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Dunne butchers 'Make Believe'


Why couldn't they hire someone who can actually sing on tune? She was awful!

I haven't seen the 50's version yet, but I heard Grayson sing it in the Kern biopic 'As the Clouds Roll By' and she's entirely to blame for me looking up this film.

Dunne's phrasing is off too. So annoying.

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Unless I am mistaken, Dunne previously played the part on stage.

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I read that too. I still think she has a terrible voice. However did she get the part?

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She was a good actress, but you're right, her singing was awful. Why didn't they just use someone else for the singing and let her do the acting. They did that to Natalie Wood in West Side Story.


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I agree with you about Irene Dunne. In fact, I have always avoided this movie because I didn't want to see her in it. But when I finally watched, I loved the film despite her amateurish singing. She sounded old-fashioned and I thought it suited the character. When she is singing "Make Believe" with Alan Jones, he is so good that who cares about her?

The musical performances of Alan Jones, Helen Palmer and Paul Robeson are what make this show IMO.

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