My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time is a song written by Vic Mizzy and Manny Curtis and used in the film Abbott and Costello In Society (1944). In Society was the first of five Abbott and Costello films to be directed by Jean Yarbrough. Besides Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, the cast included Marion Hutton, Kirby Grant, Thurston Hall, Margaret Irving, and Ann Gillis.
In the film, Marion Hutton, in the role of Elsie Mammerdingle, is a taxi driver who falls in love with Peter Evans, played by Kirby Grant. She sings of her new-found love and of the fact that her dreams have come true. She muses:
Um- um, I want to go to sleep
Um –um I want to sleep and dream
that dream I had last night
She then continues:
Well, what do you know
He smiled at me in my dreams last night
My dreams are getting better all the time
And what do you know
He looked at me in a different light
My dreams are getting better all the time
To think that we were strangers
A couple of nights ago
An’ though it’s a dream, I never dreamed
He’d ever say hello
Well, maybe tonight he’ll hold him tight
When the moonbeams shine
My dreams are getting better all the time.
Marion Hutton, who introduced the song in 1944, was the elder sister of actress Betty Hutton. Both sisters sang with the Vincent Lopez Orchestra. Marion Hutton is perhaps best remembered as being discovered by Glenn Miller, who invited her to join his orchestra in 1938. Hutton remained an important part of the Miller band and stayed with the orchestra until Miller disbanded his group in 1942 in order to enlist in the Army. After Miller joined the Army, Hutton went with fellow Miller performers Tex Beneke and the Modernaires on a theater tour. The next important event in her entertainment career was the role of Elsie Mammerdingle in In Society with Abbott and Costello in 1944, there introducing the song My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time. In 1947, Marion Hutton performed with Desi Arnaz and his Orchestra at the Radio City Theater in Minneapolis and in 1949, she appeared with the Marx Brothers in the film Love Happy (also known as Kleptomaniacs), cast as Bunny Dolan, singing Who Stole the Jam? She also worked with Jack Carson, Perry Como, and Bob Hope. Despite charm, charisma, and a pretty singing voice, Marion Hutton never achieved the kind of fame that her boisterous sister, Betty did. She gradually withdrew from show business during the 1950s. In her later life, she overcame both alcoholism and drug addiction and dedicated the last twenty years of her life caring for alcoholics and drug addicts; this work included setting up substance abuse treatment programs in the California prison system. In 1981, she founded and served as executive director of Residence XII, a treatment center for female alcoholics in Kirkland, Washington, where she died of cancer at the age of sixty-seven on January 9, 1987.
Unfortunately, there is no commercial recording of Marion Hutton singing My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time. One can hear her sing the song on YouTube by typing in Abbott and Costello In Society. There you can view the entire movie. Hutton sings the song at about 44 minutes into the film. For those who prefer to watch the movie on their “tellies,” the film has been released twice on DVD. The first time, on The Best of Abbott and Costello Volume Two, on May 4, 2004, and again on October 28, 2008 as part of Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection.
My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time was popular in 1945, with three recorded versions making the Billboard charts. The biggest hit version of the song was recorded by the Les Brown Orchestra. The song was another catchy little melody sung by Doris Day. My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time was Les Brown’s second #1 charted song, lasting for seven weeks on the Billboard charts, and nearly as successful as its predecessor, Sentimental Journey. Although this record was made after the big Brown/Day hit, Sentimental Journey, it actually hit the charts earlier.
Another charting version was made by Johnny Long and his Orchestra, with vocals by Dick Robertson. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on April 5, 1945 and lasted six weeks on the chart, peaking at #3
The third recording to chart was by the Phil Moore Four with vocals by Billy Daniels. The record peaked at #3 and lasted ten weeks on the charts.
There are other versions of the song recorded in 1945 that did not make the charts, but are worth mentioning. These versions include recordings by Perry Como, Louis Prima, and Vaughn Monroe. In the United Kingdom, the song was covered by Vera Lynn.
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Les Brown and his Orchestra, vocals: Doris Day (#1) My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
Johnny Long and his Orchestra, vocals: Dick Robertson, Frances Lane (#3) My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
Phil Moore Four, vocals: Billy Daniels, The Phil Moore Four (#3) My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
Perry Como, Ted Steele and his Orchestra; vocals: Perry Como, The Satisfiers (V-Disc recording) My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
Louis Prima and his Orchestra, vocals: Louis Prima My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra, vocals: Vaughn Monroe My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time
Vera Lynn (orchestra unknown) My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time