12. It Happened at the World's Fair

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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby colonel snow » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:55 pm

Here the lyrics written by Don Robertson & Hal Blair for Take me to the fair no 1 (probably recorded on 30-08-62) but not included in the movie.
Originally it was the title song.


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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby colonel snow » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:08 pm

Ballad of the bush pilot
Song written by Don Robertson for the movie "Take me to the fair aka It happened at the world's fair"; the song was rejected in the pre-selection.


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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby colonel snow » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:20 pm

The ballad of Sue Lin
Song written by Don Robertson for the movie "Take me to the fair aka It happened at the world's fair"; the song was rejected in the pre-selection.


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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby colonel snow » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:27 pm

Rejected songs from the movie
A – Take me to the fair
For the movie "Take me to the fair" aka "It happened at the world's fair" - opening (scene 4) were selected the next songs:

Take me to fair - written by Robertson - Blair = rejected
Take me to fair - written by Wise - Weisman = Elvis' favorite but not recorded
Take me to fair - written by Tepper - Bennett = producer's favorite and recorded later on 22 september 1962 titled Take me to the fair # 2
(source A day in music – page 173)

B – The bright new world of tomorrow
An acetate with this song from It happened at the world's fair was sold during an auction by EPE in 1999 (nr B 116)
I have no information about this song and probably it is a demo.

From the catalogue:
B116: Four "It Happened At The World's Fair" acetates contain "Broken Heart For Sale," "Remind Me Of You," "Take Me To The Fair," "The Bright New World Of Tomorrow," "Beyond The Bend," "I'm Falling In Love Tonight," "A World Of Our Own," "Cotton Candy Land," etc.

C – Ballad of the bush pilot
Song written by Don Robertson and Hal Blair for the movie "Take me to the fair” ; the song was rejected in the pre-selection.

D – The ballad of Sue Lin
Song written by Don Robertson for the movie "Take me to the fair aka"; the song was rejected in the pre-selection.

E – The life I love
The song was selected on 24 august 1962 (track 2481-1) for the movie Take me to the fair (It happened at the world’s fair) but finally not recorded at all.

F - It happened at the world’s fair
According to ASCAP the song was written by Don Robertson. Together with Hal Blair he also wrote the song Take me to the fair (rejected version). This rejected version of Take me to the fair is not registered at ASCAP. In the pre-selection 8 songs from 10 songs written by Don Robertson for the movie were rejected. It seems IHATWF is not the same song; it’s probably one of these 8 rejected songs.
It could be the instrumental film music is registered here but I doubt. Instrumental film music (bridges between scenes etc) for Elvis’ movies are registered in another way



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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby John » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:49 pm

Thank you colonel snow. Wonderful information as always.

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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby colonel snow » Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:45 pm

80 rpm acetate with Beyond the bend b/w Beyong the bend - movie version track 2429 take 4 (2 october1962).


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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby colonel snow » Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:22 pm

More information about song selection can be found on page 3 here:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11198&hilit=songs+planned+for+recording+session&start=30


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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby colonel snow » Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:20 pm

Here some information from American Film Institute (DV= Daily Variety)

The 31 Jul 1962 DV reported that producer Ted Richmond had recently returned from New York City, where he selected twelve songs for the picture from the offerings of seventeen songwriting teams. One month later, the 31 Aug 1962 edition *** noted that Presley had pre-recorded eight of the compositions, including the title song.
On 4 Sep 1962, DV announced that the 200-member cast and crew were leaving for Seattle, WA, to begin production the next day. Director Norman Taurog and director of photography Joseph Ruttenberg scouted locations several weeks earlier, as reported in the 15 Aug 1962 edition. The 11 Sep 1962 DV stated that composer Leith Stevens left for Seattle that day to supervise the musical finale.
According to the 9 Oct 1962 LAT, four mobile homes, constructed by Divco-Wayne Industries, were delivered to MGM Studios in Culver City, CA, for a trailer park set on Stage 20. The article claimed that it was the first time mobile homes were depicted on screen in a "deluxe park setting." The 26 Oct 1962 DV noted that a replica of Seattle's "Space Needle" building was created for the film.
After the company returned from Seattle, the 16 Oct 1962 DV reported that Norwegian Vice Consul Arild Riisberg appeared on set the previous day to present Elvis Presley with a "silver record mounted on a mahogany plaque," on behalf of the people of Norway.
As both production and the Seattle Century 21 Exposition drew to a close, the title of the picture was changed to It Happened at the World's Fair, as stated in the 23 Oct 1962 DV. Filming concluded on 8 Nov 1962, according to that day's issue. News items in the 17 Jan 1963 and 6 Feb 1963 editions of DV reported the start of recording the music score and the completion of music dubbing, respectively. Meanwhile, RCA Victor shipped more than 516,000 copies of Presley's latest single, featuring two songs from the picture. A news brief in the 28 Jan 1963 DV revealed that a preview screening was held in Long Beach, CA, over the previous two days.
On 8 Apr 1963, DV announced that the picture was opening that week at 450 locations, supported by a "heavy" radio and television campaign targeting the teenage demographic. It Happened at the World's Fair opened 3 Apr 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, and on 29 May 1963 in New York City to dismissive reviews, with the 1 Apr 1963 DV and 6 Apr 1963 LAT both describing the picture as "tedious." Regardless, critics predicted a profitable run, evidenced by earnings in Los Angeles of $125,000, as reported in the 9 Apr 1963 DV.



