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Carl Brisson


b. Carl Pederson, 24 Dec 1895, Copenhagen, Denmark, d. 26 Sept 1958, Copenhagen, Denmark. An elegant and romantic vocalist, acting professional and dancer within the musical theater and movies, Brisson was an up-and-coming boxer prior to making his stage debut like a dancer during his teenagers. He relocated to Britain in 1921 where he made an appearance in vaudeville revues, and experienced leading functions in revivals from the Merry Widow (1923) as well as the Buck Princess (1925), before taking pleasure in great achievement with two Western imports, The Apache (1927) and Question Bar (1930). Nevertheless, his status as something of the matinée idol is situated primarily on his movies, many recordings, and cabaret function. After producing some early speaking images in Britain, in 1934 Brisson visited Hollywood to superstar in the display screen version of Earl Carroll’s strike stage musical, Murder ON THE Vanities, where he presented the song which was to be his theme melody, ‘Cocktails For Two’ (Sam Coslow -Arthur Johnston). A season later, he had taken the business lead in two even more US films, Dispatch’s Café and ALL OF THE Ruler’s Horses. Within the last mentioned he co-starred using the American celebrity Mary Ellis, and sang another amount that became discovered with him, ‘A Small Light Gardenia’ (Coslow). In 1936 Brisson produced his exclusive foray onto the brand new York musical stage in Sigmund Romberg and Otto Harbach’s operetta, Forbidden Melody. He eventually dedicated himself to worldwide cabaret looks, and was knighted from the kings of Denmark and Sweden.

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Full Name Carl Brisson
Date Of Birth December 24, 1893
Died September 25, 1958, Copenhagen, Denmark
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality Danish
Spouse Cleo Willard Brisson
Children Frederick Brisson
Music Songs Cocktails for Two, A Little White Gardenia, A King Can Do No Wrong, There Is Something About You That's Different, I'll Believe in Love, Give Her a Little Kiss, I Kiss Your Hand, Madame, Tell Me I'm Forgiven, Chez Maxim's Scene, The Loveliest Night of the Year, Let Me Hold Your Hand, Dear, Dinner at Eight, Love Is Like That, While a Cigarette Was Burning, Live and Love Tonight, In Old Vienna, Reaching for the Moon, Crown Prince of Arcadia ... If I Could Only Find Her, My Friend Elizabeth, When I Smoke a Cigarette, Jeg sang den som barn, Whistling in the Dark, Why?, Visen om København, Når de lyse lærker synger over Danmar, Thanks
Albums The Loveliest Night of the Year, Vintage Rare - Matinee Idol
Movies The Manxman, The Ring, Murder at the Vanities, All the King's Horses, The American Prisoner, Two Hearts in Waltz Time, The Triumph of the Heart, Knowing Men, The Mysterious Footprints

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1 Tall Danish actor and singer, who appeared in British films and stage productions. He began his career as Carl Pedersen in Copenhagen nightclubs and cabaret.
2 It was reported in 1935 that Brisson had a collection of roughly 125 hats.
3 Former professional boxer.
4 Father of producer Frederick Brisson and father-in-law of Rosalind Russell



The Manxman 1929 Pete Quilliam
The Ring 1927/I 'One-Round' Jack Sander
De mystiske fodspor 1918 Erik (as Carl Villard)
Ship Cafe 1935 Chris Anderson
All the King's Horses 1935 King Rudolf XIV / Carlo Rocco
Murder at the Vanities 1934 Eric Lander
Two Hearts in Waltz Time 1934 Carl Hoffman
Prince of Arcadia 1933 Prince Peter
Song of Soho 1930 Carl
Knowing Men 1930 George Vere
The American Prisoner 1929 Lt. Stark
Hjärtats triumf 1929 Lars Holm
Chelsea Nights 1929 Short The Artist



All the King's Horses 1935 performer: "A Little White Gardenia", "Be Careful, Young Lady'
Murder at the Vanities 1934 performer: "Ebony Rhapsody", "Cocktails For Two", "Live and Love Tonight"

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Highlight: The Singing Cinema 1964

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