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With special guest Sheila MacRae.
The handsome and charming actor and singer Gordon MacRae (1921-1986) possessed one of the most beautiful voices in the world of pop and Broadway. Best remembered for his unforgettable performances in the acclaimed film versions of Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956), he was also a best-selling recording artist and a frequent guest on television.
In the Bell Telephone Hour performances included in this collection, MacRae sings selections from many Broadway hits of the era. In some cases, the program provided audiences with previews of the coming season: the telecasts featuring songs from Subways Are For Sleeping and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, for example, actually aired prior to the shows’ opening nights! In several numbers Gordon is joined by the actress and singer Sheila MacRae, to whom he was married from 1941-1967. As a couple, they often performed together on television and radio, in nightclubs, and in regional theater productions.
These rare telecasts, not seen since their initial airings, make it clear why Gordon MacRae remains one of America’s most beloved singers.
Color, 28 minutes, 4:3, All regions
Songs from Broadway Seasons 1959/60 and 1961/62
Take Me Along • Till Tomorrow • Once Knew a Fellow
The Sound of Music • Small World • Comes Once in a Lifetime
Sail Away • Paris Original • Love From a Heart of Gold
How to Succeed
Hit Songs from Stage, Screen & Tin Pan Alley
I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Indian Summer • Howdy Neighbor, Happy Harvest
Shine On, Harvest Moon
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)? • Now I Know
My Shining Hour
The Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra & Chorus
Donald Voorhees, conductor.
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