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    Cagney in Footlight Parade

    I love Cagney as a gangster AND a song and dance man! "Look Ma! Top of the world!"
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    Cagney in Footlight Parade

    I've always known this but what I find hard to tell about their talent is that the taps are then synced in later. How do we know that Ruby was actually the one doing the tapping during foley? Or that she doesn't do it over and over until it is perfect. Even she has been quoted as saying she looked untrained. She always has to look down at her feet when she taps also. Which I noticed James Cagney did during his dance on this bar top and table. Which is what I would have done also...except I don't tap. But is that a no no? Like in old-fashioned typing class. Don't look at the keyboard?
  3. Thank you, MsAllieB, for finally putting into words what I have always felt about Eleanor Powell I think Eleanor Powell is a good dancer, but there has always been something that just doesn't live up to the hype of "best tap dancer ever" to me. You explained it very well. Keeler seems to have actual hooves on her feet when she dances. She is obviously not a dance expert which shows in the numbers she dances in. They only show her dancing for 30 seconds or so and that it the last we see her, until the end when she appears at the end, usually with Dick Powell. She's not much of a singer either, but there is something that you just gotta love about Ruby.
  4. What chillyfillyinak said. ?
  5. 1. As many have said in previous posts that the movie definitely portrays life as brighter and happier than what was going on outside of the movie theater. Ziegfeld giving away his 5 pound note and joking about it...money is not a concern of his. The expensive orchids in the elephant vase. Very large. The mention of the cost of said orchids. The choice of Anna Held's (played by Luis Rainer) song as light and playful. And Depression Era musicals always sparkle and shine. Her brooch is diamonds, so are her rings. The satin bow on the elephant's trunk. The theater in which she performs is opulent, showing gold on the columns and the backdrop is of a garden conservatory that depicts marble columns. Anna Held's innocence and naivete...even her voice shines. All taking us back to a simpler time and away from the harsh realities of not only the Depression, but today. 2. I have watched many Depression Era musicals. And they mostly involve the musical within the musical. Because this is a biopic, we are not always on stage but are still dealing with the musical stage as our main theme. And the musicals don't seem to concentrate as much on the music as they do the performance to music. Dancing and singing mainly take place on stage or in rehearsal. And everything on the stage is beautiful, gay (in the older sense of the word), shiny, smiling and light-hearted. You don't get the sad musical songs really until much later. 3. If this had been filmed pre-code there would have been quite the different wardrobe. Although it does show Luis Rainer's cleavage, there would have been much more of it. In fact, I am quite surprised at the length of her mirror that she shines on people's faces. When left down, it hits her right in her lady parts. Which I feel is not by accident and it is very noticeable. It is large and very shiny and draws attention to, well, you know. Her dresser in the scene would have probably taken her dress off...probably behind the dressing screen or we would have seen her in her corset. And Ziegfeld could have possibly come back to her dressing room and there could have been sexual innuendo in their conversation

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