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Jack Buchanan

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b. 2 Apr 1890, Helensburgh, Strathclyde, Scotland, d. 20 Oct 1957, London, Britain. A significant UK musical humor, revue and film celebrity, choreographer, director, maker and manager having a disarming, informal style, Buchanan’s profession spanned 40 years. He performed in amateur dramatics and regional music halls before shifting to London to are an understudy and chorus son. Rejected for armed service service in the beginning of World Battle I due to illness, he trained himself to dance, and performed a leading part within the touring edition of the Western End strike musical humor Tonight’s THE NIGHT TIME in 1915. His big break arrived two years later on when he got over from Jack port Hulbert in maker André Charlot’s revue Bubbly, accompanied by another Charlot display, A To Z, in 1921. Within the second option Buchanan sang one of is own all-time strikes, ‘And Her Mom Came As well’, with Ivor Novello’s music along with a lyric by Dion Titheradge. Also within the solid had been Beatrice Lillie and a Gertrude Lawrence. After branching out into administration using the musical farce Battling Butler at the brand new Oxford Theater, Buchanan visited NY with Lillie and Lawrence to surface in André Charlot’s Revue Of 1924 at the changing times Square Theatre. Buchanan was a considerable achievement on Broadway, and came back in 1926 with another Charlot revue where he duetted with Lawrence on ‘A SIT DOWN ELSEWHERE, A Sandwich, And You’. The documenting reached #5 5 within the graph and was his just US hit. Back London in 1926 he was at his maximum in Jerome Kern’s Sunny. With Elsie Randolph as his regular leading woman, he made an appearance in dance musicals such as for example That’s AN EXCELLENT Lady, Mr. Whittington, This’ll CAUSE YOU TO Whistle, and their last display collectively in 1943, It’s TIME AND ENERGY TO Dance. He also returned to NY for AWAKEN And Desire! with Jessie Matthews, and BETWEEN YOUR Devil with Evelyn Laye. Tunes such as for example ‘Who’, ‘Goodnight Vienna’, ‘I Believe I Can’, ‘There’s Usually Tomorrow’, ‘Nice Our Getting together with’, ‘Nice So And Therefore’, ‘Weep FORGET ABOUT My Baby’, ‘By Myself’ and ‘I’m INSIDE A Dance Mood’, were shipped in a apparently fragile, ‘typically British’ design. In his display OPERATE And Sing in the London Hippodrome in 1931, an extremely youthful Anna Neagle was found out by film maker Herbert Wilcox, who began her on the path to an extended and recognized film profession by placing her in to the Buchanan film Goodnight Vienna. Buchanan’s personal film career appropriate had were only available in 1917 using the silent Auld Lang Syne (he previously previously worked well as a supplementary), and included some comedies, light dramas and farces such as for example Yes, Mr Dark brown, Brewster’s Millions as well as the Gang’s All Right here. His first film musical was Paris, with Corsican celebrity/vocalist Irene Bordoni, and he produced several even more including Monte Carlo, aimed by Ernst Lubitsch, and co-starring Jeanette MacDonald, and also a few celluloid exchanges of his strike stage productions. In 1953, the very best UK and US song-and-dance guys met within the Music group Wagon. Buchanan and Fred Astaire’s duet, ‘I Figure I’ll NEED TO Change My Program’, and their smart edition, with Nanette Fabray, of ‘Triplets’ popularity, made that one of MGM’s most acclaimed musical movies, as well as the pinnacle of Buchanan’s profession.

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Full Name Jack Buchanan
Died October 20, 1957, London, United Kingdom
Height 1.88 m
Weight 107 kg
Profession Actor, Singer, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Nationality Scottish, British
Spouse Susan Bassett, Saffo Arnau
Children Theo Bassett
Parents Walter John Buchanan Sr, Patricia McWatt
Music Songs Everything Stops for Tea, I’m in a Dancing Mood, Who?, And Her Mother Came Too, You Forgot Your Gloves, Goodnight Vienna, Leave A Little For Me, A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You, Fancy Our Meeting, Weep No More My Baby, Now That I've Found You, I Think I Can, From One Minute To Another, Sweet So And So, Alone With My Dreams, Dancing Honeymoon / And Her Mother Came Too / Fancy Our Meeting / Who?, Let's Put Some People To Work, Without Rhythm, I've Looked For Trouble, There Isn't Any Limit To My Love, Two Little Blue-Birds / It's Not You / There's Always Tomorrow, I'm Looking For A Melody, So Green, Tony's In Town, Like Monday Follows Sunday, There's Always Tomorrow, Oceans Of Time, Oo! La! La!, That's Entertainment, Yes, Mrs Brown, One Good Tune Deserves Another, Living In Clover
Albums The Debonair, The Band Wagon, Elegance, Jack Buchanan, And Her Mother Came Too, People to Work, Without Rhythm, The Best of Jack and Jessie, The Golden Age, Goodnight Vienna, Vinyl Vault Presents Binnie Hale and Jack Buchanan
Movies The Band Wagon, Goodnight, Vienna, As Long as They're Happy, The French, They Are a Funny Race, Monte Carlo, Josephine and Men, A Man of Mayfair, Paris, Happidrome, This'll Make You Whistle, When Knights Were Bold, Yes, Mr Brown, That's a Good Girl, The Gang's All Here, Come Out of the Pantry, Smash and Grab, Break the News, The Middle Watch, Bulldog Sees It Through, The Third Round, Brewster's Millions, The Audacious Mr. Squire, The Sky's the Limit, Settled Out of Court, Her Heritage, Auld Lang Syne, Sweet Devil, Toni, Confetti, The Fair Maid of Perth


