Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Memories, Music and Movies – 1963 Part Two – South Africa, South Pacific, Younger Than Springtime

I cannot remember a time when music and movies where not a part of my life. Often when I was a child and teenager the songs I loved came from the musicals.

1963 – South Africa – South Pacific – Younger Than Spingtime and I’m Going To Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair.

With my brother in our school uniforms Cape Town.

When we lived in Cape Town, my father was stationed at the Royal Naval base at Simon’s Town . In addition to his duties in communications and weaponry..he was also the station film officer, making sure that there was a steady supply of entertainment for both those living on the station and the families who lived off base. This included the Saturday kids club which my brother and I would be taken too each week and also enabled my father to bring home certain films to show friends and neighbours after Saturday night dinner parties.

We where sent to bed with promises of left overs for breakfast… a treat not to be missed, especially when it was some of my mother’s strawberry shortcake dessert. However, I loved movies and as soon as the guests were settled, and I heard the projector whirring in the background, I would creep up the darkened corridor and sit with my back to the front door watching the screen that had been erected at the far end of the room through the slightly opened lounge door. In those days most people smoked and some ventilation was required.

My parents love musicals as well as Hitchcock thrillers, so I did see some films that were not always PG… but South Pacific was one I immediately fell in love with. Luckily for me, the guest W.C was through the dining room and next to the kitchen, which meant I was largely undisturbed in my lookout.

I have seen the film many times since and when my mother became more forgetful, we would enjoy a good sing along and reminisce about those fun days. There is one song that is guaranteed to get the tears flowing, and that is Younger than Springtime, and I had a crush on Lieutenant Cable (John Kerr) for many years…I did not know, nor care that his voice was actually dubbed by Bill Lee of the The Mellomen

South Pacific is a 1958 American romantic musical film based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, which in turn is based on James A. Michener’s short-story collection Tales of the South Pacific. The film, directed by Joshua Logan, stars Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr and Ray Walston in the leading roles with Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary, the part that she had played in the original stage production. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning the Academy Award for Best Sound for Fred Hynes. Wikipedia

Here is Younger than Springtime.one of the beautiful tracks from the film..sung by one of my favourite actors and tenors – Julian Ovenden with the John Wilson Orchestra

And here is one of the fun clips and songs from the movie… with Mitzi Gaynor.. I’m Gonna Wash that Man right out of my hair…thanks to Rodgers & Hammerstein

You can buy or rent South Pacific: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

I hope you have enjoyed this musical interlude and more in a couple of weeks….thanks Sally.

 

51 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Memories, Music and Movies – 1963 Part Two – South Africa, South Pacific, Younger Than Springtime

  1. When I was about eight I lived in Eccles, near Manchester, and two of my friends were in the stage version of South Pacific. They taught me Dites-moi and Happy Talk with all the actions, plus some of the other songs, too. I loved the melody of Younger than Springtime but the words didn’t mean much to me then. I’ve enjoyed revisiting these today – thanks! xx

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  2. Loved this Sal. And you and me as kids, so much the same – inquisitive and crafty. I used to hide behind a hallway wall and listen to my parents fight so I could know if my dad would be leaving again. And so that’s where you got your love for musicals. Now I know where that shampoo commercial ad came from lol. ❤

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  3. As a youngster I’d grimace if anyone suggested watching a musical. It wasn’t that I didn’t like specific songs but I couldn’t get my head round anyone singing their lines. I must have been around 14 when I got my first record player and I can remember my first two singles were I got you babe by Sonny and Cher and Eve of destruction by Barry Maguire (which my mother liked). On my birthday a neighbour gave me a copy of West Side Story which in a moment of absolute boredom I played. Once I heard Maria, and There’s a place for us I was hooked, and remained so when I heard them sung by P.J.Proby whom I thought was better than Elvis. I found the one and only musical film I could watch too. I was able to listen to Songs from the shows at any time or film soundtracks with no (or few) grimaces, but here was a musical I could sit through. Nothing has changed and for me those are the best two songs ever to come from a musical.
    Hugs Galore

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    • You had excellent taste at 14 – both of those singles are favourites of mine! I saw West Side Story when on a school exchange visit to France and (to my enormous relief) it was subtitled rather than dubbed. I fell in love with the film and with George Chakiris…

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      • I bet he didn’t play Officer Kripke then. How many women would have come out and said “Wasn’t Kripke gorgeous?” About the same number as picked me probably, your friendly neighbourhood Dracula,
        Huge Hugs

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  4. To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of musicals, but heard the album of South Pacific a lot as a kid – Mum loved it! And who knew that Julian Ovenden has such a wonderful voice: I didn’t get any clue to that when watching him in Foyle’s War!

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