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"Lee's Broadway Disaster"


This short film made by Paramount on October 24th 1930 stars Lee Morse singing the two songs, "I Adore You" and "Just Another Dream Gone Wrong" accompanied by Billy Hillpot on piano.

In 1927 Lee Morse moved to the Columbia label where she remained one of the label's most popular female performers until 1932, second only to Ruth Etting. She got a shot at becoming an even bigger star landing a role in Ziegfeld's "Simple Simon". Sadly because of her increasingly more frequent bouts with alcoholism Lee was too ill to perform a mere twenty-four hours before the show's Broadway debut on February 18th 1930.

The producers asked Ruth Etting to step in as Lee Morse's last minuet replacement and as a result the show's memorable "Ten Cents a Dance" became Etting's signature song. Lee's once promising Broadway career ended abruptly, before it had even begun. This disaster may have dimmed her star, but she could still be seen in three one-reel musical shorts produced later that same year.

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