Tony Martin sings “All the Things You Are” (music by Jerome Kern, lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II, 1939) in the star-studded bio-pic of Kern, Till the Clouds Roll By (1946.) The film features lavish renditions of famous songs from his musicals, performed by MGM’s stable of musical stars of the time.
The song “All the Things You Are” was composed for the musical Very Warm for May and was later interpolated into the films Broadway Rhythm (1944) and A Letter for Evie (1945). It was also used in the 2005 film Mrs. Henderson Presents starring Judi Dench.
The song is a favorite of singers and jazz musicians, and is known as one of the most difficult to fake. For one thing, in a twist on the usual 32-bar AABA song-form, the second “A” section modulates down a fourth, and the third “A” section adds four extra bars.
The song’s unusual chord changes were used by Charlie Parker for his jazz tune “Bird of Paradise”; Parker was quoted as saying the song had his favorite lyrics.