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Top musical number in film

MGM·Lion 02 Dec 09 - 10:58 AM
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Subject: Top musical number in film
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 10:58 AM

'Fred Astaire, whatever his virtues, was hardly a top singer [tho a most attractive one at that]; but 'A Couple Of Swells' from 'Easter Parade', his duet with Judy Garland, would probably be my choice of best-ever musical number in a film: even more than the two brilliant ones from 'Singing In The Rain', 'Make Em Laugh' & the title number.'

I wrote this on another thread, but decided the topic needs a thread of its own — so this is it.

Pausing simply to add 'Kiss Me Kate's' 'Brush Up Your Shakespeare' as a further candidate, I hereby throw this debate open to the floor...


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: frogprince
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 11:07 AM

I think the absolute greatest musical moment in the history of American film has to be Lee Marvin's rendition of "Happy Birthday" in "Cat Ballou".


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 11:10 AM

I positively hate musicals and I loathe tap-dancing with a passion but, for me, the most incredibly wonderful scene in the whole of movie history is the "Lullaby of Broadway" sequence in "Gold Diggers of 1935".

It's something I just cannot explain.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 11:22 AM

Ah, yes now — I meant songs really; but having chosen the title I did for the thread, I suppose that Busby Berkeley production numbers must be admitted as candidates — or need we start yet another thread for the likes of them?

BTW — having mentioned one song from KissMeKate above, I must also recall 'True To You In My Fashion'.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 11:31 AM

The Monkey-Doodle-Do in the 4 Marx Brother's The Cocoanuts (1929). Here it is in situ sung and danced by the delicious Mary Eaton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P9rQs3F9vw

And here it is used as the soundtrack for a film of a monkey in Edinburgh Zoo playing with a dead mouse I made back in 2004:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atN8qQfcsGc


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: GUEST,Elmore
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 11:41 AM

"love theme from Barry Lyndon" by The Chieftains"


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: Smedley
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 11:49 AM

'The Trolley Song' from Meet Me In St Louis always warms the cockles.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: frogprince
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 11:51 AM

Suibhne, I'll be showing that clip of Mary Eaton to my wife. Her sister Doris married the man whose poultry farm my father-in-law
managed for many years. I just took Doris's autobiography, "The Days We Danced", off our shelf; Mary died tragically in 1948, after a long history of alcoholism. Doris is 104 years old, sharper than most people much younger, and still able to dance.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: GUEST,Torchy
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 11:56 AM

The best song ever in a film was My rifle my pony and me in Rio Bravo, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 11:59 AM

Songs only--any of Sylvia Fine's specialty songs for Danny Kaye for fun; The Third Man Theme for a more serious music...very haunting.

For production numbers, I try to watch each of those '30s 'Gold Diggers' films whenever I can. "We're In the Money" is an especial favorite.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:01 PM

Ah, yes now — I meant songs really

In my defence - the song does last the whole scene (albeit with a ...errr.. fantasy sequence in the middle).


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: The Villan
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:05 PM

Well for me it has to be My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion in Titanic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saalGKY7ifU

Also Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6827163268088648679#


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: GUEST,Gusty
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:10 PM

Madeline Kahn's 'I'm Tired' in 'Blazing Saddles', closely followed by Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle's 'Putting on the Ritz' in 'Young Frankenstein'.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: Stu
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:12 PM

Greased Lightnin!


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: Stu
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:14 PM

. . . and anything from My Fair Lady.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:17 PM

Doris is 104 years old, sharper than most people much younger, and still able to dance.

Amazing! Didn't know Mary's fate though a lot of those girls had a very rough time of it...


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: The Villan
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:20 PM

Lets not forget Singing in The Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3GqaQkhuYw


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:24 PM

I know it's unimaginative, but I'd have to go with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Not just a great movie song, but possibly the best song of the entire 20th century. It works as a song or simply as an instrumental, and it works on any instrument (or ensemble thereof) from full-blown symphony orchestra to banjo.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:29 PM

What a Swell Party This Is', from High Society, in fact almost any number from that great film.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:30 PM

'Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Same film


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:35 PM

Lets not forget Singing in The Rain>>> We didn't, Villan. It's in my OP —

as are not [o how they flood into mind] New York New York from OnTheTown; Dietrich FallingInLoveAgain, the BlueAngel.

& could the entirely unexpected James Cagney possibly infiltrate the CAN·Sing thread with YankeeDoodleDandy?


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:38 PM

'What a Swell Party This Is', from High Society,>>>

Well did you ever!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: The Villan
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:39 PM

Sorry MtGM missed that.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:42 PM

NEWSFLASH

All those James Bond title numbers are now jostling for recognition in my head...


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:44 PM

See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: beeliner
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:45 PM

"The Kangaroo Hop" in Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother.

An absolute show-stopper.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 12:52 PM

Someone mentions Over The Rainbow above — my adored Judy G again. I know she was a gay icon, but I must be the only straight Friend·Of·Dorothy in captivity.

{NB This is MY thread, & I positively forbid it to start off on any of the themes on THAT particular topic currently ongoing below the line!..

So Hurrah For Captain Spalding...}

& who remembers Marilyn's masterly ['mistressly'? no I think not!] rendition of Cole Porter's My Heart Belongs To Daddy in Let's Make Love?

And what do we all think [talking of other ongoing threads] of the use & rendering of Sumer Is i-Cumen In at the climax of The Wicker Man?


