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Live Poll: Signature Songs From the Movies

Which actor's signature song* from a movie is your favorite?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026975808/

https://www.imdb.com/poll/IQjgg-64sS4/

(it can be a singer if he's the film's main star)

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#7...bing crosby...should be 'white chrisrmas'...

great list...great idea...

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4 y ago

Can i make you a suggestion.

"You Always Hurt the One You Love"  from Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine.

Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANbkNhU4VSY

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This is not a direct image of the scene but also serves

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1120985/mediaviewer/rm3871375872

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I'm not discussing the validity of your suggestion (not yet ;)) but how is it Gosling's signature song? I'm not saying the actor must be the original singer but the most memorable version has to be associated with the film version. I'm afraid i'm not sure your suggestion fit the criteria.

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4 y ago

Singing in the Rain, & White Christmas

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Thanks. I will edit the page later. I don't know why I can't do it from my mobile.

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ElM,

Great poll!
My vote: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)
2nd Choice: Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly)

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4 y ago

Singin' in the Rain
La La Land had some songs, right?

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I think LLL is too recent to feature any signature song, nothing to do with the film's musical value.

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4 y ago

Hooray for Captain Spaulding

Animal Crackers  (1930)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020640/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020640/reference

Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing
during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding

The Marx Brothers   
Groucho Marx  ...  Captain Jeffrey Spaulding

Hooray for Captain Spaulding
 (1928) (uncredited)
 Music by Harry Ruby
 Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
 Sung by Groucho Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont and chorus
 Danced by Groucho Marx
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https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hooray+for+captain+spaulding
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooray_for_Captain_Spaulding
Hooray for Captain Spaulding" is a song,
originally from the 1928 Marx Brothers Broadway musical Animal Crackers
and the 1930 film version.
It later became well known as the theme song for
the Groucho Marx television show You Bet Your Life (1950–1961),
and became Groucho's signature tune
and was usually played when he was introduced on various talk shows and the like

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Three Little Words  (1950)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043044/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043044/reference

The story of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team
of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
is told loosely and lightheartedly
Fred Astaire   ...  Bert Kalmar
Red Skelton  Red Skelton   ...  Harry Ruby 



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I second "Hooray for Captain Spaulding". It became Groucho Marx's signature song and was the theme song for his game show, You Bet Your Life (TV Series).
Animal Crackers (1930) Soundtracks
Hooray for Captain Spaulding
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Sung by Groucho Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont and chorus
Danced by Groucho Marx

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I do not believe that "Three Little Words" meets the criteria for this poll suggestion. I do not believe that the song is a signature song for either Fred Astaire or Red Skelton.
Three Little Words (1950) Soundtrackshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043044/soundtrack Written by Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar
Sung by Fred Astaire (later by Red Skelton)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Little_Words_(song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOTwnxKFnsY

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I just wanted to add 'Hooray for Captain Spaulding'

Not 'Three Little Words'

this is a movie about the song writers on TCM now!


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Good one, added.

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4 y ago

You have an asterix but not where it is referring to. I assume it's for the note under the link back - it needs an asterix.

I know what you mean by "(it can be a singer if he's the film's main star)" but it's stated awkwardly. Also, you're asking about songs, but you're referring to the performers in that note. Also, don't they all have to be the singers? I mean, that's what you have now. Or, can it be a song that is not sung by the actor but is definitely their theme song, like Staying Alive for Tony in Saturday Night Fever?

#13 - you need a space between Life and (Monty Python).

FYC:
Non, je ne Regrette rien - Edith Piaf - La Vie en Rose
Lose Yourself - Jiimy - 8 Mile
To Sir, With Love - Mr. Thackery - To Sir, With Love

And, if the performer doesn't have to be the actor, FYC:
Hotel California (Gipsy King's version) - Jesus Quintana - The Big Lebowski
Eye of the Tiger - Rocky Balboa - Rocky III
Born to be Wild - Wyatt and Billy - Easy Rider
The Girl Can't Help It - Jerri Jordan - The Girl Can't Help It
X Gon' Give It to Ya - Deadpool - Deadpool
Lust for Life - Renton - Trainspotting
Unchained Melody - Sam and Molly - Ghost
Old Time Rock and Roll - Joel - Risky Business
The Sound of Silence - Ben Braddock - The Graduate
Tequila - Pee-wee Herman - Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Ride of the Valkyries - Col. Kilgore - Apocalypse Now
In Your Eyes - Lloyd Dobler - Say Anything...

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Lose Yourself was there already....

Maybe I can do better in the "stating" department but yeah, the actor has to be the performer of the song. Otherwise, believe me, there would have been dozens more options starting with Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On", "When You Wish Upon a Star", "Shaft", "Rock Around the Clock" etc. basically any iconic movie song.

That said, I'll gladly add "To Sir, With Love" since the performer stars in the film :) and it's one of my favorite movie songs... and I can't believe it wasn't even nominated for an Oscar.

