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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 Jordan. I'm 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 through Lucky 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 Time: A Fine Romance; Pick Yourself Up; The Way You Look Tonight; Bojangles of Harlem.

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; You Couldn't 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 Haymes: Carousel 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 clip.

Marge Beddow, Gwen Verdon's understudy in Redhead, performs Erbie Fitch's Twitch at a recent meeting of Dancers Over 40.

Hey, Big Spender as performed in the show Fosse.



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