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 01:01 PM

Well, I have a very soft spot for the very wonderful "I'm a lonesome polecat"..the snow-encrusted axe-wielding worksong in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 01:07 PM

And here's a clip of that polecat scene. Fantastic! Generated in me a lifelong love of chopping wood and wearing lumber jackets.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 01:08 PM

You too could become a friend of Dorothy then, Greg


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 01:12 PM

Slight drift [I can - I'm OP] — what did we DO B4 YouTube?


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 01:13 PM

Or at least a friend of Michael Palin


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: The Villan
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 01:16 PM

>>Generated in me a lifelong love of chopping wood and wearing lumber jackets<<

Funny you should say that. This had the same effect on me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zey8567bcg&feature=related

LOL


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: The Villan
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 01:36 PM

ooops

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zey8567bcg&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 01:59 PM

Olive Oyl's He's Large from the musical Popeye


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 02:02 PM

I'm astounded that nobody has yet mentioned "As Time Goes By" from 'Casablanca' - "Arrest the usual suspects!"

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: The Villan
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 02:22 PM

You just have Mike :-)


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: Don Firth
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 02:26 PM

The dream sequence ballet in "An American in Paris." Leslie Caron, Gene Kelly, others. Runs about half an hour. Bloody brilliant! Gershwin would have been proud!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: richd
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 02:27 PM

"The End" by The Doors at the begining of 'Apocalypse now'.

"Smoke gets in Your Eyes" in the sock hop scene in 'American Graffiti'.

"The Rustle of Spring" in 'The Singing Detective'.

"I Wanna Be like You" in "The Jungle Book".


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 02:55 PM

A great thread! There are so many wonderful musical moments in film.............and here's an area where we agree MtheGM. Starting with your opening post I think I have agreed with all of the selections.   I think we can nominate hundreds but may never agree on a "top" number....that's the worst thing about these lists.

Personally, I loved every minute of a Marx Brothers film but I still enjoy Chico and Harpo equally to the humor. Groucho, a musically talented man himself. hated the piano and harp interludes.

Adding a bit to the Cagney post.........Jimmy was an entirely different dancer than anyone else of his time and watching "Yankee Doodle Dandy" should be mandatory to fill the "block of cultural knowledge" that we should have.

Dancers? Can't leave out "White Nights".........Mikhail Barishnikov and the late Gregory Hines in one movie........fantastic!



Spaw


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: GUEST,Ian Gill
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 03:03 PM

Cab Calloway doing 'Minnie the Moocher' in the 'Blues Brothers' movie ? Or the 'Rawhide' theme from the same - 'we got both types of music here, country and western'?


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 03:05 PM

Thank you, Spaw. Agree will never establish a Top Number. I wouldn't even like to try & decide which was Busby Berkeley's best-ever sequence, or Judy Garland's or Bing Crosby's or Frank Sinatra's best song, or Fred Astaire's best dance & whether it was better than any of Gene Kelly's...

Must mention here, tho — next time you watch the crap-game-in-sewer sequence in Guys&Dolls, notice the guy in the big green fedora hat — that is my cousin Daniel Mayer, nephew of Louis B who was my grandfather's 1st cousin so mine 2ce removed. Danny came over here every year with Garland's company on her annual visit to the Dominion Tottenham Ct Rd; was there for the one she died. A couple of years before he had made contact & we all had tea together at my grandmother's. If you want to know why my Cal cousins spell it that bit different [Mayer while I am Myer] — why, becoz Americans can't spell of course - why else!!!


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 03:13 PM

Talking of Cab Calloway & Minnie the Moocher & the Marx Bros — have always loved the bit at beginning of ANightAtTheOpera, where the Sig Ruhman character, director of the opera, announces that their new signing from Europe will be a great bargain at only $1000 a night. '$1000 a night,' exclaims Groucho: 'why for 75 cents you can get a phonograph record of Minnie the Moocher — come to think of it, for a dollar and a quarter you can get Minnie.' Ah, happy, innocent days!


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 03:43 PM

This is one of favourites. Julie London in "The Girl Can't Help It" and that's Barney Kessel on guitar.

Cry Me a River


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: The Villan
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 04:20 PM

There is a place for us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BQMgCy-n6U


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: frogprince
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 04:39 PM

And now for something completely different:
How many of you have seen the French movie "Juliette of the Spring"?
I think that the scene of Juliette in the woods, dancing nude and playing the harmonica, is easily the most beautiful example of nudity in a film that I've seen.
Also, I have a question; what melody was she playing?


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 07:09 PM

Re: Guys and Dolls
I remember really looking forward to this movie, but was disappointed full-sore. The leads were poorly cast--Marlon Brando, feh! I understand Sinatra really wanted the Masterson role, and I believe he would have caught the spirit of Damon Runyon much better. Also I would have like to see a bit more of Sheldon Leonard in that film.

Likewise Paint Your Wagon. Note to self: When you make a musical, use musical voices.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 07:34 PM

I must admit my partiality to Oscar Hammerstein. His lyrics to Bill's Soliloquy in CAROUSEL just can't be topped. This song reveals Bill's character as well as it advances the musical's plot. Also I am sufficient old to know that everybody back in the late forties/early fifties graduated to "You'll Never Walk Alone". Finally, a generation before in SHOWBOAT, Hammerstein and Jerome Kern showed how a song that every bass sang for the next forty years ("Old Man River") could not only function as a showstopper but also as a leitmotif for the rest of the musical.


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: Little Robyn
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 07:41 PM

Most of those above are great but no-one's mentioned Sound of Music - Eidelweiss is one we sing at work quite a lot!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Top musical number in film
From: M.Ted
Date: 02 Dec 09 - 08:07 PM

Given that this is a folk forum, here is a folk song, and one of the most moving musical moments ever in a film--From "Paths of Glory"


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