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Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley 





Episode credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Himself (archive footage)
Irving Berlin ... Himself (archive footage)
Oscar Brand Oscar Brand ... Himself
Betty Buckley ... Herself - Hostess
Rosemary Clooney ... Herself (archive footage)
Cy Coleman Cy Coleman ... Himself
Perry Como ... Himself (archive footage)
Irene Dunne ... Herself (archive footage)
Michael Feinstein ... Himself
Dorothy Fields Dorothy Fields ... Herself (archive footage)
Ella Fitzgerald ... Herself (archive footage)
Philip Furia Philip Furia ... Himself
George Gershwin ... Himself (archive footage)
Benny Goodman ... Himself (archive footage)
Albert Hague ... Himself


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Release Date:

18 August 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Big Spender
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by the ensemble
From Sweet Charity (1969)
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Documentary presents new and vital research
13 March 2007 | by mintunmusicSee all my reviews

The writer/director of this all too short documentary has presented a large body of primary research. The project was made daunting by a paucity of intelligent books about women in the song writing profession. In nine out of ten reference books, significant errors plagued every page, including wrong birthplaces, misspellings, and incorrect title attributions. The only hope for a worthy documentary relied on new, primary, previously ignored research. If this film seems too short, one must remember that public television has its limited time slots. It is clear that each songwriter in the film deserves her own documentary. The archival film clips of the songwriters helped to "put a face" on the names of these prolific tune-smiths. The care taken in creating this film will benefit researchers for years to come.

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