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TODAY'S SPECIAL

Somebody Loves Me (1952)
Starring Betty Hutton and Ralph Meeker

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Written and directed by Irving Brecher, best known for his weekly TV series Life of Riley and The People's Choice, Somebody Loves Me is the highly fictionalized life story of vaudeville and Broadway star Blossom Seeley (Betty Hutton) and her husband-partner Benny Fields (Ralph Meeker). Unflatteringly, the film depicts Fields as something of an opportunist, who maneuvers Blossom into marriage for the benefit of his own career. Eventually he does penance for his callousness, particularly in a scene wherein Fields is reduced to playing straight for a pair of crummy Burlesque comedians. Meanwhile, Blossom also goes into an eclipse as a "single." The tearful finale is, like the rest of the film, a bit at odds with the truth, but effective nonetheless. Betty Hutton does pretty well as Seeley, even though she looks and sounds nothing like genuine article; Meeker seems uncomfortable, except when lip-synching to the prerecorded voice of Pat Morgan as Benny Fields. Jack Benny makes an amusing cameo appearance.
Director: Irving Brecher

Writer: Irving Brecher

Stars: Betty Hutton, Ralph Meeker, Robert Keith, Adele Jergens, Billie Bird, Henry Slate, Sid Tomack, Jack Benny, Nick Adams, Bea Allen, Les Clark
Songs include:

Love Him
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Played by Ralph Meeker on piano and sung by Betty Hutton

Thanks To You
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Ralph Meeker and an unidentified female singer
Danced to by the Chez Paree Adorables

Honey, Oh, My Honey
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Adele Jergens

Somebody Loves Me
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Ballard MacDonald
Played during the opening credits
Played on piano and sung by Ralph Meeker
Played as background music often
Sung by Betty Hutton and Ralph Meeker at the end

Teasing Rag
Written by Joe Jordan
Sung by Betty Hutton in the opening scene

I Can't Tell Why I Love You, But I Do
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Will D. Cobb
Sung by Betty Hutton

Toddling the Todalo
Music by E. Ray Goetz
Lyrics by A. Baldwin Sloane
Sung by Adele Jergens
Reprised by Betty Hutton

Composer unknown
Sung by Betty Hutton
Reprised by Ralph Meeker twice

On San Francisco Bay
Music by Gertrude Hoffman
Lyrics by Vincent Bryan
Sung by Betty Hutton

Smiles
Music by Lee S. Roberts
Lyrics by J. Will Callahan
Sung by Betty Hutton and soldiers
Reprised by Betty Hutton at the armistice show

I Cried for You
Written by Gus Arnheim, Arthur Freed and Abe Lyman
Sung by Ralph Meeker

Music by Art Hickman
Lyrics by Harry Williams
Sung by Betty Hutton and Ralph Meeker

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Music by Turner Layton
Lyrics by Henry Creamer
Sung by Betty Hutton
Played by Ralph Meeker on guitar, Henry Slate on trumpet and Sid Tomack on clarinet

Wang-Wang Blues
Written by Gus Mueller, Buster Johnson and Henry Busse
Sung, danced and played by Henry Slate on clarinet and Sid Tomack on clarinet

Jealous
Written by Jack Little, Tommie Malie and Dick Finch
Played by Ralph Meeker on piano
Sung by Betty Hutton and Ralph Meeker

Dixie Dreams
Music by Arthur Johnston and George W. Meyer
Lyrics by Grant Clarke and Roy Turk
Sung by Betty Hutton in blackface

I'm Sorry I Made You Cry
Written by N.J. Clesi
Arranged by Theodore Morse
Sung by Ralph Meeker

Betty Hutton made this musical soon after undergoing surgery to remove a growth on her vocal cords.
Seeley (1891-1974) started in vaudeville at the age of ten, making a name for herself singing and dancing in an animated, sultry style. In 1911, she opened on Broadway with Lew Fields, a vaudevillian with whom she teamed for many years. Her first two husbands, who are not mentioned in the film, were theatrical manager Joseph Kane, whom she divorced in 1913, and Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Marquard. In 1921, Seeley saw Benny Fields [no relation to Lew] (1894-1959) at an inn in Chicago (not New Jersey, as depicted in the film), performing in the trio Fields, Davis & Salisbury. Seeley and Fields began performing together and, in 1922, married.
As depicted in the film, despite being part of a duo, Seeley was always billed as the star of the act. In 1936, after Fields had established a successful solo career, Seeley dropped out of show business in deference to her husband.
Seeley and Fields, who is often described as the original "crooner," appeared together in the 1933 independent film Mr. Broadway. Mr. Broadway was Seeley's final feature; Fields had roles in two other films, including the starring role in PRC's 1944 release Minstrel Man. According to the Los Angeles Times interview, Seeley and Fields recorded the musical numbers for Somebody Loves Me so that Hutton could study Seeley's style. Modern sources note that Seeley came out of retirement to make these recordings, which were released commercially, and then performed live with Fields at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles. Seeley and Fields also performed on television many times, becoming regulars on The Ed Sullivan Show. "Somebody Loves Me" was one of Seeley's signature songs.
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Stars: Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Frank Morgan, Ian Hunter

MGM's third follow-up to its landmark Broadway Melody is short on story, but that's okay, since the plot is merely a clothesline upon which to hang sleek and opulent musical production numbers by Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell -- particularly a breathless and eye-popping gloriously black-and-white six-minute tap dance finale between Astaire and Powell to Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine." The tale itself is a typical backstage contrivance: Johnny Brett (Fred Astaire) and King Shaw (George Murphy) are a couple of hoofers working in a dance hall for peanuts. Due to mistaken identity, King gets tapped for the lead in a Broadway show opposite big star Clare Bennett (Eleanor Powell) rather than Johnny. But when King drowns his trouble in booze on opening night, Johnny covers for him, taking his place in the show.

Broadway Rhythm (1944)

Stars: George Murphy, Ginny Simms, Charles Winninger, Gloria DeHaven, Nancy Walker, Ben Blue, Lena Horne, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Hazel Scott, The Ross Sisters, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

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Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Lew Ayres, Ian Hunter, Frank Morgan, Wally Vernon, Rita Johnson, Virginia Grey, William Gargan, Franklin Pangborn

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Stars: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo, Bob Gunton, Frank Whaley

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