Want to know more about the music
in your favorite movies? . . . . Then "dis mus be da plaaaace!"
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Don't believe that cartoons could
have any interesting music and/or dancing? Just try 'em!
Would you believe . . . Alice Cooper and . . .
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.
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
Dated and racist?
Certainly but what's not to like
the young Dorothy Dandridge?!
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
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?!
|Like You've Never Seen Him
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!!
Be My Love:
Besame Mucho (in English):
The Loveliest Night of the Year:
O Solo Mio:
Song of India:
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
For Charlie Chan Fans of Black
(1931) . . . Marjorie White
Ballou in that Chan entry.
Fans have a chance to see her singing
andcavorting with Bert Wheeler
in Diplomaniacs (1933)!
|Hurray for Hollywood (from "Hollywood Hotel" 1937]
|Featuring Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
|Johnnie "Scat" Davis
|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:
|Click on Picture to go to His Website.
Happy Birthday on Friday, May 15,
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.
|"The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
|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!
This is for
the adults: The Munchkin Suicide Debunked!
|The Mills Brothers
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
|Baby Rose Marie,
|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
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:
Five part interview with the adult Rose Marie (each
is approximately 30 minutes):
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|"Earl Carroll's Vanities" - The Marijuana Number
|Click to See the Dance Number with Gertude Michael
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
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!
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
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.
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.
these days you see females wearing as little on city streets so Carroll's girls would be hard pressed to stand out!
|Daffy Duck in "Blame It on the Samba" (1948)
|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
|Of "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" Fame
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 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