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Hollywood
And now, Introducing:

"I think Doris is a very sexy lady who doesn't know how sexy she is.  That's the integral part of her charm.  Beautiful Doris with that fantastic body, all sweetness and charm up front, and that turns people on, and I don't think she could have had the success she's had if she didn't have this sexy whirlpool frothing around underneath her All-American-girl exterior."
"...she was the Fred Astaire of comedy."
"Making a movie with Doris was a piece of cake---a sexy ride on her coattails all the way.

~James Garner  R.I.P.
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Nick
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Thanks Hollywood!

My distant claim to fame.  The guy who wrote the lyrics to "April In Paris" E.Y. Harburg, his son, and grandkids (my peers) lived one house back, and two over, from my house growing up.  We all went to school together, and one played short-stop on my little league team during those wonder years.  There were three boys, and I remember them putting on a PLAY performance in their basement for us neighborhood kids.  They built a stage in their basement.  We were pretty young, and mom and papa Harburg were involved.  Anyway, it wouldn't be that unusual if I lived in LA or NY, but I live in the Eastern Midwest.   Their dad, EY's son, worked at the Univerisity in town, and owned a popular restaurant/bar in town.  I just made the connection a couple of months ago.  Funny, how life unfolds.   

EY Harburg also wrote the lyrics to "Over The Rainbow," "How Are Things In Glocca Morra," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "That Old Devil Moon" and several other notable Show tunes I can't recall right now.  But I like his work, and the music in this movie!

April In Paris - Music: Vernon Duke, Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg

Interesting thoughts from the writer of great songs.  He wrote such sweet lyrics . . .


It's teamwork that makes great songs.  "April In Paris" works only because of Doris Day and some good songs.  The French guy is good too.  I love the movie for Doris and the songs!
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mikeydv
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Yes, some of the songs were really great. NO ONE can touch Doris' version of "April in Paris", but I particularly liked "I'm Gonna Ring The Bell Tonight" and "I Know A Place".  Nick is right...without the songs and Doris, the film would have been a total bomb.



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Hollywood
Thank you Janet et al. for letting me start this topic, "April in Paris" and thank you for tolerating my impatience.  I would have done this sooner had I know how to do it.  Now I know.

"Nick is right...without the songs and Doris, the film would have been a total bomb."  
~Totally Agreed. I really like this film, even though it's a hunk of fluff at times...from what I remember.  More on that in a moment.  

Nick- That is so cool that you knew the songwriter E.Y. Harburg!  I didn't know his name, but I definitely knew some of his work.  WOW!  He did the music for "April in Paris" and "The Wizard of Oz"??  Really?!?  He should be more famous than he is/not given the credit he is due.  Beyond him being blacklisted, I don't see why?  He seems like a real nice/down to earth guy.  Thanks for introducing me to his name.

Mike- I LOVE Doris' "April in Paris", but had put in on the backburner until I was listening to it recently on the Trailer/on Spotify that I got back into it.  I had been so hung up on the energy/fun of "I'm Gonna Ring The Bell Tonight" before that, which I still adore, and watching the film clip u posted reminded me exactly why. WOW!  

I would like to touch on something you said Mike, under "The Winning Team" about Bolger's scene stealing, which Doris mentions in her memoirs.  I didn't think about it until Doris mentioned it.  I like Bolger (notice I said like), but I can see how he would do that.  I would have loved to see someone like Fred Astaire in this role, though it's not up to Fred's nor Doris' talents.  I would have liked to have seen an Astaire/Day picture nonetheless. What do u think?
"I think Doris is a very sexy lady who doesn't know how sexy she is.  That's the integral part of her charm.  Beautiful Doris with that fantastic body, all sweetness and charm up front, and that turns people on, and I don't think she could have had the success she's had if she didn't have this sexy whirlpool frothing around underneath her All-American-girl exterior."
"...she was the Fred Astaire of comedy."
"Making a movie with Doris was a piece of cake---a sexy ride on her coattails all the way.

