Put the Blame on Mame
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"Put the Blame on Mame" is a song by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher, originally written for the film Gilda in 1946 – in which it was sung by the title character, played by Rita Hayworth with the singing voice of Anita Kert Ellis dubbed in.
In keeping with the film character Gilda being "the ultimate femme fatale", the song sung by her at two scenes facetiously credits the amorous activities of a woman named "Mame" (the name evidently chosen to rhyme with "blame") as the true cause of three well-known cataclysmic events in American history: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Great Blizzard of 1888 in New York City and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Mame is also credited with causing the fictional Shooting of Dan McGrew during the Yukon Gold Rush - an event derived from a short narrative poem published in 1907 by Robert W. Service.
In 1946 the song was also recorded by Nat Gonella & His Georgians.
Put the Blame on Mame also appeared as a mini-short film for "Smooth Criminal" for Michael Jackson's This Is It. Shortly after Gilda sings the song, Jackson is chased down the stairs and into a hardware store floor, where he jumps out of the window, and was supposedly to land on the stage and shoot a marqee behind him. The song was later reprised as an instrumental version in 1953's "The Big Heat", when "Gilda" star Glenn Ford first meets Lee Marvin's character in a bar.
It was later also recorded by:
- Liane Foly
- John Williams and His Orchestra
- Miyuki Koga
- Quinn Lemley
- Milt Herth Trio
- Banu Gibson
- Nancy Murphy
- Somethin' Smith and the Redheads
- Sandra Lawrence
- Tapio Rautavaara (in Finnish)
- Alexia Vassiliou
- Viktor Lazlo
- Mark Murphy
Hebrew version of the song: Zemereshet site