11 Original Songs That Were Cut From Their Movies


Maybe they didn't fit the tone of the film they were supposed to appear in. Maybe the director just couldn't find a place for them. Whatever the reason, these 11 songs never made it into the movies they were intended for.

1. "Wise Man" from Django Unchained

Audiences were excited when Frank Ocean told GQ that he had written an original song for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, but were perplexed when it didn't appear on the film's final soundtrack. Tarantino told Fuse magazine that while the song was "fantastic," he couldn't figure out where to put it. "I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that's not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn't want to cheapen his effort," Tarantino said. Ocean eventually released "Wise Man" on his own Tumblr with the comment "django was ill without it."

2. "Come What May" from Romeo + Juliet

Baz Lurhmann had originally planned to put the original love ballad "Come What May" in his 1996 Romeo + Juliet (the title even comes from the Macbeth line "Come what come may), but it didn't make the final version. So he repurposed it for use in his 2001 musical Moulin Rouge!, where it became the film's only original song. However, that also left composers David Baerwald and Kevin Gilbert out of the Oscar race despite the song's popularity—the award can only be given out to songs written specifically for the movie in which they appear.

3. "The Jitterbug" from The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz originally included a scene where, in the Haunted Forest, Dorothy and her three companions encounter a Jitterbug sent by the Wicked Witch. The bug forces them to dance the jitterbug until they are completely tired out, at which point the flying monkeys capture them. There are a number of stories about why the song (which was later included in some stage productions and on later releases) was recorded but then cut. Some say it was part of an early draft that featured more music; others say that producers were worried that using the jitterbug would date the film too much. The scene is still referenced in the final film—the Wicked Witch tells one of the flying monkeys that she has sent "a little insect to take the fight out of them."

4. "I'll Cry Instead" from A Hard Day's Night

"I'll Cry Instead" was originally written for the famous "breakout" scene in A Hard Day's Night, where the Beatles escape from their hordes of fans. But director Richard Lester replaced it with "Can't Buy Me Love," thinking the latter was more upbeat and in keeping with the scene. "I'll Cry Instead" still appeared on the soundtrack album, and a later re-release of the film included a prologue with a photo montage set to it.

5. "Hey Bulldog" from Yellow Submarine

Another Beatles song cut from its film, "Hey Bulldog" was removed because producers thought the animated movie was already too long. The deleted sequence shows the Beatles using a player piano to defeat a four-headed Blue Meanie dog and his owner. It was included in the European release of the movie, as well as a later re-issue.

6. "Be Careful What You Pack" from Coraline

Indie pop duo They Might Be Giants wrote a whole soundtrack for the stop-motion animation adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Coraline," but ultimately only one song—"Other Father Song"—made it into the final version. Band member John Flansburgh said in an interview that their soundtrack was cut because producers "basically wanted the music to be more creepy" and "we never really found a rhythm to work with them." One of the cut songs, called "Be Careful What You Pack," has already been released on one of the band's albums and they say there are plans to put out more of the missing songs.

7. "Human Again" from Beauty and the Beast

"Human Again" featured the supporting characters cleaning the castle before the climactic ballroom scene, while dreaming about what they would do when the curse was lifted and they became humans (Lumiere the candelabra will have "a mademoiselle on each arm," for example). It also featured one of the only solos for the Wardrobe character. But the song was cut over concerns about the film's timeline and was replaced with "Something There." Composers Howard Ashman and Alan Menken saved the song and used it in the Broadway musical based on the movie and it was eventually animated and released in a special edition DVD.

8. "Proud of your Boy" from Aladdin

Aladdin didn't just lose a song when "Proud of your Boy" was dropped—it lost an entire character. Originally, the movie was supposed to feature a scene where Aladdin, having escaped the police, returns home to his mother and realizes how ashamed she is of him. After she goes to sleep, Aladdin sings about wanting to redeem himself to make his mother proud. According to the documentary above (which includes a demo of the song), the song was a favorite of Ashman's, who died during production of the movie due to complications of AIDS.

