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James Mitchell and Kathryn Grayson

With the recent passing of James Mitchell and the even more recent passing of Kathryn Grayson, I decided to spend some viewing time in a nostalgic look at both these musical stars. James was primarily a dancer and he was an extraordinary one, while Kathryn was a beautiful lyrical soprano. I chose to watch Kathryn in a cameo role appearance in 'Till The Clouds Roll By' in which she sang opposite Tony Martin in a duet from 'Show Boat' which was lavishly staged and beautifully sung by them both. Kathryn went on to do the number again 5 years later in the 1951 film version of 'Show Boat' singing this time with Howard Keel.

For James Mitchell, I chose to watch his dance number with Cyd Charisse in the biopic 'Deep In My Heart'. There really are lots of other choices I could have made but this was a specialty number as was the one Kathryn did, so it made sense to me. Of course James continued to be visible long after he left film making and I always enjoyed him in his role on 'AMC' on TV.

I will miss these two special talents but fortunately have many films in which their legacy will remain forever. BTW, Tony Martin still lives and will be 98 years old this December.

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