Allenex

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  1. Allenex

    *A to Z of Movies*

    I'm no angel (Mae West)
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Footlight parade (James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Guy Kibee)
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    Favorite movie fashions?

    Ginger looked so beautiful in some of her gowns she wore when dancing with Astaire. I loved those beautiful floorlength gowns that a lot of 1930s women wore while attending parties, dances, and balls. Another thing I've noticed about a lot of 1930s films is that women singing in those beautiful opera voices while wearing beautiful floorlength dresses often went together. Several examples of that include in Marx bros film "Day at the races" during the "On blue Venison waters" number when that group of beauties sitting by the water wearing those big long beautiful gowns while singing a line operatticly very beautifully. Another example is in Judy Garlands "Everybody sing", a row of beautiful women in some very long wide gowns singing operatticly very beautifully at the beginning of one of the show numbers. Another example is in "Dames" during "I only have eyes for you" during the part of the number with Ruby Keeler and all of the showgirls dressed and hairstyled just like Ruby, the girls are all wearing beautiful floorlength gowns while singing operatticly very beautifully there too. And I have about 10 more similar examples, women in long floorlength gowns with opera singing voices went hand in hand almost every time in 1930s films.
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    My favorite wife (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne)
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Variety girl (with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope)
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    Best Musicals of all time

    I do remember those Sesame street skits where Maria referenced Charlie Chaplin.
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    Best Musicals of all time

    Miss Piggy referenced Esther Williams' water ballets, I just wasn't sure which Esther Williams film and water ballet they were referencing, since I've seen every Esther film and water ballet there was. Of course when I first saw "The great Muppet caper as a kid, I had no idea who Esther Williams was and I assumed that miss Piggy's water ballets was an original idea. I didn't start watching old films including Esther's until years later as an adult.
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Broadway melody 36
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    Obscure Pre Code movies

    Oh, I thought that was a celebrity I just didn't recognize. It does look like a selfy now that you mention it, but there are close up photos of celebrities too.
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    Best Musicals of all time

    What do you think of Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler's "I only have eyes for you"? It's one of my favorites
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    Obscure Pre Code movies

    Just curious Topbilled, who is that a picture of on your post photo? I've recognized most of the celebrities that most of the members of this site have used for their post photo, but not yours. He looks like someone from a more modern film but don't recognize him.
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    Obscure Pre Code movies

    It's funny about how back in the 1930s, suggestive sexual content had to be covered up when the Hays code went into effect but not violence. So many shoot em up films continued after the Code such as numerous Cagney films such as "Angels with dirty faces" and "Roaring twenties", and Bogart and Lorre films such as "Cassablanca" and "Beat the devil" (and Bogart was also in both above mentioned Cagney films). And a lot of the film noir films.
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Top hat (Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers)
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    Best Musicals of all time

    Yes, there was definitely more talent in the Golden age. Look at all the dancing talent like Fred and Ginger, Eleanor Powell, Ann Miller, Gene Kelly, and the singing talent like Janette McDonald, Kathryn Grayson, Judy Garland, Nelson Eddie, Dick Powell, and Sinatra. And the amazing acting talent of Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Katherine Hepburn, James Cagney, and the amazing comedy talent of the Marx brothers and Laurel and Hardy. We just don't have such a large level and amount of that kind of greatness today.
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    Best Musicals of all time

    There were not really too many black Golden age Hollywood stars at all, Lena Horne was one of the few. In most 1930s films as I'm sure many of you have seen, black people were usually just brought into the films as maids or servants. Because of the times, blacks knew how it was and generally had lower expectations than they have today and were probably greatful to even be in those films. Once in a while, a large group of blacks were brought into to take over an entire film scene such as a singing scene in Marx brothers "Day at the races".
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    Best Musicals of all time

    They don't even have the same kind of movie equipment today, with all of today's computer generated effects, so it wouldn't be possible for that reason too. And studios would never bother trying since too many people in today's modern age have totally different tastes in films. There are not enough of us old film lovers. I'm sure there are a lot of young people today who never even heard of Joan Blondell, Jean Harlow, Hugh Hubert, and many others from the 1930s.
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Mr. Smith goes to Washington
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    Best Musicals of all time

    That's true. Two main reasons is I believe that a) the younger generations today just don't have the same tastes, and b)studios just don't know how to make musicals and don't have that old style magic touch today, or even in the past 40 years, like they had in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Actually, musicals were very good and had the great classic touch until the 1960s, The sound of music was a fabulous 1960s musical.
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    Best Musicals of all time

