kathywales2

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  1. I just have to say in that clip you were talking about how is one dull with Gene Kelly", it's actually Ricardo Mantalban
  2. Sorry to put this question on here but I am trying without any luck to find the movies that are suggested we watch this week for Mad about musicals. Can anyone tell me where to find the list, I have found the list of all the movies showing what days but not the list of the ones suggested for this week. Or if you know would you be kind enough to post them here for me to see? I found the ones last week but for some reason can not find the ones for this week, I know strange indeed but this seems to be me this week lol. Thank you in advance, Kathy
  3. What greater American dream than to be invited to the White House to meet the President? It shows Cohan as an older man at the opening and as he begins to recall his childhood it draws you into his story and life. I think the opening is perfect. I never noticed the American Flag on his lapel until tonight watching the clip or if I did I had forgotten about it. I think the grand stair case he walks up speaks volumes of the White House, the butler welcoming him and speaking of the song Grand old Flag starts you right off in a Patriotic mindset. The part where FDR says "You Irish Americans you carry your love of country like a flag right out in the open" Or when Cohan says " I was a real cocky kid back in those days, a real cocky kid, a real Yankee Doodle Dandy. Always carrying a flag in a parade or following one." Doesn't get much more Patriotic than that in my book. I have seen this movie hundreds of time and am looking forward to watching it again this week. My sister Sherry showed me this film for the first time and she is the one who introduced me to TCM talk about movie knowledge she had it. I miss her every day, she passed away in 2008 and I know she would have loved to take this course.
  4. Ruby Keeler has a fun loving I am going all out and stompin the bejeebies out of everything in my way. Comparing her to Eleanor Powell's style of elegant movements straight back, head up, don't look at my feet while tappin my life away dancing style. Well there you have it in my opinion Keeler is more smile worthy while watching her dance you just can't help but have fun. Powell's style is rather a leave your mouth open and think man doesn't she get dizzy or I bet her cheeks really hurt by the end of this dance. Don't get me wrong I am very impressed with her dancing as well as Keeler's. I would much rather watch the self taught look that Ruby has because watching her dance gives me the feeling that perhaps way back in my younger days I could have pulled her style off. She is like the working man's dancer and Eleanor is the white collar dudes dancer. She was schooled in ballet so that explained to me where I got the idea of her lines being so perfect
  5. Hmmm what can I say? Well for starters watching these two dance dressed in any attire, on any type of staged atmosphere is a pure delight. His sing song singing voice is unique to me in that he is one of the few (even today) that you clearly hear his speaking voice as well. Jimmy Stewart's attempt at singing also comes across that way and it is endearing to me. Battle of the sexes either I slept through something or it is so slight in message that I missed it. What I saw was a wonderful display of dancing talent, he went for it and she was swept right along. She did however to me show him that she could keep up with him and yet still stay the Lady in the dance, yes she met his steps but neither one outshone the other. I saw a dance routine in which they were equals in the stepping and yet staying true to ones self. WHY would you change a thing in these screwball musicals?! I would want them to remain as they are, a lot of dialogue dancing singing and straight fun in trying to keep it all straight.
  6. I've never cared for their type of singing, when I was a kid my sister and I wouldn't watch them. Now that I am much older I do believe I have given them the chance to grow on me. I can sit through the singing especially hers without turning the channel I do like his voice much better. I see the flirtatious way of him in the canoe and her trying not to show anything but indifference towards him but when he sings she loses it. The saloon scene is showing a girl out of her element and doing what she has to to survive. She watches the old gal who knows what it takes and when she tries it her way she finds herself embarrassed but I don't think it's because she's prudish I think it's because she just looks like a utter buffoon alongside the hardcore expert of the saloon. When he sees her it's perhaps shock at first then you see his eyes soften and you get he sense that he sees her and what guts she has to go ahead and try and this only makes him more attracted to the young woman. I enjoy their movies now, it's like watching instead of reading the old Harlequin romance novels way back when, boy meets girl they don't like each other, but you know they will end up together and you just can't put the book down because you want to see them make it, fall in love and be happy. I can only imagine their movies were that book during the depression, you walk in to a theatre spending that hard found change, you need to escape the harsh reality of your day if only for a few hours. You settle in and get comfy, you might have even purchased popcorn and there you sit. When the lights dim and the reel starts to chatter it goes black then boom there it is those two singing love birds that you know will get together but this time you wonder what and how it will happen. You become immersed in the flicker of the films light you slide down in your seat, take a deep breath and your there with them cheering them on and you forget what waits outside for you, if only for a little while.
  7. This scene has made me want to see the movie, the garter, guns, and her showing him that she has both of hers on says simply that he is a womanizer to the core and yet lovable at the same time. I loved his wit and charm when he looked into the camera and spoke to us he was welcoming the audience into his situation. The use of French being spoken did not through a person off as to what they were discussing, I loved listening to them bicker and all the while he just stood there watching as, well, as we were. From this opening scene you know you are in for a rowdy, fun night at the movies and yes that would help you escape the wolf that was outside those theatre doors during the depression.
  8. The I enjoy the movie and of course the actors in it. If this was precode would not have been dressed head to toe while singing her song. The joke of 5 pounds was funny. She was impressed with the cost of the orchids and the price is what made her decide to see him. Which by the way ignored the depression going on.

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