Freddie Rich wordlessly conducts his orchestra. They start with an up-tempo "China Boy," with a clarinet and trumpet solo. Then Vera Van sings "I Wanna Be Loved" as a ballad as she sits at her dressing table. Mirrors add to the mood. Two maids help her don an evening gown as she sings. In the next scene, she's with the orchestra, joining the Eton Boys to sing "Little Grass Shack." Halfway through the number, the scene switches to the beach, and she's wearing a grass skirt in place of her gown. The Eton Boys continue with "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," Vera returns to sing "Chlo-e," and the orchestra finishes with "Mardi Gras." Written by
My great aunt is in this short, she is Vera Van, which was her show name. Her birth name is Vera Webster, and when I knew her she was Vera Ward, married to George Ward whom she met as a younger. I only knew her as 'aunt Vera' and she always brought pies to family gatherings. As an older woman she lived alone and was VERY physically active. As kids we always thought it was strange that 'Aunt Vera' had a band-aid on her neck. We were told that she had a growth/lump there and that she, sadly, belonged to that Christian Science cult and didn't go to doctors, hence the band aid. But you know, she lived to be quite old, as our family tends to do, so ............ Both Vera and her husband, Geogre, were both great friends of Ronald Regan, and my grandfather, Dick Webster (Vera's brother) had that photo of Ronald Regan, my great aunt Vera and my great uncle George hanging in his music room/TV room for many years. When my grandparents died (my grandfather first), I don't know what ever happened to that 8 x 10 photo. But isn't this short just so much fun?
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