Released as part of a series of WB shorts under the collective title of "Technicolor Specials" (WB production number 2003) this short most likely holds the WB house record for a 20-minute ... See full summary »
Thank you to Leslie Howard Adams' who, in his 2006 review, usefully identifies much of the recycled footage from previous Technicolor Warner studio tour shorts. Just having watched it (it's a bonus feature on the Bette Davis "Deception" DVD), I can say that there actually is some newly- shot material. At about the halfway point (5:18 to be precise), the narrator turns us over to "our musical messengers" led by a tour guide who's none other than a very young Mel Tormé. At the time, he was a Warner Bros. contract player, having signed in 1944. In this short, most of his lines are in rhyming dialog, but he does sing briefly before the final (recycled) segment. A very brief (don't blink) bit: when he's pointing out a scene with Dennis Morgan and Fuzzy Knight, he momentarily scrunches up his face into a perfect Fuzzy Knight impression.