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#1 rayban

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 02:14 PM

Those promos come from a TV series in the mid-50s called 'MGM Parade.' He did a whole season of episodes, where he hosted a look back at the studio's classic films and its new/upcoming releases. It was one of his last Hollywood jobs before he turned to politics full-time.

I was wondering why I couldn't remember them from going to the movies.

 

He seems to have done a lot of them.


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Posted 22 December 2016 - 09:22 AM

Yes, I thoroughly like him as a song-and-dance man.  In "Broadway Melody of 1940", he holds his own with Astaire and Powell. He ended up doing those promos for MGM.  They are constantly shown on TCM. 

 

Those promos come from a TV series in the mid-50s called 'MGM Parade.' He did a whole season of episodes, where he hosted a look back at the studio's classic films and its new/upcoming releases. It was one of his last Hollywood jobs before he turned to politics full-time.


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Posted 22 December 2016 - 08:28 AM

Surprisingly my favorite Duo tap dance in Broadway Melody of 40 is Don't Monkey with Old Broadway - - Danced by Fred Astaire and George Murphy.

Murphy holds his own with Astaire and doesn't seem intimidated or out-danced in the least.

They look like two hoofers having a good time doing a number that was just written for them by Cole Porter.

By contrast - - Fred Astaire's dancing with Eleanor Powell looks disjointed. In this one particular case, he allowed the lady to emphasize her style of tap dancing and not his. Probably because he never had worked with a female tap dancer who danced as well, if not better than he did. ( Although Rita Hayworth was very good.)

The other instance I'm thinking of is in The Bandwagon--when Fred does a duo soft shoe number with the famous English song and dance man Jack Buchanan-- I guess I'll have to change my plan. Reportedly Buchanan was scared to death to dance with Astaire and you can see like he really was sweating buckets during the number. Although it came off alright, he didn't look like he enjoyed it very much.

I grew up watching George Murphy dancing with Shirley Temple in Little Miss Broadway and he always impressed me as an elegant and accomplished dancer.

Reportedly he gave up dancing in the movies after losing so many in roles to Gene Kelly and seeing that he had no future in it.

So he decided to go into politics-- apparently convincing two of his old movie-star friends, whose careers also had hit a dead end, to go with him--Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple.

Yes, I thoroughly like him as a song-and-dance man.  In "Broadway Melody of 1940", he holds his own with Astaire and Powell. He ended up doing those promos for MGM.  They are constantly shown on TCM. 


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Posted 21 December 2016 - 11:41 PM

I couldn't agree more, and he is just so much fun - along with Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell - in "Broadway Melody of 1940".



Surprisingly my favorite Duo tap dance in Broadway Melody of 40 is Don't Monkey with Old Broadway - - Danced by Fred Astaire and George Murphy.

Murphy holds his own with Astaire and doesn't seem intimidated or out-danced in the least.

They look like two hoofers having a good time doing a number that was just written for them by Cole Porter.

By contrast - - Fred Astaire's dancing with Eleanor Powell looks disjointed. In this one particular case, he allowed the lady to emphasize her style of tap dancing and not his. Probably because he never had worked with a female tap dancer who danced as well, if not better than he did. ( Although Rita Hayworth was very good.)

The other instance I'm thinking of is in The Bandwagon--when Fred does a duo soft shoe number with the famous English song and dance man Jack Buchanan-- I guess I'll have to change my plan. Reportedly Buchanan was scared to death to dance with Astaire and you can see like he really was sweating buckets during the number. Although it came off alright, he didn't look like he enjoyed it very much.

I grew up watching George Murphy dancing with Shirley Temple in Little Miss Broadway and he always impressed me as an elegant and accomplished dancer.

Reportedly he gave up dancing in the movies after losing so many in roles to Gene Kelly and seeing that he had no future in it.

So he decided to go into politics-- apparently convincing two of his old movie-star friends, whose careers also had hit a dead end, to go with him--Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple.
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Posted 21 December 2016 - 10:54 AM

I feel George Murphy is vastly underrated. Since he made so many films at RKO and MGM, he'd be a natural for a Summer Under the Stars tribute (as these titles are in the TCM Library).

