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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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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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This short film is included as a bonus on the Warner DVD of 42nd Street (1933). See more »

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Would You Like to Take a Walk?
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mort Dixon and Billy Rose
Performed by Harry Warren on piano and sung by Harry Warren, Gladys Brittain,
Margie Hines and The Leaders
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Shameless promo!
12 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was one of the weapons in WB's promotional arsenal for their big budget production of "Forty Second Street." Harry Warren was undoubtedly ONE of America's foremost composers--- demonstrated by the fact that many of the 75+ year old songs in his catalog are still known (and used in modern soundtracks) today. That said, I have to grumble when this implies he reigned supreme over the likes of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin or even Cole Porter in 1933--- Warner's puffery to be sure. This Vitaphone 'Pepper pot' short (weren't these shot in NYC?) is essentially Harry at the piano playing a menage of his well known songs, culminating with a short cut to the finale of Lloyd Bacon's 42nd Street. Somewhere in that shot are Ginger Rogers, Toby Wing and Una Merkel tapping away like mad. Interesting curio!


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