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Melody in May (1936)

Another one of the many shorts made in the 1930's by radio-stage-movie-recording star Ruth Etting, whose life story was the subject of 1955's "Love Me or Leave Me" starring Doris Day. This ... See full summary »

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... Ruth Etting
... Tommy Bradshaw
... Ma Bradshaw
Joan Sheldon ... Mary Callahan
... Chuck Benton
Robert Meredith ... Harry - Orchestra Leader
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Another one of the many shorts made in the 1930's by radio-stage-movie-recording star Ruth Etting, whose life story was the subject of 1955's "Love Me or Leave Me" starring Doris Day. This RKO short, along with a great many other RKO shorts, was sold years later to a company, Nu-Art Pictures, that specialized in renting films to the non-theatrical market of the time, and Nu-Art also sold these prints to television stations in the 1950's. The shorts acquired by Nu-Art carried their logo on the title frame in addition to having a line above the title that read: Gordon W. Hedwig Presents. Now, some sources, not knowing what all the changes are about and seeing only the Nu-Art prints, have taken to listing Gordon W. Hedwig as the "executive in charge of the production", or some similar, vastly incorrect title. Gordon W. Hedwig had no hand in the production of this short. His only function was as the head of Nu-Art, who had his own name inserted above the title on the 16mm prints as the "... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1 May 1936 (USA)  »

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It Had to Be You
(uncredited)
Written by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn
Sung by Ruth Etting
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Ruth Etting Sings Some Melodies
20 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Star of stage and screen Ruth Etting, tired from belting out St. Louis Blues at the recording studio, goes t a small town and rents out a room on top of the ice cream parlor. Can she help the nerdy soda clerk get some respect from his peers by crooning a MELODY IN MAY?

The only reason to watch one of these two-reelers is to see the still pretty Etting sing some standards out of the American Song Book, drive an Auburn boat tail, and model some mid-30s dresses. This follows the formula nicely -- and avoids straining the viewer's sensibilities by following dramatic, teenage drama clichés, rather than two-reel comedy clichés. Etting sings St. Louis Blues in a darker, deeper voice than is typical for her, and sounds great, but not terribly distinctive. She also sings It Had To Be You in her more typical style, but it is clear she is modifying her sound away from her Beiderbecke-like lightness, to something more in keeping with the swing era.

Note, to those who stumble on this movie after LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME. Etting does not look like Doris Day. She sounds NOTHING like Doris Day.


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