Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Oh, it sets your senses in a whirl

So, my themed list for this month is going to be: favorite actresses who sing in movies. Note: not favorite singers, but favorite singers in the movies. Thus, some people may be lower on the list because they're not in many movies or I don't like the songs they sing in the movies they're in, etc. I'm still debating whether or not singing in the credits count. I haven't decided yet.

In the meantime, here is 16-20 in my list:

The Sopranos
I love these singers, but I don't always enjoy listening to their songs. I appreciate the fact that they made the movies more high high brow and I appreciate their contribution to film, but I'm just often not in the mood to sit through their numbers. However, I want to include them because they were a significant contribution to the musical genre and were immensely talented. Besides, I do like some of their songs. It's just that when we get into the long, lyrical ballads I get a little immature and skip forward. Ironically, my favorite songs of theirs are often the less classical sounding pieces.

Kathryn Grayson
Favorite song: "I Hate Men" from Kiss Me Kate

Ann Blyth
Favorite song: "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads" from Kismet (song clip starts at 1:42)

Shirley Jones
Favorite song: "Many A New Day" from Oklahoma

Jane Powell
Favorite song: "Goin' Cotin'" from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Irene Dunne
Favorite song: "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" from Roberta

Deanna Durbin was amazing as well, but I've only seen in her one film. I am working on that!


  1. Great post! I'm with you on the listening to them! I absolutely adore so many sopranos, but sometimes.....


    ONLY ONE DEANNA! Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk! This must be remedied! I have seen ALL but one of her films! She's completely amazing!

  2. oh, I ADORE Irene Dunne's "Smoke Gets in your Eyes" -- actually I adore all of the songs she sings in all of her movies. I've always wished for an Irene Dunne compilation CD :)

  3. I agree with Kate. Will wait for further postings but Irene will do fine thank you.


  4. ...the first time I heard Irene sing 'Smoke', I just thought "dang, that is UP there!" but after a few listens, I really started to 'hear' her, and it is very nice indeed.
    Very sad to say I haven't heard any of the others, but Mama Partridge (Shirley Jones) gets my vote 9 out of 10 times, no matter the category... :-]

    Keep It Gingery, y'all!


  5. You've got to see more Durbin movies! She's particularly good in the flicks she made with Charles Laughton. For some reason, they had the best chemistry.

  6. I TOTALLY recognized the song from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as soon as I saw your post title. Love it! That's definitely my favorite movie musical. I loved it when I was little, and I love it now.