Jack Buchanan looking oh-so-delightfully suave. I'm loving those pants!
I fell in love with a post over at Lauren's blog - The Past on a Plate - featuring a recipe for Afternoon Tea Hearts pastry AND links to a few Jack Buchanan ditties including the world renown EVERYTHING STOPS FOR TEA which is now officially one of my favorite songs of all time and should probably be the National Anthem of Great Britain.
What, you never heard of it?
Well, I never did either. At least until yesterday when I read Lauren's wonderful post. Thank you, Lauren.
As much as I love Jack Buchanan, I never even knew he was a real-life, song and dance man (despite his having proved it in THE BAND WAGON) and had songs galore on youtube. You live and learn.
Free Downloads of Jack's songs.
You don't know Jack Buchanan? Well, I'm here to remedy that deficit in your show-biz education.
Maybe some of you remember Jack as the sophisticated, ego-encumbered theater impresario AND musical comedy actor from THE BAND WAGON with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse? He steals the film from Fred and Cyd and everyone else - he can't help himself, he's such a ham-bone. I love the guy. (Yeah, I know, I keep saying that - can't help it.)
Jack Buchanan (1891 - 1957) was a Scottish theater actor, producer, director and singer. On screen he was the epitome of the debonair, bon-vivant, man about town as we all imagined (then and now) such a man to be. He fit the profile deliciously.
Here he is keeping up with Fred Astaire in THE BAND WAGON. (I maintain he steals the film.)
- and again from the same movie, the brilliant 'That's Entertainment' number with Jack, Fred, Nanette Fabray and the perpetually grumpy and clumsy, composer and non-actor, Oscar Levant.
Fab. U. Lous.
What's not to love about any of 'em?
But this is not a Fred or Nanette or Oscar post, it's a post about Jack Buchanan whom I adore now and forever.