Monday, June 24, 2013

Dark Monday • Judy Holliday & Dean Martin

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Dean Martin and Judy Holliday perform "Just In Time" in a scene from the 1960 film 'Bells Are Ringing', directed by the great Vincente Minnelli. Holliday was reviving the role she played on Broadway in 1956, where she earned the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. She plays an answering service operator who breaks the rules, and gets involved in the lives of her clients, causing delightful fun! The Broadway musical was co-staged and co-choreographed by the amazing team of Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse, but the movie listed Charles O'Curran as choreographer. I think I see some Fosse in the numbers still, even if he doesn't get any credit. The show had music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Betty Comdem and Adolph Green, and several of the songs became part of the Great American Songbook. One of those songs is "Just In Time", sung here by Judy and Dean.

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