Swaps and Sales » Jonzo Volume 29 wanted » 17/6/2020 1:30 am

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Archiefit wrote:

Hello Victor.   I forgot to check back here with you.   Just wanted to know if you were able to hear Episode 18 of my podcast where I played "You're Dangerous".   I purposely didn't talk over the song in case you wanted to record it.  It was the version heard on Jonzo 29 as you wanted.   It's on Episode 18.  Since then I've posted many other good shows too, to hear go to:
https://soundslikeradio.podomatic.com/
 

Dear Archiefit,  Thank you very much for your message,  I played the Episode 18 and was rewarded by the violins and Bing singing "You're Dangerous" that you kindly included for me at the end of your programme. Best wishes and thanks again, Good Health, Victor.  London 17 June 2020.

Member Introductions » New Member of this Forum » 11/6/2020 12:31 am

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Thank you very much. Good Health, Regards, Victor.  11th June 2020 (London)

Others of Note » Dorothy Lamour - actress and singer » 09/6/2020 9:03 pm

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Dorothy Lamour sings "Moonlight Becomes You", "Paradise", "You'll Never Know", "Perfidia" & other songs (several live) 

MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU” (1949 - singing live)
https://youtu.be/y7WJyXJc1y0

PARADISE” (1939)
https://youtu.be/iJEDTpb0Lco

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW” (singing live)
https://youtu.be/hF66TYlLVIk

PERFIDIA” (1945)
https://youtu.be/9q3KXAh4ihg

I’LL REMEMBER” (singing live - 1939)
https://youtu.be/KnDvTbtKvpI

I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE” (1943 - singing live)
https://youtu.be/pYLv4nD2WZM

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU” (1944 movie song)
https://youtu.be/S4vhXwQXrtk

P.S. I LOVE YOU” (1948 - singing live)
https://youtu.be/S4vhXwQXrtk

PANAMANIA” (1937)
https://youtu.be/5Jm2ZWShMqQ

LOVELIGHT IN THE STARLIGHT” (1938)
https://youtu.be/hD51LjIqGnU

I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO” (1947 - singing live)
https://youtu.be/EsYzgjrkw7A

and below a photo tribute to lovely Dorothy Lamour:
https://youtu.be/hXc2w-7X4qs
 

Others of Note » Dorothy Lamour - actress and singer » 08/6/2020 8:33 pm

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STARDUST

In this section of Bing's Forum, David has explored dozens of cover versions of some of Bing's songs principally associated with him including early '30s gems such as "I'm Thru With Love", "Please", "Temptation" "Dinah", "Where The Blue of The Night", "A Ghost of a Chance", "I Surrender Dear" etc.

However one of Bing's famous 1931 recordings was where he was not the first artist to introduce or record the music, is "Stardust" composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Mitchell Parish only added two years later in 1929. The song's original title was "Star Dust" i.e. two words. The original sheet music was published under the title "Star Dust" by Mills Music with a copyright date of 1929.

Bing Crosby made the definitive recording on 19th August 1931 with the Victor Young Orchestra.

Here it is (note that the title is written as STAR DUST on the Brunswick record label:



This is the powerful voice (complete with a short whistle at the end) that the future young Frank Sinatra had to try to follow at the start of his career.

This song does not seem to have been recorded in any of Bing's films but there was a film made with the song and music used. This film was in 1940 starring the young and very attractive Linda Darnell (who that same year also appeared in "Chad Hanna" with Henry Fonda and Dorothy Lamour) with co-star John Payne.

In the film, Linda in her role as a very young aspiring actress (which she herself was!) refers to a sarong style cape she is wearing as being like the one Dorothy Lamour wore in "Pagan Love" and she also walks around outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre and notices the footprints of "Tyrone Power" in the pavement tribute paving slabs (of course Linda co-starred with Tyrone Power the year before in "Day-Time Wife" when she was only 16 years of age and also was with him in the exciting "Mark of Zorro" in 1940 recently colourised by 20th Century Fox). After her eventual succe

Film » Bing sings on film in the '30s » 08/6/2020 12:37 pm

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Dear Graham,

Referring to Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman's very lively performance of "You're The Top" from the movie "Anything Goes" (1936), just after the "Dizzy Dean" line, Bing also sings ".....you’re the great Mr Einstein’s noodle and your waist - well let’s see - an apple strudel" (I can't make out the word before this).  I always remember that line about Albert Einstein E=mc² (1879 - 1955).

