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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 5, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Jacques d’Amboise and “Birth of the Blues”

I’ve been reading the newly published memoirs of dancer Jacques d’Amboise, a legendary star of New York City Ballet who had a brief movie career in the 1950s that included “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Carousel,” and a movie I’ve never seen, “The Best Things in Life Are Free.” Browsing on YouTube, I found this number from that movie, set to the great song “Birth of the Blues” (sung by Gordon MacRae) and sizzlingly danced by d’Amboise and Sheree North. Makes for a nice, jazzy little break in the day, doesn’t it?

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