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Can Broadway Do Without Me?

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Can Broadway Do Without Me? (1929), Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Durante, Performed by Jimmy Durante in “Speak Easily“ Jimmy Durante: I just had an… Read More »Can Broadway Do Without Me?

The Mysterious Island 1929 starring Lionel Barrymore, Jacqueline Gadsdon

The Mysterious Island 1929

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The Mysterious Island 1929 starring Lionel Barrymore, Jacqueline Gadsdon

The Mysterious Island 1929 – idealistic scientist Count Dakkar wants to explore the undersea kingdom, but is betrayed by Baron Falon! His sister kidnapped, his workers captured, killed, or tortured … How can he free them?

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Song lyrics to Why Was I Born? (1929) music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Why Was I Born?

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Song lyrics to Why Was I Born? (1929) music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Why Was I Born?” is a 1929 song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II. It was written for the show “Sweet Adeline” (1929).

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Song lyrics to Happy Days Are Here Again (1929), music by Milton Ager, lyrics by Jack Yellen

Happy Days Are Here Again [song lyrics]

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Song lyrics to Happy Days Are Here Again (1929), music by Milton Ager, lyrics by Jack Yellen

Happy Days Are Here Again was first featured in the 1930 film Chasing Rainbows. It’s appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, ranging from Broadway Melody of 1938 to What Price Hollywood? to Glee. It may be best known as the theme for Franklin Delano Roosevelt‘s 1932 campaign song.

Happy days are here again,
The skies above are clear again
Let us sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again,

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The Thirteenth Chair (1929) starring Bela Lugosi, directed by Tod Browning

The Thirteenth Chair

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The Thirteenth Chair (1929) starring Bela Lugosi, directed by Tod Browning

To enjoy  The Thirteenth Chair, the audience has to bear in mind that this is a  very early sound picture, and make appropriate allowances. If you do that, you can enjoy the murder mystery.  And especially the sight of Bela Lugosi as the police Inspector Delzante.  He berates and threatens the witnesses to a murder. Thirteen witnesses, at a seance, sitting in thirteen chairs — hence the title. It should be mentioned that  The Thirteenth Chair is directed by Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks). He brought Lugosi to worldwide fame only 2 years after this movie.

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Lyrics to the song Singin' in the Rain, made famous by Gene Kelly in the 1952 MGM musical of the same name

Singin’ in the Rain lyrics

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Lyrics to the song Singin’ in the Rain, made famous by Gene Kelly in the 1952 MGM musical of the same name.   Interestingly enough, it was written with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929, and first filmed in The Hollywood Revue of 1929

Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo —

I’m singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin’
I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin’,
Singin’ in the rain

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