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George GershwinHis Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248649

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248649.001.0001

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From The Goldwyn Follies (1938) to Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

From The Goldwyn Follies (1938) to Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

(p.684) Chapter Thirty-Six From The Goldwyn Follies (1938) to Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
George Gershwin

Howard Pollack

University of California Press

After the Gershwins completed A Damsel in Distress, they started work in mid-May on the picture The Goldwyn Follies for Samuel Goldwyn, which had its world premiere in Miami on January 28, 1938. The critics generally liked the nearly two-hour film, especially the elegant “Water Nymph Ballet” and the impudent Charlie McCarthy. Gershwin's music figured mostly in tangential ways, but he nevertheless enjoyed a posthumous triumph with his score to the film. Aside from “Dawn of a New Day,” Ira initially left the song file and other unpublished sketches alone, turning to Kay Swift for assistance to fashion a score from Gershwin's notebooks and other manuscripts. In any event, the Gershwin songs arranged and versified after George's death largely consist of secondhand efforts, and they remain in essence footnotes to a glorious career.

Keywords:   Samuel Goldwyn, Water Nymph Ballet, Charlie McCarthy, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Kay Swift

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