (1954)
HORROR - SCI FI: King Kong
HORROR - SCI FI: Lon Chaney
HORROR - SCI FI: Nifty Fifty's Creature Features
HORROR - SCI FI: Nightmare Theatre with Gorgon
HORROR - SCI FI: Ray Harryhausen
HORROR - SCI FI: Stephen King
HORROR - SCI FI: Universal Studios
HORROR - SCI FI: Universal Monster Genealogy
HORROR - SCI FI: Wes Davis
HORROR - SCI FI: The Witch's Dungeon
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
HUSTON FAMILY
I LOVE LUCY
INTERVIEWS
JOHN WAYNE
JONATHAN GEFFNER
JOSEPHINE BAKER
KAY LINAKER
LEI MAKING
LOCATIONS
MDs - RNs - RNBs - OH MY!
M.D.S . . . - The Crime Doctor Series
MAGIC IN MOVIES
MAKEUP ARTISTS
MAKEUP ARTISTS: The Westmore Family
MARX BROTHERS
MARY ASTOR
MARY PICKFORD AND DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS
MAVEN'S LIBRARY
MAVEN'S WEBSITES TO CHECK OUT
MUSIC
MUSIC: Dancers
MUSIC: The Lyrics
MYSTERIES
MYSTERIES: A Warning For Those Who Give Away The Endings!
MYSTERIES: Alfred Hitchcock
MYSTERIES: The Bat
MYSTERIES: D. W. Griffith vs. Mary Roberts Rinehart
MYSTERIES: Gum Shoes
MYSTERIES: Old Dark Houses
MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine
MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine - The Kidnap Murder Case
ORSON WELLES
PERRY MASON
QUIZZES AND PUZZLES
QUIZ ANSWERS
QUOTES From Hollywood
QUOTES From Hollywood Movies
QUOTES From Dorothy Parker
QUOTES Dorothy Parkers' "The Waltz"
RADIO SHOWS: Vintage Series
RECIPES OF THE WEEK
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: More about the Recipes
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: A Rejuvenating Diet
REVIEWS
REVIEWS - Mini Mavens
RONALD REAGAN
RUDOLPH VALENTINO
SEX IN THE CINEMA
SHIRLEY TEMPLE
SILENT MOVIES
TAYLOR SCHULTZ: Hollywood Sculptor
TRANSPORTATION IN THE MOVIES: Aviation
VINCENT PRICE
VINCENT PRICE: Connoisseur
WHAT'S MY LINE?
THE WHISTLER
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

Want to know more about the music in your favorite movies? . . . .  Then "dis mus be da plaaaace!" 
Be sure to check out
Don't believe that cartoons could have any interesting music and/or dancing?  Just try 'em!

     It's almost time for the Vancover Olympics, so this is Maven's salute . . . Chan style.  One of the actors in Charlie Chan at the Olympics is Theresa Harris as one of the American athletes cheering Jesse Owens on in his relay race.  Her part in Olympics is the only one where an African American actor doesn't play hired help like Mantan Moreland did in the Monogram Chans.
     Thanks to wwww.youtube.com, Harris is shown in clips with Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, who also appears with cast members from the old "Jack Benny Show" and Lena Horne.

Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Theresa Harris and Friends

Soundies
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Forties-Era Videos!

This is a new addition to the MUSIC section and fans of the  CHARLIE CHAN ANNEX:

Soundies

A jewel from Maven's memory is from a fellow Texan, Mary Martin, as Peter Pan. . . .  www.youtube.com has a short clip from the television classic with Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tRXI1I_yew.

A 1942 clip of a very young Dorothy Dandridge and Paul White singing "A Zoot Suit (For My Sunday Gal)" that Maven first saw on cable back in the 90s:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjKlnXzE-Dk
Dated and racist? 
Certainly but what's not to like about
the young Dorothy Dandridge?!