I couldn't agree more, and he is just so much fun - along with Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell - in "Broadway Melody of 1940".


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Posted 21 December 2016 - 08:46 AM

"Broadway Melody of 1938" - so-so musical, not up to the one that came before or the one that came after - great fun seeing Eleanor Powell and George Murphy as dance partners - and Robert Taylor's beauty was truly extraodinary.

 

I feel George Murphy is vastly underrated. Since he made so many films at RKO and MGM, he'd be a natural for a Summer Under the Stars tribute (as these titles are in the TCM Library).


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Posted 21 December 2016 - 08:37 AM

"Broadway Melody of 1938" - so-so musical, not up to the one that came before or the one that came after - great fun seeing Eleanor Powell and George Murphy as dance partners - and Robert Taylor's beauty was truly extraodinary.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 08:52 AM

"Scrooge" - the musical with Albert Finney - I truly appreciate the films of the director, Ronald Neame, but the Charles Dickens classic, so imaginative and unique, DOES NOT REALLY NEED MUSIC.


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Posted 17 December 2016 - 08:32 AM

"Broadway Melody of 1936" (1937) - very lively musical - first-rate book about the battle between a Broadway gossip columnist (Jack Benny) and a Broadway producer (Robert Taylor) and the young hopeful (Eleanor Powell) who gets caught in the middle - did you ever think that you would see an MGM musical in which Benny and Taylor went head to head? - lovely score by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, including the unforgettable "You Are My Lucky Star" - sparkling cast that also includes Sid Silver (the book's co-writer), June Knight, and Nick Long, Jr., who is such a terrific dancer and the ineffable Buddy Ebsen.

 

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 02:23 PM

I agree completely. Vera-Ellen was a great dancer, and she was very likeable on the screen. 

 

I think TCM should give her a day in August for Summer Under the Stars. She doesn't really have enough films to be a Star of the Month-- but it would be perfect if they did a 24-hour celebration of her work in musicals.


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 02:04 PM

My choice would be Vera-Ellen. She didn't make enough films as far as I'm concerned.

I agree completely. Vera-Ellen was a great dancer, and she was very likeable on the screen. 


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 02:15 PM

I also love this movie.  Sad that most people hardly remember it. My favorite number is with the Champions dancing to a terrific orchestral arrangement on a rooftop.  I personally would have rather seen a better-known dancer instead of Helen Wood.  Perhaps Cyd or Vera-Ellen?

 

My choice would be Vera-Ellen. She didn't make enough films as far as I'm concerned.


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 02:06 PM

I also love this movie.  Sad that most people hardly remember it. My favorite number is with the Champions dancing to a terrific orchestral arrangement on a rooftop.  I personally would have rather seen a better-known dancer instead of Helen Wood.  Perhaps Cyd or Vera-Ellen?


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 12:54 PM

"Give A Girl A Break" - another Marge and Gower Champion vehicle - perfectly delightful 

 

I enjoy this one, too. It doesn't air on TCM nearly enough.


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 11:37 AM

"Give A Girl A Break" - another Marge and Gower Champion vehicle - perfectly delightful - and with a better-than-average book for a musical by Albert Hackett and Francis Goodrich - lively production numbers, too - although the one with Bob Fosse and Debbie Reynolds in a firestorm of confetti has to be seen to be believed - directed by Stanley Donen - with choreography by Donen and Champion - should be better-known, I think.


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 12:03 PM

I agree, they were fantastic. I like the one they did at Columbia with Betty Grable & Jack Lemmon (it was one of Grable's very last pictures)-- THREE FOR THE SHOW. It was a remake of TOO MANY HUSBANDS.

 

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Gower Champion's mounting of "Bye Bye Birdie" on Broadway was such a fantastic experience.

 

I have never been able to forget it.

 

It was far superior to the film version.

 

Gower Champion was a genuine musical talent.

 

Even his Broadway mounting of "Rock-a-bye Hamlet" stands tall, tall, tall in my memory.

 

I would really like to have known him.

