Tonight’s Mad Men included a scene in which a character sang and danced the 1920s standard, “The Best Things in Life Are Free.” Normally this would count as a spoiler, except that even with that knowledge, you’ll never see it coming. Here’s a look at Mad Men’s greatest musical moments.
But first, here’s a look at actor Robert Morse — who plays the now deceased Bert Cooper — in one of his most famous roles, that of J. Pierrepont Finch in the 1967 film version of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Morse won the 1962 Tony Award for Best Actor for his Broadway incarnation of the character.
Megan Draper, “Zou Bisou Bisou”
Roger Sterling, “My Own Kentucky Home”
Roger performs this Stephen Foster tune to second wife Jane Sterling while wearing blackface. The performance drives Don Draper inside the country club, where he meets Conrad Hilton for the first time.
Pete and Trudy go Gatsby
The episode “My Kentucky Home” provided a trio of musical moments — including this charming Charleston by the Campbells …
Joan plays the squeezebox
… and this surprising accordion performance of Cole Porter’s “C’est Magnifique” by Joan.
The twist, the cha-cha, etc.
Peggy dances with Freddy, Paul dances with Joan, and Peggy tries to incorporate the twist into her Pete seduction technique. “I don’t like you like this,” he says.
The twist, redux
Peggy and Abe, cool as can be, at Don’s birthday party.
Sal, “Bye Bye Birdie”
Or the moment when Sal’s wife realizes the truth.
Peggy, “Bye Bye Birdie”
Or the moment when Peggy lets loose for a minute.
“It’s my job.”
Ken, drugs, jig.
Kinsey sings “Hello! Ma Baby”
Of course Kinsey was in an a capella group.
Father Gill sings “Early in the Morning”
Just a little post-church Peter, Paul and Mary.