It seems that the lyrics in Bing & Ethel's filmed version were quite different in parts to Cole Porter's original version, which presumably was as per his own rendition of his composition as below:

You’re The Top”  (Composed and sung by Cole Porter in 1934)



In fact, the verses seem to be endless to take in the passage of time.

In Cole Porter's song "I Get A Kick Out Of You" (very well sung by Frank Sinatra), they changed the line about "cocaine" & "whiff" to "perfume from Spain" & "sniff" you may recall.

Others of Note » Tribute to Dixie Lee - Actress & Singer » 05/6/2020 11:42 pm

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Dear Graham,

If you listen to Ruth Etting singing Bing's great hit "Out of Nowhere", at about 1min - 56secs suddenly the song gets livelier and faster!

On the Web, it mentions that Ruth Etting was known for this:

"While she enjoyed singing at school and in church, Etting never took voice lessons. She said that she had patterned her song styling after Marion Harris, but created her own unique style by alternating tempos and by varying some notes and phrases."

I believe that one of Ruth Etting's most famous songs was "Ten Cents a Dance" (1930).  Ruth does the same thing with the tempo change at about 1min - 38secs as you can hear from the song below:




The recording seems very clear and free from crackle, etc.

Doris Day gave a very good performance portraying Ruth Etting's tough life in the film "Love Me or Leave Me" co-starring James Cagney released in 1955.

On the Web, it says that 
James Cagney had suggested to producer Joe Pasternak that Doris Day be cast in the Etting role. The role had been sought by Ava Gardner and Jane Russell, but Cagney persuaded MGM to cast Doris Day, who was excited to play opposite Cagney.   If course, Doris Day would have had her splendid singing voice advantage over Ava and Jane.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/3a/Love_me_or_leave_me.jpg/220px-Love_me_or_leave_me.jpg
 

 

Film » Bing sings on film in the '40s and '50s » 05/6/2020 10:25 pm

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Dear Graham,

Thank you very much.  As for whistling in songs, "The Jolson Story" (starring Larry Parks in 1946) portrays the very young Al Jolson as a boy performer singing on stage when his voice breaks so instead he completes the song by whistling it.

We know that Bing idolised Al Jolson and used to sneak off school to watch Jolson at the theatre from a hidden place!

Bing's whistling and his boo, boop a doo were trademarks of the early Bing.  Bing did his own whistling too no doubt.

In another topic on this Forum, I was writing about Bing's encouraging and kind remarks about Elvis Presley in the 50s and amongst other things that they had both sung "Blue Hawaii" (composed by Leo Robin & Ralph Rainger) on screen in Paramount's "Waikiki Wedding" (1937) and "Blue Hawaii" (1961) respectively.

In his boxing film "Kid Galahad" in 1962 co-starring Joan Blackman, the same attractive dark-haired actress who had been in "Blue Hawaii" the year before, Elvis sang a gentle song called "A Whistling Tune" (the actual whistling was done by one of Elvis's backing group "The Jordanaires").  Here is the short scene from the enjoyable film with good acting from Elvis.




PS.  I am reminded of an amusing comment made by "The Killer" - Jerry Lee Lewis on hearing Elvis singing "Blue Hawaii" - Jerry proclaimed: "King of Rock 'n' Roll"? - he's Bing Crosby now!  Blue ooooh....."  (or similar words).

Others of Note » Tribute to Dixie Lee - Actress & Singer » 02/6/2020 3:13 am

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Another good performance by Dixie Lee "Until The Real Thing Comes Along". Thank you David - well found!

I see that this song was later recorded by many well-known singers over the years including The Ink Spots, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frankie Laine & Buck Clayton, Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra.

Thank you very much to Ron, Tom, John for joining in.  Actually, I knew next to nothing about Dixie Lee until I joined your Forum and started reading up on the subject.   

On the Web there is more information re. the song's composers at: https://secondhandsongs.com/work/10909

Perhaps Dixie Lee liked Ruth Etting's style - she was the original "Torch Singer" and recorded "Out of Nowhere" on Columbia Records in 1931. The fine song was composed by Johnny Green & Edward Hayman.




https://s3.amazonaws.com/pastperfectonline/images/museum_184/196/thumbs/1105212.jpg


In 1931, "Out of Nowhere" was the first recording under Bing Crosby's record contract with Brunswick. Bing recorded the song on 30th March 1931. It was his first No.1 hit record as a solo artist. Bing also sang it in his film "Confessions of a Co-Ed" (1931) and in the short film "I Surrender Dear" (1931).

Bing's magnificent recording can be heard at the following link. What a voice!


