What do you know about old cars? I know the Ford Model T, just because it is too famous to don’t know it (or because I watched too many documentaries with its name), the Cadillac, Porsche and the Simca, because there is a Brazilian song from the group Camisa de Vênus with his name. Don’t ask me about the automobile history, my knowledge about it doesn’t go too far. But thanks to the Fleischer Studios I discovered one more of those model antique cars: Oldsmobile Curved Dash.
The story started when I was at Archive searching for Fleischer’s animation and I found a musical animation called “In My Merry Oldsmobile“, from 1931. It’s a funny animation that starts as a normal cartoon and introduces a popular popular song from 1905, “In My Merry Oldsmobile“. With music by Gus Edwards and lyrics by Vincent P. Bryan, it is “one of the most enduring automobile-oriented songs“.
The animation is on-line at Google Video, and , before I forgot to say, it has the subtitles with the lyrics, as the classic old cartoons, to sing together. If you like the song get the sheet music of it here as a PDF.
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