~James Garner  R.I.P.
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fluffy cloud
Thanks for starting a new movie.I love the kitchenscene in particular.Doris is so perky and you sort of forget about her co-player...


The cabin scenes where something quite overdone I think,but many other scenes made up for that,like the stage bits.
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Nick
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Fluffy is back and can post pictures again!  

Hollywood, it was EY Harburg's SON, Ernie and his family that were our neighbors.  I thought EY Harburg was well known; I've seen his name a lot on movie credits, records, etc.  He did "Finian's Rainbow" too.  Apparently, like his son, they had socialist/communist political leanings which got him blacklisted - but hey, the Russians loved their poets!  Folk legend, Singer-songwriter Pete Seeger had the same problem - I liked him too.  Anyway, the Harburg family seemed cool to me when I was kid.  One of the boys (in my grade) was a great short-stop, very friendly, could run fast, do a tons of pull-ups, walk on his hands, always smiling and they all looked like Grandpa Yip.  I think some of the kids still live in town.  One turned out to be a doctor.

http://sagashout.com/dramatic/ernie-harburgs-story/

Regarding I Know A Place; the movie version of the song is cut short.  This song (in my opinion) is a testament of what a great singer Doris really was.  If there ever was a song, that you think she might struggle with, with all the ups and downs in it, this is the one.   And she still makes it sound easy!!!  This song is a bear to sing!  Just listen.  It deserves a second listen - full version.  Not a favorite, but wow!  

I Know A Place
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fluffy cloud

love this outfit and what a figure Doris has.She really never showed off her silhouet,somehow she looks really so feminine and elegant,it all looks so natural.

Yes Nick,I have a little bit more time on my hands now,thanks for welcoming me back.
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janetmoore
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We missed you!
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Hollywood
I second that!  Love love love pictures.

Now onto Costume Comments:

Do you think her skirt in the "That's What Makes Paris Paree" number was intentionally sheer/see-through on purpose?  They seemed to make sure she had on the correct undergarments for that.  I'm not complaining, just curious.

I love the outfit in the "Gonna Ring the Bell Tonight" number, even though I know Doris didn't like those type of costumes.  My favorite outfit, if the pink "leggings" were removed/not so sparkly, would be the one in the "It Must Be Good" number.  

"What a Built, huh?!":

"I think Doris is a very sexy lady who doesn't know how sexy she is.  That's the integral part of her charm.  Beautiful Doris with that fantastic body, all sweetness and charm up front, and that turns people on, and I don't think she could have had the success she's had if she didn't have this sexy whirlpool frothing around underneath her All-American-girl exterior."
"...she was the Fred Astaire of comedy."
"Making a movie with Doris was a piece of cake---a sexy ride on her coattails all the way.

~James Garner  R.I.P.
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fluffy cloud

Yes,good to be back,thanks for your warm replies.
I think that the dress was made see-through on purpose,Doris had quite a figure.She has little dimples ,her waist was so perfect,it Always has.

The purple dress dress is quite flashy,but I love the dance scene
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Nick
Gordy must have been on the set to celebrate Doris's Birthday like this guy - Karl Malden.  The picture caption said it was her birthday.  The cake must have doubled for the shoot . . . how convenient!!!  

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Nick
One of my favorite scenes besides the musical numbers, was the scene where Doris at the International Convention, all out smacks the other woman for her catty remark.  

The fight ensues, in the middle of the American Ambassador's speech, and like the tomboy of Moonlight Bay (though dressed like a daisy) Doris is trying to get off her little feminine jacket for some serious fighting!    The fight continues as both ladies are quickly escorted out of the building.  But as soon as they are let go, the cat fight continues and another exchange.  Doris manages to get the best of her although Doris loses her "scarecrow" (boyfriend/husband.)  Priceless!!!  

She was adorned in this beautiful outfit - remember?  My goodness!



