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Alice Faye - Much loved Star of Fox Musicals.

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Comment by Philip C Binstead on February 21, 2016 at 3:14pm

I like The Gangs All Here for Benny Goodman's band and the Charlotte Greenwood dance and how can you say there are no memorable songs how about A Journey To A Star, though I have to agree about James Ellison he's pretty awful, where was John Payne, the Tutti Fruitti  number is great until it goes out on it's own then it drowns on forever.

Comment by Ktrek on February 21, 2016 at 12:54pm

I like Alice Faye a lot, but The Gang's All Here has to be one of the worst musicals of all time. The story is so contrived, the acting by James Ellison is horrid, the directing and choreography by Busby Berkeley is way below his talent. Carmen Miranda is her usual self and is probably the only thing going for the film. Not even one memorable song in it unless you count the stupid giant bananas as memorable! 

Kevin

Comment by Andrew on February 21, 2016 at 12:22am
Many thanks
Comment by Philip C Binstead on February 20, 2016 at 4:51am

Here's the link for the Eddie Cantor Jack Benny show, the quality isn't that great but listenable, I hope you enjoy it: https://archive.org/details/EddieCantorShow470130GuestJackBenny               

Comment by Andrew on February 20, 2016 at 4:11am

 I know, this should be my last comment on this post too...

Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy have always been some of my favorites. Ever since I heard an excerpt from the infamous show when Mae West was their guest. They were doing their skit where Charlie is trying to tell Bergen about his scientific experiments. I don't believe I have heard that Eddie Cantor show with Jack Benny. Sounds pretty funny. You don't happen to have a date for it do you?

Speaking of Jack Benny, I think some of his funniest shows were the ones he did with Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Colman as guests. They so loathed him, and he was completely oblivious! Ronald Colman was great at comedy, and so was Benita Hume. Their show they made together, The Halls Of Ivy is another favorite. 

Comment by Philip C Binstead on February 19, 2016 at 5:17pm

A great show is always worth repeating :)  Another act that's in my top OTR ten is Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy with W.C. Fields or Mae West, Jack Benny and Rochester, have you heard the show that had Benny guesting on Eddie Cantor's show doing the radio station skit, Eddie wants a radio station which would have the initials NBC! (Nothing But Cantor) what else and decides to ask Jack for the money to get started, it's one of the funniest sketches in OTR. I'd better stop here I could go on for hours about OTR....

Comment by Andrew on February 19, 2016 at 2:47pm

I remember that episode, it was very funny. The shows always had such ridiculously funny plots. Like the time Remly drives their sponsor's cars into the swimming pool. Or when Julius gave Remly antifreeze to drink. Or that time Phil and Remly tried to fix the windshield wipers on Alice's new car and ended up taking out the whole motor. So they had Julius get under the hood and make noises to try and fool Alice. So crazy it's hilarious. All this makes me want to go back and listen to those shows again!

Comment by Philip C Binstead on February 19, 2016 at 12:58pm

Yes I love the Phil Harris Alice Faye Show either sponsored by Fitch or Rexall I have many episodes but my favourite is the one where Remly and Phil try to persaude Julius to jump from a smoke filled room, Julius's comeback has me in fits. The episode has Phil trying to become the local Fire Chief.

Comment by Andrew on February 19, 2016 at 12:37pm

I totally agree Phil! She was wonderfully beautiful, especially after she softened her look and stopped trying to be a singing Jean Harlow. She had such a lovely voice too, rather deep, yet smooth as honey. 

I love the the radio show she made in the '40s and '50s with her husband Phil Harris. It was really a very funny show with excellent writing and great characters. I only wish they had tried to carry it on over to TV. Or maybe I don't. Some aspects of it wouldn't translate to TV. Still a great show, OTR at it's finest.

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