Never did I think I would see TV’s best known secretary(Della Street), BARBARA HALE with blonde hair,playing a night club chanteuse involved with gangsters AND singing GILDA’s “Put The Blame on Mame” !!
THE HOUSTON STORY(1956) stars GENE BARRY as an oil rigger with big ideas to siphon off and steal oil – he hooks up with gangster EDWARD ARNOLD. I lost interest in the plot but got such a surprise to see Barbara in a femme fatale role!
I admire the casting choice bravery but, as much as I like Barbara,I don’t think she pulled it off. She is too associated with her wholesome,warm,loving and loyal screen persona.
But what I did enjoy was her singing of “Put the Blame on Mame”. She mimed it well (I’m trying to find out who the dubber was). The studio (Columbia) gave it a different arrangement but it it still surprising that Columbia would even consider using it, RITA HAYWORTH’s classic version being so iconic.
From BARBARAHALE.COM it was nice to read that RAYMOND BURR cultivated an orchid (Barbara Hale orchid) and named it after Barbara as a symbol of their friendship.