Saturday, February 17, 2007

YouTubeArt: Fred Astaire on the Oscar Levant Show



Above is a remarkable bit of video from 1958: Fred Astaire as a guest on the Oscar Levant Show. Oscar was a film composer (most famous tune, "Blame it on My Youth" (1934)) and occasional actor, appearing in The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), An American in Paris (1951), and The Band Wagon (1953).

In this remarkably informal clip you'll see Levant play Bach, crack jokes, and accompany Astaire on "You Can't Take That Away From Me".

(discovered on Bird Lives)

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2 Comments:

Blogger Pete said...

Oscar Levant was great in American in Paris, though that was Gene Kelly's movie, not Astaire's.

Fun video!

1:12 PM  
Blogger R. Emmet Sweeney said...

I tend to have mental lapses. Thanks for catching this one.

10:47 PM  

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