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Thank Your Lucky Stars

Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) starring C.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall, Edward Everett Horton, Eddie Cantor, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) starring C.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall, Edward Everett Horton, Eddie Cantor, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie Synopsis of Thank Your Lucky Stars In Thank Your Lucky Stars, theater producers (Horton and Sakall) are staging a wartime charity program.  However, the production is taken over by their egotistical star...
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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, starring Kevin Kline, Macauley Culkin, Jessica Lynn Cohen, Bart Robinson Cook, Darci Kistler
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, starring Kevin Kline, Macaulay Culkin, Jessica Lynn Cohen, Bart Robinson Cook, Darci Kistler Synopsis of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Angels and sugarplums. Candy canes and ice. A magic prince, a dreamy young girl, a mysterious old man and a Christmas tree that grows sky high. Enter the world...
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The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman
The Magic Flute, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman Synopsis of The Magic Flute  A prince rescues a princess from a sorcerer in this version of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute. Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Product description of The Magic Flute Ingmar Bergman’s Magic Flute is a magical adaptation of...
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The Band Wagon

The Band Wagon (1953) Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant, Jack Buchanan
The Band Wagon (1953) Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant, Jack Buchanan Synopsis of The Band Wagon  When an aging Hollywood dancer comes to Broadway, a couple of his playwright pals put together a musical.  They’re sure it will be a hit and cast him in the lead role....
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High Society

High Society starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra
Editorial review of High Society courtesy of Amazon.com  MGM’s bold idea to remake George Cukor’s Oscar-winning upper-class romantic farce, The Philadelphia Story, into a star-studded, Technicolor musical with Cole Porter tunes somehow works splendidly and remains an underrated gem.
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Cabaret (1972)

Cabaret (1972) starring Liza Minelli, Michael York. Joel Grey
Cabaret (1972) starring Liza Minelli, Michael York. Joel Grey  Cabaret will never be described as a feel-good movie. It’s doubtful that it can ever be described as family friendly, either. It is, however, a very powerful movie, with great performances, very moving — dealing with broken people in...
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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews, Dick van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Ed Wynn
Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews, Dick van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Ed Wynn  It’s reported that the author of Mary Poppins despised the movie version, but she’s in a very small minority. Thankfully, unlike some other classic children’s movies such as  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, adults can...
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Anchors Aweigh

Editorial review of Anchors Aweigh (1945) courtesy of Amazon.com Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra teamed up for their first of three musical comedies in this frothy confection of sailors on leave in Hollywood, with gawky, shy young Sinatra tagging along with his worldly buddy Kelly, who promises to...
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Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland (1961) starring Ray Bolger, Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, Ed Wynn
Babes in Toyland (1961) starring Ray Bolger, Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, Ed Wynn I am a large fan of Laurel and Hardy’s  March of the Wooden Soldier, a wonderful children’s story for adults–which, among other things, had a live-action version of Mickey Mouse appear. This was done with...
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Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie, starring Dick van Dyke, Janet Leigh, Ann Margaret, Maureen Stapleton, Paul Lynde
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) starring Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton, Paul Lynde, Bobby Rydell Bye Bye Birdie is a musical, with the songs held together by a fairly funny story — €” actually, two or three stories that are interwoven together. It stars Dick Van...
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