*** now we know this information is wrong; in the pre-selection on 24 august 1962 9 songs were selected according to the acetates with demo versions.


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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby colonel snow » Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:21 pm

Seattle - World's fair - ticket



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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby colonel snow » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:30 pm

Cast
Elvis Presley - Mike Edwards

Joan O'Brien - Diane Warren

Gary Lockwood - Danny Burke

Vicky Tiu - Sue-Lin

H.M. Wynant - Vince Bradley

Edith Atwater - Miss Steuben

Guy Raymond - Barney Thatcher

Dorothy Green - Miss Ettinger

Kam Tong - Uncle Walter Ling

Yvonne Craig - Dorothy Johnson

Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benjie Bancroft - Police Officer (uncredited)

Herbert Bress - Craps Shooter (uncredited)

Don Brodie - Dice Player (uncredited)

George Cisar - Craps Shooter (uncredited)

Bill Cole - The Mellomen (uncredited)

Max Cutler - Cab Driver (uncredited)

John Daheim - Tough Poker Player (uncredited)

Jacqueline deWit - Emma Johnson (uncredited)

Michael B. Druxman - Visitor at Fair (uncredited)

Evelyn Dutton - Rita (uncredited)

Joe Esposito - Carnival Man (uncredited)

John Francis - Guard (uncredited)

Sandra Giles - Lily (uncredited)

Paul Gorss - Poker Player (uncredited)

Tom Greenway - Lt. Staffer (uncredited)

John Hart (uncredited)

Linda Humble - Redhead on Monorail (uncredited)

John Indrisano - Poker Player (uncredited)

Sid Kane - Dice Player (uncredited)

Pete Kellett - Policeman (uncredited)

Jong Ook Kim - Chinese Attendant (uncredited)

Paula Lane - Waitress (uncredited)

Bill Lee - The Mellomen (uncredited)

Kathryn MacGuinness - Second Attendant (uncredited)

Mike Mahoney - Airport Guard (uncredited)

Troy Melton - Poker Player (uncredited)

George Milan - Craps Shooter (uncredited)

Monty O'Grady - Bar Patron (uncredited)

Bill Quinn - Man Leaving Dispensary (uncredited)

Joe Quinn - Craps Shooter (uncredited)

Thurl Ravenscroft - The Mellomen (uncredited)

Mitchell Rhein - Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Hal Riddle - Dice Player (uncredited)

Kurt Russell - Boy Kicking Mike (uncredited)

J. Lewis Smith - Mechanic (uncredited)

Max Smith - The Mellowmen (uncredited)

Olan Soule - Henry Johnson (uncredited)

Erna Tanler - The Concessionaire (uncredited)

Russell Thorson - Sheriff Garland (uncredited)

Henry Travis - Poker Player (uncredited)

David Tyrell - Guard (uncredited)

Charles Victor - Craps Shooter (uncredited)

Patrick Waltz - NASA Recruiting Officer (uncredited)

Red West - Fred (uncredited)

Robert B. Williams - Mr. Farr (uncredited)

Wilson Wood - Mechanic (uncredited)

Produced
Ted Richmond - producer (uncredited)

Music
Leith Stevens

Cinematography
Joseph Ruttenberg

Film Editing
Fredric Steinkamp
Don Guidice (uncredited)
Harold F. Kress (uncredited)

Art Direction
E. Preston Ames
George W. Davis

Set Decoration
Henry Grace
Hugh Hunt

Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff - hair stylist
William Tuttle - makeup artist
Shirley Althouse - hair stylist (uncredited)
Roy Stork - makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings - assistant director
Wally Jones - assistant director (uncredited)
Jim Myers - assistant director (uncredited)
Al Shenberg - assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department
Richard Hendrickson - property master (uncredited)
Jim Luttrell - property master (uncredited)

Sound Department
Franklin Milton - recording supervisor
Clint Althouse - sound (uncredited)
Ray Bisordi - sound (uncredited)
Larry Jost - sound (uncredited)
Al Strasser - sound (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department]
Milford Cline - gaffer (uncredited)
Wilfrid M. Cline - gaffer (uncredited)
George Hollister - assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Ion - assistant camera (uncredited)
John Mehl - camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fuca - set costumer (uncredited)
Sophia Stutz - wardrobe (uncredited)
James Taylor - wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department
Jack Baker - stager: musical numbers
The Jordanaires - vocal backgrounds
The Mellomen - vocal backgrounds
Van Cleave - orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew
Tom Parker - technical advisor (as Colonel Tom Parker)
Dorothy Aldrin - script supervisor (uncredited)

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Re: 12. It Happened at the World's Fair

Postby colonel snow » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:09 pm

14 may 1963 - letter about private copy


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