The Mills Brothers “Lazy River” Theatrical Short (1944)

I’ve made a mention before that the road that eventually led me to the Retroist was done mostly by my Grandmother when I was an infant and young boy. Laying down for a nap meant being serenaded by the likes of the Mills Brothers or perhaps Louis Armstrong or the Rat Pack. While this made High-School interesting in terms of my musical tastes I am very grateful for being introduced to the Mills Brothers at such an early age.

Here is the theatrical short from Official Films, ‘Lazy River’, one of my favorite songs of the group started performing back in 1944!

[Via] Nipsipone’s YouTube Channel


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2 thoughts on “The Mills Brothers “Lazy River” Theatrical Short (1944)

  1. @Vic very nice sir! Love these classic little musical numbers. I’m a huge fan of old movies and one of the best aspects are the little pauses to do old jazz numbers or standards. you could never do this in films today.

  2. Drahken says:

    I fell in love with 40s~ish music as a kid, thanks to looney tunes. I always liked the little bits they would sing in the cartoons & wanted to know the rest of the songs (if they even existed IRL, I had no idea if they were just made for those cartoons). That, combined with the swing revival from the 90s (such as zoot suit riot) lead me to OTR on the internet, which in turn helped me make much more sense of the old looney tunes. (When we view them today, we tend to assume that they were intentionally old-fashioned. In reality though, they were as “hip” in their time as ones about the internet are today. They are just filled with references to radio programs and personalities of the day. While the cartoons are still very enjoyable without getting these references, when you do get them, the cartoons take on a whole new dimension.)

    These days my musical tastes are quite odd. I enjoy heavy metal, but I also enjoy 40s music, jpop, celtic, and many other odds & ends.

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