Others of Note » Tribute to Dixie Lee - Actress & Singer » 31/5/2020 11:50 pm

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Dear Ron,

Dixie Lee Day - 8th November 2019 by Tennessee State Senate Resolution No. 4

Thank you very much for writing.

There is more about the memorial for Dixie Lee in David's article if you hadn't already seen it.   "DIXIE LEE TO GET HISTORICAL MARKER PRESS RELEASE - HARRIMAN NATIVE AND ACTRESS DIXIE LEE TO RECEIVE STATE HISTORICAL MARKER..."

http://bingfan03.blogspot.com/2019/08/dixie-lee-to-get-historical-marker.html

Others of Note » Tribute to Dixie Lee - Actress & Singer » 30/5/2020 6:08 pm

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A tribute to lovely Dixie Lee, Actress & Singer, who was born Wilma Winifred Wyatt in Harriman, Tennessee on 4th November 1909 to Evan Wyatt and the former Nora Scarboroughmet. Dixie met Bing Crosby at the age of 20 and married him on 29th September 1930 and she was the mother of his four sons [Gary Crosby born in 1933, twins Phillip & Dennis Crosby in 1934 and Lindsay Crosby in 1938]. 
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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a0/Dixie_Lee_1935.jpg/220px-Dixie_Lee_1935.jpg
 
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      (with Gary in 1933)

Dixie Lee had won a singing contest in Chicago under the name Dixie Carroll which included a part in a Broadway play and she was soon on her way to Hollywood and at the age of eighteen, she was signed to a contract with Fox Film. In 1930, Dixie Lee was better known than Bing Crosby - as demonstrated by the incorrect press release published by the Associated Press that reported that Dixie Lee had married "Murray Crosey"!

The last two songs commercially recorded by Dixie Lee and Bing Crosby with the Victor Young Orchestra in August 1936 on Decca/Brunswick were from the the movie "Swing Time" (1936) amusingly performed by the stars of the movie Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. These songs "The Way You Look Tonight" and "A Fine Romance" were both composed by Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields.   The former song winning an Academy Award for the "Best Original Song" and it became Fred Astaire's most successful hit record, topping the U.S. charts in 1936. Below are Bing and Dixie Lee singing together - showcasing Dixie Lee's cha

Film » Bing sings on film in the '40s and '50s » 28/5/2020 9:24 pm

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Dear Ron,

Thank you for writing back. As the film clips I located are all saved on the Web in completely different places, I cannot make them viewable in a single file or link. Having the screenshot pictures makes the presentation more colourful than having a bare list of Internet URL codes in my opinion.  When one buys a book, the first thing is to look at the photos!

As a follow-up to the "High Society" song film clips in 1956, I wonder if you had seen before the following 1957 TV show extract which was aired on USA television on 20th December 1957.  It looks a bit in the style of "Did You Evah?" with Bing and Frank Sinatra looking very smart and lively.

"Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank" - "Jingle Bells"



and here are a further two songs from the same TV show:

The first "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Frank Sinatra and then Bing & Frank sing "White Christmas" together (very respectfully of each other!)




One YouTube viewer wrote on the Web:
"The hand of Frank over Bing's shoulder means true friendship and that's what christmas is about, merry christmas everyone."
Another wrote: "
Absolutely amazing! Watching them singing together at the end gave me the chills."

and one more very nice TV show extract from Bing & Frank




 

Film » Bing sings on film in the '40s and '50s » 26/5/2020 9:03 pm

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Dear Ron,

NOW YOU HAS JAZZ etc

Thank you very much for the corrected title for the last film song link.  After 50 hours selecting and checking all the film clips for my last three main postings, I was a little tired at 5am and got the wrong title from what is written on the actual picture file of the working link.  I previously spent 20 hours on Dorothy Lamour's topic in "Others of Note" - https://crosbyfanworld.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=1604. 

I have now corrected the song title. Thanks Tom and David for joining in the topic.

There is some interesting background information on Cole Porter and "Now You Has Jazz" at the following link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Now_You_Has_Jazz

Given over 37,000 deaths of mainly elderly persons with underlying health issues (like myself) in the UK, and until very recently almost 900 people dying every day, I thought I'd better get my postings submitted whilst I'm still alive!

NB. When I read up about Dorothy Lamour, someone had written when she died as her being "long forgotten". I am pleased to find that this is not so on your Website. I ordered her autobiography "Dorothy Lamour - My Side of the Road" published in 1980 and also a rare CD collection from the USA.
 

