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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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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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Included in Warner Home Video's 2006 6-disc DVD release "The Busby Berkeley Collection". See more »

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References 42nd Street (1933) See more »

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Cheerful Little Earful
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Billy Rose
Performed by Harry Warren on piano and sung by Harry Warren, Gladys Brittain and Margie Hines
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Harry at the piano
2 August 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This pleasant short subject has Harry Warren playing some of his musical hits. As hits were coming to him for over 30 years and he started getting big time royalties in the middle 20s, a short subject here only covers a small portion of his career.

The setting is a swank party where the guests ask Warren to perform some of his hits. After that we get medley of songs, sung and danced to by the various guests. The Shadow Waltz from Goldiggers of 1933 was nicely staged with couples dancing in silhouette.

The finale starts with Warren playing the title song from 42nd Street and then it dissolves to the famous Busby Berkeley dance number from the film. As both 42nd Street and Goldiggers of 1933 were still playing this film was quite a plug for both.

Warren won three Oscars for Best Song in his career and not one of them had been composed yet. He's overlooked many times because he eschewed Broadway for Hollywood. But I daresay his melodies will live on and on longer than some of his contemporaries precisely because we can see the performances over and over.

Salvatore Anthony Guaragna from Brooklyn, aka Harry Warren you were one of the greatest.


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