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Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) was a Biographical - Musical Film directed by George Sidney and Richard Whorf and produced by Arthur Freed.

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Not all the singers in the film were featured on the 78-rpm soundtrack album released by MGM Records. Among those missing artists, both Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore were under contract to Columbia Records, which had in the marketplace 78-rpm platters of Frank's "Ol' Man River" (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II), a recording (arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl) cut on December 3, 1944; and Dinah (with Morris Stoloff's Orchestra) singing "They Didn't Believe Me" (lyrics by Herbert Reynolds), from Miss Shore's 78-rpm album, "A Date With Dinah," reviewed in the May 3, 1947 issue of Billboard magazine. Both Columbia sides have been transferred to Sony CDs: Mr. Sinatra's on a 1998 box set called "The Best of The Columbia Years: 1943-1952," and Miss Shore's on her 1991 collection of "16 Most Requested Songs." Represented on a film-score CD released in 2000 by The Soundtrack Factory, a Spanish label, are the two film recordings by Dinah and Frank, with the disc also featuring Dinah's rendition of the Oscar-winning song of 1941, "The Last Time I Saw Paris" (lyrics by
In the release print, Frank Sinatra does not begin "Ol' Man River" (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) with the verse. However, the verse opens both of Mr. Sinatra's commercial recordings -- the first for Columbia, arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl, waxed on December 3, 1944, and originally released as a 78-rpm single, which featured on the flip side, "Stormy Weather" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Ted Koehler); and Frank's second version for Reprise, arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, cut on February 18, 1963, and part of "The Concert Sinatra" LP, which has been reissued on an import CD, unveiled by Universal Distribution on November 10, 2009.
During the "Who?" segment Judy Garland and the chorus move smoothly down the staircase. They did this by standing on a slide that was hydraulically controlled. It was supposed to ease to a stop at the bottom but, instead, stopped abruptly. There is a quick cut that partly hides this but it can still be seen as everyone suddenly gives a little lurch just before the cut.
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