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Name that movie tune?

GUEST,CupOfTea 16 Apr 09 - 11:46 PM
M.Ted 17 Apr 09 - 12:26 AM
Acme 17 Apr 09 - 12:30 AM
Boho 17 Apr 09 - 12:48 AM
Boho 17 Apr 09 - 01:02 AM
GUEST,CupOfTeaWhoseCookieVanished 17 Apr 09 - 03:20 PM
Boho 18 Apr 09 - 07:50 AM
greg stephens 18 Apr 09 - 11:12 AM
GUEST,CupOfTea, still no cookies 23 Apr 09 - 04:17 PM
GUEST,pattyClink 23 Apr 09 - 11:19 PM
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Subject: Name that movie tune?
From: GUEST,CupOfTea
Date: 16 Apr 09 - 11:46 PM

Pretty please? (it's been so long since I tried to start a thread, I think I got it wrong earlier...)

I'm trying to find out the name of a polka used in the 1952 movie Scrooge with Alistair Sims. It's used right at the end of the movie before the credits roll.

I've a friend with a very good head for tunes and ability to identify them, but this one has flummoxed him, and I'd love to be able to tell him what it is, and better still where to find it outside the movie. The usual movie information resources have come up blank on this particular bit of musical trivia.

Any pointers in the right direction would be welcome. The name/source would be splendiferous, indeed. With all the obscure knowledge that belongs to the folks who cruise through here, I can't think of a better place to ask.

Cheers,
Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: M.Ted
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 12:26 AM

One of the things I liked best about the film was the abundance of folk music. For those who care, the screen adaptation was written by Noel Langley, who was one of the screenwriters for "The Wizard of Oz". Here are the songs in the soundtrack, as listed at Internet Movie Database, though they seem to think it ends with "Silent Night":


"Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Sung by offscreen chorus during opening credits


"Sir Roger de Coverley"
Traditional
Played by fiddlers at Fezziwig's Christmas party


"Barbara Allen"
Traditional
Played as background music during film and sung by guests at Fred's Christmas party


"Silent Night"
(excerpt)
Music by Franz Gruber
Sung by offscreen chorus at end of film


"My Love's an Arbutus"
Music by C.V. Stanford
Heard instrumentally as background music during all scenes involving Alice


"The Lincolnshire Poacher"
Traditional
Whistled by Jack Warner


"Oranges and Lemons"
Played when Scrooge meets the Spirit of Christmas Present


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: Acme
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 12:30 AM

That was a very thorough and quick response! Sometimes questions like this can languish for hours, days, weeks, months. . . :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: Boho
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 12:48 AM

The film is posted in pieces on YouTube.

Here

Not sure if this is what you're referring to or indeed if that's a polka, but just before Silent Night from about 5:20 I think the tune is Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: Boho
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 01:02 AM

Which is the same tune as "Nuts in May", I seem to recall. Both usually sung by kids dancing round in a circle, as seen in the clip.


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: GUEST,CupOfTeaWhoseCookieVanished
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 03:20 PM

I believe he's gone through internet movie database without finding the name of the tune he's looking for. I do think he'd recognize most of the trad. tunes, particularly those used for dancing.

The man needs to be kept sane, especially as he's calling the next dance!

Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: Boho
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 07:50 AM

Is it the one that starts at 8:14 in this clip? (it continues in #9). I don't have a clue but post the link in case anyone wants to have a listen.

Polka


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: greg stephens
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 11:12 AM

Well, it starts off like 12345 (or the Sultan's Polka), but diverges rapidly!


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: GUEST,CupOfTea, still no cookies
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 04:17 PM

0ooh. Lovely find, thanks Boho!

The polka in question started in clip #8 at 8:23. I thought it very rude that, in the view over the piano players shoulder there wasn't a convenient bit of sheet music with the name emblazoned on it in sight.

So, can anyone name that tune, purty please?

Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: GUEST,pattyClink
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 11:19 PM

Now that the clip has been located, is it time to call in some polka-band experts to listen to it? Anybody got a connection in Accordionland?


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: CupOfTea
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 11:57 PM

You'd think that in Cleveland, home of many a polka, polka band, polka dancers and even (I swear this is true) Polka Masses, someone here would just KNOW the name, huh?
It's a splendid idea to pick the minds of the ethnic band folks - a different circle of people than the contra/English folks we tend to know.

Joanne, still hoping for an answer for Steve in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 03:58 AM

I guess there's no reason why it shouldn't have been specially written for that scene,although it does sound rather authentically classical, I have to say----A lesser-known Strauss work,perhaps ??


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Subject: RE: Name that movie tune?
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 12:27 PM

That's what I was thinking, bubblyrat...it definitely sounds classical to me. I'll ask my brother next time I speak with him. He may know it.


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