So much fascinating material from old movies and TV shows is
now on Youtube.
These items aren't guaranteed to stay on Youtube indefinitely
of course, but among the interesting Dorothy Fields related
items as at October 2010 are the following :
The Early Films
The film that took McHugh and Fields to Hollywood was Love
in the Rough (1930). Here are three numbers from this
very early film musical. I'm
Doing That Thing is sung and danced by charming Dorothy
Learning a Lot From You is built around a golf lesson and
also features some eccentric dancing from Benny Rubin and Penny
Singleton (who sings like Helen Kane). Also One
More Waltz sung by Donald Novis.
The musical number We'll
Dance Until the Dawn from the 1931 movie Flying
High. There's an introduction by Pat O' Brien and Kathryn
Crawford, and then a full-scale Busby Berkeley number erupts.
From the 1933 film The Prizefighter
and the Lady, boxer Max Baer sings and dances his way
Fella with a troupe of diminutive chorines. It's fun.
From the same year in the film Meet
the Baron, the girls perform their ablutions in Clean
as a Whistle.
Laurence Tibbett sings Cuban
Love Song from the 1931 film of the same name. What a voice.
He also has some fun in Tramps
At Sea. I like the verse about the sensuous tattoist: "She
had an awful history, but a swell geography ... "
From Hooray for Love, Living
in a Great Big Way.
Two of the three songs written by Dorothy Fields and Oscar
Levant for In Person and performed
by Ginger Rogers: Out
of Sight, Out of Mind; Got
A New Lease On Life.
Of course one can't ignore the classic songs from Swing
Fine Romance; Pick
Yourself Up; The
Way You Look Tonight; Bojangles
From I Dream Too Much starring
Lily Pons: I
Dream Too Much; Jockey
on the Carousel
Irene Dunne sings: Lovely
to Look At from Roberta;
Be Cuter and Just
Let Me Look at You (strange courtroom scene) from The
Joy of Living.
Other classics and curiosities
The songs from the film version of Up
in Central Park, performed by Deanna Durbin and Dick
in the Park; Oh
Say can you See (as Deanna arrives at Ellis Island from
Ireland). The charming When She Walks in the Room sung by Dick
Haymes starts 4 minutes in to this
Marge Beddow, Gwen Verdon's understudy in Redhead,
Fitch's Twitch at a recent meeting of Dancers Over 40.
Spender as performed in the show Fosse.