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Lyr Add: There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers & Hart)

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Q (Frank Staplin) 20 Sep 09 - 08:19 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: There's a Small Hotel
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 08:19 PM

Lyr. Add: There's a Small Hotel
Music Richard Rodgers, Lyrics Lorenz Hart, 1936

There's a small hotel
With a wishing well
I wish that we were there, together
There's a bridal suite
One room bright and neat
Complete for us to share, together.

Looking through the window
You dan see that distant steeple
Not a sign of people- who wants people?
When the steeple bell says,
"Good night, sleep well,"
We'll thank the small hotel, together

And when the steeple bell says,
"Good night, sleep well,"
We'll thank the small hotel together.

One of those old songs whose tune pops into my head occasionally.
Don't have sheet music, so not certain of the lyrics.

Published by Rodgers & Hart, Copyright held by Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers & Hart)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 04:10 AM

Following info, from Wiki, should perhaps be adduced also.

Originally written for but dropped from the musical "Billy Rose's Jumbo" (1935), then used in On Your Toes (1936), where it was introduced by Ray Bolger and Doris Carson and also interpolated in the film version of Pal Joey (1957) with a fine Frank Sinatra-Nelson Riddle collaboration.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers & Hart)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 08:35 AM

It's in the film "Words and Music", the story of Dick Rogers and Larry Hart.
Not folk at all but we had a copy on 16mm film when I was a kid (before NZ had telly) and we saw it umpteen times.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers & Hart)
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 07:31 AM

I vividly remember Jeff Herbert, a piano-playing friend of my parents and a goldmine of old popular songs and styles, singing "Small Hotel" (among many others of the pop songs he loved) in his brusque voice at their cocktail parties. As a little kid, picturing everything to myself, I imagined that small hotel with its wishing well, what it looked like, what it must feel like to stay there ... in fact I still do today.

Even though I'm a rugged devotee of authentic traditional songs, I also delight in the best pop songs from the musical Golden Age of the 1920s-30s—like "Mountain Greenery," or "You're the Cream in My Coffee," or "Me and My Shadow," or "My Blue Heaven," or "April Showers" (along with many more). They have an uncanny power, and a way of investing your mind with visions that stick with you ...

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers & Hart)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 12:49 PM

"They have an uncanny power, and a way of investing your mind with visions that stich with you..."
Very true, they have stuck with me since childhood. My grandmother had much of the sheet music, and my parents played them on their Victrola. Very much a part of my growing up. Along with the Caruso recordings, they helped to shape my interest in music, although I have added much since then.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers & Hart)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 03:53 PM

Then this is the film for you.
OK, it is a little stilted but it was done in 1948 so you have to expect that.
It has a star studded cast, some just being themselves - like Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Mel Torme, and others acting the stars; Larry - Mickey Rooney, Janet Leigh as Mrs Rogers, Cyd Charisse, June Allyson, Ann Southern, Betty Garrett etc.
You can find it here.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers & Hart)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 04:30 PM

A rather late, modern film for those buried in 1930s fare- but a good one!


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