Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer (1933)

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Songwriter Harry Warren performs several of his own compositions, including "I Found a Million Dollar Baby" and "Shadow Waltz."


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Complete credited cast:
The Leaders ...
Themselves - Singing Quartet
Gladys Brittain ...
Herself - Singer
Margie Hines ...
Herself - Singer (as Marjorie Hines)
Marguerite & Le Roy ...
Themselves - Dance Team


Harry Warren plays some of his most popular numbers on a piano in a tux in a drawing room with a few couples listening and a full bar in the foreground. There's some kidding and a few comic lyrics set to Warren tunes, then Margie Hines and Gladys Brittain alternate singing some of Warren's best-known songs, joined from time to time by The Legends. Couples dance, featuring Marguerite and Le Roy. Several couples kiss, others throw back martinis. For the final number, "Forty-Second Street," Warren begins with some solo piano and then we go to a sound stage with a cast of hundreds singing and dancing to an orchestra's playing. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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18 November 1933 (USA)  »

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Pepper Pot (1933-1934) (#6): Harry Warren, America's Foremost Composer  »

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References 42nd Street (1933) See more »


Ooh, That Kiss
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mort Dixon and Joe Young
Performed by Harry Warren on piano and sung by Margie Hines, The Leaders and Harry Warren
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Fun Short with some Great Music
18 May 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer (1933)

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Warner promotional short for their 42ND STREET has composer Harry Warren being asked to say a speech but he informs everyone that he's too shy so instead he does a few songs. You and Healthy, I Found a Million Dollar Baby, Would You Like to Take a Walk?, Have a Little Faith in Me and Forty-Second Street are just a few of the songs performed here. Yes, this is just a promotional piece but it's actually a very entertaining one and it thankfully doesn't just show clips from the motion picture. I really enjoyed how much life these songs were given not only by Warren but those dancing everything out. The film runs a brief 8-minutes but it's packed with great music, some nice visuals and enough action for two movies. I think most music experts would say Warren wasn't the "foremost composer" but it seems time has remembered him a lot better and he's been given a lot more credit than he was when this was originally released.

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