The setting is a radio broadcast with the bands of Leith Stevens and Bobby Hackett, the vocals by Nan Wynn and a speciality bit by Leslie Lieber playing a toy whistle. Future-and-long-time-voice of the New York Yankees baseball team, Mel Allen (as Melvin Allen), served as the announcer. Written by
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I don't think I've ever heard of Leith Stevens, even though his IMDb credits show him with a lot of excellent credits, including music supervision on "Mannix" and "Mission Impossible" -- two TV shows with the most memorable music tracks outside of "Peter Gunn".
The short is simply set up and fairly typical for the music shorts of the era. The music shows a wide range of styles, including Big Band swing, a novelty version of "It Had to Be You" with a pennywhistle solo, a Dixie-style number, a ballad and a reprise of swing with "Tea for Two". The solos aren't much to write home about, but orchestration pulls out all the stops and the rapid cutting pushes it right along.
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