When this film was in production, interracial marriage was still illegal in 17 states in the USA

“Go into the office and make out a check for ‘Cash’ for the sum of $5000, then carefully, but carefully Hillary, remove absolutely everything that might subsequently remind me that you had ever been there, including that yellow thing with the blue bulbs which you have such an affection for.  Then take the check for $5000, which I feel you deserve, and get permanently lost.  It’s not that I don’t want to know you Hillary—although I don’t—it’s just that I’m afraid that we’re not really the people that you can afford to be associated with.  Don’t speak Hillary.  Just go.”

Katharine Hepburn at her very best.  AMAZING film.  Watch it.

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Your showtune for May 12 is

“Leading Lady Valentine” – Big City Rhythm

Music and Lyrics: Barry Kleinbort

Have you ever seen a musical with a leading lady who possessed a terrible singing voice but had a dynamic stage presence nonetheless?  This number from a revue of Barry Kleinbort songs is a tribute to all those fabulous actresses out there who can’t sing well, like the indomitable Katharine Hepburn who was born on this day in 1907.  In her only stage musical, Ms. Hepburn infamously starred as Coco Chanel in Coco.  Her warbling sounded like croaking, but there was no denying she was a star!

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