PRAYER (OH, LORD, MAKE ME A MOVIE STAR)
(Music: Richard Rodgers / Lyrics: Lorenz Hart - 1933)
**As far as we are aware, this song has never been commercially recorded.
Oh, Lord, if you ain't busy up there
I ask your help with a prayer
So please don't give me the air
Oh, hear me, Lord, I wanta see Garbo in person
With Gable when they're rehearsin'
While some director is cursin'
I wanta open up my eyes at seven
And find I'm standin' in the Golden Gate
And walkin' right into my movie heaven
While some executive tells me I'll be great
Oh, Lord, I know how friendly you are
So, if I'm not goin' too far
Be nice and make me a star
This song was written to be sung by Jean Harlow in the 1933 film,
"Hollywood Party". This idea was dropped and Lorenz Hart wrote new words,
changing the title to "It's Just That Kind of Play" for proposed use in
the 1934 film "Manhattan Melodrama". This version was also not used,
but a third attempt, titled "The Bad In Every Man", was sung by Shirley Ross
in that same film. The following year it underwent another lyric change and
became the classic romantic ballad "Blue Moon".
(Contributed by Mel Priddle - May 2017)