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#Fact
1 Married twice, he had no children of his own. However, he had a step-daughter, with Susan Bassett, from her first marriage.
2 Was deemed unfit for military service in World War I.
3 In December 1930, he opened, with his partner Walter Gibbons, the Leicester Square Theatre. This venue was bombed out during the war and Buchanan lost a sizeable amount of money as a result. However, he went on to manage the Garrick Theatre in 1946.
4 Educated at Glasgow University.
5 Was a successful recording artist.
6 Ran a production company with Herbert Wilcox in the 1930's.
7 Probably best remembered from his role in The Band Wagon (1953) .


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ITV Television Playhouse 1956 TV Series
The French, They Are a Funny Race 1955 Maj. Thompson
Josephine and Men 1955 Uncle Charles Luton
As Long as They're Happy 1955 John Bentley
As Long as They're Happy 1953 TV Movie John Bentley
The Band Wagon 1953 Jeffrey Cordova
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1950 TV Series Gabriel von Eisenstein
Some Like It Rough 1944 Short Narrator (voice)
Bulldog Sees It Through 1940 'Bulldog' Bill Watson
The Middle Watch 1940 Captain Maitland
Alias the Bulldog 1939
The Amazing Mr. Forrest 1939 John Forrest
The Sky's the Limit 1938 Dave Harber
Break the News 1938 Teddy Enton
Larceny Street 1937 John Forrest
This'll Make You Whistle 1936 Bill Hoppings
When Knights Were Bold 1936 Sir Guy De Vere
Come Out of the Pantry 1935 Lord Robert Brent
Brewster's Millions 1935 Jack Brewster
That's a Good Girl 1933 Jack Barrow
Yes, Mr. Brown 1933 Nicholas Baumann
Magic Night 1932 Captain Maximilian Schletoff
A Man of Mayfair 1931 Lord William
Monte Carlo 1930 Count Rudolph Falliere / Rudy the Hairdresser
The Show of Shows 1929 Jack
Paris 1929 Guy Pennell
Toni 1928 Toni Marr / Marini
Confetti 1928 Count Andrea Zorro
A Typical Budget 1925 Short
Bulldog Drummond's Third Round 1925 Captain Hugh Drummond
Settled Out of Court 1925 The Husband
The Happy Ending 1925 Captain Dale Conway
The Audacious Mr. Squire 1923 Tom Squire
Her Heritage 1919 Bob Hales
Auld Lang Syne 1917 Vane

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "That's Entertainment"
Great Performances 1991 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pennies from Heaven 1978 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary performer: "That's Entertainment" 1953, "Triplets" 1937 - uncredited
That's Entertainment! 1974 performer: "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" 1929 - uncredited
As Long as They're Happy 1955 "I Don't Know Whether To Laugh Or Cry", "I Hate the Morning" , "Cry", uncredited / performer: "If Your Heart Aches", "I Hate the Morning" uncredited
As Long as They're Happy 1953 TV Movie performer: "Cry"
The Band Wagon 1953 "That's Entertainment" 1953, uncredited / performer: "Oedipus Bridge", "That's Entertainment" 1953, "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" 1929, "Triplets" 1937 - uncredited
The Sky's the Limit 1938 performer: "The Montreal", "Swing, Madam"
Break the News 1938 performer: "It All Belongs To You", "We're Old Buddies" / writer: "We're Old Buddies"
This'll Make You Whistle 1936 performer: "I'm in a Dancing Mood"
When Knights Were Bold 1936 performer: "I'M STILL DREAMING", "LET'S PUT SOME PEOPLE TO WORK", "FORWARD, ONWARD WE GO"
Come Out of the Pantry 1935 performer: "Everything Stops for Tea"
That's a Good Girl 1933 performer: "Fancy Our Meeting"
Monte Carlo 1930 performer: "Give Me A Moment Please", "Always in All Ways", "Trimmin' the Women", "Whatever It Is, It's Grand" - uncredited
Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet 1930 Short performer: "Sweet and Low", "The Fox Has Left His Lair" - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sky's the Limit 1938 writer
Larceny Street 1937 scenario
That's a Good Girl 1933 writer
Yes, Mr. Brown 1933 adaptation

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Happidrome 1943 producer - uncredited
The Sky's the Limit 1938 producer
Sweet Devil 1938 producer
Larceny Street 1937 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sky's the Limit 1938
That's a Good Girl 1933
Yes, Mr. Brown 1933

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
As Long as They're Happy 1953 TV Movie by arrangement with
Happidrome 1943 presenter

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Life with the Lyons 1957 TV Series Himself
The Ted Ray Show 1956 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1954 TV Series Himself
Max Liebman Presents: Spotlight 1954 TV Special Himself - Guest
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1953 TV Series Himself
Giselle 1952 Short Himself - Narrator
Elstree Story 1952 Documentary Himself
Backstage 1937 Himself (uncredited)
The Glee Club 1930 Short Himself
Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet 1930 Short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Clip from 'The Band Wagon' (uncredited)
A Source of Innocent Merriment 1987 TV Movie documentary
To See Such Fun 1977 Documentary Himself
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Clip from 'The Band Wagon'
That's Entertainment! 1974 Clip from 'The Band Wagon'

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