Friday, October 23, 2015

Film Names: The Musical

I can't help it, theater runs in my veins - my dad is an amateur actor, my aunt is a singer, and my cousin is a soon-to-be Broadway star. So I'm happily familiar with musicals from the 1930s onward!

Today, I'll be focusing on the names of actors in the film versions, instead of the names of characters (though that would be a fun post). Let me know who I missed in the comments!

Let's check out some unusual names from the 1930's-1960's musicals!

Female Names

Cyd Charisse - Singin' in the Rain (1952), Brigadoon (1954)
I've actually met someone who named her daughter Charisse after the actress!

Shirley Jones - Oklahoma (1955), The Music Man (1962), Carousel (1956)

Hermione Gingold - The Music Man (1962), Gigi (1958)

Mitzi Gaynor - South Pacific (1958)
A cute nickname, and underused today. 

Juanita Hall - South Pacific (1958), Flower Drum Song (1961)

France Nuyen - South Pacific (1958)

Fay Bainter - State Fair (1945)

Claramae Turner - Carousel (1956)
With the popularity of Clara and Mae in 2014, this combination sounds modern. 

Marjorie Main - Meet Me In St Louis (1944)

Billie Burke - The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Isobel Elsom - My Fair Lady (1964)

Charmian Carr - The Sound of Music (1965)

Portia Nelson - The Sound of Music (1965)

Glynis Johns - Mary Poppins (1964)

Male Names

Russ Tamblyn - West Side Story (1961), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Tucker Smith - West Side Story (1961)

Yul Brynner - The King and I (1956)
First name Yul comes from the Mongolian for "on the horizon" - Youl or Yuli.  

Rossano Brazzi - South Pacific (1958)

Jacques D'Amboise - Carousel (1956), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Chill Wills - Meet Me in St Louis (1944)

Rex Harrison - My Fair Lady (1964)
Rex could fit in well with Max, Dax and Pax. 

Wilfrid Hyde-White - My Fair Lady (1964)

Gert Fröbe - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Vassili Lambrinos - The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

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