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early Sinatra performances

Postby Crooner » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:21 pm

Is there anybody on this forum who has a list of early performances of Sinatra on film?

There's only two films I know of with Sinatra and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra: 'Ship Ahoy' (1942) and 'Las Vegas Nights' (1941). I have this film ('Las Vegas Nights') on a bootleg DVD, but unfortunatly the quality of picture and sound are not that good.

Then there's The Lucky Strike commercial from 1943, where Frank sings 'Stardust'. It's available as a free download: http://archive.org/details/lucky_strike ... ne_tobacco
Again the quality isn't that good. Anyone knows if there's a good quality copy availabe?

Also there's Sinatra singing 'The Song Is You' in 1943: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675 ... Dance-Band
Is there someone on this forum who has a good quality copy of this?

I'm also looking for this (Pathe?) news item (from 1944?), about Sinatra 'causing a riot' at the Paramount theatre in New York: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq_wus1K ... re=related
I guess there's no audio, because YouTube blocked it.

I bought 'March Of Time: Upbeat in Music' (1943) on VHS. I was very disappointed to find all Sinatra footage was cut out. I hope this footage isn't lost?
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Re: early Sinatra performances

Postby Ozgun » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:15 pm

There is this Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week performance in case you haven't seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-wpkTMVJO0

I had downloaded a documentary which included many short videos of early 1940's but my hard drive failed and I lost them. Will try to find it online.
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Re: early Sinatra performances

Postby tonyd » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:47 pm

1943-Reveille For Beverly-Sinatra sings "Night and Day"
1943-Higher and Higher-5 songs
1944-Step Lively-5songs
1945-Anchors Away-6 songs
1945-The House I Live In-Recording session of "If You Are But A Dream" and "The House I Live In'.
1946-Till The Clouds Roll By-Sinatra sings "Ol' Man River"
1947-It Happened In Brookln-7 songs
1948-The Miracle Of The Bells-Sinatra sings "Ever Homeward"
1948-The Kissing Bandit-4 songs.
1949-Take Me Out To The Ball Game-6 songs
1949-On The Town-5 songs.

I hope that helps.
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Re: early Sinatra performances

Postby Crooner » Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:33 pm

Ozgun, TonyD,

Thanks for your information!

I like Sinatra all the way, but I'm especially interested in the 1939-1942 Sinatra. As far as I know there are no moving images from Sinatra with the Harry James Orchestra from this period. Can any of you confirm that?

The 'Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night' video is with Harry James, but is from 1945 (Long after Sinatra had left the Harry James Orchestra). Here's another link to this video, including an introduction by Bob Hope. It's from 'The All-Star Bond Rally':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTEKrosSZhM

The 'The All-Star Bond Rally' is for sale as a bootleg DVD. If you've know where to find a good quality copy, please let me know.

The only video's I know of with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra are from 'Las Vegas Nights' and 'Ship Ahoy'. Or am I mistaken? I hope there's more!

I have 'Las Vegas Nights' on a bootleg DVD. The quality is not that good. It was recorded from tv (TCM). If any of you know of a HQ DVD, please contact me.

And what about Sinatra's contribution to 'March Of Time'/'Upbeat In Music' (1943) ? It was cut from the film, but was the footage saved?

It is nice we have YouTube for video's to share. But I prefer to have all my Sinatra video's on DVD or as MPEG2 files. Any information about the above mentioned films/performances iwould be most welcome.

Ozgun, what is the name of the documentary you mentioned? Maybe, it's for sale somewhere?
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Re: early Sinatra performances

Postby Ozgun » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:13 am

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Re: early Sinatra performances

Postby Crooner » Wed May 29, 2013 4:36 pm

Crooner wrote:Then there's The Lucky Strike commercial from 1943, where Frank sings 'Stardust'. It's available as a free download: http://archive.org/details/lucky_strike ... ne_tobacco
Again the quality isn't that good. Anyone knows if there's a good quality copy availabe?


I bought the Lucky Strike commerical from this webstore: http://www.dvdsentertainmentonline.com/ ... ercial-dvd
Unfortunately it has the same grainy picture and bad audio as the version that's available as a free download at archive.org and YouTube.

Crooner wrote:I bought 'March Of Time: Upbeat in Music' (1943) on VHS. I was very disappointed to find all Sinatra footage was cut out. I hope this footage isn't lost?


Jazz film scholar Mark Cantor claims he has it, but he doesn't want to share, nor does he answer his e-mails.
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Re: early Sinatra performances

Postby Crooner » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:57 am

Someone has offered me a DVD copy of "The Voice Of Our Time". I read it has a lot of footage without talking heads and commentary voices. Does any know this documentary? I'm still looking for HQ footage from the All-Star Bond Rally (Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week), Up-Beat In Music (The Song Is You) and other early 1940's Sinatra stuff.
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