|re: My Fair Lady -- Question about Rex Harrison's Vocals|
|Last Edit: AlanScott 08:45 pm EDT 04/03/21|
|Posted by: AlanScott 08:42 pm EDT 04/03/21|
|In reply to: re: My Fair Lady -- Question about Rex Harrison's Vocals - PlayWiz 08:01 pm EDT 04/03/21|
|In many — I think most — very early film musicals, the singing was live. This happens in some later films, including all of the numbers in At Long Last Love, since it was intended to be a throwback. In Gypsy, "Mr. Goldstone" was done live — with Russell singing — and I'm pretty sure that "Little Lamb" was also live. If you see the 1951 Capra film Here Comes the Groom, starring Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith and Franchot Tone, with an appearance near the beginning by the young Anna Maria Alberghetti, there are a few songs, all of them clearly done live, including Alberghetti singing, if memory serves, "Caro nome" live. There definitely are other examples here and there of individual numbers done live, although none is coming to mind right now, except for a nonmusical film. I think that when Jan Clayton (uncredited) sings "Coming Home" at the end of The Snake Pit, that was live. Oh, I think that "Now" in A Little Night Music may have been done live, but I am not sure. So much of it is in closeup, and the lipsynching is so perfect that I think it may not have been lipsynching.
As for MFL, Harrison wore an ear piece in which he could hear a piano. The orchestra was added later.
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