Thursday, February 28, 2013
Fun Peg Is On First
Laurel and Hardy, but these were cheap laughs, so...
Their first movie together they were fourth billed, a trifle called, "One Night In The Tropics" in which
the lady above, Peggy Moran was third billed.
The first thing that sparked my interest was seeing who had written the musical numbers: Dorothy Fields
and Jerome Kern, with one song from Oscar Hammerstein II.
This is the like going to neighbor's BBQ and finding Wolfgang Puck and Gaida De Laurentiis flipping the burgers.
So, Peggy Moran. When she came on the screen, she reminded me instantly of a friend named Mickey,
and it turned out that Mickey was also the name of her character.
I checked her page at the Internet Movie Data Base, and she had another distinction remarkable for Hollywood-she married once, Henry Koster, and they remained wed for life.
Henry Koster directed Jimmy Stewart in "Harvey" and many, many other features, and this from her page made me smile:
"When she married Henry Koster in 1942, he promised to put her in every movie he made in the future and he did. He had a bust of her head made and it was used in all of his films after their marriage."
Sometimes we should tip our coffee cup to those who get it right. I wouldn't say that
"One Night In The Tropics" is a masterpiece, but it is FUN. Allan Jones is the lead, Abbot and Costello
prove their worth, and with the Fields/Kern songs, it was a delight.