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  1. Even though Francis Coppola loved musicals and performed in them in college with fellow students, he was unable to direct and formulate a musical. It was a terrible experience to Astaire and Hermes Pan (I knew them both)....and the movie is totally unsatisfying. His love of musicals was why Francis' first film at his own Zoetrope Studios was "One from the Heart," a Rashomon sort of tale about four lovers in Vegas, told in song and dance. Musicals remain his love but it didn't work out. He was so entranced with his own projects and studio that he spent recklessly like a kid in a candy store....and the result was a disastrous film. It was a shame that Astaire and Pan had to endure this as it was not what they signed up for.
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    Betty Hutton musicals

    Betty Hutton was a major talent and simply wonderful in many of her films. She is good with Bing in "Here Come the Waves" where she plays twin sisters. Her voice was beautiful. As she stated, after she replaced Judy Garland in "Annie Get Your Gun," and was treated with such distain by the co-stars (this was shocking to hear and very sad) she did not want to be in pictures any more. Who can blame her? But she was terrific in "The Greatest Show on Earth." Do not think any other actress could have done that immensely physical role. But must add, she was Fred Astaire's least favorite partner....probably because of their opposing styles. This is not conjecture but was told to me by those who were there...........(respectfully they must remain anonymous.)

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