Movin' with Nancy

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Movin' with Nancy
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Written byTom Mankiewicz
Directed byJack Haley, Jr.
StarringNancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., David Winters
Theme music composerBilly Strange
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes1
ProducerNancy Sinatra
EditorsDavid E. Blewitt, David Saxon
Running time60 mins.
Original release
ReleaseDecember 11, 1967 (1967-12-11)

Movin' with Nancy is a television special featuring Nancy Sinatra in a series of musical vignettes featuring herself and other artists. Produced by Sinatra's production company Boots Enterprises, Inc. and sponsored by Royal Crown Cola, the show was originally broadcast on the NBC television network on December 11, 1967 (8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific).


The TV special was unlike most musical programs of its time, with the numbers lip-synced outdoors on locations instead of the usual stage-bound production filmed before a live audience. Sinatra sings while driving down the highway, strolling in the California countryside and aloft in a hot-air balloon. She performs duets with guest stars whom she encounters along the way, with no introductions or interstitial dialog. The general effect is that of a dream-like fantasy that flows from one location to the next, with segments resembling the later format of music videos.

The program includes a interracial kiss between Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. at the end of a song-and-dance number. Sinatra states in the commentary track on the DVD release that the seemingly spontaneous kiss was carefully planned and deliberately timed for the end of filming, when Davis had to leave for another job and could not shoot a retake.[1]


Movin' with Nancy was produced and directed by Jack Haley, Jr., who won his first of two Emmy Awards for directing, with Sinatra billed as executive producer and star. It features guest appearances by her father Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin (her "fairy goduncle" who performs a solo song and a duet with her), Lee Hazlewood (who wrote most of her hit songs), dancer David Winters (who was also nominated for a special Emmy for his choreography) and Sammy Davis Jr.

RC Cola sponsored the show and created five lavish commercials. In two of them, Sinatra dances and sang the RC jingle ("It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Cola!"). Art Linkletter served as the narrator for two of the commercials that opened and closed the program.


Song list
Title Written by Performed by
"I Gotta Get Out of this Town" Lee Hazlewood Nancy Sinatra
"Up, Up and Away" Jimmy Webb Nancy Sinatra
"Sugar Town" Lee Hazlewood Nancy Sinatra
"Some Velvet Morning" Lee Hazlewood Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood
"Jackson" Jerry Leiber, Billy Edd-Wheeler Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood
"This Town" Lee Hazlewood Nancy Sinatra
"Just Bummin' Around" Pete Graves Dean Martin
"Things" Bobby Darin Dean Martin, Nancy Sinatra
"What'd I Say?" Ray Charles Sammy Davis Jr., Nancy Sinatra
"Wait Till You See Him" (orig. "Her") Rodgers and Hart Nancy Sinatra
"Younger Than Springtime" Rodgers and Hammerstein Frank Sinatra
"Friday's Child" Lee Hazlewood Nancy Sinatra
"See the Little Children" Lee Hazlewood Nancy Sinatra
"Who Will Buy?" Lionel Bart Nancy Sinatra

A companion soundtrack album was released by Reprise Records and features all of the program's songs except for "Sugar Town" and "Just Bummin' Around".[2]

The booklet for the soundtrack release on compact disc erroneously noted that the special had aired instead on CBS rather than on NBC.


Two other Movin' with Nancy specials followed after the success of the original broadcast. Movin' with Nancy on Stage aired in 1971[3] and was presented by The Ed Sullivan Show. It features the Osmond Brothers among its guests. Movin' with Nancy Nice 'n' Easy was produced in 1973 (but unfinished) and featured the Muppets.

Home media[edit]

The special was released on DVD by Image Entertainment on May 2, 2000. It features a commentary track by director Jack Haley Jr. and Sinatra, who reflects on her wardrobe and regrets not including her signature song, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", as part of the production. She also mentions that the RC Cola commercials were designed to be an integral part of the show.[1]

Movin' with Nancy aired on American Movie Classics on May 6 and 27, 2000.[4] It was also shown on Turner Classic Movies on October 8, 2021, when she cohosted with Ben Mankiewicz, a cousin of the special's writer Tom Mankiewicz.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nancy Sinatra (2000). Movin' with Nancy (DVD Commentary Track). Chatsworth, CA: Image Intertainment.
  2. ^ Nancy Sinatra - Movin' With Nancy, retrieved 2023-01-17
  3. ^ Staff (1971). "Movin' with Nancy on Stage". Variety. New York Times. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  4. ^ Werts, Diane. "AMC Flashes Back to 1967 with Nancy Sinatra Special," Newsday (Melville, NY), Saturday, May 6, 2000. Retrieved October 12, 2021
  5. ^ Bjornson, Greta. "Nancy Sinatra Celebrated by TCM with Night Dedicated to Her: My 'Fans Are the Key to Everything,'" People (magazine), October 7, 2021. Retrieved October 12, 2021

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