Monday, 14 December 2015

We're not lost at sea, dear



Another day, another centenary...

One hundred years ago, the dancer, singer and actor Dan Dailey was born. Largely neglected in many a list of famous Hollywood "names", nevertheless he had a pivotal role in many of the big musical films of the 1940s and 50s.

He performed with a glittering array of our icons, including the Andrews Sisters, Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman, Mitzi Gaynor, Dolores Grey, Cyd Charisse, Agnes Moorehead, Eve Arden, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner - but it is his enduring on-screen partnership with Miss Betty Grable to which we turn to cheer us up on this Tacky Music Monday. Here's a double-bill of their numbers...

We're a Couple of Broadway Brothers and Kokomo, Indiana (from Mother Wore Tights):



Don't Rock The Boat, Dear (from My Blue Heaven):



Daniel James "Dan" Dailey, Jr. (14th December 1915 – 16th October 1978)

6 comments:

  1. I really love the film There's No Business Like Show Business. The bit at the end where they're all lining send singing the title song puts a big stupid involuntary grin on my face

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    1. It is one of the corniest, yet most fab, moments a musical film aficionado could possibly ask for! Jx

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  2. "Pick the oddest assortment of singing actors you could find and ask the audience to believe in them as a family."

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    1. Surely that was The Brady Bunch? Jx

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  3. I would love a Brady Bunch style sitcom about that family!

    And for some reason I love seeing Marilyn with other female legends, especially really mismatched ones.

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    1. Marilyn alongside The Merm was almost, almost, as good as Marilyn alongside Bette Davis in All About Eve... Jx

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