Friday, August 30, 2013

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) - Movie Review


Meet Me in St. Louis is a wonderful musical filmed in Technicolor, full of enchanting songs, dazzling costumes, and attractive sets. Time magazine called it "one of the year's prettiest pictures", and the Library of Congress deemed it "culturally significant". The film was directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Arthur Freed, who has said since that it is his personal favorite.

Judy Garland plays the role of the third Smith child, Esther. She falls in love with the boy next door and does everything in her power to trap him. With a little conniving and girlish dreaming, Judy plays the part well.

At the time up-and-coming child star, Margaret O'Brien, is said to have stolen the screen. Her cute obsession with the morbid and overly dramatic temperament has caused many to question who the real star of the show was. But unfortunately, the little girl's voice was no match for Judy's. 

As a little girl I loved it for its extravagant vintage costumes, and lovely music. Now that I am older, I love all that and more. (Especially since Tom Drake is in it.) It's the a delightful example of the sweet and simple life many of us would love to have. The story is a typical one, of young love and big dreams, but it never fails to capture the attention of its viewers.  


Brief Synopsis


The Year is 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri, a year before the arrival of the Louisiana Purchase World's Fair. The people of St. Louis couldn't be more pleased that their lovely city was chosen to host the spectacular, international event celebrating the anniversary of the purchase of Louisiana from the French.
The event is seen through the eyes of the Smith family. Mr. Alonzo Smith is a well-to-do lawyer, and his wife Anna and he have five children: Rose, Lon, Esther, Agnes, and Tootie. Rose hopes to receive a proposal from her boyfriend, Warren Sheffield, who is away at Yale, while Lon is trying to figure out how to get the attention of Lucille Ballard. Similarly, Esther is sure it is love at first sight when she sees the young man who just moved in with his family next door.  With Grandpa and Katie, the maid, to help straighten them out, the future is bright. But suddenly, Mr. Smith makes an announcement that might shatter the dreams of them all!


Review


In a lovely Victorian styled home in St. Louis, Missouri, Mrs. Anna Smith spends the morning in the kitchen preparing homemade ketchup over a hot stove. She is assisted by Katie, the family's maid. She's trying to determine whether its too sweet or too sour and has an endless supply of not-so-helpful opinions.


Esther, one of Mrs. Smith's daughters, comes home from playing tennis with her friends and finds them in the kitchen. She rushes up to Katie and quietly asks if she has talked to mother about having dinner an hour early, since her sister Rose' boyfriend is supposed to call long distance from Yale and the phone is located in the dining room. With her usual grumpiness, Katie runs Esther out of the kitchen. She then tries to suggest the idea to Mrs. Smith.


Rose comes home as well and tells Esther that the boy next door is on his lawn. Curious, they casually walk out onto their porch and watch him through the trellis. But only too quickly does he return to the house without noticing the girls.

As the family begins preparing to gather for dinner, the popular song Meet Me in St. Louis that was written in honor of the up-and-coming World's Fair is upon all their lips. Unfortunately, Mr. Smith does not share their enthusiasm for the song.


Something else he does not share is their desire to have dinner early. He insists he'll eat at the usual time and the family has no choice but to cooperate. During dinner, everyone tries to hurry along as fast as possible but once again their father thwarts their plans.


The phone rings. Mr. Smith, who is not aware of the expected call, answers it and then hangs up. Disappointed, Rose and Esther tell him who the call was from. Moments later, the phone rings again and Rose answers it. Warren chats for a few moments while Rose tries to encourage him to speak his mind, but in the end he loses his nerve and says good-bye.


Alonzo Jr., otherwise known as Lon, is getting ready to go to Princeton so his sisters throw a farewell party for him. This is also a great chance for Esther to finally meet John Truett, the boy next door. During the party, Agnes and Tootie are spotted watching from the stares and everyone begs them to let the two stay. Esther and Tootie entertain their guests by performing a new dance called the cakewalk.


After purposefully hiding John's hat so that he would be the last to leave, Esther asks him to help her put out the lights, all the while hoping he'll kiss her goodnight. Being more on the shy side, John fumbles for word and ends up telling her she has a handshake stronger than a girl's and wears the same perfume as his grandmother. Though slightly disappointed, Esther manages to invite him to tour the fairgrounds with her and her friends, to which he agrees.


