Kathryn Grayson is one of those outstanding celebritites that are few and far between. Trained as an opera singer, she was signed to RCA Red Seal records at the tender age of 15 and later with MGM in the 1940s. She was stunningly gorgeous, had excellent acting skills and had the singing chops that allowed her to move between musicals and dramas.
In the clip above she performs the song “Make Believe” with Howard Keel in the 1951 film Showboat based on the stage musical written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. A typical lavish MGM production, the film version starred Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, and Howard Keel, with Joe E. Brown, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, William Warfield, Robert Sterling, Agnes Moorehead and Leif Erickson and much of the original stage dialogue was rewritten removing most of the comedic moments and changing this production into a musical romantic drama. This number showcases the beautiful singing voice of Kathryn Grayson.
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Before Lucille Ball was known as a brilliant comedic genius, she was a sexy ginger starlet that appeared in a number of musicals, comedies and dramas in the 30’s & 40’s. Appearing alongside other actresses such as Betty Grable, Ann Sothern, Ginger Rogers, Ann Miller and Katherine Hepburn, she never achieved the same kind of status of many of her contemporaries for the roles she played in films. Known as “The Queen of the B’s” in Hollywood, it wasn’t until the late 40’s when Lucille and real-life husband Desi Arnez developed a touring show of “I Love Lucy” based on a character she played in a CBS radio show entitled “My Favorite Husband.” The tour was such a success that CBS adopted the show for their burgeoning television lineup.
The dance number shown above is from the 1940 film Dance Girl, Dance in which her character “Bubbles” shows up for a hula audition fully decked out in a glittering hula skirt and proceeds to wow the (pretty creepy) producer. We get to see a side of Lucille that is not normally associated with the slapstick comedy she so astutely perfected in the 50’s. Here she is sexy, saucy and downright charming. There are so many reasons to love Lucy.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a favorite film at Bombshells.Com. This light and breezy comedy starred the inimitable duo of Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell. In this scene, Dorothy (Russell) spots her suitor, Ernie Malone (Reid), taking what would seem to be, incriminating photos of Lorelei (Monroe) and “Piggy” (Coburn) through a porthole window. Lorelei explains to Dorothy why Sir Francis “Piggy” Beekman’s stories of South Africa might lead to a photo that could be misconstrued as something else.
Cast in this scene:
Jane Russell – Dorothy Shaw
Marilyn Monroe – Lorelei Lee
Charles Coburn – Sir Francis ‘Piggy’ Beekman
Elliott Reid – Ernie Malone
Missed an episode of The Croon Wave?
Bombshells Radio is excited to announce that each day at 1pm/1am each day we will be rebroadcasting an episode of The Croon Wave.
Ben explores the warmth, vibrato, and sometimes sleaze of the crooner. Backed by a swinging big band, a swooning string section, or a smoky jazz combo, the crooners of the 30s, 40s, 50s & 60s led the hearts of a generation into romance.
This week we will be airing the following shows – times listed are EDT.
- Monday 3/28 | Rebroadcast of the debut show from March 3
1:00pm /Tuesday 3/29 – 1:00am
- Tuesday 3/29 | Rebroadcast of 3/10/2016 show
1:00pm / Wednesday 3/30 – 1:00am
- Wednesday 3/30 | Rebroadcast of 3/17 show
1:00pm / Thursday 1:00am
- Thursday 3/31 | New episode of The Croon Wave premieres
- Friday 4/1 | Rebroadcast of 3/24 show – Torch Songs
1:00pm / Saturday 1:00am
- Saturday 4/2 | Rebroadcast of 3/31 show
2:00pm / Sunday 1:00am | Rebroadcast of 3/31 show
- Sunday 4/3 | Rebroadcast of 3/31 show
2:00pm / Monday 1:00am
Tune in tonight at 7pm PST/10pm EST to listen to The Croon Wave, the incomparable radio show that focuses on crooners of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. This week, Ben Benjamin will be focusing exclusively on torch songs or songs of unrequited love. Tonight’s show will feature tracks from Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaugh,. Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis Jr, Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane and many more. If you have ever loved and lost, this is the show for you.
You can listen to The Croon Wave with the radio player in the right hand navigation or you can download the nifty Bombshells Radio app for you phone.
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