For more deleted Disney songs, check out this list from

9. "Ain't It The Truth" from Cabin in the Sky

Lena Horne recorded a performance of the song "Ain't It The Truth" for the 1943 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky, but she said it was censored from the final version because the scene took place with her in a bubble bath. There had been plenty of white actresses filmed in similar situations, leading to charges of racism. The cut scene, bubble bath and all, was eventually released a few years later in Studio Visit, a revue centered around a film lot tour, as well as the compilation That's Entertainment III. A second version of the song by Louis Armstrong was also cut from the film, which left the trumpet player without a featured song.

10. "Scandalous!" (and others) from Batman

Prince- Scandalous (Batman Soundtrack 1989) from Vladlen Puzach on Vimeo.

Batman is notable for being one of the few movies to have two separate soundtracks, one with the original score by Danny Elfman and the other with music by Prince. According to director Tim Burton's memoir, Burton on Burton, he had been using existing Prince songs as placeholders for two scenes in the movie (the Joker's museum raid and the parade) and asked the studio to contact Prince to get original music. Prince ended up loving the movie and wrote an entire album's worth of material, prompting Warner Brothers to push for those songs to be used (according to Burton, they also pitched bringing on Michael Jackson to do a love theme). Burton ended up only using two Prince tracks, although Elfman says he integrated elements of the others into the score, so Prince released the full collection on his own. The Prince soundtrack went to number one on the Billboard charts and it spawned a number of hits, including "Batdance" and "Scandalous!," although it's now regarded as one of his lesser outings.

11. "Let's Go West Again" from Annie Get Your Gun

"Let's Go West Again" was originally supposed to appear in the stage version of Annie Get Your Gun, but was cut because it didn't work with the script. Producers tried to insert it into the 1950 film version and even had star Betty Hutton record it, but they too decided to cut it. There's even a version of Judy Garland performing the cut song on her own version of the soundtrack—Garland was originally hired to play Annie and had recorded all of the songs, but was fired because of a feud with the producers.

Big Questions
Do Media Outlets Write Obituaries for Old or Ill Celebrities in Advance?

Archie D'Cruz:

Oh, absolutely, and not for just the old and ill, but also for the very famous. (You can bet, for example, that pieces would have been penned on Barack Obama as soon as he was first elected president).

They are known as advance obituaries, and while not all major news organizations do it, many of the largest certainly do. Of the ones that I know of, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, CNN, and leading news agencies Reuters, AP, and AFP all maintain obits, which are updated on a regular basis.

Obit writers at The New York Times, which is known to have at least 1700 of these posts on file, will sometimes even contact the subject of their grim pieces for interviews, with the request posed as “We’re updating your biographical file” or “This is for possible future use.”

With someone like Stephen Hawking, the web tribute with images and video would very likely have been prepared in advance as well. Television networks like the BBC also pre-prepare video packages that can be aired soon after a celebrity death.

This practice of creating advance obituaries can (and often does) lead to more than just embarrassment.

The most famous recent one that I can recall was that of Apple founder Steve Jobs, declared dead by Bloomberg in 2008—three years before his actual passing. Bloomberg was updating its advance obit but wound up publishing it by mistake, sending shockwaves through Wall Street.

Its retraction was even more cringe-worthy, refusing to even name Jobs and simply saying, “An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News ... the item was never meant for publication and has been retracted.”

Several other well-known people have befallen the same fate—among them George H. W. Bush (who Der Spiegel described in its 2013 obit as a “colorless politician whose image only improved when it was compared to the later presidency of his son, George W. Bush”), and several world figures including Nelson Mandela, Gerald Ford, and Fidel Castro whose obits were wrongly published on CNN’s development site in 2003.

A (mistaken) CNN obituary for Gerald Ford

Sometimes, though, a too-hastily published obit can turn out to have a silver lining.

In 1888, several newspapers announced Alfred Nobel’s passing, in a mix-up related to his brother Ludwig’s death. A French newspaper, in its obit on the Swedish arms manufacturer, thundered “The merchant of death is dead,” adding that Nobel “became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before (through his invention of dynamite).”

On reading that report, Nobel is said to have become distressed about how the world would remember him. It led to him bequeathing the bulk of his estate to form the Nobel Prize in 1895. He died a year later.