She waits and waits for him at the trolley stop but he doesn't come. While she is busy singing, he jumps on the moving trolley and surprises her. But she couldn't be more delighted.


Autumn rolls around and Agnes and Tootie get all dressed up in their ghoulish costumes to join the other neighbor kids for Halloween festivities. Ever aspiring to please the older kids, Tootie takes on the most difficult job of "killing" the neighborhoods scariest occupant, Mr. Braukoff.


Hours later she comes home with bruises and a busted lip mumbling, "John Truett tried to kill me." Appalled that John would do such a thing, Esther runs out of the house and finds John on his porch. She tells him what she thinks of a man bullying little children and lands a few punches, as well as bites his hand.
Racing back to her house satisfied she has done her sisterly dutie, she hears Agnes talking to Tootie. What really happended was they had placed a dummy on the trolley tracks and caused an uproar. When the police arrived, John took Tootie away before they could catch her.


Now even more appalled at her mistake, Esther runs back over to the Truett house and finds John emerging all bandage up. He immediately shrinks away from her expecting another onslaught of violence but Esther tells him what happened. He kisses her and responds with, "You can beat me up anytime."


Floating on a cloud, Esther enters the dining room just as everyone has gathered for ice cream and cake. She hardly notices her family's snickers but suddenly her father makes an announcement that startles them all. He says that his firm has offered him a promotion. And not only that but a position in their New York firm. He plans to move right after Christmas.

Hardly as delighted as Mr. Smith would wish, the family begins to disperse from the dining room. All they can think of is how it will change all of their plans. What's more, it means they will miss the Fair the coming spring.

Mrs. Smith realizes what is happening and begins to play a favorite piece on the piano. Mr. Smith joins her in singing and soon the whole family returns to the dining room. Despite their fears, they love their father and are willing to go along if he asks them to.


Soon winter has arrived and with it the Christmas ball. Lon's hopes of taking Lucille Ballard, a girl he met while at Princeton, are shattered when learns she has already been asked by Warren Sheffield. Rose is also disappointed and it looks like Esther will be the only Smith attending the ball. Then Katie has the wonderful idea of Lon taking Rose. Though Lon recoils at the idea, Esther agrees that its a grand idea. The brother and sister agree that it is better than not going and it's a deal.


The night of the ball arrives and Esther is called down to the kitchen. John informs her that he was unable to get his tuxedo in time and won't be able to take her. Crushed, Esther leaves John to let himself out and goes upstairs where she throws herself on her bed in tears.


Having resigned herself to her fate, Esther is surprised when Grandpa offers to take her instead. Though not quite John Truett, Esther accepts her grandfather's invitation and the two go to the ball together.


Rose and Esther scheme over what to do about Lucille Ballard, Rose' rival. Esther shows her sister Lucille's dance card she has taken the liberty to fill. The card is full of all the dorks and clods there. The two are obviously pleased with themselves, but not for long.


Warren and Lucille arrive and almost instantly Rose realizes what a mistake she and Esther have made. Lucille tells Rose how much Warren talks about her and admits that she thinks Rose and Warren should go together, which leaves her with Lon. Rose calls off their plan and Esther decides the only right thing to do is switch dance cards with Lucille.


Esther's grandfather finally snatches her away from the left-footed young men she has been dancing with and passes her off to John Truett, who has managed to get there anyway.


Nearly midnight, John proposes to Esther who readily accepts. He tells her that when she goes to New York it will be with her husband. At first Esther is sure that's what she wants but then she begins to reconsider. John still has to go to school to become an engineer and she wouldn't want him to give that up for her.


Besides that, she feels she owes it to her family to be with them during this change in their life. She tells him that they'll still be able to work it out but John is worried things won't be the same.


Expecting everyone to be asleep, Esther finds Tootie sitting in her window staring at the snowmen below. Trying to cheer her up, she sings Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, but Tootie is too upset and runs downstairs and out the door. Grabbing a bat, she busts the snowmen to pieces. Esther runs after her. She tells her it will all be okay and finally manages to quiet the little girl down. Little did they know their father had seen it all.


