Musical Moment (New feature?)

I had this idea earlier today, and I had it with a very different clip in mind. However, that clip being unavailable, this was my second choice. The Banana Oil Movies Musical Moment will be a post wherein I provide you with a musical clip, most likely from one of the great “Golden Age of Musicals” movies, but not necessarily. Probably something that’s just popped into my head, although if I can make the clip timely/topical, I absolutely will. The likelihood of the clip featuring either Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, or Julie Andrews is high. I cannot tell a lie. But I will endeavor to mix it up some. At any rate, here’s the first, perhaps of many? This one is seasonal, natch.

The musical: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
The song: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This number, with slightly altered lyrics and recorded by everyone under the sun, is now a holiday staple, but this is the original. Also, in my opinion, it doesn’t get any better. This is Ms. Garland at the height of her abilities, filmed by future husband Vincente Minelli. She looks absolutely stunning, and sounds even better. In this scene, she and her little sister are feeling sad about spending the last Christmas in their home before the family moves to NY to further their father’s career. Note the far more melancholy tone than we’ve grown accustomed to with popular versions, and enjoy!

Happy holidays from Banana Oil! Thanks for reading this year … hope to see you in 2011!!

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6 responses to “Musical Moment (New feature?)

  1. This is so one of my favorite Christmas tunes. I love the melancholy of it all.

  2. Found my way here through Samantha’s comment on the Rex Parker blog. I despise Christmas music (especially this time of yer!), but I love that clip from Meet Me In St Louis — you’re correct, she’s absolutely at her peak there. I have a pretty large collection of her records (and many books about here). Also Gershwins, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, and Sondheim.

    I like your stuff here, such as the 5 stars you’d like to see in musicals — cute! Didn’t know Anne Hathaway could sing. Don;t know much of her work but she completely blew me away in ‘Rachel Getting Married’. A brilliant performance.

    Have fun!

    • Yep, that’s me, crossword lover (although purely an amateur) and movie buff. And musical snob. And lots of other things. Thanks for checking the blog out! Come back sometime soon — I’ll be posting more again, hopefully … have had a bit of a slowdown to have a small person. 🙂

  3. Oops — sorry about those typos. I am mortified.

  4. Congrats on the new small human! I used to have some of those, but then they got really, really big.

    Always glad to meet another musical snob.

    And thanks for the second chance!

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