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05:09 AM ET (US)
David, thanks for information. I heard that Mario Lanza could impersonate Billy Daniels.
David Weaver
12:20 AM ET (US)
Kristine, at the 1952 Oscar ceremony, which was held on March 19, 1953 and was the first ceremony ever televised, it was popular nightclub and recording star Billy Daniels who sang "Because You're Mine."
08:41 PM ET (US)
I have received my “The Best Of Everything” CD and I am very happy with it. Forty four tracks for that asking price is truly a great bargain! While the sound is very good, I think SEPIA is richer. My only real criticism is with the liner notes....…could Sony possibly find a smaller font?
Edited 03-24-2017 08:43 PM
Len (UK)
05:09 PM ET (US)
Wendy - Thanks for the tip. I just watched Vera Lynn singing 'Because your Mine' on YouTube. It is a very different rendition but beautifully sung; the phrasing and arrangement are excellent. She was never one for a big 'money note' as a climax, but always a great performance.
11:39 AM ET (US)
James Whitmore also was in movie "All The Brothers Were Valiant" , starring Robert Taylor, Ann Blyth, Stewart Granger, and Keenan Wynn, one of my favorite movies. I saw the CD and DVD of Mario Lanza-The Best of Everything on Amazon.com What are the prices in American currency ? Thanks for information.
Derek Mannering
08:04 PM ET (US)
Details and Sony media announcement of the Mark Vincent Lanza Tribute CD are now on Jeff's main Lanza page.
03:55 PM ET (US)
James Whitmore played inmate Ross in oscar nominated Shawshank Redemption but oscar went to Forest Gump in 91.
Edited 03-21-2017 03:58 PM
David Weaver
02:25 PM ET (US)
Fred, Whitmore was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor in 1975 for "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" - he lost out to Jack Nicholson for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Derek, listened to Elissa's interview - wonderful. And great to see the new Sony CD in Classic FM's Top Thirty Chart. The continued love for Lanza in the British isles is extraordinary.

Nice to hear the Mark Vincent-Mario duet; another talented singer who cites Mario as an inspiration. It reminded me of the wonderful recording the late Jerry Hadley did, dueting with Mario on "Golden Days."
Edited 03-21-2017 02:28 PM
01:58 PM ET (US)
Thanks David. Showboat is on quite a bit, I saw it not long ago. Never can resist it. Ed. I really hope you get to Philly this year, you'll be happy you did. James Whitmore was a terrific actor , a great career . My son always liked him. Wonder how he and Mario got along, even if he did have "a head like an acorn"!.
Fred Day
10:36 AM ET (US)
James Whitmore also had a role in The Eddy Duchin Story (1957) starring Tyrone Power as Duchin. Whitmore played Duchin's manager. And I remember Whitmore in an episode of The Twilight Zone - one of the hour long episodes. He was excellent, as always. Ciao.
Bill Ronayne
08:37 AM ET (US)
You're welcome Ed. Best, Bill
06:26 AM ET (US)
 Fred, James Whitmore also portrayed Theodore Roosevelt in a one man play. He also played a Judge in the Barbra Streisand movie, "Nuts". I think he was on a tv sitcom called "Temperature's Rising", which took place in a hospital. I don't know if his portrayal of Truman was an Oscar nomination. In the movie version of "Kiss Me, Kate", he and Keenan Wynn played gangster types who did a song and dance scene to "Brush Up Your Shakespeare". Considering they were not known as song and dance men, they were very good ! By the way, Keely Smith also sang "Because You're Mine" on one of her recording albums, which is out on CD. "Because You're Mine" was an Oscar nominee for Best Song. Who sang it at the Academy Awards, that year ?
Fred Day
03:54 AM ET (US)
James Whitmore was also noted for playing President Harry Truman in "Give 'em Hell Harry". He was superb in that role. Was that role nominated for an Oscar?? Curious. Ciao.
Wendy Stilwell - UK
03:28 AM ET (US)
Re Vera Lynn

On one of her CD's which I have, she does a very good rendition of Because You're Mine.
Ed to Bill
09:23 PM ET (US)
I got my bulletin on Friday and just got a chance today to read it, I must say you did another winner as always. I enjoy the part called Recording Sessions. I'm pretty good on the Q&A. When I can get around by early summer I still want my cousin to take me to Philly. Many thanks for your kindness my friend.
04:14 PM ET (US)
"Battleground" was James Whitmore's film debut. He also made a movie with Nancy Davis(later , First Lady Nancy Reagan)called "The Next Voice You Hear" about people hearing God's voice on the radio(though the movie audience didn't hear it). He was a great actor and M-G-M thought he would be another Spencer Tracy. He served in the Marines, during World War II and I think was from Buffalo, N.Y. area. He was also in "Battle Cry" with Tab Hunter and Aldo Ray. His son, Steve Whitmore has a facebook page and his son, James Whitmore, Jr. directs some of the "NCIS" episodes. James, Jr. was once an actor on "Black Sheep Squadron" with Robert Conrad. Yes, Bill mentioned that Utica, N.Y. was the next stop, after Scranton, Pennsylvania for Mario Lanza's tour. He appeared at The Stanley Theater, Utica, and Terry Robinson mentioned he remembered The Stanley. He was giving out the programs for the performance.
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