Sitting in the living room alone Mr. Smith realizes the effect the move will have on his family. He suddenly calls for everyone to wake up. They come down the stairs in surprise but they are even more surprised when he tells them that he has changed his mind about moving to New York. While he is still speaking, Warren charges through the front door and tells Rose that he is going to marry her. He leaves just as quickly and Mr. Smith is left trying to figure out what is going on.

Time has slipped by and it's Christmas already. With rounds of congratulations for Rose and thank you's for father, the family decides to open their gifts right then and there. Esther knows that her and John's fears will now be gone. It's truly a merry Christmas!


The World's Fair has finally come to St. Louis! Dressed in their finest, the Smith family, along with John, Warren, and Lucille, enjoy the sights together. The future is bright once again!


Conclusion


At the first, Judy was determined not to do the movie. She tried to get out of it, for reasons unknown, and had her mother talk to Arthur Freed as well. In the end though, Judy told Freed, "Arthur, remind me not to tell you what kind of pictures to make. "

Even to day, Rotten Tomatoes, a website that holds the public's views on movies, gives it 100%, not something you see too often.

The film debuts beautiful songs such as The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and then of course the 1904 special, Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis, all of which are catchy and well-written.


I'd like to add, if you haven't seen it already, be sure and get it. It's definitely one of my favorites. And don't forget to leave me a comment telling me what you think. Make sure and come back in two weeks for another movie review. I'll give you a hint as to what movie I will be reviewing: Judy Garland gets a taste of the west!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Symbiotic Relationship

Years ago I studied Sea Stars for an article I was preparing to write. Unfortunately, I never got around to writing it due to uncontrollable circumstances, but what I learned was enlightening and a well of information I have been able to refer to since.

As I noted the numerous amount of ophuiroids (brittle stars), a relative of asteroidea (sea stars), during the recent NOAA Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013 I realized some of them are not nearly as brightly colored and appealing to look at as I once thought.

Picture courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer

This is a picture of a mussel bed. There is an adorable octopus but there are also many ophiuroids lying about. If you look closely you can see them lying across the mussels; they are long legged and spindly. Now not all ophiuroid look so plain but these found at over 1,000 meters in the North Atlantic are.

Brittle stars are very similar to sea stars in that they are both pentameric, a form of radial symmetry where the appendages are arranged around a central axis, among other things. The difference in their structure is that their arms are very distinct from their central disc, whereas in some species of sea star the disc is almost indistinguishable from the arms. Take a look at the picture below to see the underside of a brittle star.

Picture courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer

If you've read anything about sea stars you will have found that their main method of locomotion is through their tube feet. Water is pumped into the water vascular system that runs throughout the body via the madreporite, a porous pinprick usually on the top of the body near the perimeter of the central disk. Except in brittle stars the madreporite is underneath, along the oral surface, near the mouth.

Picture courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer

There are a few other differences between the two but what I noticed most was the apparent distinction in their choice of living space. It is common to see a sea star splayed out upon the ocean bottom or a rock surface but not so with brittle stars. Zoom in on a beautiful coral or sponge and what do you see but a dark serpentine creature wrapped in and out of its branches. At first I wasn't sure what it was. Some kind of sea snake? Marine worm? No, it's a brittle star using the coral or sponge as shelter.

My second question was the nature of this form of symbiosis. There are some species of sea star that feed on coral, like the crown-of-thorns sea star, but from what I can gather this relationship is commensal. The star depends upon the coral for shelter as well as oxygen while it collects its particles in the water that serve as its food. The coral or sponge doesn't mind the addition to its body and everyone gets along well.

Picture courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer

Except in this case, I wonder if the coral finds it so agreeable. (See above picture).

Do you see the lighter color on the arms? This is the area from which the tube feet protrude. Similar to suction cups, the tube feet are essential to nearly all sea stars. Not only do they assist in movement, as I mentioned above, but they are able to "grab" food with them.

I know I have had the tendency to view sea stars as almost statue-like creatures but this study has changed my view entirely. Click here to see a video of a fast moving brittle star.

Has this post clarified a few misconceptions for you? I hope you have enjoyed reading, and be sure to leave me a comment below. I'd love to hear what my readers think!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Banner Update - Finally done!

