Out of This World (Johnny Mercer song)

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"Out of This World" is an American popular song composed by Harold Arlen, with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer. It was first recorded by Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and his Orchestra in 1944.

It was introduced in the film Out of This World[1] (1945) by Bing Crosby dubbing in for the voice of the main character played by Eddie Bracken.

Alec Wilder describes the Arlen melody as creating a modal feeling (E-flat Dorian) that achieves an unearthly effect. It is unlike his other lyric ballads in that it is one of Arlen's most direct and deliberately unrhythmic melodies—altogether a strong song with splendid support from the Johnny Mercer lyric.[2]

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  1. ^ Out of This World (1945) at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Wilder, Alec (1990). American Popular Song. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. 

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