Betty Hutton – Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief

by alphamonkey on August 28, 2007 · 0 comments

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One of my absolute favorite CDs is the wonderful Capitol release: From the Vaults: Vine Street Divas, in part because of this kickass track from Betty Hutton entitled ‘Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief‘.

Betty Hutton is perhaps best known for her role as Annie Oakley in the 1950 film musical version of ‘Annie, Get Your Gun‘ (her version of ‘Blow a Fuse’ was a huge hit, later retitled to ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ for Bjork’s great cover), but Hutton was a huge star for her time. So much so in fact that she was billed above Fred Astaire for the film ‘Let’s Dance’.

I’m rather sad that her death didn’t make much of a news splash this past March (indeed, I had no idea she’d survived until 2007 until I started writing this post), but her film career effectively ended in the mid 50’s, with only sporadic TV appearances in the 70’s keeping her in the public eye. In fact, outside a Beretta episode in 1977, the most recent notice of Hutton I can recall is a brief clip in Woody Allen’s ‘Crimes & Misdemeanors‘, which uses a clip of Hutton’s performance of ‘Murder, He Says!’.

But anyway, take a few minutes to enjoy a typically energetic and bombastic performance of ‘Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief’ and bask in the glory that was the effervescent fun and charisma of Betty Hutton

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