So here it is! I have finally finished drawing my banner. I must admit, I wasn't sure if I'd ever get it finished. It began like this:


After drawing it like this I wondered if it wouldn't be better to just draw the whole thing in its proper demensions but I was told I could get what I wanted by working on it further in the computer. So I took it into Gimp Editor and started clipping. Of course, I had the help of others in my family who are better at that sort of thing than I am. I couldn't have done it without them. After playing with the colors and other things I had the finished product:


What do you think? I'd love to hear your opinions. Little by little I'm transforming my blog into what I want it to be.

Thanks for reading! Be sure and catch my next posts coming soon. I will continue to talk on marine biology as well as post a movie review at the end of this coming week.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What They Can Do Without Bones...

Picture courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer

The D2 moves along the rock face and stops to zoom in on an interestingly carved cavity. Inside is a light blue blob resembling an octopus with its tentacles curled around its body.

Though we expected a variety of fish as I mentioned in my last post, we did not expect to see so many cephalopods, i.e. octopus and squid. The detail the cameras on D2 were able to pick up was incredible. Take a look at the picture below.

Picture courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer

Notice the eye. Cephalopods, which literally means "head-foot", have very intricate eyes, complete with a retina, cornea, iris, and lens. They are also capable of coordinating and storing information. I suppose that's why they have been known to work themselves out of their tanks when kept as pets. They are also able to open jars. If you don't believe me, look it up on YouTube. They are amazing creatures!

Picture courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer

Here is an adorable picture of a bobtail squid. The squid has the ability to pull its tentacles under its body to appear as merely a head. Someone mentioned it looked almost cartoon-like, which reminds me of the Goofy cartoon where he learns to water ski. If you've seen it, you know what I mean. (Visit this post for another picture of a bobtail squid).

Picture courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer

During the last leg of the trip, the D2 got some good imaging of a few giant squid, or at least that is what I believe them to have called it. Just to clarify, they are "giant" in classification, not always in size. This guy was probably between 8 and 16 inches.

The first squid was dining on some unknown creature and took evasive maneuvers to avoid the ROV. It remained in view for a good many seconds before finally shooting past the ROV and out of sight. The squid uses its back fins to swim but what gives it the most advantage is its ability to siphon water and press it back out with such pressure as to send it off in the opposite direction with staggering speed. This ability is shared by all cephalopods.

Another specimen noted was this one in the picture above. Its colors continually shifted from soft to brilliant even though it remained sitting on the sediment. This was explained by an onshore scientist participating: Apparently, each tiny pigment is controlled by a muscle which contracts to make it broad and relaxes to narrow it. So obviously, when the squid is very agitated, the colors tend to change quicker and more frequently.


This is just a sample of what we learned while watching the expedition. And though we were sad to see it end we have now tapped onto another expedition on the Nautilus in the Caribbean. The water is definitely warmer but just as fascinating!

Monday, August 19, 2013

What's Down There - The Unexplored!

View from camera sled Seirios of ROV Deep Discoverer (Picture Courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer)

The NOAA Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition has drawn to a close. After 31 very profitable dives, the Okeanos Explorer reached her homeport of North Kingstown, Rhode Island on Saturday, August 17. Now what is left to do depends upon the scientists, analyzing the information gathered and cataloguing what they find. The geologists are fascinated, the biologists are enthralled, all in all it was a successful trip.

I can't help feeling a little down though. Sitting here at home watching the expedition from our 42" TV screen has been extremely exciting and enlightening. I wish it didn't have to end. There is just something about watching live footage of the least explored areas of our world and not knowing what you might see next. You can be one of the first ones to see a rare find or new organism. The advantage is incredible.

But the Okeanos isn't the only exploration vessel on a mission. The Nautilus is currently undergoing an expedition through the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, with a mission to map the seafloor, collect geological and biological samples, and video it all via HD cameras. They are equipped with Telepresence technology as well which allows us the same ability to follow along as we had with the Okeanos. So when one mission ends another is beginning or taking place, drawing us closer to understanding more and more of the amazing aspects of the worlds' oceans.

