"Dubbing Through The Decades" Video Expanded And Improved!

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I recently posted a YouTube video of clips showing who dubbed the singing voices for various screen icons so they could sound as hot as they looked.

It was eye- and ear-opening, a vastly entertaining glimpse into Hollywood magic-making that you cineastes adored.

Well, by popular demand, the person who assembled it has made it even longer!

In addition to the previous revelations, you'll now find out who dubbed the vocal chops for lip-moving stars like:

*Marlene Dietrich

*Angela Lansbury

*Ida Lupino

*Cameron Diaz

*Jayne Mansfield

*And Susan Hayward.

Hint:

The last two were Connie Francis and Margaret Whiting.



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33 comments
mjm
mjm

Marilyn was dubbed for the "no no no no" part in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by... Marni Nixon. 

bsomers
bsomers

Natalie Wood did record the "Inside Daisy Glover" songs and you can hear her voice on a special DVD release of the film.  How much of her own voice was used?  But, it is all her own singing in "Gypsy" [for which she deserved an Oscar nomination].

Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, and Leslie Caron could sing but were dubbed in King and I, West Side Story, and Gigi.  Leslie does her own singing in "Lili" and Deb does some in "King and I." Does Rita do her own singing in "King and I"?

And they should have used Audrey Hepburn's voice for when she was a Cockney and then Marni for when she "transformed" to a lady.  Marni's always seemed bland; I think her best job was for Deb in "King and I" even though Deb's voice should have been kept.

anonymouse
anonymouse

This is just the best!

You've accounted for Kim Novak in "Pal Joey," but who voiced Rita Hayworth, who had great numbers like "Zip" and "Bewitched" in the same film?

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

But Ida Lupino sang her own songs in "Road House," right? I mean, that husky rasp is unmistakable. They even make jokes about it. Celeste Holm says, "She does more without a voice than anyone I've ever heard."

And that's GOT to be Stanwyck herself singing "Take It Off the E-String, Play It on the G-String" in "Lady of Burlesque." (Where her dancing is phenomenal.)

In "Gypsy," Roz does snatches (so to speak) of what one might call singing. In "Rose's Turn," for instance, it's Roz up to the phrase "I Had a Dream, I Dreamed it for You, June," because the change to Lisa Kirk is so abrupt, it's jarring.

But because Louise wasn't supposed to have a good voice, Natalie did all of her singing in "Gypsy," right? And the sound boys souped it up some good for her striptease montage.

Abel
Abel

This was great the first time around and even better now.  Did Liz do any of her own singing for A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC?  For some reason I thought she did "Clowns."

Mary
Mary

Was Vera Allen dubbed in White Christmas too?  And was Whoopi Goldberg dbbed in Sister Act?  It bothered me to see Wendy Makenna was.

normadesmond
normadesmond

i know it's been said before...roz russell claiming in her memoir that, "that's me baby, that's roz singing!"

the lizard must of hypnotized her.

Musto
Musto

Also, Mark, do you know if Johnny Depp was dubbed in Sweeney Todd (since he was dubbed in Cry-Baby?

And Zac Efron in Hairspray?

Mark M.
Mark M.

Hey, glad you like my clip, Michael.  It was a lot of work researching and finding all these!

To answer questions below, Marlene almost always sang for herself - don't know why she was dubbed in this film. Likewise, Norma Shearer usually sang herself, but was dubbed in the clip I included (it's actually revealed in a gossip column of the time!). And of course, Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge were great singers, but not operatic, so they were dubbed.  Rita Moreno could not hit the low notes in "A Boy Like That" so she was dubbed, but she did her own singing in "America".

Gregorama
Gregorama

A very well-done compilation...and I enjoyed all the additions...especially the "Marni Nixon for Marni Nixon" clip, where she actually appears on screen, singing "as" herself!  If this video were shown in a theatre in Chelsea, you know that the room would erupt with screams for the "unsung" (pun intended) Ms. Nixon at that point!

Melinda9
Melinda9

Thanks to you and the person who made the compilation for giving these wonderful singers some recognition. Especially liked Betty Wand and India Adams. (My favorite lip syncher is Barbara Stanwyck.)

Musto
Musto

Yes, amazing I know.

But I interrupt this thread to tell you Cynthia Nixon's well chosen (as it were) words about her previous statement that she chose to be gay.

"While I don't often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual. I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have 'chosen' is to be in a gay relationship."

Brava!

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

Dietrich was dubbed!!!! I can only hope she really sang "Falling in Love Again: with her real voice. And Rita Moreno won an Oscar for lipsynching someone else's voice?????

Musto
Musto

PS: While Whiting sang "I'll Plant My Own Tree" for Hayward, it's another singer heard on the soundtrack album, for some reason.

mjm
mjm

 for the Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend number

Mark M.
Mark M.

Also, Natalie's songs from Daisy Clover were never released on DVD - the only way to see them is at my youtube channel.

Mark M.
Mark M.

You can watch all those tracks if you check out the other clips at my youtube channels.

But Deborah sang nothing in "The  King and I" - she never even recorded anything.  I don't believe she could have done it - she never tried, but worked closely with Marni from the start.

Mark M.
Mark M.

Over her career, Rita was dubbed by Martha Mears, Anita Ellis, Nan Wynn, Gloria Franklin, and in "Pal Joey", Jo Ann Greer.

Mark M.
Mark M.

Don't know about Ida and Barbara, but Roz did sing the entire first half of "Rose's Turn" and all of "Mr. Goldstone".  Natalie had it in her contract that her voice could not be dubbed in "Gypsy".

Mark M.
Mark M.

Yes, she did most of her own singing.  To hear her sing the opening herself, check out that clip on the same channel as the one above.

Mark M.
Mark M.

Vera-Ellen was dubbed in all her films, as was Eleanor Powell, even though both sang on Broadway and recorded.

Mark M.
Mark M.

Both Johnny and Helena did their own singing in Sweeney (much to the chagrin of some Sondheim fans).  Zac sang for himself in Hairspray, but the song I posted was too high for him, so he was dubbed.  In general, it's much harder to dub a performer these days, since the word gets out very quickly due to people like you! = )  But it's clearly still being done...

Musto
Musto

Thanks for the info, Mark, and for the great clip. Keep it up!

Gregorama
Gregorama

But is she related to Marni?

bsomers
bsomers

Deb sings most if not all of "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?"

anonymouse
anonymouse

Thank you, Mark!  Been wondering this for ages.

rolph
rolph

Is it true that Andy Williams once dubbed for Lauren Bacall?

Abel
Abel

Thanks so much for replying.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching your videos.  After hearing Audrey Hepburn's real singing in "I Could Have Danced All Night" one can only be genuinely grateful for Marni Nixon.  Thanks again.

Mary
Mary

So Whoopi did her own singing?  And thanks about Ms. Allen.

Mark M.
Mark M.

No, she does only the speaking sections of that song - Marni does all the singing parts of that cut number.

Mark M.
Mark M.

Nope.  Williams recorded the songs for "To Have & Have Not" but when Bacall sang along with the playback, director Howard Hawks liked her voice better, so he scrapped Williams' recordings and she did the songs herself.

Mark M.
Mark M.

As far as I know, yes.  Happy to help with info on Vera-Ellen.

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