Monday, August 12, 2013

Dark Monday • High Hopes

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Doris Day, Phil Silvers, Nancy Walker, and Eddie Foy, Jr. sing "High Hopes" from the movie 'Lucky Me'. The song, with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, is an ode to unemployed actor/singers wanting to get a break on Broadway. The movie, billed as the 'Ultra-New Look in Musicals', the first one filmed in Cinemascope! It is a classic story of talented yet unemployed actors looking to be discovered. They meet up with a talented Broadway composer, looking for someone fresh and new for his latest work. Intrigue, love, fights, jealousy, and musical numbers ensue. I hope you love "High Hopes" as much as I did when I came across it recently on The Movie Channel.

Doris, Silvers, and Walker were all some of the top names in musical comedy at the time. And Foy, the son of vaudeville great Eddie Foy, was the star on both stage and screen, making this a powerful cast. It was directed by Jack Donohue, who had recently directed several episodes of 'The Frank Sinatra Show' television series. He went on to work on many variety television shows, working with stars like Red Skelton, George Gobel, Dean Martin, Mickey Rooney, Don Knotts, Lucille Ball, Paul Lynde and Dinah Shore. He went on to helm episodes of 'The Brady Bunch', 'Here's Lucy', 'The Odd Couple', and 'Chico and the Man'.

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