Dorothy Dandridge also appears in a video of the Mills Brothers' "Paper Doll"at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RTzIi4e2CI
Juanita Moore also appears in it as the lady on the left.  
Juanita Moore was also in an episode from "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1962):"Where the Woodbine Twineth"

     "A Bizarre Musical Number From 1934" is the title of a clip on Youtube.com that has "Philo Holmes" (played by Charles Jubels) and Watkins (Franklyn Pangborn).  It's from a film called My Grandfather's Clock.   The clip is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUvC1KVK3Bg
And this clip looks like it came from the same movie . . . either part or maybe at the end?!
 
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Mario Lanza
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Like You've Never Seen Him
Mario Lanza
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Interesting Lighting

A rare clip of the great Mario Lanza singing "Santa Lucia."  It's not long enough but well-worth listening to in Maven's opinion!
 
And a song that Maven's own mother had played at her wedding back in the day.  Mother always cried when she heard it.
 
Maven may as well go whole hog!!
Ave Maria:
 
 
O Solo Mio:
 
Siboney:
 
Song of India:
or

Mario Lanza
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These are interesting clips that Maven came across and they're fun!
 
This clip of "Do I Know What I'm Doing?" with Marie Dressler, Polly Moran and a brief appearence of Jack Benny
 
A song from Hollywood Party

Marjorie White
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Bert Wheeler
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For Charlie Chan Fans of Black Camel
(1931) . . . Marjorie White was Rita
Ballou in that Chan entry.  Now Chan 
Fans have a chance to see her singing
andcavorting with Bert Wheeler 
in Diplomaniacs (1933)!

Hurray for Hollywood (from "Hollywood Hotel" 1937]
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Featuring Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
Johnnie "Scat" Davis
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One of the Featured Singers in "Hurray for Hollywood" as Well as one of Goodman's musicians

     The song that could be called Hollywood's Anthem is "Hurray For Hollywood" and can be seen in this link from the movie Hollywood Hotel (1937) with Dick Powell, Louella Parsons and sisters Rosemary and Lola Lane.
     Benny Goodman and his orchestra (with Harry James and Frances Langford and Johnnie "Scat" Davis on vocals) perform the song in the movie and you can't get any better than this video clip!
 
      Plus another of their songs, Sing, Sing, Sing, featuring Harry James on the clarinet, Gene Kupra on drums and Johnnie "Scat" Davis on the trumpet:

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Trini Lopez
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Click on Picture to go to His Website.

     TRINI LOPEZ
 
Happy Birthday on Friday, May 15, 2009!
 
   Maven is proud to say that Trini Lopez is a fellow Texas who hails from Dallas, east of Maven's home town!
     She's also please to find out that www.youtube.com has a clip of His doing "Sinner Man" in Marriage on the Rocks (1954) with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Deborah Kerr. 
     Here is Trini at his best . . . but then, he's still going strong if his recent cds are any indication! . . .  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-XcB_GvSag

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"The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
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Click for the Link

     Maven now has a whole page for the 1939 The Wizard of Oz at THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)!  And in case you're wondering why it's in the history section . . . Maven has lots of links about how the movie was made that might bore any child under the age of 14!
      Just follow the Yellow Brick Road:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INpR7GRzFNc
      This is for the adults:  The Munchkin Suicide Debunked! 

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The Mills Brothers
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And for Chan Fans, shades of Charlie Chan on Broadway!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMk4dSy8OhQ&feature=related

Here's a link to the Mills Brothers
singing "Nagasaki" from 1937.
 
