Tuesday, January 13, 2004

There's a "Latin singer" named Lina Romay in -Love Laughs at Andy Hardy-, which I bought Bree for Xmas and which she's watched about 25 times since. (Which reminds me to dig out Robert Ray's "The Avant-Garde Finds Andy Hardy." Curious about her, it turns out she worked with Cugat for a while, starting in Cuba before he came to Hollywood (which is how she ended up in movies) but I haven't been able to find any CDs featuring more than one or two of her vocals -- her best-known hit seems to be called "Bim Bam Bum," about 20 years before Joao's "Bim-Bom." Even in the movie (1947, the last one in the main AH series before a late-50s reunion), she's got a light but highly rhythmic style, and very polished and precise phrasing. Imdb says she was born in NYC, which is confusing -- and there's also another actress w/ the same name, that appeared in Mexican horror/softcore movies (titles on the order of -El Nympho Vampiro-) in the 70s and 80s.

No way to do justice here to the film itself; Bree pretends to think that it's a reliable guide to how college students speak and behave -- apparently, one is to call upperclassmen 'Uncle.' (But not 'Aunt.')

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