Pat Boone, Frankie Vaughan and Shakespeare

Well now, in Film terms that seems like an unlikely mix – but a mix it was as I will explain.

I took out an old Audio Tape which I had used a number of years ago to record a Memories Programme from what was then Great Yorkshire Gold.

As the tape was not titled or had any identification I just let it play -


The first song was Frankie Vaughan with The Heart of a Man – that was the song title and the film title too – I can remember my brother and I went to see it at one of the cinemas in St.Albans where we often stayed, to see this film.


The Heart of a Man


This was really a rags-to-riches story, a part with  Frankie Vaughan in mind , although  we also had  Anthony Newley and Anne Heywood.


Tony Britton carries off the role of the upper-class criminal with ease, and there’s good supporting performances from Michael Medwin and Harry Fowler as two of his henchmen.


Frankie’s very next film saw him whisked off to Hollywood to star opposite none other than Marilyn Monroe – in ‘Lets Make Love’ with Yves Montand


Frankie Vaughan with Marilyn


Next on the tape came ‘ Brush up Your Shakespeare’ a song from the film ‘Kiss Me Kate’


Kiss Me Kate



Brush Up Your Shakespeare



and lastly Pat Boone singing ‘I’ll Be Home’ Pat had quite a good film career but the one I remember best was ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth with James Mason and Arlene Dahl.


Journey to the Centre of the Earth


This was a big Cinemascope production.  It took $10 million at the Box Office – so a resounding success.


This is the first and best version of  Journey To the Centre of the Earth has been made several times since this 1959 release.


Pat Boone with Arlene Dahl


Pat Boone with James Mason

The cast is excellent too with  James Mason, Pat Boone (who also sings), Arlene Dahl – all of them in the pictures above.

On a sad note though – and coming up to date – I just read that Pat Boone’s wife of 64 years has died quite recently – in January 2019





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