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The E-Discographer #1 May, 2000 updated March 20, 2009


FOX MOVIETONE RECORDS



Information provided by Vince Giordano
Victor was very strong on quality control and this included labels. There is a large file of labels affixed to blue index cards in the BMG archives and that is the source of the information which follows. Click here to view a photocopy of a card with a corrected label. Original Bluebird release information is taken from Brian Rust's Victor Master Book Vol. 2. Unfortunately the file of blue cards is not complete so missing items appear in this color. Please inform us if you have F-102 or F-108 or any others. Updated Apr. 6, 2003.
F-101
A) I'll Build a Nest (from the Fox picture "It's Great To Be Alive") (Kernell)
[from Bluebird B-5087-B mx. BS 76154-1 rec. May 18, 1933]
Bert Lown and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Ted Holt

B) My Heart's Desire (from the Fox picture "Adorable") (Marion-Whiting)
[from Bluebird B-5087-A mx. BS 76155-1 rec. May 18, 1933]
Bert Lown and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Ted Holt
F-102
A) Three Wishes (from the Fox picture "Good Companions") (Furber-Posford)
[from Bluebird B-5138-B mx. BS 76479-1 rec. June 20, 1933]
Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees vocal refrain by Rudy Vallee

B) Let Me Give My Happiness To You (Furber-Posford, from "The Good Companions"), vocal by Elmo Tanner. Per the VMB, it's mx 76848-1, recorded August 4/33 in Chicago, and issued as Bluebird B 5148, Elektradisc 2047 and Sunrise S 3229.
Odd that this Movietone label isn't listed here, in the Vallee discography or anywhere else. Hey, if Vince didn't even know this side, the label must be really obscure! -David Lennick
F-103
A) Gather Lip Rouge While You May (from the Fox picture "My Weakness") (De Sliva-Robin-Whiting)
[from Bluebird B-5146-A mx. BS 77677-1 rec. Sept. 15, 1933]
Bill Scotti and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Harold Van Emburgh

B) Be Careful (from the Fox picture "My Weakness") (De Sliva-Robin-Whiting)
[from Bluebird B-5146-B mx. BS 77678-1 rec. Sept. 15, 1933]
Bill Scotti and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Tom Law
F-104
A) Why Am I Happy (from the Fox picture "My Lips Betray") (Kernell)
[from Bluebird B-5239-A mx. BS 77080-1 rec. Chicago Oct. 25, 1933]
Ted Weems and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Weston Vaughn

B) How Do I Look (from the Fox picture "My Weakness") (De Sliva-Robin-Whiting)
[from Bluebird B-5239-A mx. BS 78608-1 rec. Nov. 3, 1933]
Barney Rapp and his New Englanders vocal refrain by male trio
F-105
A) You're My Thrill (from the Fox picture "Jimmy and Sally") (Clare-Gorney)
[from Bluebird B-5277-A as Mike Doty and his Orch. vocal refrain by Ward Silloway mx. BS 78527-1 rec. Nov. 9, 1933]
Joe Haymes and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Ward Silloway

B) It's the Irish in Me (from the Fox picture "Jimmy and Sally") (Clare-Gorney)
[from Bluebird B-5277-B as Mike Doty and his Orch. vocal refrain by mx. BS 78528-1 rec. Nov. 9, 1933]
Joe Haymes and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Mike Doty
F-106
A) Eski-O-Lay Li-O Mo (I Wish I Had a Snow Man) (from the Fox picture "I Am Suzanne") (Brown-Hollander)
[from Bluebird B-5331-A as Eliot Everett and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Dick Robertson mx. 81026- rec. Jan 3, 1934]
George Hall and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Dick Robertson

