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The Girl Most Likely (1957 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Jane Powell
The Girl Most Likely (1957 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
Though successful screen adaptations of My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story were yet to come at the time of this 1958 RKO musical, The Girl Most Likely was one of the last gasps of the original Hollywood ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jane Powell
Title: The Girl Most Likely (1957 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Drg
Original Release Date: 12/17/1957
Re-Release Date: 1/21/2003
Album Type: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Comedy & Spoken Word, Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 021471904024, 021471904024

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Though successful screen adaptations of My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story were yet to come at the time of this 1958 RKO musical, The Girl Most Likely was one of the last gasps of the original Hollywood film musical's golden days. This first-time CD release rescues the film's vibrantly kitschy soundtrack from oblivion, showcasing the studio's belated musical adaptation of its previous Ginger Rogers vehicle, Tom, Dick and Harry and a vibrant slate of songs by Meet Me in St. Louis composers Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. Nelson Riddle brightens up the proceedings considerably with his romping title track and arrangements that crackle with jazzy big-band flair. As a bonus, the film's originally deleted duet between stars Jane Powell and Cliff Robertson, "I Like the Feeling," has been restored. New liner notes by composer Hugh Martin are included. --Jerry McCulley

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QUITE A MOST UNUSUAL SOUNDTRACK
Alan W. Petrucelli | THE ENTERTAINMENT REPORT (ALAN W. PETRUCELLI) | 01/22/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"There are many other soundtracks from Jane Powell flicks we'd like to see released on CD, but it's not likely that's gonna happen soon. Still, we nod to DRG, who continues to do masterful jobs releasing the unexpected (and, frankly, sometimes unwarranted) soundtracks in their "Hollywood Collector Series." "The Girl Most Likely," the bouncy (but, ultimately, forgettable) RKO Jane Powell flick --- a musicalization of the Ginger Rogers vehicle "Tom, Dick and Harry" --- is best remembered for its two Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane politically incorrect tunes ("Crazy Horse" and "All the Colors of the Rainbow") and Kaye Ballard's delightful big-screen turn. (The only ditty written by the team is the title tune, penned by Nelson Riddle, who scored the flick, and lycrist Bob Russell.) This isn't film music at its best, but the curiosity factor is charming, especially on "I Like the Feeling," a song co-star Cliff Robertson was supposed to sing in the film. It was cut from the film, but here, it's back, with Cliff and Janie warbling ... complete with the actual heartbeats of the two lovers. Quite a most unusual day!"