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SONG 'ALONE' by Arthur Freed + Nacio Herb Brown


The Allan Jones song "ALONE" was a huge hit, it is a lovely song and Depression era audiences (unlike modern audiences who groan whenever the brothers are off the screen) wanted a balance of story, Marx Brother madness and a hit song or two.

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Amen to that. Read what I wrote on the page "don't the songs in this film get on your nerves". I was the only one saying that I loved the " Alone" scene. Almost everyone else was saying they hate it. Without knowing what you wrote, I also wrote how that was because of the huge differences between how people are now compared to back then, and that it was a big hit then and loved by 1930s audiences and why 21st people hate that kind of stuff (opera, old fashioned romance, sentiment) today. Times have changed, not all of the changes good.

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You might enjoy Alan Jones singing The Impossible Dream on his son Jack's show: what a voice! He gets to make fun of Jack's 'swinging' hip version of the same song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S34cQMYKyBo

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I'll look out for that. So you really enjoyed the "Alone" scene in "Night at the opera", right? Do you understand why a lot of people today don't like that kind of stuff anymore? To me, it seems like a lot of modern 21st century people just don't know how to feel any kind of sentiment, heart, and passion. And you need to appreciate and enjoy things with sentiment and passion to be able to enjoy romantic scenes like " Alone", or the ballet musical section of "Day at the races" that a lot of today people have also complained about.

I was just born 50 years too late. My taste in films and music are much more similar to 1930s and 1940s people than 21st century people.

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You would be surprised how many savvy young people know that they have been cheated in life. There are worldwide swing music competitions with big band music and people dancing to it who were not even alive when the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan!

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I'm sure they're around, they're just hard to find now.

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