Coral covering a canyon ledge (Picture Courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer)

Specimens At Such Depths


During the first leg of the Northeast U.S. Canyons Expediton, ROV D2 began its exploration in Block Canyon. At first the location was flat and substrate fine and sandy. The most prominent specimens at this point were red crabs, cutthroat eels, and witch flounder. There were virtually no evidence of coral or other marine invertabrates of that kind. This was often the case in a variety of canyons until they moved on up. With a rockier substrate in view, beautiful corals and sponges were noted. Dive 3 of leg 2 was conducted in Oceanographer canyon where they observed deep-water corals covering the side of a rock face which was the case in many of the dives. The target area would be steep and rocky or clearly sheered off and the surface of the rock on every which side would be covered in many coral species. Bamboo and black coral were the most observable, as well as cup coral, various sponges and sea anemone. On leg 2, Venus flytrap anemone occupied scattered boulders over an otherwise barren seafloor, retracting at even the slightest disturbance in the water.

White glass sponge (Picture Courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer)

I must admit I was surprised at first by the lack of fishes. One often thinks of the ocean as full of fishes but in these depths of 1,000 or more meters, fish were rare. A certain fact is deep-water fishes are less attractive in most cases than their tropical relatives and often bear a grisly or caricature-like appearance. One fish I found interesting was the fathead. Its body was bulbous at the head and tapered at the back like a tadpole, while its mouth looked like big lips spreading the width of its body. Despite my studies of marine biology in the past, I had never encountered this fellow and I found him very peculiar.

Then there were Black-bellied rose fish, Tongue fish, salp, lovely sea stars (my favorites in fact), barnacles, and et cetera, all of which I hope to discuss, if only briefly, at a later date. But for now I will wrap this post up by reiterating my earlier feelings: it is amazing to watch live imaging of the seafloor and I am completely grateful to the people who made it possible for us to view!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

State Fair (1945) - Movie Review


Starring beautiful Jeanne Crain, dashing Dana Andrews, crooner Dick Haymes, and songbird Vivian Blaine, State Fair is comical, dramatic, and delightful.

I don't know when I first saw this movie but it has been amongst my favourites ever since. The music is superb, the characters lovable, and the plot simple and cute. Sometimes a simple story is all a person needs for entertainment. I enjoy the period, how the clothes are so elegant and stylish, and the lifestyle always seems to be better, more enjoyable, than what we have now. Maybe unreasonable but at least the movie gives you a good feeling.

Quick Synopsis


On a prosperous farm in Iowa, the Frake's are preparing to attend the annual state fair, where Abel Frake, the father, will show off his hog, Melissa Frake, the mother, will enter her pickles and mincemeat, and their children, Wayne and Margy just have a good time. Right off, Margy meets a handsome reporter who seems to know the world. Meanwhile Wayne makes a move to get back at a vendor who cheated him the year before and meets a lovely young lady because of it. With the festivities and fun around them, the Frake's spend another lovely week at the Fair, but this time not everything will end as usual.

Review


The Frake's are all excited and getting ready to attend the State Fair. It's the height of the summer for the people in Iowa and there is something there for everyone.


Though usually just as excited as her family, Margy can't seem to get in the spirit. She loves the fair but the status of her life at the moment leaves her feeling a bit down. With a boyfriend whose soul interest is "scientific" farming, she wonders if there isn't more out there that she might be missing.


In the kitchen, Melissa Frake is putting the finishing touches on her mincemeat. Her husband, Abel, is confident that Blueboy, the hog, will win 1st prize this year and is in good spirits because of it.


After being cheated the year before by a shotty vendor, Wayne Frake takes his mother's embroidery hoops to the barn to get some practice beforehand in hopes of showing up the troublesome vendor this year. His girlfriend, Eleanor, was supposed to go with them but to his dismay, she phones him and says she can't make it.


The fair is in full swing and the Frake's have arrived with their mobile home and are setting up camp. Margy knows how uncertain her mother is over her pickles and mincemeat. She tries to encourage her as much as possible, sincerely hoping this might be the year she wins. Her father on the other hand needs no encouragement whatsoever.


Making a beeline to the troublesome vendor, Wayne succeeds in proving the man a liar and a cheat but only with the help of the chief of police's daughter, Emily Edwards. Wayne is smitten by the lovely lady but doesn't manage to get anywhere with her.


Finally after finishing setting up camp, Margy walks to the fair by herself. Like her brother, she has a sure destination in mind. The roller coaster. Having been terrified of it as a child, she wants to find out if she still is. Nervously, she buys a ticket and gets on. She realizes only too late that she is still just as scared and panics. The man in the seat beside her quickly comes to her rescue, allowing her to bury her face in his jacket. Afterward, she politely thanks him and leaves the ride behind, but she can't help feeling curious about the kind man. To her surprise, he seems just as curious about her and invites her to browse the fair with him.


