Watch Out, Les Miz! Here Are Other Movie Stars Who Sang Live

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When archivist Mark Milano heard Anne Hathaway and her cohorts say in an interview that the upcoming Les Miserables film was the first time actors sang live while filming, he dug into his vaults to prove them wrong.

Really wrong.

The below compilation clip is an enchanting reminder of all the stars who've sang for the camera--right out of their very own vocal chords.

Most of them happen to be amazing singers.

Chevalier. Merman. Judy. Sinatra. Barbra. Bette. The best of the best.

And some of them had distinct, offbeat styles--a la Rex Harrison--or were trying to sound bad (Marilyn in Bus Stop) or dying (Madonna in Evita).

And then there's the immortal flop At Long Last Love (above).

That one sank without synching.

Enjoy.

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10 comments
exackerly
exackerly

Really fun clips, but I don't buy the premise. In about half of those clips it's pretty clear they were lip-synching to a recording (of themselves), not being recorded live on the set. It's usually a tip off when they're accompanied by a full orchestra, or when they cut to a close-up with no change in the vocal track. Once you get past the early 30's live recording on the set was pretty rare.

Mark-M
Mark-M

 @exackerly Wrong - these have all been carefully researched and all the clips are people singing live on set, even when an orchestra is heard.  You think I would spend all this time without doing my research?

jeffbazell1
jeffbazell1

One more Barbra notation:  "More Than You'll Know" from "Funny Lady," (1975), filmed while singing live.

RobertAllenFirth
RobertAllenFirth

Possibly missing -- Doris Day singing "Que Sera Sera" (with Arthur Godfrey accompanying her on the ukulele) as a throwaway number in "The Glass Bottom Boat" ? 

jackson30
jackson30 topcommenter

And I guess this proves the thing about Barbra's "My Man" starting live then going into a lipsynch of her old version.

jeffbazell1
jeffbazell1

 @jackson30 Not just lip synching the second half but going back to her 1965 recording of My Man from the album, "My Name Is Barbra."  It's called saving money.

SavannahMontgomery
SavannahMontgomery like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love these montages, he always finds the choicest bits...(Martha Raye, who knew?) and the best/scariest part..."Lipsyncing Starts"...(GASP!) you never would've guessed.

jackson30
jackson30 topcommenter

Truly amazing stuff. I'm in awe.

ladybug9
ladybug9

I just watched the beginning and was in heaven. Now I'm going to savor the whole thing. This is brilliant.

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