    Yes, the MGM 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s films are wonderful. And the 1930s Warner bros musicals are wonderful too.
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    Obscure Pre Code movies

    I've not seen Murder at the vanities yet, but I've seen a good number of pre code films. I loved Barbara Stanwyk's Baby face and Night nurse, Jean Harlow's Red dust, Platinum Blonde, and Hells angels, and James Cagney's Public enemy and Blonde crazy. Two other precodes I loved were Hollywood party, some of the dance scenes (Hollywood party song and Feelin high) and the girls' dancing and their outfits were definitely pre code. Meet the baron also was definitely pre code with the girls' shower song Clean as a whistle, and Zasu Pitts asking Jack Pearl "would you like something to play with?" and her touching her breast.
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    Obscure Pre Code movies

    There are a good number of them. Precodes I've seen are Barbara Stanwyk in Baby face, and Night nurse, Jean Harlow's Red dust, Hells angels, and Platinum Blonde, Joan Crawford's Rain and Dancing lady, Busby Berkeley's 42nd street, Dames, Footlight parade, and Gold diggers 33, some of the dancing scenes in Hollywood party, the shower number and a couple of lines from Zasu Pitts in Meet the baron, Claudette Colbert in The sign of the cross and Three cornered moon, Joan Blondell in Night nurse, The reckless hour, and Blonde crazy, James Cagney in Public enemy and Blonde crazy, George Raft in On the town and Scarface, Mae West in On the town and I'm no angel. There's more, but these are the ones that I've seen.
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    Best Musicals of all time

    My top 10 favorite Golden age musicals go as following: Dames, especially Ruby Keeler's "I only have eyes for you" 42nd street, especially Ruby's title song Singing in the rain, especially Gene Kelly's title song Me and my gal, especially Gene and Judy Garland's title song Girl crazy, especially Judy's "Embracable you" Gold diggers 35, especially both Dick Powell and Gloria Stewart's "The words are in my heart" and Glenda Ferrell's "Lullaby of Broadway" Footlight parade, especially water number "By a waterfall" and James Cagney's "Shanghi Lil" Gold diggers 33, especially "My forgotten man" Meet me in St. Louis, especially Judy Garland's "Trolly song", title song, and "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" Broadway melody 36, especially both Eleanor Powell's "You are my lucky star" and Francis Langford singing it I know that the following aren't musical films but in Marx bros films "A day at the races", I love the number "On blue Venison waters" and in "A night at the opera", I love Allen Jones and Kitty Carlisle singing "Alone" There are still so many other Golden Age films and songs I love, that I really have like a top 100, and I love every one of them, but there just isn't the room here to write them all. I will just close off by saying that they sure don't make em like they used to.
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    favorite pre-code film

    Even though Joan Blondell played quite a daring role in "Gold diggers 33" while trying to play Warren Williams for a fool, Warren was no gentleman himself stating right from the beginning what he thought of Blondell as a kniving golddigger. But Blondell's biggest troublemaking character was definitely in "Dames" while sneaking into Guy Kibbee's bed twice making threats to scream and to try and ruin him if he didn't fork over $25 K to put up for a show, $25 K is a lot of money even today to manipulate someone for, and today, $25K would be about $200K. What a bad girl.
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    Recently Watched Musicals

    In "Gold diggers 35", the story itself is kind of stupid and too cornball, the **** Alice Brady who plays Gloria Stewart's mother and the eccentric director Adolphe Menjou's roles are just too exaggerated. However, the lovely Gloria Stewart, the fabulous numbers "The words are in my heart" and "Lullaby of Broadway" truly make up for it. I love "Dames", especially the lovely Ruby Keeler and "I only have eyes for you", but all the numbers are great. I loved Joan Blondell's sassy character, and her in "Girl with ironing board", including the throw ins of other songs like "bring back my Bonnie to me" and "Shuffle off to Buffalo", Joan doing a Mae West "come up and see me sometime", and the singing clothes. Busby's kaleidoscope magic, especially in the song "Dames" was amazing. Some kaleidoscope stuff in "I only have eyes" too and Ruby looking like an angel. One number was different, and that was Blondell singing "Try and see it my way, baby". For some reason, that number did away with all the Busby magic and clearly showed it as a stage number. It was the only number where they were cutting in to show Hugh Hubert, Zasu, and Guy Kibee watching it.
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    Recently Watched Musicals

    Yeah, I like his staircase moves there. I really enjoyed Doris Day singing "No no, Nanette".

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