Director Bruce Ricker teams with Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood to craft this comprehensive look at the life and music of Johnny Mercer, who penned such timeless hits as "Moon River". "That Old Black Magic", and "Jeepers Creepers". Interviews with singers Tony Bennett and Julie Andrews, composers, filmmakers, music historians, and Broadway producers offer insight into what it was that made Mercer's songs so special, and clips of artists like Barbra Streisand, Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole, among others, performing his work, give testament to the enduring appeal of the music he created. Rare interviews with the composer himself, and archival interviews with Mercer's wife Ginger, among others, offer a vivid portrait of the man behind the music. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Admired and praised by the likes of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer has been described as one of our great folk poets and the most perfect American lyricist. Throughout his extraordinary career, he collaborated with hundreds of composers to write legendary movie songs such as Hooray for Hollywood, Jeepers Creepers and Moon River. Mercer then went on to co-found Capitol Records in 1942 and became a successful Broadway producer of St. Louis Woman and Lil Abner.
ContentsStudio performances. That old black magic (Jamie Cullum)
This time the dream's on me (Morgan Eastwood)
I had myself a true love (Audra McDonald with John Williams)
Skylark (Maude Maggart with Jamie Cullum)
Emily (Alan Bergman with Jamie Cullum)
Too marvelous for words (Michael Feinstein with Bucky Pizzarelli and Jay Leon[h]art)
Laura (Michael Feinstein with Bucky Pizzarelli)
Lazybones (Dr. John)
Any place I hang my hat is home (Dr. John)
Talk to me baby (Cleo Laine and John Dankworth).
Lyricists -- United States -- Biography.
Popular music -- 2001-2010.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Burbank, CA :Warner Home Video,2009
|Edition||Two-disc special ed., widescreen.|
|Other Titles|| Arena (Television program)
Dream's on me
1909-1976, lyricist, performer.
Ricker, Bruce, 1942-2011, producer, director.
Barnes, Ken, screenwriter.
Eastwood, Clint, 1930-
Charlap, Bill, narrator.
Cullum, Jamie, performer.
Eastwood, Morgan, 1996- performer.
McDonald, Audra, performer.
Maggart, Maude, performer.
Bergman, Alan, performer.
Feinstein, Michael, performer.
Pizzarelli, Bucky, performer.
Leonhart, Jay, performer.
Dr. John, 1941-2019, performer.
Laine, Cleo, performer.
Dankworth, John, performer.
Rhapsody Films, production company.
Turner Classic Movies (Firm), production company.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Narrator, Bill Charlap; co-producer, Howard E. Green; associate producer, Steinunn Danley; editors, Amy Linton, Brandon Arnold.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
At head of title: Clint Eastwood presents.
Special features include: Clint Eastwood at the piano with John Williams and Jamie Cullum; studio performances by Jamie Cullum, Morgan Eastwood, Michael Feinstein, Dr. John, Cleo Laine, Maude Maggart, Audra McDonald, and others; "Family history photos" and "The art of Mercer," narrated by Nancy Gerard; biographical essay by Glenn T. Eskew.
DVD; widescreen version (matted, enhanced for widescreen TVs); dual-layer; stereo.
2 videodiscs (90 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.