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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.  It deals 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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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, starring Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), starring Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill I’m very conflicted writing this review of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  I loved it as a child, but I have trouble enjoying it as an adult.  Time began its review saying the...
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She’s Working Her Way Through College

She’s Working Her Way Through College (1952) starring Virginia Mayo, Ronald Reagan
She’s Working Her Way Through College (1952) starring Virginia Mayo, Ronald Reagan She’s Working Her Way Through College is an interesting musical — €” the basic plot has former burlesque dancer Hot-Garters Gertie (Virginia Mayo) having saved up enough money to attend college, so after talking to her...
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