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Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer (1933)

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Along with a few singers, songwriter Harry Warren performs sometimes brief versions of several of his own compositions, including "I Found a Million Dollar Baby," "You're My Everything," "Shadow Waltz" and "Forty-Second Street."

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... Himself
The Leaders ... Themselves - Singing Trio
Gladys Brittain ... Herself - Singer
Margie Hines ... Herself - Singer (as Marjorie Hines)
Marguerite & Le Roy ... Themselves - Dance Team
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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 singing trio The Leaders. 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, in a clip from 42nd Street (1933), 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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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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Foremost? I dunno about that...but it is enjoyable.
5 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

In an intimate but swank looking room, Harry Warren plays the piano and sings a bit with his rather thin voice. Most of the time, he's joined by singers like Gladys Britten, The Leaders (a male quartet) and Margie Hines. Hines is easy to pick out because she was one of several women who provided the voice for Betty Boop. She also was one of three women who voiced Olive Oyl in the Fleischer Brothers' "Popeye" cartoons. She sings pretty much like Betty Boop (poor lady). The dance team of Marguerite and Le Roy also dance about the piano. In addition, several vignettes are featured, such as Warren's famous tunes "42nd Street". While I might not consider Warren the greatest composer...nor would many others (such as Irving Berlin), his tunes are very nicely presented in this short. And, he certainly was VERY prolific--with over 1700 entries on IMDb!!! Enjoyable.


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