Babes In Arms
M-G-M (1939)
Thu, Aug 10, 10:00 - 11:45 am
Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
This Hollywood remake of Rodgers and Hart's brilliant 1937 Broadway musical roughly follows the original's "let's put on a show" story of the children of vaudevillians in the waning years of that form being left behind while their parents go on tour in a hope-against-hope effort to make their living. Mickey Moran (Mickey Rooney) tries to prove to his parents that he can be a part of their stage act with a series of performances in which he is assisted by his sweetheart Patsy Barton (Judy Garland) and his sister Molly (Betty Jaynes). His parents dismiss these efforts and leave without Mickey, who then enlists a bunch of local kids to put on a show of their own. The plot thickens when a couple of prissy locals try to get the kids put in an institution for being without adult supervision and when Mickey falls for a visiting child movie star Baby Rosalie Essex (June Preisser) who is cute and has cash, which almost makes Patsy quit…but she can't, right? It's Mickey and Judy! All turns out well.
The show has some issues. First, almost all of Rodgers and Hart's brilliant songs from the stage musical are jettisoned, but a rash of great alternative songs, old and new by the likes of Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed (3 from earlier films and a new one: "Good Morning", which later graces Singin' In The Rain, and Harold Arlen & Yip Harbug (whose "God's Country" from 1937's anti-war musical Hooray For What! somewhat weirdly raps the show), which are great in their own right if you can get over the disappointment. Second, there is a a blackface scene, which is only bearable as an historical curiosity. The most sensitive in the audience might want to take the opportunity of using the facilities at this point of the film.
Event Personnel
Howard Schuman, host
SOUNDTRACK
 Babes In Arms
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Where Or When
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 Good Morning
(1939) Babes In Arms
Words by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
 God's Country
(1938) Babes In Arms
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen
 Give My Regards To Broadway
(1904)
Words & music by George M. Cohan
 Ja-Da
(1918)
Words & music by Bob Carleton
 Silent Night
(1818)
Words by Josef Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
 Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo'Bye)
(1922) Bombo
Words & music by Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman, Ted Fio Rito, Dan Russo
 Broadway Melody
(1929) The Broadway Melody
Words by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
 Singin' In The Rain
(1927) The Hollywood Music Box Revue
Words by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
 You Are My Lucky Star
(1935) Broadway Melody of 1936
Words by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
 The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917)
Words & music by Shelton Brooks
 Broadway Rhythm
(1935) Broadway Melody of 1936
Words by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
 A-Tisket, A-Tasket
(1879)
Words & music by traditional U. S.
 The Lady Is A Tramp
(1937) Babes In Arms
Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
 I Cried For You
(1923)
Words by Arthur Freed
Music by Gus Arnheim, Abe Lyman
 My Daddy Was A Minstrel Man
(1937)
Words & music by Roger Edens
 Old Folks At Home
(1851)
Words & music by Stephen Foster
 Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider
(1903)
Words by Eddie Leonard
Music by Eddie Munson
 I'm Just Wild About Harry
(1921) Shuffle Along
Words by Noble Sissle
Music by Eubie Blake
 Bob White
(1937)
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Bernie Hanighan
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Harold Arlen, 1905-1986
Gus Arnheim, 1897-1955
Eubie Blake, 1883-1983
Shelton Brooks, 1886-1975
Nacio Herb Brown, 1896-1964
Bob Carleton, -
George M. Cohan, 1878-1942
Roger Edens, 1905-1970
Ernie Erdman, 1879-1946
Ted Fio Rito, 1900-1971
Stephen Foster, 1826-1864
Arthur Freed, 1894-1973
Franz Gruber, 1787-1863
Bernie Hanighan, -
Yip Harburg, 1896-1981
Lorenz Hart, 1895-1943
Gus Kahn, 1886-1941
Eddie Leonard, -
Abe Lyman, 1897-1957
Johnny Mercer, 1909-1976
Josef Mohr, 1792-1848
Eddie Munson, -
Sy Oliver, 1910-1988
Richard Rodgers, 1902-1979
Dan Russo, -
Noble Sissle, 1889-1975
traditional U. S., -
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Recital Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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