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Bragging rights go to the first person who can identify the music to which Miss Torso dances during the opening scene in Hitchcock's Rear Window. Extra credit if you can name the musical inspired by the music.
Posted by The Best American Poetry on October 03, 2009 at 02:50 PM in Brainteasers, Music | Permalink
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That's a tough one. There are a lot of wonderful popular songs woven into the tapestry of that film. I recall "That's Amore" (with jolly accordion), "Lover" (that catchy Rodgers & Hart waltz in swing time), and "Mona Lisa," which everyone at the songwriter's party sings in unison as if in homage to "Lisa Fremont" (Grace Kelly). But I don't think any of these three is the right answer -- just a chance for me to show off a little, I guess.
October 03, 2009 at 02:58 PM
Oh, poop. I watched "Rear Window" last night, too.
Here's another bit of trivia from the movie: the actor who plays the songwriter is Ross Bagdasarian - otherwise known as Dave Seville from Alvin and the Chipmunks.
One more - one of the guests at the songwriter's party is Kathryn Grant - who later became the second Mrs. Bing Crosby of many Christmas specials fame.
But I don't know the song!
Laura Orem |
October 03, 2009 at 03:05 PM
The musical was from "On the Town." It also included "NY, NY," that famous song which describes NY "a helluva town...the Bronx is up and the Battery's down." Ok, who are the three singers? Sinatra, Crosby and _____?
October 03, 2009 at 07:26 PM
Oop, my husband says, "not Crosby but Jules Munshin, and Gene Kelly!"
October 03, 2009 at 07:36 PM
Cathy - You're right about the musical! The music in Rear Window is from the earlier Fancy Free, a ballet that Jerome Robbins choreographed in 1944 for the American Ballet Theater, music by Leonard Bernstein. The ballet was later translated into On the Town. And your husband is right about the third singer; Sinatra, Kelly, and Munshin. You score!
October 03, 2009 at 10:14 PM
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