Petula Clark

Finian's Rainbow [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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The unlikely but winning combination of Petula Clark (Sharon McLonergan) and Fred Astaire (Finian McLonergan) co-starred alongside Tommy Steele (Og, the Leprechaun) in the celluloid adaptation of Finian's Rainbow (1968), which was derived from the 1947 Broadway show. Under the direction of Francis Ford Coppola, the brilliant production numbers were carefully crafted for the silver screen. While certainly not at his peak, Astaire provides many of the film's finest moments and his natural chemistry with Clark is evident on the wistful "Look to the Rainbow" and the spirited "When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich." Steele's performance of "When I'm Not with the Girl I Love" is equally memorable and includes some of the picture's best cinematography. The era in which it was created was perceptively worked into the racial meta text, such as the prominence of the made-up Southern state of Missitucky and the unmistakable biases of Keenan Wynn's (Judge Rawkins) character. At the heart of the project is the music by Yip Harburg of The Wizard of Oz (1939) fame and Burton Lane, who had scored Royal Wedding (1951) and Babes on Broadway (1941). [Collectors' Choice Music released the original motion picture soundtrack on CD in 2007.]

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