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10 Fascinating Facts About Mary Pickford
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Happy 126th birthday to Mary Pickford! We might not pay her movies much mind these days, but there's no question that Hollywood wouldn't be what it is today without her contributions. Here are a few facts about the woman who originated the "America's Sweetheart" title.


Born Gladys Louise Smith, the woman who would become known as "America's Sweetheart" was originally from Toronto and was part of a surprisingly large number of people from the early Hollywood days from up North. Others included her brother Jack Pickford, Norma Shearer, MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer, Marie Dressler, and Fay Wray.


Long before the Baldwins or the Arquettes, there were the Pickfords. The siblings toured the U.S. with their mother, acting in some not-so-great companies. In 1907, Mary decided that if she didn't land a role in a Broadway play by the end of the year, she would quit acting and pursue a more lucrative career. She got a job on Broadway that summer.

By 1909, Pickford was appearing in 51 films a year. By 1910, she had signed a contract with Biograph Studios. She made sure her brother and sister were signed as well, starting with then-14-year-old Jack and closely followed by Lottie, who was just a year younger than Mary.

When Mary signed her first $1 million contract in 1917, she again made sure her family got their own contracts as well. Jack was one of the first Hollywood "bad boys" but died at the young age of 36 from "multiple neuritis which attacked all the nerve centers." Lottie suffered a very unexpected heart attack and died at the age of 43.


Mary Pickford in the American comedy film 'Kiki' (1931)
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Pickford was unimpressed with "talkies" and famously said, "Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus DeMilo." She was right on a personal level—once talkies took off, Pickford's acting career went rather stagnant. But that didn't mean she was done with show business.


Mary co-founded United Artists along with Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and Douglas Fairbanks (before he was her husband). Although she did this in 1919, while she was still acting, she really got into producing with United Artists when she retired from acting in 1933. She sold her shares in the company in 1956 for the now-shockingly low price of $3 million.


Pickford's stepson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., married Joan Crawford in 1929. Which must have made for some interesting family gatherings.


Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks at their home Pickfair.
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The dinner parties at Pickfair, the enormous mansion Mary shared with husband Douglas Fairbanks, were absolutely legendary. The guest lists read like someone's fictional "if you could invite 20 people to dinner..." list. Just a few of the people who supped at Pickfair include Albert Einstein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Bernard Shaw, Amelia Earhart, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh, Jack Dempsey, Helen Keller, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Crown Prince of Japan. It wasn't uncommon for foreign dignitaries visiting the White House to request an invitation to Pickfair as well.


Mary was really close to her mom. She played an integral role in her children's success and even served on the United Artists board later in life. Because her mom was so entwined in both Mary's personal and professional lives, Mary took it quite hard when Charlotte died of breast cancer at the age of 55, but reportedly also felt liberated of her previous "little girl" persona. Famous for her long curly locks, Mary sort of pulled a Britney Spears (really, Britney pulled a Mary) and had them shorn off to a shockingly short length. People were stunned; she was so associated with her hair that the trim was front page news for The New York Times. She received hate mail from fans who felt as if they had been personally betrayed.


At the end of WWI, Pickford helped found the Motion Picture Relief Fund to help needy actors. And in 1932, she started the "Payroll Pledge Program," where people in the industry pledged to give half of a percent of their earnings to the Motion Picture Relief Fund. There have been many industry veterans over the years who are glad she did: eventually the fund evolved to include the Motion Picture Country House, where they could go to retire even if they didn't have the funds to pay for it.


Along with Fairbanks, she was the first person to leave her handprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater. Although legend has it that Norma Talmadge was really the first (she supposedly wandered through the wet cement unwittingly and gave Sid Grauman the idea). If that's true, and not just a nice Tinseltown tale, then you can amend that statement to say that Mary and Douglas were the first to record their prints on purpose.


Although she appeared in hundreds of movies, Pickford didn't make her first television appearance until 1953. She presented Cecil B. DeMille with the Best Picture Oscar for The Greatest Show on Earth at the first-ever televised Oscars.


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