Friday, March 12, 2010
This is one of Frank Sinatra's first films, called Anchors Aweigh. He'd just signed with MGM studios after many years of performing with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras. The "Bobby-Soxers" (the "Clay-Mates" of the forties!!) were going crazy for Frank at this time, and he was enormously popular.
The big wigs at MGM were anxious to see if Frank's popularity would extend to the movie viewing public, and made the ridiculously smart move of pairing him with Gene Kelly. The combination of Gene's dancing and Frank's singing made the pair untouchable, and the film was an instant, huge success.
This movie was made in 1945, long before Frank's swinging, cocky "Rat Pack" years. In fact, in this role he portrays a young (SKINNY!), innocent kid from Brooklyn, trying to learn "the ropes" of picking up girls from the much more suave, experienced Kelly.
Frank masterfully croons many songs in this picture, but this one is my favorite. At this point in the movie, Frank is sitting on a bare stage at the Hollywood Bowl, there is no one in the audience. It's simple, quiet and, in my opinion, perfect! I hope you agree! It's a really short clip, so my wish is that you'll press "play," roll down your bobby socks, rest your chin in your hand, and sigh deeply!!
Have a great weekend, everybody!
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