Unlike the occasional disagreements between TV film critics Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel, there is no clash at all when pianists Dick Hyman and Derek Smith review this select handful of standards from Hollywood movies. As a matter of fact, some of these numbers are the best things that remain from the otherwise forgettable flicks that gave them their first hearing. Of course “Laura” and “Forty-Second Street” (from the 1945 Laura and the 1933 Forty-Second Street) will forever be associated with the best in both moviemaking and movie themes, but the same cannot be said for 1953’s “Invitation,” which clearly transcends its hokey eponymous setting. However, there are also to be savored “All God’s Chillun” (from the Marx Brothers’ 1937 A Day at the Races) and “The Way You Look Tonight” (from Fred and Ginger’s 1936 SwingTime), as well as “You Are Too Beautiful” (from Al Jolson’s 1933 Hallelujah, I’m A Bum) and “All My Life,” a tune Billie immortalized (from tenor Phil Regan’s 1936 Laughing Irish Eyes).
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