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  1. 1. The woman finds a garter that isn't hers, indicating he's been with another woman. Alfred isn't surprised to see her husband. He watches calmly as the woman shoots herself, and then the husband shoots Alfred. It's clear that similar situations have happened before. 2. Movie opens with frivolous song, dancers, and champagne, all signs of wealth and lightheartedness. Butler's playful song indicates light spirit. Volume of conversation gets louder. Woman screams and shows garter. Music helps set the tone. 3. Frivolity, drama, conflict between lovers
  2. I'm from the Detroit, MI area, so some of my observations relate to Detroit history. 1. I agree with those who said the Fred/Ginger dance in the clip is like "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better". I also liked the snappy verbal sparring between the two. 2. The mistaken identity theme makes the plot more interesting. Both Jerry and Dale are established in their careers. (Even her name Dale suggests some degree of "just as good as a man". Also, mocking social norms is funny. Dale's friend Marge wasn't surprised that her "husband" (actually Jerry) flirted with Dale. 3. Here's the Detroit perspective. Around 1915 Henry Ford started hiring and pay what was then big money. Due to this sudden prosperity, people had money had money for entertainment and more movie theaters were built. Then in the 1920s there were well over 100 speakeasies in Detroit and smuggling booze from Canada (just across the river) was a booming business. The legalization of alcoholic beverages in the 1930s brought an end to that. Those who could afford it saw first-run movies; others saw movies that were a few years old at discounted prices. In the 1940s the auto factories started making jeeps, other military vehicles, and parts for them. There were LOTS of REAL "Rosie the Riveters". Most of the real "Rosies" didn't wear jumpsuits like in the famous poster. Those who could get them wore pants (often their father's or brother's old ones) which seldom fit well. But anyway, it was started to become more common for women to wear pants. Many women became more self-reliant and they started to earn more money. Probably some of those women remembered the fun and frivilous days of the 1920s and some could probably recall days of wealth. Some read society columns in the newspapers and could only dream of having the lavish parties of the very wealthy. For them the movies would perhaps, just for a short time, let them escape to such a lifestyle.
  3. Thank you, GeezerNoir, for pointing out it was Gilda Gray with the tight dress and her famous shimmy. I had heard of her, but I don't think I've seen her before. I agree with your bad girl/good girl observation. When I see a mountie on TV, I am reminded of the cartoon character Dudley Do-Right. I automatically expect him to be a hero and save the damsels in distress. 1. In the first clip, it seems the mountie is trying to prove himself worthy of Marie. in the second clip, he comes in the saloon with TWO low-class girls. This time Marie doesn't fit in at all. (And so he sees the error of his ways in choosing "bad girls"- HAHA!) 2. Saw "San Francisco", but didn't realize that was Jeanette MacDonald. There she was the "bad girl" who became good. 3. The men/women and good girl/bad girl stereotypes are shown. Also, the good girl must remain a lady, making sure her hair is properly curled. This stereotype often remains and is just beginning to change.
  4. 1. In movies, characters and other details may be changed for several reasons, such as to meet code restrictions, for brevity, to relate to the main storyline, to heighten drama or comedy, to provide a clear contrast. 2. Possible themes: competition, success 3. I agree with those who said probably Anna Held would have had a more revealing costume. Precode, they might have chosen another actor to play Billings, to make competition more fierce. They might have shown arguments between Held and Ziegfeld.
  5. I'm with Suzanne about the two versions of "Showboat". I prefer the 1936 version. I didn't like changes to song lyrics in the 1951 version. In "Life Upon the Wicked Stage", originally, the last line was, "I got virtue, but it ain't been tested. No one's even interested." In the 1951 version, it's "I got talent, but it ain't been tested. No one's even interested." Changing the lyrics doesn't make sense to me. Didn't they realize she was saying she HAS virtue (although not by choice)? Other movies I suggest: "The Music Man", "Yellow Submarine", "Grease", and "Xanadu"

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