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Movin' With Nancy was a television special featuring Nancy Sinatra in a series of musical vignettes featuring herself and other artists. It was originally broadcast on the NBC television network on December 11, 1967 (8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern). It produced a soundtrack album, and is currently available on DVD.

Movin' With Nancy
Approx. run time 60 mins.
Genre Musical
Written by Tom Mankiewicz
Directed by Jack Haley, Jr.
Produced by Nancy Sinatra
Starring Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood, Dean Martin, David Winters
Editing by David E. Blewitt, David Saxon
Music by Billy Strange
Country  United States
Language English
Original channel NBC
Release date December 11, 1967
No. of episodes 1



Groundbreaking in 1967, this TV special was unlike most musical programs of its time. Instead of the usual stage-bound production filmed before a live audience, the songs were performed at outdoor locations. Sinatra sang while driving down the highway, strolling in the California countryside, and aloft in a hot-air balloon. The storyline seemed to follow her around on a very unusual day, performing duets with the guest stars she encountered along the way. There were no introductions or interstitial dialog. The general effect was of a dream-like fantasy that flows from one location to the next. The result is a collection of music videos two decades before MTV. It also featured an on-screen interracial kiss between Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr., very unusual for 1967. Sinatra comments in the DVD commentary how they had to play a trick to get it on film, and not be able to shoot a retake.[1]

The production

Movin' was directed by Jack Haley, Jr. and featured guest appearances by her father, Frank Sinatra, her "fairy God-Uncle" (Dean Martin), who does a solo song and a duet with Nancy, 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. Royal Crown Cola sponsored the show and created five lavish commercials — in two of them, Sinatra danced and sang the RC Cola jingle. Art Linkletter served as the narrator for two of the commercials that opened and closed the program.

Behind the scenes

Sinatra mentions that in order to get the kiss with Davis, they waited to do it until right before he had to leave for another job. There was no way to re-shoot it and it was left in. It was not a passionate kiss, but more familial. Her Brother Frank Jr. visited briefly as well[1].

Song list

Collapsible 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 Lieber, 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

DVD release

The special was released on DVD by Image Entertainment on May 2, 2000. It features a commentary track. In it, Sinatra reminisces about the outfits she was wearing in the show, and regrets not including her signature song, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", as part of the production. At the time, she states she wanted to showcase her other songs instead. Sinatra also mentions that the RC Cola commercials were designed to be an integral part of the show.[1].

Two other "Movin' with Nancy" specials followed after the original was such a success. "Movin' with Nancy on Stage" aired in 1971 and was presented by "The Ed Sullivan Show." It featured the Osmond Brothers, among others, as guests. "Movin' with Nancy Nice 'n' Easy" was produced in 1973 and featured The Muppets. Although Nancy hoped to release the two other specials on DVD, as of 2009, no plans have been made.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Nancy Sinatra. (2000). Movin' with Nancy. [DVD Commentary Track]. Chatsworth, CA: Image Intertainment.  

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