Debbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson - The Unsinkable Molly Brown [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Debbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson - The Unsinkable Molly Brown [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Release Date:
1964
Duration:
01:18:32
Recording Date:
August 26, 1963 - January 30, 1964
Recording Location:
Culver City, CA
Styles:
Traditional Pop, Musicals, Soundtracks
Album:
The Unsinkable Molly Brown [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Hollywood's version of Meredith Willson's first musical, The Music Man, a massive hit onstage, was largely faithful to the show and itself became a massively successful film. The movie adaptation of Willson's second musical, the modestly successful The Unsinkable Molly Brown, was less faithful and became a modestly successful film. Both followed the story of Molly Brown, a real historical figure who capped her rags-to-riches story by surviving the Titanic disaster. The MGM movie jettisoned stage star Tammy Grimes in favor of Debbie Reynolds, but retained male lead Harve Presnell, who made his film debut. Only four songs -- "Belly Up to the Bar, Boys," "I Ain't Down Yet," "I'll Never Say No," and "Johnny's Soliloquy" -- were retained from the 16-song show score, and they were augmented by "Colorado, My Home," a song that had been cut from the show shortly after it opened, and "He's My Friend," which Willson wrote for the film. (He also wrote a song called "Dignity," but it went unused and was never recorded.) The cuts were extreme, even including "If I Knew," the show's only real claim to a hit song.

(Nat "King" Cole had scored a chart entry with it.) But the 128-minute film made up for the musical loss in production values and production numbers, and Reynolds was excellent in the frisky title role, earning an Oscar nomination. Deservedly, the movie turned a healthy profit, but it was outdistanced in a cinema year of musical blockbusters paced by Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady. The somewhat padded soundtrack album peaked just outside the Top Ten and earned periodic reissues. On November 21, 2000, Rhino, in association with Turner Entertainment, which owned the MGM film vault, reissued it in an expanded form that added 17 previously unreleased musical cues, consisting of underscoring and brief song reprises, to turn the old 40-minute LP into a 78-minute CD. In some cases, the instrumental music drew upon songs from the show score not otherwise featured in the film, such as "When Roses Bloom (The Beautiful People of Denver)." But the place to go for a complete version of the score was still the original Broadway cast album.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Main Title / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra3:41
Belly up to the Bar, Boys / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: Ed Begley / Jack Kruschen0:54
I Ain't Down Yet / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: Grover Dale / Gus Trikonis4:37
Colorado Sunset / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra2:44
Colorado, My Home / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: Harve Presnell3:47
Boy Meets Girl / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra2:28
Leadville / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra2:16
Belly up to the Bar, Boys / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson5:09
Reading Lessons / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra2:38
I'll Never Say No / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: Harve Presnell4:33
Molly Scherzo / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra0:34
I'll Never Say No (Housebuilding Montage Reprise) / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: Harve Presnell1:36
Buggy Ride / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra3:56
Here Comes the Bride (I Ain't Down Yet) / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: Ed Begley / Jack Kruschen0:45
Disillusioned Bride / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra3:22
When Roses Bloom (The Beautiful People of Denver) / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra1:31
Stella Dallas / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra2:24
I'll Never Say No (Reprise) / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson1:53
I Ain't Down Yet (Reprise) / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: Harve Presnell1:09
Molly Waltz (Dolce Far Niente) / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra2:08
Colorado, My Home (Reprise) / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: Harve Presnell1:02
He's My Friend / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: Hermione Baddeley / Ed Begley / Martita Hunt / Jack Kruschen / Harve Presnell6:13
Johnny's Soliloquy / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: Harve Presnell5:02
Queen of the Lardpail / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra1:24
Maxie at Maxim's (Up Where the People Are) / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra2:07
Letter from Johnny / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra3:48
Titanic Dissolves / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra2:12
Brass Bed/End Cast / Meredith WillsonDebbie Reynolds / Meredith Willson feat: MGM Studio Orchestra4:39

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