Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo

Bee Halton at The Bee Writes Love Is In Da Blog 2019 ~ A Music Festival has buzzed us to write about A Love Song from 1919-1928.  I chose ‘Indian Love Call’ which was first published as ‘The Call’ and it is a popular song from the 1924 operetta-style Broadway musical Rose-Marie.  The music was composed by Rudolf Friml and Herbert P. Stothart and the lyrics were written by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II, while the Musical Director was Herbert P. Stothart.  The song was originally written for Mary Ellis, and it achieved continued popularity under other artists and has been called Friml’s best remembered work.  The play takes place in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and features the sonorous tune in the overture and in Act One while the love interests call to each other per a supposed Native Canadian legend about how men would call down into the valley to the girls they wished to marry.

This musical play Rose-Marie takes place in the Canadian Rockies, and it concerns the mysterious murder of Black Eagle, a villainous half-breed.  The likely suspect is the wild and hard-drinking Jim Kenyon.  However, after falling love with Rose Marie, Jim has been reformed and is in fact falsely accused of the murder.  Rose Marie’s brother tries to convince her that Jim is a murderer and that she should marry a wealthy man.  However, in the end, the real murderer is revealed and Rose Marie and Jim are reunited.  In the romantic climax, the star Marie makes a last try to persuade the Mountie Bruce not to pursue the man he doesn’t know is her brother, prompting the screen couple’s most famous song.  Mary Ellis was an American actress and singer appearing on stage, radio, television and film, best known for her musical theatre roles, she acted on Broadway, getting the title role in Rose-Marie.  The play opened on Sep 02, 1924, was performed 557 times and it closed on Jan 16, 1926.

Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald performed the song as a duet in the 1936 film version of Rose Marie, it was a hit that remained a signature song for the two singers throughout their careers.  Slim Whitman sings this song in the 1996 movie Mars Attacks!, this song was used prominently as a weapon to counter the invading Martians.

Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo
When I’m calling you
Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo
Will you answer too?
Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo

That means I offer my life to you to be my own
If you refuse me I will be blue, waiting all alone

But if when you hear my love call ringing clear
Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo
And I hear your answering echo so dear
Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo, Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo
Then I will know our love will become true
You’ll belong to me and I’ll belong to you

Then I will know our love will become true
You’ll belong to me and I’ll belong to you

Written for Love Is In Da Blog “A Love Song from 1919-1928”.

10 thoughts on “Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo

      1. I used to have it in VHS, which I gave to my sons when I moved. They probably tossed them all…. I want to see it again also. I just saw the young kid in the new Ryan Gosling movie, First Man. He is a grown man and played an astronaut.

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    1. Billy-Glenn’s brother Richie discovers that the Martians’ heads explode when they hear Slim Whitman’s “Indian Love Call” when he goes to rescue his grandmother, Florence. Richie and Florence then drive around town, using the song to kill Martians, and broadcast the song on a local radio station.

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