Thursday, April 16, 2009

Betty Hutton remembered:

Last night I watched Robert Osborne interview Betty Hutton. The interview was done in 2000 and she hadn't been in the public eye for over twenty years. I actually don't know a lot about Betty Hutton because she mostly did musical work and I personally do not like musicals or a lot of singing in movies. I'm actually more familiar with her sister Marion Hutton because I am a fan of The Glenn Miller Orchestra. By the end of the interview however, I had a new favorite. What a wonderful star Betty Hutton is!

From watching the clips they showed during the interview, it's obvious that Hutton was an extremely talented woman. So talented in fact, that I am going to get Annie Get Your Gun and watch it. If you knew my thoughts about musicals, you would know that this is an amazing statement. I was not able to find a clip of it online but Betty Hutton singing You Can't Get a man with a Gun is hilarious! Her facial expressions, her imperfect singing, her quirky dance moves, her timing, and her sheer energy proved her to be a very talented actress and commedienne. Prime example: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. Made in 1944, in order for the storyline-- a woman wakes up married and pregnant but doesn't remember who the father is-- to make it through the sensors it had to be funny, so funny that one could overlook what was considered immoral behavior at that time. It was extremely racy and Betty Hutton, with the help of funnyman Eddie Bracken, pulled it off. That took serious talent.

Articles on Betty Hutton:

NY Times




Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief:

Murder, He Says

Anything You Can Do

TCM remembers Betty Hutton

Tonight on TCM!

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
When their older brother marries, six lumberjacks decide it's time to go courting for themselves. Cast: Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall Dir: Stanley Donen.

Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956)
International spies kidnap a doctor's son when he stumbles on their assassination plot.
Cast: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

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