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Musical Merry-Go-Round #5 has Frankie Carle and His Orchestra...

6/10
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.
21 November 2008

This is one of the better Musical-Merry-Go Round shorts produced by MGM and featuring Martin Bloch introducing various bands and their best numbers.

#5 features Martin introducing nimble pianist and composer/orchestra leader Frankie Carle opening with "Sweet and Lovely," with Carle at the piano and the orchestra behind him.

We meet his daughter, Marjorie Hughes, singing the ballad, and explaining to Bloch that she grew up in a musical household and sang with the band for a couple of years. Carle is featured again on a number called "Sleepy Time Gal" with some male singers.

Marjorie sings an original Carle composition, "Oh, What It Seemed To Be" and then the short concludes with Carle's nimble fingered piano version of his own song, "Sunrise Boogie." Well done and one of the most enjoyable musical shorts I've seen in a long time.

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Decent Entry in the MGM Series

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
1 May 2011

Musical Merry-Go-Round #4 (1948)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This fourth entry in the MGM series once again starts off in Martin Block's office as Virginia O'Brien walks in as he's doing his show. The two do some small talk before things switch over to the music with Les Brown and His Orchestra doing four different songs (Leap Frog, Swamp Fire, Meixcan Hat Dance, Sentimental Journey) and then Bruce does Carry Me Back to Old Virginny. As with the other film in the series that I watched, this one here features Block basically sitting around going his job and introducing music that he'd typical play during his show. The only difference is this short gives us a chance to actually see the acts. If you're a fan of this type of music the you'll certainly want to check this out as Brown was clearly one of the more impressive musicians from this period. I've seen some of his other work and he always came off rather good with the band doing great work on some familiar numbers. Sentimental Journey isn't a rare song by any stretch of the imagination but they breathe some fresh life into it. O'Brien isn't too bad either as her voice is in fine shape and she's certainly easy on the eyes.

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A More Appropriate Review

5/10
Author: Clay Loomis from Arroyo Grande, California
8 April 2011

(Oops. Neil has a few thousand reviews here on IMDb, so it's not a surprise that one may have found the wrong page.)

This is a review for Musical Merry-Go-Round #4.

#4 involves Les Brown (and his "Band of Renown"); or Orchestra, as it's known here. Virgina O'Brien was here too, singing Carry Me Back To Old Virginny. If you're not into a lot of brass and wind instruments (hey, nobody hugged the high school band?), this won't work for you. You have to love the pork pie hat on the sax man though.

Sentimental Journey was a VERY popular song, back in the 1940's. It doesn't impress so much now, with tattoos and piercings being the current vogue. And frankly, these performers from the mid 20th century look as if they'd LOVE to have 21st century rights.

Nothing new here that you couldn't find on vinyl records, but the video gives a rare perspective on the moment.

(Just a guess here, but I think 70% of these musicians were high on pot.)

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