 

David Merrick's announcement of Gower Champion's death on the opening night of "42nd Street" was such a disservice to a great man.


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 09:29 AM

"Everything I Have Is Yours" - Marge and Gower Champion were such an engaging and talented dance combo that you can only wish that they had made more starring films together.

 

Of the ones that I have seen with them, my favorite is the re-make of "Roberta", which was called "Lovely To Look At".

 

I agree, they were fantastic. I like the one they did at Columbia with Betty Grable & Jack Lemmon (it was one of Grable's very last pictures)-- THREE FOR THE SHOW. It was a remake of TOO MANY HUSBANDS.

 

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 08:44 AM

"Everything I Have Is Yours" - Marge and Gower Champion were such an engaging and talented dance combo that you can only wish that they had made more starring films together.

 

Of the ones that I have seen with them, my favorite is the re-make of "Roberta", which was called "Lovely To Look At".


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:13 AM

Airing in June 2014:

6.02

LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING
THE DAUGHTER OF ROSIE O'GRADY
SING YOUR WORRIES AWAY
FOUR JACKS AND A JILL
TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
GO GO MANIA
HAVING A WILD WEEKEND
HOLD ON!
MRS. BROWN, YOU'VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER
GET YOURSELF A COLLEGE GIRL
 
6.05
KISS ME, KATE
JUPITER'S DARLING
 
6.07
ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS
FUNNY GIRL
 
6.08
ANCHORS AWEIGH
 
6.09
CAMELOT
 
6.10
EVERYBODY SING
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1938
BABES IN ARMS
FOR ME AND MY GAL
EASTER PARADE
THE HARVEY GIRLS
DEEP IN MY HEART
 
6.13
THE PIRATE
 
6.14
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
 
6.15
THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE
 
6.16
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
 
6.17
CAMELOT
THE MERRY WIDOW (1934)
 
6.21
ROAD TO BALI
 
6.22
ON THE TOWN
 
6.23
CABIN IN THE SKY
DANCE, GIRL, DANCE
DOLL FACE
GYPSY
SHE'S WORKING HER WAY THROUGH COLLEGE
 
6.24
SUMMER HOLIDAY
IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME
SUMMER STOCK
 
6.25
THAT GIRL FROM PARIS
MAYTIME
MUSIC FOR MADAME
THAT MIDNIGHT KISS
THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS
 
6.27
GUYS AND DOLLS
CAIRO
 
6.28
FIRST A GIRL
VICTOR/VICTORIA
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
SO EVIL SO YOUNG
THE COOL ONES
 
6.29
NIGHT AND DAY
STARLIFT
THE WEST POINT STORY
 

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 06:38 PM

Airing in May 2014:

5.01

THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE

THE FIREFLY

SWEETHEARTS

MAYTIME

 

5.02

GOING HOLLYWOOD

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

ROAD TO BALI

HIGH SOCIETY

 

5.04

WITH A SONG IN MY HEART

 

5.05

THE MUSIC MAN

CAROUSEL

 

5.07

THE GLENN MILLER STORY

 

5.08

GIRL CRAZY

WORDS AND MUSIC

LUCKY ME

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

 

5.11

GYPSY

 

5.12

LES GIRLS

THE I DON'T CARE GIRL

GOLDEN GIRL

 

5.14

MEET THE PEOPLE

 

5.15

TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY

HALLELUJAH

UP IN ARMS

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1937

 

5.16

IT'S A DATE

 

5.18

BRIGADOON

THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS

BYE BYE BIRDIE

 

5.21

RADIO CITY REVELS

TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR

BEST FOOT FORWARD

GOOD NEWS

 

5.22

THOUSANDS CHEER

THE BELLE OF NEW YORK

 

5.23

KID NIGHTINGALE

 

5.27

DEEP IN MY HEART

 

5.28

HIT THE DECK

THE OPPOSITE SEX

MUSIC FOR MILLIONS

 

5.29

TWO SISTERS FROM BOSTON

OLD MAN RHYTHM

SONS O' GUNS

TO BEAT THE BAND

HITTING A NEW HIGH

 

5.31

MY FAIR LADY

 


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