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4 y ago

ElM,

I really like this poll. May I humbly suggest that you replace this choice:


... with one of the following, which crop better:


I consider a signature song to be one indelibly associated with one person. When I hear "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", I instantly think of Judy Garland. Likewise, when I hear "Singin' in the Rain" , I think of Gene Kelly.

A stronger case for a signature song is one that the performer originated and would sing throughout their career. Judy Garland not only originated the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in Wizard of Oz, but performed the song many times since both in concerts and variety shows.

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Thanks, Dan. Done :)

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ElM,
Thanks for placing the images that crop well in the first five choices.

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ElM,

For your consideration:
My Kind of Town (Chicago is) (Frank Sinatra)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058529/mediaviewer/rm2221073664?ft0=name&fv0=nm0000069

https://www.axs.com/the-10-best-frank-sinatra-songs-29737
My Kind of Town (Chicago is) This tribute to Chicago was written for the 1964 Rat Pack film called, “Robin and the 7 Hoods.” It has become a sort of Chicago theme song.

Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) Soundtracks
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058529/soundtrack

My Kind of Town
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra plays Robbo in Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964).

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f18ga0i6r2A

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Jimmy Durante  (1893–1980)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002051/
Comedian, composer, actor, singer and songwriter ("Inka Dinka Doo")

Trade Mark
Rumpled hat, patter songs ("Inka Dinka Doo")
and, of course, his huge proboscis.

Two Girls and a Sailor  (1944) 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037408/soundtrack
Inka Dinka Doo
Performed by Jimmy Durante with Harry James and His Orchestra

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inka_Dinka_Doo
...  it became Durante's theme song for the rest of his life.


https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Inka+Dinka+Doo


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I second: Inka Dinka Doo (Jimmy Durante)

Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
Jimmy Durante: Billy Kipp
  • [after hitting a high note in the song, "Inka Dinka Doo"] 

    Billy Kipp : That note was given to me by Bing Crosby, and was he glad to get rid of it.

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4 y ago

Sound of Music?? whole movie or segments from

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In #14, shouldn't it be "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"?

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Dean Martin ? ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Martin
Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995)
was an American singer, actor, comedian and film producer
Martin's relaxed, warbling crooning voice earned him dozens of hit singles,
including his signature songs
"Memories Are Made of This," "That's Amore," 
"Everybody Loves Somebody," "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You,"
"Sway," "Volare" and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
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Dean Martin
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001509/

Soundtrack: Movie (151 credits)
2017  Going in Style (performer: "Memories Are Made Of This")

signature songs are by "performer" - Not sung on screen by Dean ? ?

What is a "performer" here ? ?


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These are classic songs indeed and I'm sorry if I sound like Dr. No, but it's not like these songs became standards thanks to the movies where they were used. "I Will Always Love You" was a Dolly Parton's song in the first place but now, it became the 'Bodyguard' song... 

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Strange that he never (?) sang his signature songs in movies as a character

Elvis made movies to sell records

Elvis Presley (1935–1977)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000062/

Soundtrack: Movie (208 credits)

Actor: Movie (31 credits)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley


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Added "Love me Tender" :)

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Another Not in a Movie ??


Tony Bennett
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004746/

performer: "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Bennett
Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926),
known professionally as Tony Bennett,
is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz.
He is also a painter

 In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song,
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco".
His career and his personal life experienced an extended downturn
during the height of the rock music era.

Official website
http://www.tonybennett.com/
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Left_My_Heart_in_San_Francisco
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco"
is a popular song, written in the fall of 1953 in Brooklyn, New York,
with music by George Cory and lyrics by Douglass Cross (1920–1975)
and best known as the signature song of Tony Bennett.

In 2018, it was selected for preservation in
the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress
as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco



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Another Not in a Movie ??


Tell me which of my choices are you in disagreements with, please. Like I said, it's not enough that the song comes from a movie, it must be associated to that movie in particular. But if it's a signature song, and the singer sings it in the film, I won't be too picky. Ideally, the singer should be the picture's star and this is a poll initially dedicated to movies that build songs' legends... but not to the point that we remember the song and not the movie. I'll check that Tony Bennett option.

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Now, in which movie it was used?

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Tony Bennett did not act or appear in any film.
https://www.imdb.com/seen/nm0004746-actor/

Therefor Tony Bennett performing: "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" is not eligible for this poll.

The song must be originally sung in a film by the performer / singer and must be considered a signature song.

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Hey Elmo, good poll and good images. I think I'd go with "To Sir, with Love."

I'll suggest a teeny edit but obviously disregard my grammar fetish if it's annoying, lol. (The edit is below in bold: a semi-colon, instead of a comma, between "song" and "to be eligible.")

(no 'background' song; to be eligible, the song has to be performed at least once in the film by the actor, actress or the acting singer)