Hi, MMD: "Palmy Days" has been in almost continuous play at the Forer
household since the invention of the Laserdisc. Not only is it very
risqué (even for a pre-Code film), the songs are just terrific, not to
mention some of Busby Berkeley's finest early eye-popping choreography.
(Yes, that _is_ blonde 15-year old Betty Grable kicking off the fun
around 4:55 in the video clip!)
As a bonus, besides Eddie Cantor and Charlotte Greenwood, the film
features George Raft and Charles ("Ming The Merciless") Middleton as
the heavies. Furthermore, it showcases set design by the great Willy
Pogany and camerawork by Gregg ("Citizen Kane") Toland!
Curiously, to the best of my knowledge, no tunes from this 1931
Depression Era hit film turn up on Clark or Capitol music rolls, but
you can find songs from Cantor's 1933 smash, "Roman Scandals", on a
great Clark Roll ("Build A Little Home", Clark 1422 "Aces High", now
available as a recut at www.johnnysmusicrolls.com) and "Keep Young and
Beautiful" on QRS. (I also have it on a Clark roll somewhere.)
If that's not enough, there are two tunes from 1930's Technicolor
blockbuster "Whoopee" on QRS ("My Baby Just Cares For Me" and "Makin'
Whoopee"), again featuring knockout numbers from Busby Berkeley -- and
an even younger Betty Grable! Hot Dance fans will relish the torrid
numbers supplied by George Olson and His Music.
This lavish no-expenses-spared musical was produced by Flo Ziegfeld
himself, and is one of the closest things to an actual Ziegfeld
Broadway Show -- replete with Ziegfeld Girls -- that you're ever likely
to see. These three musicals, as well as all of the films Cantor made
with Sam Goldwyn, are still available on Laserdisc, VHS, or DVD. They
are worth searching out.