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#41 of 166 ONLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted June 12 2014 - 03:10 AM

Yes, just listen to her cast recordings (Destry Rides Again is a favorite) and soundtrack albums and you'll know it's the same magnificent, belting-to-the-rafters voice.



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Posted June 12 2014 - 05:09 AM

I think she was a great, under-utilized talent. She and Virginia O'Brien should have made many more movies. I love her.
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Posted June 12 2014 - 05:32 AM

Back in the 70's Ohio had the Kenley Players where John Kenley would present shows over the summer. I remember a production of Kismet with Dolores Gray reprising her role. Still sounded good altho her vibrato was getting a little wide. Hal Linden was starred and he was great.



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Posted June 12 2014 - 07:04 PM

A friend of mine was working in theatre in London in the mid-'80's and met Dolores ('Dolly') Grey. She was performing in something and apparently "still had it". I recall hearing she was a fan of British-style Fish and Chips. I enjoy her performance in DESIGNING WOMAN with Gregory Peck, particularly in the restaurant scene. Her big number in IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER is a real highlight in that movie and was showcased in THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III. She just about steals that movie too. Great comedienne.



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Posted June 12 2014 - 07:07 PM

Dolores co-starred in the 1987 London production of Sondheim's "Follies", maybe that is when your friend met her.



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Posted June 12 2014 - 07:10 PM

Here is a picture of Ms Gray in that production: 

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Posted June 12 2014 - 08:26 PM

Yes, I think that was it. Thanks.


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Posted June 12 2014 - 08:55 PM

Yes, just listen to her cast recordings (Destry Rides Again is a favorite) and soundtrack albums and you'll know it's the same magnificent, belting-to-the-rafters voice.

 

She didn't always belt it to the rafters. Her excellent album Warm Brandy consists of quiet, intimate interpretations of romantic songs.  I wish she had made more recordings.



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Posted June 12 2014 - 09:27 PM

"Warm Brandy" is a gem.  I also love "Two on the Aisle" and "Destry", though I wish "Sherry!" had been recorded with its original cast.  There was a *very* belated studio album done 10 years or so ago, with Carol Burnett in Gray's role (its a musical version of "The Man Who Came to Dinner"), but who could ever beat Gray?



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Posted June 12 2014 - 09:57 PM

Wonderful transfer (and yes, Noel, the color is great), and amazing sound.


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Posted June 13 2014 - 07:47 AM

The sound is great. 

 

For once, we have something that sounds like 4-track magnetic in the 50's.  So many films are over-processed with a serious reduction of the width of the front sound stage.


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Posted June 13 2014 - 06:33 PM

My copy came today. I had originally planned to watch it tomorrow night, but as I had no reviewing activities tonight, I just couldn't wait to pop it in.

 

It's just as terrific as most everyone has said. The sound is full and lush, and the picture sparkles - one of the best of the Eastman Color Cinemascope transfers that I've seen. I actually liked the way it looked better than Hit the Deck.

 

But frankly, Warners has a perfect batting average with their Blu-ray releases through the Archives. They've all been splendid.


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Posted June 13 2014 - 08:01 PM

this is slightly off-topic, but I thought I should share it.

A new production of 'The King and I' opened here in Melbourne last week. It was reviewed in this morning's 'Age' newspaper.

First paragraph reads:

'The King and I' is one of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals (the other is 'Kismet') that looks decidedly un-PC in what has, after all, been dubbed "The Asian Century".

Does this mean 'Kismet' should have been included in the new R & H box set?  And why not 'Kiss Me Kate' too!



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Posted June 13 2014 - 08:15 PM

I don't know about decidedly un-PC, but it sure ain't authentic by any stretch of the imagination!



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Posted June 13 2014 - 08:16 PM

Ugh - somebody didn't do their homework.  I also get irritated when I see Rodgers misspelled as "Rogers".



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Posted June 13 2014 - 08:16 PM

And that reviewer must not have seen the commercial with John Williams sitting in the wing back chair saying, "Did you know Strangers in Paradise was actually Polevetsian Dance number 2 by Borodin?"


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Posted June 13 2014 - 08:18 PM


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Posted June 13 2014 - 10:32 PM

And that reviewer must not have seen the commercial with John Williams sitting in the wing back chair saying, "Did you know Strangers in Paradise was actually Polevetsian Dance number 2 by Borodin?"

And has anyone ever said those words more beautifully? I could hear his voice as I read those words. Unforgettable.



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Posted June 14 2014 - 12:26 AM

Attributing KISMET to R&H is a giveaway that, like many others, that paper is not employing a knowledgable theatre critic.

 

It's an increasing trend as, after all, everyone is entitled to an opinion so why not use somebody - anybody - who happens to be available?

 

Here in London there was  a theatre critic who was (mainly) knowledgable but lazy and he was once caught out reviewing a performance that had been cancelled. As he'd not been there he hadn't known.

 

It's not uncommon for production adverts to appear with Richard Rodgers' name mis-spelt.


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Posted June 14 2014 - 12:35 AM

It's not uncommon but I find it rather lazy and ignorant.  It doesn't take a lot of effort to get the right facts and spelling; after all, these people are "professionals".



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