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"Let's Misbehave" is a song written by Cole Porter in 1927, originally intended for the female lead of his first major production, Paris. It was discarded before the Broadway opening in favor of "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love". However, the star of the Broadway production, Irene Bordoni, performed it for a phonograph recording which was labelled as being from the production of Paris.
|Song by Irene Bordoni|
The song was a notable 1928 hit for Irving Aaronson and his Commanders. It was included perhaps most infamously in the 1962 revival of Anything Goes. It was also added into the 1991 version of Porter's You Never Know (musical). The song was recorded in 1927 for the Brunswick label, by Banjo Buddy (a.k.a. Harold Sandelman).
- The Irving Aaronson version is used in two Woody Allen films: at the opening and close of the 1972 film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), and at the close of the 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway.
- The song is featured in a prominent dance sequence by Christopher Walken in the Steve Martin musical Pennies From Heaven (1981).
- A version of "Let's Misbehave" sung by Cybill Shepherd appears in the 1975 film At Long Last Love, and in the 2008 film Easy Virtue, and one of the latter film's taglines.
- The song is substituted for "The Gypsy in Me" in the high school drama club/amateur community theater version of Anything Goes, which is also the 1962 off-Broadway version.
- It is used in the closing credits of the 1984 film Johnny Dangerously.
- It appears in the 1994 film Timecop, in an early scene set in 1929, to which Lyle Atwood has travelled through time from 1994.
- It is sung by Elvis Costello in the 2004 movie De-Lovely.
- Cole Porter's original version is featured in "Co-Dependent's Day" a 2004 episode of the animated television comedy The Simpsons.
- "Dead Air", the 2013 season 2 finale of the Australian TV show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries ended with a performance of their take of the song.
- The Irving Aaronson version is featured in Ken Burns' 2011 PBS documentary miniseries Prohibition.
- It appeared in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby.
- American swing revivalists the Cherry Poppin' Daddies recorded a version of the song for their 2016 covers album The Boop-A-Doo.
- In season 15 episode 10 of Supernatural ("The Heroes' Journey") this song is used in a tap dance sequence featuring DJ Qualls and Jensen Ackles.
- "Banjo Buddy – Let's Misbehave / Lila". Discogs. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
- Kurtz, Aaron. "Irving Aaronson: Let's Misbehave". Jazz.com. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- Christopher Orr (10 May 2013). "A Grating Great Gatsby". The Atlantic. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
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