Wednesday, June 30, 2021

More Examples of The Fake Musical Performance Routine

Here is a follow-up to my 2013 article "Sing, Clown, Sing."  

Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart take on the classic lip syncing routine in On Our Merry Way (1948).

The routine turned up in a 1962 episode of The Andy Griffith Show, "Barney and the Choir." Barney (Don Knotts) is happy to be a member of the Mayberry choir, unaware that his off-key singing is upsetting the other choir members and jeopardizes their chance to win an upcoming competition. Andy (Andy Griffith) tells Barney that they are giving him a highly sensitive microphone for the competition and he will need to sing in a low voice for the microphone to work properly. The truth is that he has given Barney a dead microphone and has hidden a virtuoso singer backstage to do the real vocalizing for him.

More recently, the routine turned up in the television series Mr. Winner.

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