Monday, July 20, 2009

Lillian Gish and Robert Mitchum Duet



When thinking of your favorite movie duets, you might consider any number of wonderful songs from musicals. This duet of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” by Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish, from “The Night of the Hunter” (1955), anything but a cheery musical, is one of my favorites.

Intense, contemplative, soulful, representing good and evil, it is inspirationally eerie. And they sing well together, too. Some time or other we’ll actually get around to discussing the movie, but for now, just take the duet for what it is. A special moment in time with two pros. (By the way, the movie is on TCM tomorrow afternoon if you want to catch it.)

Do you have any favorite movie duets?

6 comments:

K. said...

This is one of my favorites.

How about Fred Astaire and Virginia Dale singing and dancing to "I'll Capture Her Heart" at the close of Holiday Inn? "This will be fun/Miss Hit-and-Run/has come back into my life." I love the very end when the camera pulls back from the exterior of the inn and we can see them dancing and twirling through one of the frosted window panes.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Hi, K. That's a good one, too. The line you mention seems to summarize the plot. Nice pull back shot through the window.

panavia999 said...

"Will You Remember?" with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. From "Maytime".

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Oh, yes, Nelson and Jeannette, many famous duets there. Thanks, Panavia999.

John Hayes said...

What a scene--& you're right, their voices really mesh. How about Ginger Rogers & Una Merkel's duet on "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" in 42nd Street?

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Hi, John. Hey, yeah, Una and Ginger on the train. That's a good one, so flippant and silly. A great duet.