|Those Redheads from Seattle|
|Directed by||Lewis R. Foster|
|Produced by||William H. Pine|
William C. Thomas
|Written by||Lewis R. Foster|
George Worthing Yates
|Starring|| Gene Barry |
The Bell Sisters
|Music by||Sidney Cutner|
|Edited by||Archie Marshek|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
(Los Angeles opening)
Those Redheads from Seattle is a 1953 American musical film, produced in 3-D and Technicolor, directed by Lewis R. Foster, starring Rhonda Fleming, Gene Barry, Teresa Brewer and Agnes Moorehead, and released by Paramount Pictures. It was the first 3-D musical.
A woman (Moorehead) takes her four unmarried daughters to Alaska during the 1898 Gold Rush to help their father, not knowing he is already dead. When the Edmonds women arrive in Skagway, they meet Johnny Kisco, owner of the Klondike Club, whose partner is the one who killed Edmonds, a newspaper publisher.
When the women find out Edmonds is dead and had no money, one becomes a dancer and singer, one becomes a nurse and the other two run the newspaper that was once belonged to their father, trying to run out the owner of the burlesque club. Pat, the singer, falls for Johnny and performs at his club. He is more interested in her sister Kathie, who takes exception to Johnny's ways and decides to wed a more respectable minister.
Johnny departs for Fairbanks to track down his partner, saving him from an avalanche and bringing him back to confess to Edmonds' murder. On the day she's to be married, Kathie, still in her wedding dress, runs to Johnny, realizing she is in love with him.
In the film, Teresa Brewer sings the Jerry Livingston/Mack David song "Baby, Baby, Baby", which was released as a single,and later covered by Mindy Carson, Jimmy Witherspoon and other artists.
Mitchell had a hit with "Chicka Boom" written by Bob Merrill that Mitchell sang in the film.
Other songs featured include:
"I Guess It Was You All the Time" written by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael
"Mr. Banjo Man"
"Take Back Your Gold"
The film was originally called The Sisters from Seattle and was to have starred Rhonda Fleming, John Payne and Arlene Dahl.It was going to be the first musical from Pine-Thomas Productions.
In January 1953 it was announced the film would be shot in 3-D.
Dahl dropped out as well and was replaced by Mindy Carson. She fell through and was replaced by singer Teresa Brewer. It was Brewer's first film but Pine and Thomas saw a screen test she made for 20th Century Fox the previous year, and were impressed by a poll of theatre owners which listed her among the top five singers in the country. She had to dye her brown hair red to match Fleming's hair.
In February 1953 Payne was ruled out of the film and was replaced by Gene Barry, who had just starred in War of the Worlds.He was joined by singer Guy Mitchell and performing group The Bell Sisters.
Jean Parker who had made a number of films for Pine-Thomas in the 1940s returned to the screen for the first time in three years to play a role.
Filming started March 1953. In April the title was changed to Those Redheads from Seattle.
The film was released in 3-D and non-3-D versions- Paramount gave exhibitors the right to choose.
Although Kiss Me Kate , released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in November 1953, is often referred to as the first 3-D musical, Those Redheads from Seattle was released a month earlier.
In September 2006, the film was shown in 3-D for the first time in 50 years at the World 3-D Expo in Hollywood.
In 2017 a digital restoration played at the TCM Festival in Hollywood and at the Seattle International Film Festival. The movie premiered in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre in 1953.
A 3-D Blu Ray was released in May 2017 by Kino Lorber.
This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1953.
Teresa Brewer was an American singer whose style incorporated pop, country, jazz, R&B, musicals, and novelty songs. She was one of the most prolific and popular female singers of the 1950s, recording nearly 600 songs.
Guy Mitchell was an American pop singer and actor, successful in his homeland, the UK, and Australia. He sold 44 million records, including six million-selling singles.
Thomas John Mitchell was an American actor. Among his most famous roles in a long career are those of Gerald O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, Doc Boone in Stagecoach, Uncle Billy in It's a Wonderful Life, Pat Garrett in The Outlaw, and Mayor Jonas Henderson in High Noon. Mitchell was the first male actor to win an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony Award.
