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Barbara Cook - Bell Telephone Hour Appearances 1960-1965

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This never-before-released collection of TV performances features show music including selections from The Music Man, Carousel, South Pacific, and A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum, as well as rarities including Viennese operetta gems, and mo

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Barbara Cook, one of the great Broadway voices of the 20th century, was fortuitously recorded for television's Bell Telephone Hour in 1960-65, just a few years after her Candide and The Music Man. The picture quality is fuzzy, and the production values have that cheesy look of 1960s variety shows, but it's still a thrill to see the young Cook sing Broadway songs she isn't normally associated with, such as "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood" and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair." Of chief interest, of course, is the 1960 Music Man segment in which Cook appears with the original stage show's barbershop quartet, the Buffalo Bills. Again, the minimal staging isn't much to look at, but it's our only chance to see Cook in the role she created that was taken over by Shirley Jones in the movie version. Also appearing are the legendary Alfred Drake (singing "Maxim" and "Blue Eyes," and sharing a duet of "Vienna, City of My Dreams" with Cook, whom we don't normally associate with operetta) and a young Robert Goulet (singing "Lovely" and "The Sweetest Sounds," among others). Watching Barbara Cook on the Bell Telephone Hour is sort of like watching The Judy Garland Show, except with an artist in the spring of her career rather than the autumn. --David Horiuchi


Special features

  • Opening Credits
  • Songs from Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" (Telecast of February 26, 1960 With the Buffalo Bills): "Till There Was You" "Lida Rose" "Will I Ever Tell You" / "Lida Rose"
  • Civil War Medley (Telecast of November 11, 1960 With The Bell Telephone Hour Chorus): "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" "He's Gone Away" (Appalachian Folksong) "The Cumberland Crew" / "Blow the Man Down" (Sea Shanties) "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
  • Salute to Vienna (Telecast of March 16, 1962 With Alfred Drake and The Bell Telephone Hour Chorus): "Emperor Waltz" by Johann Strauss, Jr., "Don't Ask Me Why" from The Song is Ended, "I'm Off to Chez Maxim's" from The Merry Widow, "Merry Widow Waltz" from The Merry Widow, "Blue Eyes" from White Horse Inn, "Vienna, City of My Dreams" , "Two Hearts Swing in Three-Quarter Time"
  • Salute to the 1962 Broadway season (Telecast of October 22, 1962 with Robert Goulet and the Bell Telephone Hour Chorus): "Lovely" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Stephen Sondheim, "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood" from Camelot, "The Sweetest Sounds" & "Loads of Love" from No Strings, "Nobody Told Me" from No Strings, "That was Yesterday" from Milk and Honey
  • Milestone in American Love Songs (Telecast of January 5, 1965 With The Bell Telephone Hour Chorus): "Love Makes the World Go" from Carnival, MEDLEY "Buffalo Gals"/"Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair"/"In My Merry Oldsmobile / "Come, Josephine, In My Flying Machine / "My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon" / "If I Had a Talking Picture of You" / "Pettin' in the Park"  / "By a Waterfall" / "Shuffle off to Buffalo" / "Indian Love Call"
  • Salute to the American Girl (Telecast of March 2, 1965 With Robert Goulet and The Bell Telephone Hour Chorus): "She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage", "It was Good Enough for Grandma",  "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair",
  • Tribute to World War II (Telecast of November 7, 1965 With Anita Gillette): "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" , "I'll Walk Alone" by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne,
  • Closing Credits

Product details

  • Actors: Barbara Cook
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Video Artists Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5IOIE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,766 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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