Inside this PR package were 11 by 8 photos of ten films. Here they are along with song and video.
For reasons that absolutely mystify me, when I embed individual links for the song, it always defaults to the final song on the post. So every link plays the exact same song. That makes no sense to me but I can't fix it. So I have grouped all the songs together at the bottom of the page.
Mambo Girl (1957) - this is the film that made Grace Chang a star. It is probably the best musical to come out of Hong Kong and also includes a nightclub performance from Mona Fong. It co-stars Peter Chen who seemingly made a habit of showing up in nearly every musical of Cathay's and later the Shaw Brothers - and as the young sister there is Kitty Ting Hao, who later had a rather tragic life. It is a marvelous film that made me understand why Grace Chang was a legend and so beloved.
Here is the famous opening sequence from Mambo Girl that introduced Grace to the world.
Her Tender Heart (1959) - another Cathay classic melodrama about family relationships starring Lucilla You Min. She won a Best Actress Award for this film.Wang Lai (also pictured) was to continue in films until 1992.
I don't think Lucilla was considered a singer, but here she is. This is contained in the Pathe 100 set of CDs.
Song at the bottom of the page.
Escort Over Tiger Hills (1969) - Cathay made an attempt to jump on the martial arts bandwagon that the Shaw Brothers had mastered but generally with little success as they simply didn't have the action choreographers or physical actors who could do it. This is suppose to be the best of their films in this genre (I have not seen it) and starred Roy Chiao who had been in numerous Cathay dramas and comedies since the late 1950's. After leaving Cathay, he appeared in some of his most famous films - The Arch and three films with King Hu, A Touch of Zen, The Fate of Lee Khan and The Valiant Ones. His final film was in 1999.
Cinderella and Her Little Angels (1959) - a very congenial romantic comedy starring Peter Chen and the legendary Linda Lin Dai. Lin Dai had become a star in her debut in 1953, Singing Under the Moon, for the film company Yung Hwa. Over the years she starred at both Cathay and Shaw until her suicide in 1964.
The same goes for Lin Dai - not a singer as far as I know and this duet sort of proves that. This must be from a film but I am not sure which one. This is also part of the Pathe 100.
Song at the bottom of the page.
Grace manages to find a song to sing in just about every country - forget where this one was - Bangkok perhaps?
Our Sister Hedy (1957) - another terrific sentimental film about family and the changing attitudes of Hong Kong as exemplified by the differences of the four daughters - from the traditional to the freewheeling. The film was a breakout for both Julie Yeh Feng and Jeanette Lin Cui. Peter Chen, Kelly Lai, Chao Lei and Tien Ching are all on hand as the boyfriends who are basically background material to the female actresses.
Julie did release some music but often her singing voice was dubbed in films - which annoyed her greatly. There is an entire CD from Pathe of her songs. This is from the film It's Always Spring.
In the film It's Always Spring, Julie and another sexy Cathay actress, Helen Li Mei are competing singers - but though the studio had Julie sing her own songs Helen was dubbed by another singer. She may not be a great singer but she did release some music and this song - from the Pathe 100 - is pretty nifty.
And yes, the Pathe 100 also includes a song from Jeanette who as far as I know didn't have much of a singing career. This may be from a film, but I am not sure.
Wild Wild Rose (1960) - Grace Chang had always been the good girl, the good wife, the good person in her Cathay films so she jumped at the opportunity to take on a very different kind of role - perhaps the best in her career as a sultry nightclub singer who rips your heart out (a version of Carmen with some of the music as well). She attacks the role with a voracious sensuality that shocked her fans at the time, but the film is now considered one of the 100 Greatest Chinese Films.
Here is Grace doing her best Carmen.
Sun, Moon and Stars (1961) - this was one of the few Cathay attempts at an epic big budget movie - told over two films - it is the story of three women and their involvement in the Sino-Japanese war. The three are Grace Chang, Lucilla Yu Min and Julie Yeh Feng.
At one point in the film the character played by Grace entertains the troops with this stirring song. Ditto.