B) St. Moritz Waltz (from the Fox picture "I Am Suzanne") (Brown-Hollander)
[from Bluebird B-5331-B as Eliot Everett and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Dick Robertson mx. 81025- rec. Jan 3, 1934]
George Hall and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Dick Robertson
note: session heading is Dick Robertson in Brian Rust's Victor Master Book
F-107
A) Carolina (from the Fox picture "Carolina") (Brown-Garney)
[from Bluebird B-5367-A as Mike Doty and His Orchestra vocal refrain by Dick Robertson mx. BS 81372-1 rec. Jan 3, 1934]

B) Poppin' the Cork (from the Educational picture "Poppin' the Cork") (Brown-Garney)
[from Bluebird B-5367-B as Mike Doty and His Orchestra vocal refrain by Dick Robertson mx. BS 81371-1 rec. Jan 3, 1934]
George Hall and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Dick Robertson
note: session heading is Dick Robertson in Brian Rust's Victor Master Book
F-108
A) Hold My Hand (from the Fox picture "George White's Scandals") (Henderson-Yellen-Caesar)
[from Bluebird B-5371-A mx. BS 81397-1 rec. Feb. 15, 1934]
Teddy Black and his Orchestra vocal refrain by Edith Caldwell

This item appeared in an auction list: B)Sweet and Simple (from the Fox picture "George White's Scandals") [from Bluebird B-5371-B mx. BS 81399-1 rec. Feb. 15, 1934]
Teddy Black and his Orchestra

F-109
A) My Dog Loves Your Dog (from the Fox picture "George White's Scandals") (Henderson-Yellen-Caesar)
[from Bluebird B-5388 as Eliot Everett And His Orchestra vocal refrain by Dick Robertson mx. BS 81721-1 rec. Feb 19, 1934]
Enoch Light and the Governor Clinton Hotel Orch. with vocal refrain

B) So Nice (from the Fox picture "George White's Scandals") (Henderson-Yellen-Caesar)
[from Bluebird B-5388 as Eliot Everett And His Orchestra vocal refrain by Dick Robertson mx. BS 81722-1 rec. Feb 19, 1934]
Enoch Light and the Governor Clinton Hotel Orch. with vocal refrain
F-110
A) You Nasty Man (from the Fox picture "George White's Scandals") (Henderson-Yellen-Caesar)
[from Bluebird B-5374-A as Totem Lodge Orchestra vocal refrain by Blanche Bow mx. BS 81724-1 rec. Feb. 19, 1934]

B) Six Women (Me and Henry the Eighth) from the Fox picture "George White's Scandals" (Henderson-Yellen-Caesar)
[from Bluebird B-5374-B as Totem Lodge Orchestra with vocal refrain (Dick Robertson) mx. BS 81723-1 rec. Feb. 19, 1934] Sam Robbins and his Hotel McAlpin Orch. with vocal refrain
note re.: F-109 and 110; session heading is Al Mitchell's name in Brian Rust's Victor Master Book


Thanks to Rodger Holtin for additional information.
During the late 1920's M-G-M had enjoyed considerable success with lobby sales of its movie discs, eventhough they were merely inexpensive Harmony recordings with Metro labels. Fox apparently decided to borrow the idea and contracted with RCA Victor to manufacture its discs but 1933 was a very bad time for such a venture. The public was simply not that interested in phonograph records when radio was so trendy and programs were free. The file cards held by BMG give no indication of how many were pressed but the number could not have been very large.
Seen on auction list:
F-113 FRANK LUTHER & HIS ORCHESTRA - She's Way Up Thar-Broadway's Gone Hillbilly tunes from the FOX film STAND UP AND CHEER
Ross Laird provides information on subsequent issues-

