Hollywood's Best: The Forties

Hollywood's Best: The Forties

     
 

The Turner Entertainment Co.'s control of the MGM film library makes possible this compilation, a co-production of Turner Classic Movies Music and Rhino Movie Music, of performances taken from motion picture soundtracks of the 1940s. Eleven of the selections were heard in MGM films, with four from Warner Bros., and one, Fred Astaire's…  See more details below

Overview

The Turner Entertainment Co.'s control of the MGM film library makes possible this compilation, a co-production of Turner Classic Movies Music and Rhino Movie Music, of performances taken from motion picture soundtracks of the 1940s. Eleven of the selections were heard in MGM films, with four from Warner Bros., and one, Fred Astaire's rendition of "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," from RKO's The Sky's the Limit (1943). MGM was, of course, devoted to big-budget musicals in the '40s, and some of the company's biggest contracted singing stars are here: Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Jane Powell, and Esther Williams (with Ricardo Montalban in the Academy Award-winning "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from Neptune's Daughter [1949]). The '40s being the era of big-band swing, there are several leading orchestras represented, including those of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey (separately) and Harry James (with Jimmy Durante on Durante's signature song, "Inka Dinka Doo" from Two Girls and a Sailor [1944]). Glenn Miller, whose films were released by 20th Century-Fox, which Turner does not control, could not be included, but following Miller's 1944 death his band was taken over by singer/saxophonist Tex Beneke, and the orchestra re-created one of the big Miller hits, "Chattanooga Choo Choo," in a 1948 MGM short, Martin Block's Musical Merry Go Round, so it gets in here that way. More singers than film stars were the Andrews Sisters, whose version of "Don't Fence Me In" (unlike the record, not including Bing Crosby) comes from the 1944 Warner Bros. film Hollywood Canteen. And more a film star than a singer, Bette Davis nevertheless managed to give a credible treatment to the Oscar-nominated "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" in another Warner all-star anthology film, 1943's Thank Your Lucky Stars. Not all the songs were current copyrights of the '40s, with Casablanca's "As Time Goes By" dating back to 1931 and Yankee Doodle Dandy's "You're a Grand Old Flag" all the way to 1906. Anyone familiar with that song (and a few others here) will note some lyric variations, not to mention sometimes much-expanded orchestrations, but those are the sorts of things that make these movie versions interesting. The collection is really just a sampler of the available material, but it more than justifies further volumes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/1997
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227290825
catalogNumber:
72908

Tracks

  1. Opus One  -  Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  2. Paper Doll  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  3. Inka Dinka Doo
  4. Don't Fence Me In  -  Warner Bros. Orchestra
  5. The Trolley Song  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  6. This Heart of Mine  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  7. Chattanooga Choo Choo  -  Tex Beneke & His Orchestra
  8. Baby, It's Cold Outside  - Esther Williams
  9. Walter Winchell Rhumba  -  Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra
  10. The Last Time I Saw Paris  - Ann Sothern
  11. They're Either Too Young or Too Old  -  Warner Bros. Orchestra
  12. Star Eyes  -  Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  13. It's a Most Unusual Day  -  MGM Studio Orchestra
  14. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) [  -  RKO Radio Studio Orchestra
  15. As Time Goes By  - Arthur "Dooley" Wilson
  16. You're a Grand Old Flag  -  Warner Bros. Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrews Sisters   Track Performer
Fred Astaire   Track Performer
Judy Garland   Track Performer
Lena Horne   Track Performer
Harry James   Track Performer
Helen O'Connell   Track Performer
Bette Davis   Track Performer
Jimmy Durante   Track Performer
Jane Powell   Track Performer
James Cagney   Track Performer
Warner Bros. Orchestra   Track Performer
MGM Studio Orchestra   Track Performer
Bob Eberly   Track Performer
Harry James & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Tex Beneke & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Red Skelton   Track Performer
Arthur "Dooley" Wilson   Track Performer
Ann Sothern   Track Performer
Rodrigo Montalban   Track Performer
RKO Radio Studio Orchestra   Track Performer
Esther Williams   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Cole Porter   Composer
Johnnie Camacho   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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