Film » Bing sings on film in the '40s and '50s » 26/5/2020 3:25 am

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Bing sings on film in the '40s and '50s

A selection of filmed songs between 1940 to 1956 found on the Web:

April Played the Fiddle” (If I Had My Way - 1940)



I Haven’t Time to be a Millionaire”  (If I Had My Way - 1940)



Meet The Sun Halfway” (If I Had My Way - 1940)



If I Had My Way” (If I Had My Way - 1940)



Rhythm on the River”  (Rhythm on the River - 1940)



Only Forever” (Rhythm on the River - 1940)



"White Christmas" (Holiday Inn - 1942)



Be Careful It’s My Heart” (Holiday Inn - 1942)



Easter Parade” (Holiday Inn - 1942 tinted)



Moonlight Becomes You” (Road To Morocco - 1942)



and more




Blue Skies” (Blue Skies - 1946)



But Beautiful” (Road To Rio - 1947)



To See You Is To Love You” (Road To Bali - 1952)



"The Merry-Go-Run-Around" (Road to Bali - 1952)




Little One” (High Society - 1956)



True Love” (High Society - 1956)



I Love You Samantha” (High Society - 1956)



"Well Did You Evah?" (High Society - 1956)



Now You Has Jazz” (High Society - 1956)


 

Film » Bing sings on film in the '30s » 25/5/2020 9:47 pm

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Bing Crosby sings on film in the '30s

A selection of film clips of the younger Bing Crosby - the "crooner of the century". As Bing sang in "Takes Two to Make a Bargain": "I would like a junior, I'd bring him up to be a croon(y)er".

The film clips are from various shorts and movies dated between 1930 - 1938 with the fine voice evident that the young Frank Sinatra later had to try to follow though not quite so strong in 1938.

Bing indicated in a British TV programme many years ago after a film clip was played back to him (to much applause from the studio audience) that his voice in "Down by the River" (from "Mississippi" 1935) was one that he was pleased with. A couple of years earlier, Bing's voice was even more powerful i.e. singing Ray Noble's "Goodnight Sweetheart" in 1931 - although, as has been noted by TV SciFi fans, a famous award-winning episode of "Star Trek" with a young Joan Collins and William Shatner (as Captain Kirk) time-shifted it back by one year to 1930!  Note Marion Davies (who is said to have been Orson Welles's real "Rosebud" for "Citizen Kane"!) in the eleventh film clip.

So The Bluebirds and The Blackbirds Got Together” (King of Jazz - 1930)



Just One More Chance” (short: One More Chance - 1931)



Out of Nowhere” (Confessions of a Coed - 1931)



For You” (Billboard Girl - 1932)



Here Lies Love” (The Big Broadcast - 1932)



Dinah” and “Please” (The Big Broadcast - 1932)



"Please" (short: Please - 1933)



You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me” (short: Please - 1933)



Snuggled on your Shoulder” (short: Sing Bing Sing - 1933)



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Biography » Bing Crosby's champion racehorse » 25/5/2020 1:46 pm

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BING CROSBY STAKES

The "Bing Crosby Stakes" is a yearly horseracing event held at the Del Mar racecourse in California, USA for three year-old horses and older run over a distance of ¾ mile (6 furlongs). Bing was a founding partner in the racecourse property.

The "Bing Crosby Stakes" were first run in 1946 when the dead-heat winners were "War Allies" and "Indian Watch". The most recent 2019 winner was "Cistron".  

Amongst the other 73 past winners of the "Bing Crosby Stakes" were "Olympic Prospect" and "Christmas Boy" horses co-owned by Frank Sinatra!
  
"Where the Turf meets the Surf"

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Bing Crosby greets Del Mar’s first patron, Mrs W.R. Richardson, on the venue’s opening day on 3rd July 1937.
(Photograph: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club)

Bing Crosby sings "Where The Turf Meets The Surf" to promote the Del Mar Turf Club, near San Diego. Bing was a part-owner of Del Mar. The song was written by Johnny Burke, James Vincent Monaco and Bing and it was recorded in Los Angeles with John Scott Trotter & his Orchestra on 5th July 1941.



