Although I once claimed that “this thread will be a work in progress” when I first posted it in April 2010, I got distracted by some rehearsals for “Novecento”, and simply forgot about it. Anyway, I dug it up from the archives. — And here it is:
It starts (better: It ends!) with a clip from an almost forgotten film with the silk-skinned, gorgeous celluloid Goddess Lana Turner, the eternal gladiator Victor Mature, and last but not least “The King of Hollywood”, Mr. Clark Gable, doing their Hollywoodish resistance routine in Betrayed from 1954.
It was in the middle of the so called “cold war”, and the Western Hemisphere seemed to have needed another moral booster in motion pictures.
Strangely enough that the portrayed Germans in the film all spoke a rather fluent English. They even sang the partly quite complicated melody of the featured song in perfect English; and that after the first hearing!
Well, as J. G. S. said: “Wo man singt, da lass Dich ruhig nieder; böse Menschen haben keine Lieder.” ;)
You will get the idea what impact Clarke Gable made on some of Hollywood’s youngsters when you watch Brad Pitt in Quentin Tarantino’s hilarious flick from 2009: Inglourious Basterds.
Stay tuned for more (and wait for the surprise after Lana Turner’s, respectively Diana Coupland’s vocal!). — And in the meantime, Brew postulates:
MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR !!!
P.S. — Since it appears in the film, here’s “Bless ‘Em All” (a.k.a. “The Long And The Short And The Tall” and “F… ‘Em All”), written by Fred Godfrey in 1917, and sung here by Gracie Fields on the radio in 1942.
Want some more boosters? Here’s Dame Vera Lynn croonin’ ’em for ya: