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The Incomparable Nat "King" Cole

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The Incomparable Nat ''King'' Cole

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mercer
distributor:
Warner Reprise
genre:
musical

We gave it a B-

Watching these black-and-white clips from Cole’s ’50s TV show, one is struck by a single thought: There’s a thin line between corny and classic. If you can mentally click back to a time before rock was the predominant musical language, you’ll be more likely to appreciate Cole’s suave, sophisticated singing and buttoned-down cool. If not, you’ll probably squirm through the standards (”I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” ”Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”) before you get to the good stuff: jivey duets with Johnny Mercer and Harry Belafonte on ”Save the Bones for Henry Jones” and ”Mama Look a Boo Boo,” respectively.

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