Although there was officially no soundtrack album for this 1941 Jimmy Stewart-Paulette Goddard-Horace Heidt film, all of the songs were recorded and released as four separate 10-inch 78 RPM records by Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights.
The songs appearing in the film were:
Hi, Cy, What’s a Cookin’ (Henry Russell/Louis Forbes) performed by various characters in the film
Pete the Piper (Henry Russell) – performed by Paulette Goddard with vocals dubbed by Vera Vann
When Johnny Toots His Horn (Hy Heath/Fred Rose) performed by Jimmy Stewart
A Knife, a Fork and a Spoon (Dave Franklin) performed by Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
Do You Believe in Fairy Tales? (Vee Lawnhurst/Mack David) performed by Larry Cotton with Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
Broadway Caballero (Henry Rusell) performed by Paulette Goddard (vocals dubbed by Vera Vann) with Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights
The songs were a very integral part of the film and appeared in much of the advertising and previews. Here is a news article from the Brooklyn Eagle, published March 29, 1941:
The Heidt recordings even rated a story. This one is from the March 12, 1941, edition of The Daily Republican, Belvidere, IL:
The first of the recordings to be issued was Broadway Caballero (Columbia 36006) which was released on January 14, 1941.
The remaining three discs were all released on March 8, 1941.
Do You Believe in Fairy Tales? – Columbia 36026
Pete the Piper/A Knife, a Fork and a Spoon – Columbia 36053
The vocal chorus was sung by Donna and her Don Juans. Donna is Donna Wood and her Don Juans were Ed James, Jim O’Brien and Charlie Goodman.
Again, the vocal chorus was sung by Donna and her Don Juans. George Jackson has replaced Jim O’Brien in the Don Juans for this recording.
This recording was named as one of the “Records Most Likely to Succeed” in the May, 1941, edition of Automatic Age magazine:
Hi, Cy, What’s Cookin’/When Johnny Toots His Horn – Columbia 36070
Like the previous record, this one was also picked to succeed in the same issue of Automatic Age:
The following add for the Horace Heidt singles appeared in The Daily Mail, Hagerstown, MD, on June 13, 1941:
One final ad that we found not only shows the songs from the film, but also features a couple of photos of Stewart. It’s for the Max Diner, and appeared in The Mansfield News-Journal, Mansfield, OH, on June 6, 1941.
The Jimmy Stewart version of When Johnny Toots His Horn and Paulette Goddard’s (Vera Vann) version of Pete the Piper are included on the CD, Did You Know These Stars Also Sang? See separate blog for information on this release.
We recently added this “Advance Artist Copy” of the sheet music for Do You Believe in Fairy Tales? to our collection.
(Update, January 11, 2018)
We recently added the sheet music for Do You Believe in Fairy Tales to our collection. This one features a cover photo which is very much different from the one used on other sheet music from the film Pot O’ Gold. In the foreground are the film’s stars – Stewart, Paulette Goddard and Horace Heidt. In the background is Heidt and his orchestra.