[color=#202122]"Pataha Prince" the winner of the "Bing Crosby Stakes" in 1973 was trained by Robert Julian Frankel who is described as "one of the most successful and respected trainers in the history of thoroughbred racing" winning several trainer awards.  Robert Julian Frankel won several "Eclipse Awards", the ye

Film » "Song and Dance" - Bing and co-stars » 24/5/2020 4:15 pm

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A selection of Bing Crosby film clips singing and dancing with Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin during 1939 - 1964.  I could not locate the actual film scene on the Web for "Put It There Pal" from the "Road To Utopia" (filmed in 1943/44 but only released in 1946) but instead there is a compilation of extracts from various Bing films to the words of the record version of the song.  "Holiday Inn" (1942) has since been officially colourised in 2010 and sold in the EU by Universal Pictures (UK) Limited. The last link is for the earliest film recording of "Captain Custard" from the "Road To Singapore" (1939) - but the sound is over loud and sharp, please note). 

The Waiter  and The Porter and The Upstairs Maid” (Birth of the Blues - 1941)



I’ll Capture Your Heart” (Holiday Inn - 1942)



Put It There Pal” (Road To Utopia - 1943/44 released 1946)



A Couple of Song and Dance Men” (Blue Skies - 1946)



"Apalachicola F-L-A" (Road To Rio - 1947)



"You Don't Have To Know The Language" (Road To Rio - 1947)



"Zing a Little Zong" (Just for You - 1952)



I’ll Si-Si Ya in Bahia” (Just for You - 1952)



"Chicago Style" (Road To Bali - 1952)



Hoot Mon!” (Road To Bali - 1952)



"Gee I Wish I Was Back In The Army" (White Christmas - 1954)



 
Well, Did You Evah?” (High Society - 1956)
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Swaps and Sales » Jonzo Volume 29 wanted » 24/5/2020 1:35 pm

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Dear Archiefit,

Thanks for your posting yesterday.  The two movies "Road To Morocco" followed by "Road To Utopia" were shown on television last week on the "Sony Movies Classic" (Channel 50 - Freeview).

That channel has been showing several Bing, Bob & Dorothy "Road" and Bob Hope movies the latter with Jane Russell in "The Paleface" (1948 in colour) "Son of Paleface" (1952 sequel in colour) and with Dorothy Lamour in "My Favorite Brunette" (1947 Black & White).

At this very moment, the "Road To Rio" is on Channel 50 and I am looking forward to seeing the "But Beautiful" onboard filmshow scene again with Bing serenading Dorothy when she is not under hypnosis (i.e. "I hate you, I loathe you, I despise you"  from the scheming Mrs Vale played by Gale Sondergaard!)





 

Others of Note » Bing and "The King" » 23/5/2020 8:03 pm

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Bing Crosby said, inter alia, to his biographer Pete Martin in 1957 when asked about Elvis Presley: “….He's gonna be a very big star, I mean, in a lot of fields ... he sings in tune, and he's got good rhythm, he just hasn't developed enough voice just yet to handle the ballads but that'll come…”

14 years later, on 28th August 1971, Elvis received the "Bing Crosby Award" from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).  Previous winners include: Bing Crosby (for whom it was later renamed), Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and composer Irving Berlin. The photo below, NARAS representatives and Bing's nephew, Chris with Elvis Presley (in glasses!).

https://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/pictures/img/elvis/70s/71/1971-august-28-bing-crosby-award.jpg


Elvis did sing ballads very well and in fact quite early on in his recording career plus in personal appearances on USA TV during 1956 - 1958.  I am thinking of ballads such as “Love Me Tender”, “Is It So Strange”, “Don’t”, “Loving You”, “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” , “Love Me”, “As Long As I Have You” (the closing song to “King Creole”). After his return from the US Army (1958 - 1960), Elvis sang “Blue Hawaii” in his 1961 film of the same name, which was originally Bing Crosby’s song from “Waikiki Wedding” (1937) as performed by Bing via the link below:




Here is Elvis's ballad singing which opened the film of the same name "Blue Hawaii" (1961). Hopefully, Bing approved.



 

Swaps and Sales » Jonzo Volume 29 wanted » 23/5/2020 7:51 pm

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Thank you again, Archiefit.

I will check out the links you kindly provided.  

A couple of days ago, we had a double Bing, Bob & Dorothy TV film show with both "Road To Morocco" and "Road To Utopia" (still in Black & White!).  Bing's big song "Moonlight Becomes You" with the extra bit not on the record and Dorothy's "Constantly" and later in the second movie her delightful "Personality" (there are extra verses on Dorothy's live performance and record versions) were the highlights for me as always.

Kind regards.

Film » Colorization » 23/5/2020 1:46 pm

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Thank you very much Archiefit.  I see that you live in America.  My grandmother was born in Memphis, Tennessee (but I didn't know her).  A cousin (who I once met in London about 40 years ago when my mother was alive) was a District Attorney in California and his father (my uncle) who moved to California when he was quite young was the editor of a newspaper (San Fernando?).

