I was thinking, as I do often, of I'LL CRY TOMORROW, (as well as inadequately singing some of the songs myself) and it occurred to me. Can anyone think of any other movie in which a dramatic star such as Susan sang all her songs herself? (Not a musical star like Garland obviously).
Just thought of two more -- Rosalind Russell did her own singing in "Gypsy," as well as Jean Simmons in "Guys and Dolls." (I came up with the latter after watching an old "What's My Line" episode yesterday featuring Simmons as the mystery guest!)
Good for you, though--totally right after Jean Simmons and I'd not thought (or probably ever known!) about that! Still, Susan's contribution was exceptional, since her musical ability dominated the picture and, at lest for me, made me wish she had done more dramatic musicals (even her mediocre number in Valley of the Dolls ought to have been actuallly hers).
Thanks for setting me straight on the dubbing for Rosalind. I guess I was fooled b/c they certainly didn't go with someone who could really belt those numbers. And I guess I was fooled by Roz actually singing in a couple of numbers, especially "Mr. Goldstone."
Obviously, Susan's singing throughout "I'll Cry Tomorrow" is all-encompassing and wins the top spot.
A footnote. Lisa Kirk, who did the dubbing for Roz Russell in Gypsy, was actually a first-rate singer/performer/actress--though not a "belter." Her career never got its due. She had the "Lois Lane" role in the first stage production of KISS ME KATE (the role Ann Miller played so marvelously in the movie) and was splendid. And then she starred in the ill-fated musical ALLEGRO, which bombed--as it should not have, and was brilliantly revived a few years ago by ENCORES!--though obviously no longer with Lisa Kirk.