Erwin Gelsey


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Sweet Adeline (1934) -- (Movie Clip) We Were So Young For the second of two songs from the 1929 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II operetta, with an elaborate shot from director Mervyn LeRoy and cameraman Sol Polito, we find the title character (Irene Dunne) testing out a new tune by her beau Sid (Donald Woods), cueing a tiff, in Warner Bros.’ Sweet Adeline, 1934.
Sweet Adeline (1934) -- (Movie Clip) Here Am I In a Hoboken, NJ German-style beer garden ca. 1898, Irene Dunne (title character and daughter of the owner) aims to impress the U.S. Army recruiter and (Spanish-American War) hero Major Day (Louis Calhern), with a song from the original 1929 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II operetta, in Warner Bros.’ Sweet Adeline, 1934.
Jewel Robbery (1932) -- (Movie Clip) Kindly Put Up Your Hands First appearance of the star William Powell, who never is named throughout the picture, in his suave invasion of a top Vienna jewelry store, Baroness Kay Francis gasping with her perfectly cordial husband and lover (Henry Kolker, Hardie Albright), Lee Kohlmar the jeweler, in Warner Bros. Jewel Robbery, 1932.
Jewel Robbery (1932) -- (Movie Clip) I Studied In Paris From William Powell's first scene as "The Robber," Countess Teri (Kay Francis), her husband (Henry Kolker), the proprietor (Lee Kohlmar) and the commissioner (Hardie Albright), irritated but impressed in a Vienna jewel shop, in Jewel Robbery, 1932.
Jewel Robbery (1932) -- (Movie Clip) Neither Am I Short And Fat Victim of an elegant robber earlier in the day, Viennese Countess Teri (Kay Francis) frets with friend Marianne (Helen Vinson), then is visited by the man himself (William Powell), making charming demands, in Jewel Robbery, 1932.
Jewel Robbery (1932) -- (Movie Clip) To Supplant My Jewels Opening in Vienna with Kay Francis as droll baroness Teri, with her friend Marianne (Helen Vinson) lamenting their circumstances, directed by William Dieterle, from a Ladislas Fodor play, in what was primarily a William Powell vehicle, in his Warner Bros.’ period, Jewel Robbery, 1932.
Gold Diggers Of 1933 (1933) -- (Movie Clip) I Hate Starving In Bed Broadway in a slump and the girls suffering, Carol (Joan Blondell), Trixie (Aline MacMahon) and Polly (Ruby Keeler) improvising when Fay (Ginger Rogers ) shows up with a glimmer of good news, wisecracking in Warner Bros. style, in the first in the series, Gold Diggers Of 1933, 1933.
Swing Time (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Pick Yourself Up After the Dorothy Fields lyric, the first Astaire and Rogers dance, to a Jerome Kern tune, Fred as Lucky, who has been sandbagging his dance skills, shows her boss (Eric Blore) that Ginger (as Penny) is a great teacher, sidekicks (Victor Moore, Helen Broderick) also inspired, in Swing Time, 1936.
Swing Time (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Waltz In Swing Time Fred Astaire (as Lucky) has won the contract of bandleader Ricky (Georges Metaxa) in a card game so, despite being rivals over Penny (Ginger Rogers), he is obligated to play Jerome Kern’s pacey Waltz In Swing Time for their audition, a landmark number from Swing Time, 1936.
Swing Time (1936) -- (Movie Clip) The Way You Look Tonight Often cited as the most sublime of all Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dance performances, following Fred’s vocal in which the end of their romance and dance partnership is confirmed, choreographed by Hermes Pan to the Jerome Kern tune, Robert Russell Bennett orchestration, in Swing Time, 1936.
Big Broadcast Of 1937, The (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Heigh Ho The Radio! An un-credited act opening with a song by credited composers Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger, for a feature with many big radio stars, first George Burns and Gracie Allen, with Martha Raye, then Jack Benny as the big shot, in Paramount's The Big Broadcast Of 1937, 1936.
Sing Your Worries Away -- (Movie Clip) My Uncle Nancy Daffy songwriter Chow (Bert Lahr) visits hat-check girl Bebe (Patsy Kelly), boss Chesty (Morgan Conway) and his cousin the cigarette girl Carol (Dorothy Lovett) at the night club in Sing Your Worries Away, 1942.