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Donald Novis


Singer, Actor, Scriptwriter

(1906 - 1966)

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Donald Novis was born in England but pursued his singing/acting career in the United States. He sang with many big bands in the 1930’s and appeared in several films, such as Bulldog Drummond (1929), One Hour with You (1932) and the Big Broadcast of 1932, and on radio shows such as “Fibber McGee and Molly.” From 1932-34 he led his own orchestra which recorded for the Brunswick label.

He starred with Gloria Grafton, Jimmy Durante and others in the Billy Rose extravaganza, Jumbo (1935), at the Hippodrome. Part circus, part vaudeville, and part Broadway, with music by Rodgers and Hart, it was a huge success. In it Novis and Grafton sang “My Romance” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.”

In the 1940’s Novis began working for Disney and sang “Looking for Romance” and the Academy Award nominated song, “Love Is a Song,” for Bambi (1942). In 1955 he and Wally Boag created the script for the long-running “Golden Horseshoe Revue” performed until 1986 at Disney’s Frontierland. Novis starred in the revue until 1964.

- Sandra Burlingame


Walt Disney's Bambi: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack

Various artists including Donald Novis



The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song

Various artists including Donald Novis



In Hollywood

Gus Arnheim Includes several Novis vocals



Best Of Broadway the '30s (Great Showstoppers from Stage & Screen)

Jeanette MacDonald, Ethel Merman, Paul Robeson, Tamara, Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell & Ruby Keeler, Frances Langford, Gloria Grafton & Donald Novis, Harry Richman, Cab Calloway Novis & Grafton sing "My Romance"
Reading and Viewing

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Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander

Bambi (1942)

DVD- Vocals by Novis


Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye, Dean Jagger

Billy Rose's Jumbo

Warner Home Video

DVD - film adaptation


Ronald Colman, Claud Allister, Donald Novis

Bulldog Drummond (1929)

VHS

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