Song of the Day: Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson, “Make Believe”

Actor and singer Howard Keel, who was in a bunch of MGM musicals in the 1950’s and in the TV show Dallas in the 1970’s. IMDb calls him "the Errol Flynn and Clark Gable of ‘golden age’ movie musicals." Here he is, from the 1951 movie Show Boat, singing "Make Believe" with costar Kathryn Grayson.

9 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson, “Make Believe”

  1. I love this musical and have seen this version the most. It was pretty daring at the time because it discusses race. Ava Gardner was excellent in this role but was bummed when she was not allowed to sing the songs(I think they brought in the ever popular Marni Nixon for this). I also love the 1935 version starring Irene Dunne and Paul Robeson was excellent singing Ole’ Man River. I too, saw it in Toronto with Elaine Stritch as the mom. Hal Prince was the director and it started in Toronto before heading to Broadway. The one woman was causing a huge problem saying it was racist without knowing what the story was about but she piped down when it came out she herself was quite racist. I took my mom to see it and we both loved it. Mind you…would you trust anyone named Gaylord Ravenal?


    1. You know, I’ve never seen it, either the stage play or the movie. I’ve heard some of the music from it, and it’s supposed to be a great story. One of these days I should rent it…


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