Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Lynn Bari Centennial

Actress Lynn Bari was born 100 years ago today in Roanoke, Virginia.

Lynn Bari was a striking actress who made any film in which she appeared more interesting. The majority of Bari's career was spent at 20th Century-Fox, where she appeared in a number of particular favorites, including SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941), ORCHESTRA WIVES (1942), MARGIE (1946), and I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (1951).

Bari was dubbed by Pat Friday in SUN VALLEY SERENADE and ORCHESTRA WIVES; below is one of my favorite '40s film sequences, performing "At Last" with Ray Eberle and the Glenn Miller Orchestra in ORCHESTRA WIVES:

In 2010 Bear Manor Media published FOXY LADY: THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF LYNN BARI by Jeff Gordon. It's on my wish list!

Lynn Bari films previously reviewed here, including a number of films in which the actress played small but noticeable bit parts: GIRLS' DORMITORY (1936), LADIES IN LOVE (1936), PRIVATE NUMBER (1936), ON THE AVENUE (1937), LOVE IS NEWS (1937), CAFE METROPOLE (1937), WIFE, DOCTOR AND NURSE (1937), THE BARONESS AND THE BUTLER (1938), LILLIAN RUSSELL (1940), SLEEPERS WEST (1941), SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941), THE FALCON TAKES OVER (1942), SECRET AGENT OF JAPAN (1942), ORCHESTRA WIVES (1942), HELLO FRISCO, HELLO (1943), MARGIE (1946), SHOCK (1946), and I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (1951).

2014 Update: Additional reviews: THE PERFECT SNOB (1941) and NOCTURNE (1946).

2015 Update: New Lynn Bari film reviews: NEWS IS MADE AT NIGHT (1939), WE GO FAST (1941), HOME SWEET HOMICIDE (1946), and THE KID FROM CLEVELAND (1949).

2017 Update: Here's a review of CHASING DANGER (1939).

IMDb now lists Bari's birth year as 1917, incidentally.


Blogger LĂȘ said...

Every year I make a video with all celebrities centennials. This year I was introduced to Lyn Bari while researching for the video, and liked her very much. What a beauty!
I'm in the editing phase and soon I'll publich the centennial video!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Vienna said...

Would love to read the book on Lynn

9:27 AM  
Blogger barrylane said...

Could not agree with you more about Lynn Bari, and while I am not at all convinced Orchestra Wives is a great picture, the At Last sequence most certainly is lovely. On a personal note, I met Ray Eberle while he was front his own orchestra in t948 or so. A grand guy. His daughter, Jan follows in her Dad's footsteps. She has a lovely CD available and a web ssssssite worth tracking down.

2:31 PM  
Blogger barrylane said...

Follow up thought: I caught Sun Valley Serenade on TCM last evening. I always had warm thoughts about the picture and still do. John Payne, Tex Beneke, Glenn Miller and all with the exceptions of Sonja Henie and Milton Berle, I could really do without him, hold up really well. Kept hoping Payne and Bari would get together. And, of course, there is a lot not to like about Sonja Henie as a person.

1:55 PM  

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