I currently have a Sony DVD Player that accepts NTSC discs and I think a video box that converts NTSC tapes to PAL somewhere stored away, but I've forgotten how that works!

Maybe one day, we will have an official DVD release as with Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire's "Holiday Inn". As I recall, "Blue Skies" was made in colour.

Even if someone clever colourised just the songs from Bing, Bob & Dorothy's "Road" films prior to "Road To Bali" (1952), this would be nice.  Bing's scene in "Road To Morocco" (1942) singing "Moonlight Becomes You" to Dorothy also the opening song.  Of course, I'd love to see Dorothy Lamour singing "Constantly", "You're Dangerous", "The Moon and the Willow", "Personality" and so on in colour.  See how nice "Moonflowers" is which was filmed in colour with all the colourful costumes and background.  It's also a shame that Peggy Lee (as good as she is) was apparently used in some commercial recordings replacing Dorothy Lamour, in my opinion rather spoiling the artistic integrity of the originally assembled filmstars.  As Ron noted in an earlier posting, perhaps Dorothy was not always treated quite as well as she deserved for commercial reasons.

Swaps and Sales » Jonzo Volume 29 wanted » 23/5/2020 2:04 am

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Thank you very much.  What exactly is a "Podcast"!  I am hopeless on modern things - I previously mentioned to Mr Baker that I didn't know what "Google Drive" and "ICloud" are!

Best wishes, Victor.  23/5/20.

Film » Colorization » 23/5/2020 1:38 am

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Dear Archiefit,

Thank you very much for your detailed reply and information.

When I got Elvis's "Jailhouse Rock" colourised version of the 1957 film on VHS and by MGM/UA Home Video - that was 28 years ago in 1992, but I have never seen a Dvd colourised version of the film.  The film I really would love to see of Elvis's in colour is "King Creole" (1958).  Elvis's second film "Loving You" (1957) was in glorious colour as originally released.

I am going to check again what Dvd versions of "Casablanca" in colour are available to purchase and read again what people have said in their reviews though sometimes the reviews get bundled together for different versions! 

Your videotape version has a lovely cover. I presume that it is in PAL (not NTSC).

Thanks again.
 

Biography » Bing Crosby's champion racehorse » 23/5/2020 12:33 am

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Bing Crosby's horse "LIGAROTI"

In 1938, racehorse owner Charles Howard arranged a match race for his horse "Seabiscuit" (grandson of the famous horse "Man o' War") against "Ligaroti", a highly rated horse owned by Bing Crosby and Howard's son, Lindsay, through the "Binglin Stable" in Moorpark, California in an event organised to promote Bing Crosby's resort and the Del Mar Racetrack in California. The stable was owned by Bing and close friend, Lindsay. In 1937, Bing Crosby had become a founding partner and member of the Board of Directors of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, operators of Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar. "Seabiscuit" won that Match Race despite apparent fouling from "Ligaroti"'s jockey but both riders were suspended for rough riding. Because of the row over this with both jockeys blaming the other, Bing's wife Dixie Lee Crosby was left to award the prize trophy whilst Bing and Lindsay looked on!

"Ligaroti" who was the great great grandson of the unbeaten racehorse "St. Simon" had been the winner of 13 of his 21 races including a track record at Hollywood Park racecourse in the Amercican Handicap race. Bing used him in his movie "Sing You Sinners" (1938). Race track scenes were filmed at the Pomona Fairgrounds and at Santa Anita racecourse using two dozen of Crosby's horses in the movie.  

Film critic Bosley Crowther writing in The New York Times liked it saying: "The happily accidental conjunction of Bing Crosby and horse racing (which is Bing’s other love, besides crooning, as you may have read somewhere) has turned out to be the funniest comedy on Broadway, including all the side streets. The only noteworthy difference between reality and Sing You Sinners at the Paramount, is that in the movies Crosby’s horse wins—an unprecedented thing which may be explained by the fact that Bing undoubtedly must have had a hand in the script."  

Bing defied Paramount Pictures in taking the day off on Friday 10th June 1938 w

Swaps and Sales » Jonzo Volume 29 wanted » 22/5/2020 11:39 pm

VictorM
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If anyone ever has a  spare of Volume 29 (the one with "You're Dangerous" sung by Bing in it), I'd be very glad to know.

Thank you, Victor.  23rd May 2020.

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