Born to Dance


Born to Dance [video art]

A Musical Comedy Film
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Screenplay by Jack McGowan and Sid Silvers, based on an original story by McGowan, Silvers, and B. G. De Sylva
Working Title: Great Guns

A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Release
(November 1936; 108 minutes; B & W)
Produced by Jack Cummings
Directed by Roy del Ruth
Cinematography by Ray June
Art Direction by Cedric Gibbons
Editor: Blanche Sewell
Music Director: Alfred Newman
Musical Arrangements: Roger Edens
Orchestrations: Edward Powell
Choral Arrangements: Lee Arnaud
Dance Ensembles by Dave Gould


Born to Dance [movie poster]

Cast

Eleanor Powell (Nora Paige)
James Stewart (Ted Barker)
Virginia Bruce (Lucy James)
Una Merkel (Jenny Saks)
Sid Silvers ("Gunny" Saks)
Frances Langford ("Peppy" Turner)
Raymond Walburn (Captain Dingby)
Buddy Ebsen ("Mush" Tracy)

Alan Dinehart (McKay), Juanita Quigley (Sally Saks), Georges and Jalna (Themselves), Reginald Gardiner (Policeman), Barnett Parks (Floorwalker), and The Foursome: J. Marshall Smith, L. Dwight Synder, Ray Johnson, and Del Porter

Note: Marjorie Lane doubled as the singing voice for Eleanor Powell.


I've Got You Under My Skin [sheet music]

Musical Numbers

  • "Rolling Home" - Gunny, Mush, Ted, and The Foursome
  • "Rap Tap on Wood" - Nora
  • "Hey, Babe, Hey" - Ted, Gunny, Mush, and Peppy
  • "Entrance of Lucy James" - Captain Dingby, Lucy and Sailors
  • "Love Me, Love My Pekinese" - Lucy
  • "Easy to Love" - Ted
  • "I've Got You Under My Skin" Lucy
  • "Swingin' the Jinx Away" - Peppy and Quartet

Cut Song

  • "Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye" [unused; also dropped after the Boston tryout of Red, Hot and Blue]

Soundtrack Recordings

"I've Got You Under My Skin" / "Easy to Love" - Virginia Bruce

  • 78 RPM, 1936 [Brunswick 7765]

"I've Got You Under My Skin" / "Rap Tap on Wood" - Frances Langford

  • 78 RPM, 1936 [Decca 939]

"Easy to Love" / "Swingin' the Jinx Away" - Frances Langford with Jimmy Dorsey and HHis Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1936 [Decca 940] A-side charted on November 14, 1936; peaked at #20


Born to Dance - Original Soundtrack Recording

Born to Dance [soundtrack album]

  • LP, 197? [Classic International Filmusicals C.I.F. 3001]
    • Opening Titles
    • "Rolling Home" - Stewart, Ebsen, Silvers, Foursome Quartet and Male Chorus
    • "Rap Tap on Wood" - Powell and the Foursome
    • "Hey, Babe, Hey" - Stewart, Powell, Merkel, Langford, Silvers and Ebsen
    • "Love Me, Love My Pekinese" - Bruce and Chorus
    • "Easy to Love" - Walburn, Stewart, and Powell
    • "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Bruce
    • Audition Dance - Powell
    • "Swingin' the Jinx Away" - Langford, Powell and Ensemble
    • Finale ("Easy to Love") - Stewart, Ebsen and the Foursome
  • LP, 1984 [Sandy Hook S.H. 2088]


  • Born to Dance [cd release]

  • Compact Disc, 2003 [Rhino RHM2 7778] (68:26 mins.)
  • Music arranged and orchestrated by Edward Powell
    Produced for release by George Feltenstein
    Project Supervisor: Patrick Milligan
    Liner notes: George Feltenstein

    • "Main Title" (Swingin' The Jinx Away/Easy To Love) - (1:30)
    • "Rolling Home" - (3:58)
    • "Easy To Love" - (3:04)
    • "Rap Tap On Wood" - (4:22) [extended version, stereo]
    • "Medley: Easy To Love/Hey, Babe, Hey!" - (3:21)
    • "Hey, Babe, Hey!" - James Stewart, Sid Silvers, Buddy Ebsen, Frances Langford, Marjorie Lane and Una Merkel (6:26)
    • "Entrance Of Lucy James" - Guy Kibbee, Virginia Bruce and M-G-M Chorus (2:13)
    • "Love Me, Love My Pekinese" - (1:15)
    • "Love Me, Love My Pekinese/Easy To Love" - (3:18)
    • "Easy To Love" - James Stewart (8:10) [stereo]
    • "I've Got You Under My Skin" - (2:36)
    • "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Virginia Bruce (2:39)
    • "Easy To Love (Reprise)" - (2:27)
    • "Swingin' The Jinx Away" - (13:17) [stereo]
    • "Easy To Love (Finale)" - (0:54)
    • "I've Got You Under My Skin" - (2:24) [Unused Version]
    • "I've Got You Under My Skin" - (2:45) [Unused Version]
    • "Easy To Love" - James Stewart and Marjorie Lane (2:54) [Unused "Censored" Version]


    Contemporaneous Recordings

    "Easy to Love" / "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Shep Fields and His Orchestra [A-side vocal: Dick Robertson]

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [Bluebird 6592] A-side charted on October 31, 1936; peaked at #13

    "Easy to Love"- Putney Dandridge and His Orchestra

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [Vocalion 3351]

    "Easy to Love"- Henry King and His Orchestra

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [Decca 937]

    "Easy to Love"- Maxine Sullivan

    • 78 RPM, 1937 [Vocalion/Okeh 3848]

    "Easyto Love"- Teddy Wilson

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [Brunswick 7762]

    "Hey, Babe, Hey"- Joe Shilkret and His Orchestra

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [American 7-02-14]

    "Hey, Babe, Hey"- Ted Weems and His Orchestra

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [Decca 969]

    "I've Got You Under My Skin" / "Easy to Love" - Hal Kemp and His Orchestra [A-side vocal: Skinnay Ennis]

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [Brunswick 7745] A-side charted on October 24, 1936; peaked at #8

    "I've Got You Under My Skin" / "Easy to Love" - Ray Noble and His Orchestra [vocal: Al BBowlly]

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [Victor 25422] A-side charted on December 5, 1936; peaked at #3; B-side charted on December 19, 1936; peaked at #7

    "I've Got You Under My Skin"- Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [Decca 939]

    "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Dick Jurgens and His Orchestra

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [American 6-12-04]

    "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Henry King and His Orchestra

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [Decca 937]

    "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Greta Keller

    • 78 RPM, 1937 [Decca F-6263]

    "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Lee Wiley

    • 78 RPM, 1937 [Decca 15034]

    "Swingin' the Jinx Away" - Tempo King and his Kings of Tempo

    • 78 RPM, 1936 [Bluebird B-6643]

    "Swingin' the Jinx Away" - Nat Gonella and His Georgians

    • 78 RPM, 1937 [Parlophone F-645]



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