An American in Paris, after the fight.  I wanted these two to end up together, but it turns out he was married.  
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Barbara
A great big Thank you to Holly for starting this movie off for us. So good to see new people step in and take a lead. I love all the great input on this movie. I have been out of pocket for the past few days, fell in my yard and twisted my lower back and right knee, but hopefully in a few more days the pain will ease up.Back to the move, I for one think Doris as always did a fantastic performance as always. But I think Gene Nelson would have been perfect as her co star in this movie, why Warner Bros didn't try and get Gene Nelson I don't know. Ray Bolger was too old for Doris, I still relate him to the scarecrow in the "Wizard Of Oz". He still looked liked a scarecrow in that movie, and to be cast next to Doris as kind of a romantic partner is a joke. Nick seems like you always meet up with famous people, neat that you knew Harburg's son Ernie,  and Mike that is my favorite little song that Doris sings in the movie also the kitchen scene I'm Gonna Ring That Bell" And I loved all her outfits in the movie. "What a built huh"



















"Stay With The Happy People" ♫ ♪♫
Barbara Norton
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Hollywood
Barbara posted!  YAY!  I was worried that you were mad at me for being pushy on here or something, but I'm happy u are happy I took the lead on this one (and will do so in the future as long as I don't step on toes).  I'm NOT celebrating the fact that your back and knee are out, but I'm glad that's all it was, that u are okay considering and I hope u Get Well soon.

I think the reason they picked Ray Bolger over Gene Nelson is b/c he looks more the age that the average American would think a U.S. Diplomat would look.  Even though Fred Astaire is around the same age as Bolger, I would have prefered Astaire.  Bolger is very talented but hear about his scene stealing on set has dimmed my view of him.
"I think Doris is a very sexy lady who doesn't know how sexy she is.  That's the integral part of her charm.  Beautiful Doris with that fantastic body, all sweetness and charm up front, and that turns people on, and I don't think she could have had the success she's had if she didn't have this sexy whirlpool frothing around underneath her All-American-girl exterior."
"...she was the Fred Astaire of comedy."
"Making a movie with Doris was a piece of cake---a sexy ride on her coattails all the way.

~James Garner  R.I.P.
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janetmoore
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I haven't seen this movie. Was it filmed in Paris or on a sound stage?
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fluffy cloud
The movie was staged Janet.The scene where Doris sits down,wanting to enjoy spring in Paris,sort of feels like autumn when you look at it.Further from that you don't think of gay Paris,the dancescenes are fabulous,my favourite is the one in the kitchen.Love the 1950's dresses with so many pettycoats.
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fluffy cloud

I agree with you Nick,these two people look good together as opposed to


Mr.Scarescrow.....
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Barbara
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No never Holly, would I be upset with you for starting off this movie. When I first started posting them it was getting hard to try and do them every week and I Kept asking different ones if they would like to step up and do some of them, I think Dorine did a few and maybe Nick, and Mike step in on a couple of the Musicals which he always enjoys doing, and I think Janet has did at least a couple. So glad Janet has it set up now for the "Movie Of The Month" that should not be so hard on her and also on the one who will be posting the movie. Holly so good to see you on here and get your input. And Dorine I am so glad you are able to post again, Dorine is so good at finding great pictures and always knows so much about the ones she posts. So by all means carry on the good work to all.
I have had a lot of things going on, I lost my brother about 3 weeks ago, and before he died I was spending as much time with him as possible. So it is just good that we have people that will pick up the slack and carry on. I know we all share a common interest on here and that is our deep love and affection for Doris, and sometimes when  we get to know each other we find we share other interest as well. I know Nick and I are avid football fans, His team is Michigan (Go Big Blue)    and mine is ALABAMA (Roll Tide)  So we will meet up this fall on the football page. 
PS Nick did you notice I spelled ALABAMA with all capital letters?
He He, just had to do that..

"That's What Makes Paris Paree" ♫ ♪

"Stay With The Happy People" ♫ ♪♫
Barbara Norton
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