Margy finds out that he is a reporter by the name of Pat Gilbert. She can't help but like him immediately, so when he proposes they get together again, she agrees but only after asking him if he's sure he still wants to. His terms are "Whenever I want to throw in this bunch, I just won't be around".


At the Swine Pavilion, Abel checks on Blueboy. He treats him like a king, and it doesn't take Blueboy long to pick out a queen.


While looking for the chief of police's daughter, Wayne finds Emily singing with the Tommy Thomas orchestra and realizes he's been had. But he isn't angry with her. Instead he takes her to the dance floor and tries to get her to spend the rest of evening with him.


Meanwhile, Margy runs into Pat and the two browse around the fair getting to know each other. Pat tells her about his real dream, working in a big city newspaper, and he's hoping to get the job real soon. She wishes him the best and secretly imagines how wonderful it would be to live in the big city.


The next day is a big day for Melissa Frake. Anxiously, she watches as the judges taste her pickles. The pavilion is silent as everyone wonders who will be the lucky winner this year and once again she loses to Mrs. Metcalf.


But with the mincemeat it's a different story. Having previously refused to take her husbands advice and add liquor, Melissa finally gave in. But Abel didn't know and snuck some in himself. The first two judges obviously dislike it, but the third judge says there isn't any better and Mrs. Frake wins first prize.


After the nights show, Emily invites Wayne to the party the boys are giving in her honor. Feeling some competition from one of the guys, Wayne doesn't hesitate to win Emily's attention. It's not long before he decides she's the girl for him. Unfortunately for him, he finds out that she's already married. Her husband used to be a great guy until he lost his confidence in himself. Those only having known her for a little while, Wayne is crushed.


The more time they spend together the more Margy falls for Pat. Sure, he's the kind of guy that has his pick of women, she tells herself. But they have such a good time together, how could he not feel the same? What she doesn't know is that he does but he's not yet sure he wants to admit it.


It's Abel's turn to take Blueboy before the judges. At first Blueboy is reluctant and everything looks bad for Abel, but when Blueboy gets a glimpse of his "girlfriend" he perks up and steals the judges hearts.


The last night of the fair, Pat is in his hotel room about to leave when he is interrupted by his boss. He's informed that he's got the job in New York! The only catch is that Pat has to leave that night. He has to make a hard choice between his job or his new feelings for Margy.


Margy waits in front of the roller coaster for Pat to arrive but he never shows. She remembers what he said about calling it quits by "not being around" and figures he must have not felt for her like she felt for him.


For Abel and Melissa, the fair couldn't have been better: he got first prize for Blueboy like he said he would and she won first prize for her mincemeat. But for Wayne and Margy, it couldn't have been worse.

As soon as they arrive home Wayne immediately goes for a walk while Margy goes to her room. 


Minutes later the phone rings and Margy answers it expecting her boyfriend. Instead it's Pat! He says he's on his way there and tells her about the job. He asks her to marry him and go with him to New York. Without hesitating, Margy runs from the house with no explanation to her parents and goes to meet him.


As for Wayne, he sees how foolish he's been about Emily and comes driving by with Eleanor. They pass Pat and Margy on their way, and finally realize that maybe the fair was better than ever before!

Conclusion


Not only is the story so engaging, but the music is catching and lovely. The movie starts out with a full cast singing Our State Fair, then Jeanne Crain has the opportunity to show off her soft voice in It Might as Well Be Spring. But my personal favourites are the ones Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine sing: That's For Me, It's a Grand Night for Singing, and Isn't it Kind of Fun?. They're the typical Rogers and Hammerstein scores sure to make a hit and stay a hit!

As usual for Hollywood, Dana Andrews singing voice was dubbed by Ben Gage. I often doubt their judgement in these areas, giving Dana Andrews' abilities to sing the benefit of the doubt, but Hollywood will do what Hollywood does. At least in modern days they allow actors to do more of their own singing.

And this concludes this weeks review. I hope you have enjoyed it! Be sure to tell me what you think in the comments below.

(Next review: take a step up to the St. Louis World's Fair with Judy Garland and, my personal favorite, Tom Drake. See you then!)