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Brigadoon, starring Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson

Brigadoon

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Brigadoon (1954) starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse

Buy from Amazon Brigadoon, like most Gene Kelly movies, is a musical with plenty of singing and dancing.  More than that, it is a movie with heart, and a strong message about the values that matter.  It begins with Tommy Albright (played well by Gene Kelly) and Jeff Douglas (played to the hilt by Van Johnson). They’re Americans who are caught up in the rat race, and not loving it.  Tommy is engaged, but is not eager to marry her. Partly to delay the wedding, he accompanies his best friend, Jeff, on a hunting trip to Scotland. There, they become lost.

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The Muppet Show - the great Gonzo and Joel Grey in Razzle Dazzle

The Muppet Show Joel Grey

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The Muppet Show, guest-starring Joel Grey, Rowlf and Miss Piggy in ‘Sherlock Holmes and the case of the missing clues’, music includes ‘Cabaret’, ‘Comedy Tonight’, ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and ‘Pachalafaka’

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The Caine Mutiny (1954) starring Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray

The Caine Mutiny

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The Caine Mutiny (1954) starring Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray

Buy from Amazon The Caine Mutiny is one of those movies where several elements work together to make an incredible film.   The acting is top-notch, with all of the actors at their peak.   Humphrey Bogart is believable, despicable, and, in the end, pitiable as the obsessive, controlling, paranoid Captain Queeq.   Van Johnson is utterly believable as the loyal, upright, by-the-book officer.   Fred MacMurray is absolutely unrecognizable, and I mean that in the best way possible.   He is not the loving, gentle patriarch of My Three Sons. Neither the likable father figure of various Walt Disney movies.  He is Iago, a little man who manipulates others into doing what he himself is unable and unwilling to do.   Jose Ferrer shines as the defense attorney in the court-martial.

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Face of Bert Lahr, famous actor and comedian

Biography of Bert Lahr

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Biography of Bert Lahr (August 13, 1895 – December 4. 1967)

Bert Lahr was a Tony Award-winning American actor and comedian. Lahr is best remembered today for his role as the Cowardly Lion and the farmworker Zeke in the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, but was well known during his life for work in burlesque, vaudeville, and Broadway.

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