Born to Dance/Going My Way/Road to Utopia/Bring on the Girls

Born to Dance/Going My Way/Road to Utopia/Bring on the Girls

     
 

Although this unlicensed collection of soundtrack recordings bills equally four Hollywood movie musicals -- Born to Dance (1936), Going My Way (1944), Road to Utopia (1946), and Bring on the Girls (1945) -- only the first and fourth titles really get much coverage. The first 46 of the 73 minutes on the disc are taken up by tracks fromSee more details below

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Although this unlicensed collection of soundtrack recordings bills equally four Hollywood movie musicals -- Born to Dance (1936), Going My Way (1944), Road to Utopia (1946), and Bring on the Girls (1945) -- only the first and fourth titles really get much coverage. The first 46 of the 73 minutes on the disc are taken up by tracks from Born to Dance, and the last 19 minutes are given over to Bring on the Girls. The obvious connection between the two movies released nine years apart is that both have plots concerning the Navy. The selections from Born to Dance present all the songs composed by Cole Porter, for whom this was his first song score written expressly for a film. That score includes such memorable numbers as "Easy to Love" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Unfortunately, the cast is not heavy on good singers. Such featured performers as James Stewart (who manages to hold his own) and Buddy Ebsen (more a dancer than a singer in this period and later known for TV's The Beverly Hillbillies) are outdistanced by Eleanor Powell, Frances Langford, and Virginia Bruce, but the score would have benefited from a better singing cast in general. Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson's songs for Bring on the Girls are not in Porter's class, and the score is incomplete, lacking several numbers heard in the film. Sonny Tufts' rendition of "Egyptian-Ella" (which is hidden on the track called "Uncle Sammy Hit Miami" here) is the most amusing piece, closely followed by Spike Jones' typically zany rendition of Gus Kahn and Neil Moret's "Chloe." Sandwiched in between Born to Dance and Bring on the Girls are three studio (not soundtrack) recordings by Bing Crosby: "Ave Maria," which he sang in Going My Way, and "Personality" and "Would You?," both of which Dorothy Lamour actually sang in Road to Utopia. These are really padding and do not justify giving the two films equal billing in the album title.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/1999
Label:
GREAT MOVIE THEMES
UPC:
0793515603124
catalogNumber:
60031

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Tracks

  1. Overture: Born to Dance/Rolling Home  - James Stewart
  2. Rap Tap on Wood
  3. Hey Babe Hey/I'm Nuts About You  - James Stewart
  4. Entrance of Lucy James/Love Me, Love Me Pekinese  -  Chorus
  5. Easy to Love  - James Stewart
  6. I've Got You Under My Skin
  7. Easy to Love
  8. Swingin' the Jinx Away
  9. Ave Maria  -  Victor Young & His Orchestra
  10. Personality  -  Eddie Condon & His Orchestra
  11. Would You?  - John Scott Trotter
  12. Overture: Bring on the Girls  -  Chorus
  13. Uncle Sammy Hit Miami  -  Chorus
  14. You Moved Right In
  15. Dance Routine
  16. Chloe  -  City Slickers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Spike Jones   Track Performer
Buddy Ebsen   Track Performer
Eleanor Powell   Track Performer
Frances Langford   Track Performer
Merkel   Track Performer
Sid Silvers   Track Performer
Marjorie Reynolds   Track Performer
City Slickers   Track Performer
James Stewart   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Franz Schubert   Composer
Bing Crosby   Contributor
Eddie Condon   Contributor
Spike Jones   Contributor
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dorothy Lamour   Contributor
Bob Hope   Contributor
Buddy Ebsen   Contributor
Eleanor Powell   Contributor
Frances Langford   Contributor
John Scott Trotter   Contributor
Risë Stevens   Contributor
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Contributor
Merkel   Contributor
Harold Adamson   Composer
Sid Silvers   Contributor
Marco Cambieri   Artwork
Sonny Tufts   Contributor
Eddie Bracken   Contributor
James Stewart   Contributor

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