Happy birthday to the legendary songwriter responsible for the standards Stardust, Heart and Soul, The Nearness of You, and Georgia On My Mind, to name but a few. Hoagy Carmichael also appeared in numerous movies, performing his own songs, often with a variety of stars. Today’s SOTD selections are from The Las Vegas Story, and To Have and Have Not, respectively.
Watch Gene Tierney star in her most famous role, as the titular character in Otto Preminger’s 1944 Film Noir, Laura, alongside Vincent Price, Clifton Webb and Dana Andrews. It’s also streaming on Netflix, if you prefer larger screen viewing, and who doesn’t?
Now do yourself a favor, whether it’s your first or fiftieth time, watch Gilda. Hayworth absolutely transfixes as the titular femme fatale. Sidenote: Rita sings the version of PTBOM, in which she is playing guitar, all other vocals for Gilda are handled by Anita Ellis. Sidenote #2: Rita Hayworth is my Dad’s celebrity crush, understandably.