Seems I sometimes open my mouth and let my belly rumble, fact-checking it would seem is not one of my strong points, (laziness is no good unless it is encouraged). I said in one of my blogs that Doris Day looked wooden in the dance routines in the film ‘Love Me or Leave Me’, for which I was taken to task. It was pointed out to me that Doris Day would have done the background on Ruth Etting, and would have known that she was, as she had admitted to her piano player, not a dancer but a singer, therefore if she had danced across the stage like Ginger Rodgers it would not have been a true representation of the singer (not a dancer) Ruth Etting, point taken.
They also pointed out that in the movie Calamity Jane, Doris did the number ‘Just come in from the windy city’ and she did a good job dancing around in the bar, point taken.
So I thought I would check, and what would you know? Doris developed an early interest in dance, and in the mid-1930s formed a dance duo with Jerry Doherty that performed locally in Cincinnati. A car accident on October 13, 1937 injured her right leg and curtailed her prospects as a professional dancer.
So in a sense, we were both right. I think this is what I miss most during a lockdown, we don’t have these communications face to face.