And another clip of the Mills Brothers . . .
some of their best vocals in a longer clip:

Baby Rose Marie,
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The Child Wonder (1929)

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     Baby Rose Marie was so talented at such a young age . . . like Shirley Temple . . . that some critics claimed that she must be a forty-five year-old midget!
     You may remember her from The Dick Van Dyke Show from the sixties, as Maven does; or you may remember Rose Marie from the early years of talkies as Maven's mother did.
     However you remember Rose Marie you'll remember an incredible talent!
     You can check her out by clicking on her picture for Baby Rose Marie . . . The Child Wonder (1929) or judge for yourself by clicking on one of the following links:
 
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"Earl Carroll's Vanities" - The Marijuana Number
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Click to See the Dance Number with Gertude Michael

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MURDER AT THE VANITIES (1934)
 
    Murder at the Vanities is a great movie that combines two genres in one . . . murder mysteries and musicals!
     It has a musical number about marijuana on
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCoj855Vdo8 with Gerturde Michael as the nasty Rita Ross.
     Plus a very young Kitty Carlisle in her very first movie as Ann Ware at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fsc6qDRXaw&feature=related
     It's a "stand alone" mystery, as opposed to the Sherlock Holmes/Charlie Chan series types . . . and a very good one, too.  It's a great whodunit in that you may not guess who the villian turns out to be!
     Maven wouldn't have been surprised the first time she saw it to find out that Earl Carroll did it!  He's the Broadway Empresario who named his theatre (the Earl Carroll Theatre) and productions (Earl Carroll's Vanites) after himself.
     Carroll is absent from Murder at the Vanities but Jack Oakie's Jack Ellery keep bringing the Boss's name up one way or another throughout the movie.
     Victor McLaglen is the policeman, Lt. Bill Murdock, called in by Oakie when a woman is found dead in the catwalks above the stage. . . .  McLaglen's cop frequently looses track of his job with all the chorus girls running around, which is no surprise because Carroll's shows had a reputation for being the "troubador of nudity" with all the least-costumed girls on Broadway.
     Of course, these days you see females wearing as little on city streets so Carroll's girls would be hard pressed to stand out!
     www.imdb.com has a synopis for Murder at the Vanities at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025529/plotsummary and the entire cast, which includes Kitty Carlisle in her first movie, at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025529/fullcredits#cast.
     Want goofs (okay, one!) and trivia on this great movie?  Then go to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025529/goofs and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025529/trivia.
 
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Daffy Duck in "Blame It on the Samba" (1948)
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Click to Go to the Video

 Just for the heck of it . . . and if you need help to stay warm! . . . how about a little Donald Duck in Blame it on the Samba (1948).  Is it the best Donald Duck cartoon that Maven can come up with?  No, but it is cute and catchy, especially if you want a cartoon to go with Charlie Chan in Rio (1941) . . . !  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hkJr3bOFOE&feature=related

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Allan Sherman
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Of "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" Fame
Allan Sherman made an impression on children of all ages with his Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, 1963, which you can find at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWgx3dSLDLI&feature=related.
What Maven didn't know [or possibly didn't remember! :-)] was that he did a sequel in 1964!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogq7dkmafyI
 
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For Groucho Marx enthusiasts . . . what else then the original from their 1939 film, At the Circus!!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OfuomX66EA

This song was written for Groucho Marx in A Day at the Races (1937) but it was unfortunately deleted. . . .  At least we get the general idea from the lyrics:

"Dr. Hackenbush" from "A Day at the Races"

For Groucho Marx enthusiasts . . . what else then the original from their 1939 film, At the Circus!!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OfuomX66EA

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Only You

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For those of us who love old musicals . . . with dancers . . . check out MUSIC: Dancers!!

Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire Dance to Cole Porter's Begin the Beguine

Flying Down to Rio (1933):  Carioca
 
Flying Down to Rio (1933):  Orchids in the Moonlight
(with Delores del Rio and Raul Roulien; just don't ask Maven to translate the introduction!)
 
The Gay Divorcee (1934):  Let's K-nock K-neez
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQTMxHs4Qvg (with Edward Everett Horton and a very young Betty Grable)

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The Fleet's In (1942) is a great movie with Bill Holden Dorothy Lamour, Betty Hutton and featuring Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra with Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberley.  It has several songs that range from beautiful to bouncy to funny.   So check it out!
 
 
 
For extra credit:

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To hear the Three Tenors (Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti) sing Jose Feliciano's Feliz Navidad . . . just click on www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TeJi1olVHI&feature=related!