It seems that after the Victor pressings the label was produced by A.R.C. and I have three such issues which use exactly the same label design and catalog series.
First, from Mike Thomas Birmingham, England:
F-117 A ALBERT TAYLOR & HIS ORCHESTRA vocal chorus by Noel Andre - Roses In The Rain (from the Fox picture "Handy Andy") (Conselman - Whiting) mx. 15423-1
F-117 B ALBERT TAYLOR & HIS ORCHESTRA vocal chorus by Noel Andre - I'm Just That Way (from the Fox picture "The Cat's Paw") (Turk - Akst) MX. 15424-1
Both sides from Banner 33130, probably under the name artist name. Listed in Rust as ARC studio band, both sound like Freddy Martin and his Orch The vocaliste is Noel Andre. Any idea who she was? Regards,
F-119-A
ALICE FAYE with orchestra accomp. - My future star (from Fox picture "365 Nights in Hollywood") mx. 16065-1
F-119-B
ALICE FAYE with orchestra accomp. - Yes to you (from Fox picture "365 Nights in Hollywood") mx. 16066-1
F-123-A
CLIFF EDWARDS, novelty vocal - Hunkadola (from Fox picture "Geo. White's 1935 Scandals") LA1010-B
F-123-B
ALICE FAYE, vocal with orchestra - According to the moonlight (from Fox picture "Geo. White's 1935 Scandals") mx. 16921-1
F-129-A (mx.18415) Polly-Wally-Doodle, from "The Littlest Rebel", Joe Haymes and his Orchestra, vocal chorus by Cliff Weston and The Headliners
F-129-B (mx. 18416) I Love to Ride the Horses, from "King of Burlesque", Joe Haymes and his Orchestra, vocal chorus by Cliff Weston
-Hope this helps, Gene Scranton
F-133-A
JOHNNY JOHNSON & HIS ORCHESTRA, vocal chorus by Bob Treaster - Sing baby, sing (from 20th Century-Fox picture "Sing Baby, Sing") mx. 19521-1
F-133-B
JOHNNY JOHNSON & HIS ORCHESTRA, vocal chorus by Barbara Blake - You turned the tables on me (from 20th Century-Fox picture "Sing Baby, Sing") mx. 19520-1
So it seems that there were at least 23 further issues!!!
...and Mike Thomas makes it 26!
F-136 A
MANHATTAN MELODY MASTERS vocal chorus by Al Worth - My Secret Love Affair (from 20th Century-Fox picture "Thin Ice")(Pollack - Mitchell) matrix P-21577-1
F-136 B
ROYAL RHYTHM KINGS vocal chorus by Marilyn Mitchell - Over Night (from 20th Century-Fox picture "Thin Ice")(Pollack - Mitchell) matrix P-21574-1.
I have not traced this to any "normal" issue. Any information would be most welcome.

The following is an exploratory listing of true rarities, movie exploitation discs which were not sold to the public. Label information is mimeographed indicating an extremely short pressing run, perhaps only for use by first run theaters in major cities and some may have been only for internal use at the studio. The earlier group is unnumbered and only access to TCF files may ever determine how many were made. Matrix numbers are from Recordings Inc., an independent Hollywood recording studio which had been used by Brunswick in the early 1930's. The early discs are pressed in shellac by Allied Manufacturing, the former Columbia pressing plant. About 1940 the TCF matrix series was adopted, possibly Twentieth Century Fox set up its own studio at that time. Highest number currently reported is TCF 241 (1943) so there are a lot of these obscurities to be documented. Worse yet, some matrices were cross-coupled in various combinations. Information sources are listed in brackets: [RDI] = Rigler Deutsch Index; [GM] = Moonlight Serenade: a Discography of The Glenn Miller Civilian Band by John Flowers; [BG= Benny Goodman: Record of a Legend by D. Russell Connor] and special thanks to Dave Weiner [DW] for sharing details from his extensive research.
(B-5980)
Title: Think Twice
Picture: SALLY, IRENE & MARY
Artist: ALICE FAYE, MARJORIE WEAVER & JOAN DAVIS
(5981)
Title: Think Twice
Picture: SALLY, IRENE & MARY
Artist: PETERS SISTERS [DW]
(6646)
Title: Swing Me an Old Fashioned Song
Picture: LITTLE MISS BROADWAY
Artist: SHIRLEY TEMPLE & VOCAL ENSEMBLE [The Sportsmen][DW]