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October 03, 2009


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.

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!

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 _____?

Oop, my husband says, "not Crosby but Jules Munshin, and Gene Kelly!"

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!

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