Evans Black Carpets presents Goldilocks.
With Bing Crosby and Mary Frances Crosby.
Also Kathryn Crosby and Nathaniel Crosby.
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.
Narrated by Paul Winchell.
Music arranged by Doug Goodwin.

“The Story of the Three Bears” (sometimes known as “The Three Bears”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” or, simply, “Goldilocks”) is a fairy tale first recorded in narrative form by British author and poet Robert Southey, and first published anonymously in a volume of his writings in 1837. The same year, British writer George Nicol published a version in rhyme based upon Southey’s prose tale, with Southey approving the attempt to bring the story more exposure. Both versions tell of three bears and an old woman who trespasses upon their property.
“The Story of the Three Bears” was in circulation before the publication of Southey’s 1837 version. In 1831, for example, Eleanor Mure fashioned a handmade booklet about the three bears for her nephew’s birthday, and, in 1813, Southey was telling the story to friends. In 1894, “Scrapefoot”, a tale with a fox as antagonist which bears striking similarities to Southey’s story, was uncovered by the folklorist Joseph Jacobs and may predate Southey’s version in the oral tradition. Southey possibly heard “Scrapefoot”, and confused its “vixen” with a synonym for a crafty old woman. Some maintain however that the old woman was Southey’s invention.
“The Story of the Three Bears” experienced two significant changes during its early publication history. Southey’s intrusive old woman became an intrusive little girl in 1849, who was given various names referring to her hair until Goldilocks was settled upon in the early 20th century. Southey’s three bachelor bears evolved into Father, Mother, and Baby Bear over the course of several years. What was originally a fearsome oral tale became a cozy family story with only a hint of menace. The story has elicited various interpretations and has been adapted to film, opera, and other media. “The Story of the Three Bears” is one of the most popular fairy tales in the English language.


7 responses »

  1. edmccray says:

    This link is broken. Can you please reupload it? Thank you! This has long been one of my holy grails….

  2. edmccray says:

    Thank you!! Do you happen to have CHARLOTTE’S WEB, also by the Sherman Brothers songwriting team?

  3. Steve Carras says:

    An important part was missing in the description above, the variation on the story here! This was a semi-continuation where Mary Frances Crosby dreams she’s Goldilocks, which is how she becomes her, and a mob of animals out to keep the forest people-free.Ironically, Papa Bada-Bing Crosby’s golfing buddy, a Paul Winchell-voicews Bobcat with no other name-a real sourpuss-is the leader of the mob [with other Winchell and Avery Schreiber voices critters].

    This was a 1969 DePatie-Freleng-Sherman Brothers TV coproduction, getting their way for keeps into network television and here into their first primetime special. Appropirately, with all the Disney connections, Disney released the very same soundtrack on their OWN Disneyland label, as a kind of way to enter the releasing of outside cartoon properties, with this and the special’s first airing on the week of March 31-April 7,1970 [I watched it a few times,finally remembering having seen it the first time–it was so rare rerun]. Kind of ironic that longtime producer of this, veteran Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies director [and five time Oscar winner] Friz Freleng would work with Der Bingle after a couplke of 1936 early Technicolor cartoons – ‘Bingo Crosiana” and “Let it be Me” – where Bing was spoofed and sued. Maybe there was a reconicilaiton as warm as a bear hug… JUst the year before fellow Oscar winner Looney Tune-Warner director-prime time special produver Chuck Jones did his own oscure “forest animals as humans”, Walt Kelly’s “Poigo, and Jones–of course–at Warners had HIS version of the three bears – for which I guess you could call his take on Pa + Hanna-Barbera’s Dick Dastardly = Friz Freleng’s [and AJ Carotherts’s] rallying-illtempered cat character in the 1970 special.-himself being a scene stealing villain.] Marty Murphy of HB Hong KJong Phooey and Playboy fame did a handful of the design [with a guy named AL Wilson, obviously not the singer of the 1974 hit Show and Tell[

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