Deborah Kerr – I whistle a happy tune


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<An evening pause: From the 1956 Rodgers & Hammerstein Hollywood musical, The King and I. The song, actually sung by Marni Nixon, invokes a lesson I have learned works in almost every situation. Act like you belong and have the right to do what you are doing and people will accept this without question. This worked especially well when I was in the movie business.

The song’s lesson is also a good portrayal of the optimism and courage of the American culture in the mid-twentieth century. All good things were possible, if we showed courage and determination.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.

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3 comments

  • Michael Miller

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    She was quite the cuties in “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. ”

    Great flick

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  • Dick Eagleson

    Not to mention From Here to Eternity and Prisoner of Zenda. One of the great beauties of cinema history.

    Marni Nixon got a lot of work singing for other actresses over the years. She just died recently.

  • Judy

    “Act like you belong and have the right to do what you are doing and people will accept this without question”

    How true! I call this the “Mission Impossible philosophy” after the early TV series. They would be in some Eastern European country and drive up in a truck with “Water Workski” or some such painted on the sides, stop in the middle of the street, set up barricades and enter a manhole, and never be challenged.

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