Rhonda Fleming was an American film and television actress and singer. She acted in more than 40 films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, and became renowned as one of the most glamorous actresses of her day, nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor" because she photographed so well in that medium.
Gene Barry was an American stage, screen, and television actor. Barry is best remembered for his leading roles in the films The Atomic City (1952) and The War of The Worlds (1953) and for his portrayal of the title characters in the TV series Bat Masterson and Burke's Law, among many roles.
Frankie and Johnny is a 1966 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a riverboat gambler. The role of "Frankie" was played by Donna Douglas from The Beverly Hillbillies TV series. The film reached #40 on the Variety weekly national box office list for 1966. The budget of the film was estimated at $4.5 million. The director was Frederick De Cordova, who in 1970 went on to become the director and producer of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Serpent of the Nile is a 1953 Technicolor historical adventure film produced by Sam Katzman and directed by William Castle. The film starred Rhonda Fleming, Raymond Burr, William Lundigan and Michael Ansara. In an early role, actress Julie Newmar appears as an exotic dancer clad only in gold paint.
Secret of the Incas is a 1954 adventure film starring Charlton Heston as adventurer Harry Steele, on the trail of an ancient Incan artifact. Shot on location at Machu Picchu in Peru, the film is often credited as the inspiration for Raiders of the Lost Ark. The supporting cast features Robert Young, Nicole Maurey and Thomas Mitchell, as well as a rare film appearance by Peruvian singer Yma Sumac.
Pine-Thomas Productions was a prolific B-picture unit of Paramount Pictures from 1940–1957, producing 81 films. Co-producers William H. Pine and William C. Thomas were known as the "Dollar Bills" because none of their economically made films ever lost money.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a 1949 American comedy musical film directed by Tay Garnett and starring Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and William Bendix.
The Georgia Bulldogs baseball team represents the University of Georgia in NCAA Division I college baseball.
Flood! is a 1976 American made-for-television adventure film directed by Earl Bellamy.
The Eagle and the Hawk is a 1950 American Technicolor Western film directed by Lewis R. Foster and written by Lewis R. Foster and Daniel Mainwaring. The film stars John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Dennis O'Keefe, Thomas Gomez, Fred Clark and Frank Faylen. The film was released on May 30, 1950, by Paramount Pictures.
Rhonda Lee Oglesby Coullet is an American actress, comedian, singer-songwriter, theatre composer and playwright.
Baby, Baby, Baby is an album by blues vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon which was recorded in 1963 and released on the Prestige label. The title track, "Baby Baby Baby" with music by Jerry Livingston and lyrics by Mack David, was written in 1950 but first sung by Teresa Brewer in the film Those Redheads from Seattle (1953), and then became title track of the album Baby, Baby, Baby by Mindy Carson.
Jivaro (1954) also known as Lost Treasure of the Amazon, is a 3-D Technicolor film starring Fernando Lamas, Rhonda Fleming and Brian Keith, directed by Edward Ludwig. Publicity material for the film translates Jivaro as "headhunters of the Amazon".
Tropic Zone is a 1953 American crime film written and directed by Lewis R. Foster and starring Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming, Estelita Rodriguez, Noah Beery Jr., Grant Withers and John Wengraf. It was released on January 14, 1953, by Paramount Pictures.
Baby, Baby, Baby is a 1958 album by Mindy Carson. The title track, "Baby Baby Baby" with lyrics by Mack David, music by Jerry Livingston was a No.12 hit single for Teresa Brewer who sang the song in the film Those Redheads from Seattle (1953).
Baby, Baby, Baby is a 1953 hit song by Teresa Brewer from the film Those Redheads from Seattle. The song was written in 1950 by Jerry Livingston and lyricist Mack David. The song was sung by Brewer in the role of a singer, who appears through a red curtain line of dancing girls and commences the lyrics: "Baby, Baby, Baby love me love me do, Baby, Baby, Baby love me love true." The song reached No.12 in the US hit parade in December 1953. Coral released the record first in 1953 as 9-61067 with the B-side "I Guess It Was You All The Time", written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, then in 1954 as an EP, EC 81086 with A2: "Jilted" Robert Colby and Dick Manning, Track B1: "Chicago Style" James Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, and B2 "My Sweetie Went Away " written by Roy Turk, and Lou Handman.