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What is you single most, all-time, favorite musical?

I realize it's a really hard question, and if I had to say second place, it would drive me crazy.

My absolute favorite is Calamity Jane.

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My favorite musical is "Singin' In The Rain." It's very cheerful and fun. Who could forget Gene Kelly's famous dance in the rain?

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Was June Allyson ever in a musical? I didn't know she could even sing. I'm afraid I really dislike poor old June. My father (who never hesitated to speak his opinion about such matters) used to call her "Horsey Face." Very mean, I know. But (equestrian appearance or not aside) she is kind of irritating.

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GOOD NEWS is really fun, despite me not liking either of the two leads, Peter Lawford and (especially) Allyson. It's a collegiate musical nostalgically recalling the roaring 20s, and features a great song that lists most Native American groups in the lyrics (not sure of the name of the song).

 

I believe June may have sang in some of her other films, especially when she was hitting stardom in the mid 40s, but not being a fan (to put it mildly) I don't really now.

 

Edited by: Arturo on Jun 25, 2010 7:54 PM

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Actually, Allyson did appear in a number of musicals, especially early in her career. The comedies ad dramas came a little later. And, Arturo, the number from "Good News" that you are thinking of is called "Pass the Peace Pipe." It's a great number and, along with "Varsity Drag" are my two favorite numbers in this film.

 

Terrence.

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I always find it impossible to have one single "favourite" of anything, be it a musical, a movie, a song, or an ice cream flavour. So I'm going to indulge myself and list a favourite from three different movie musical categories.

 

Old black and white 30s musical: Of course one with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The wonderful scores alone (usually Irving Berlin) would give them a top place. Probably Top Hat, although Swingtime 's pretty darn good too.

 

Big fat colour 50s musical: Toss-up between The Music Man and Oklahoma ! . (The Music Man

is of a more reasonable length.) I guess I have to go with The Music Man, the music is so damn good in it. Oklahoma ! 's a very close second. Such soaring melodies in both of them!

 

"Modern" musical: Cabaret.

 

Edited by: misswonderly on Jun 27, 2010 11:06 AM

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It's not an issue in muscials if they're bw or color--the issues have more to do origination and styles.

 

"Music Man" and "OK" are Broadway shows. *Top Hat* and *Swing Time* are originial screen musicals. However, all four are predominantly dance musicals.

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Far and away, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Every song, every theme, every set, every actor was gorgeous. Lovely...

 

I don't know if The Commitments is considered a musical...but just the idea of Irish kids loving soul music and doing it SO well got us to the theater three times.

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I used to love Oklahoma as a kid. I absolutely adored it. I think I watched it so often I ruined it for my mom. But the last time I saw it I didn't really like it. I think some of the dance numbers struck me as just being weird, and I couldn't imagine why I would have liked them as a kid. But on the other hand, Gordon MacCrae is sooooo dreamy.

I don't really have much of an opinion on June Allyson, probably because I've only seen her in a couple of things. The way many of you describe her is how I feel about Joan Crawford though. She has always made me shudder.

I think overall I tend to like minor musicals over the blockbuster ones. Thorougbreds Don't Cry with Jdy Garland and Mickey Rooney is one of my favorites.

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I should admit up front that I am not really a musical fan. I do like Marx Bros. films, and the Peter O'Toole/Peter Medak film *The Ruling Class*, which are all nominally musicals. But the one out-and-out musical that I do love is Busby Berkeley's *42nd Street*. It is just so out there, it is amazing!

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If I were to categorize them:

 

Broadway adaptation to film: *The Sound of Music* (runner-up *The Music Man*)

Film with stand alone musical performances: *Love Me or Leave Me* (runner*-up *Star!*)*

*Original screen musical: *Mary Poppins* (runner-up *The Wizard of Oz*)

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Singin' in the Rain

 

Fiddler on the Roof

 

Funny Girl (or does that count as a musical?)

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one year.....

 

one movie.....

 

especially for this date.......

 

 

1972's 1776.

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Oklahoma ! is one of the best musicals ever. This is despite its excessive length and rather dark subject matter (for a musical.) The Rodgers and Hammerstein score is loaded with beautiful singable melodies that stick in your head. Some of them have entered the realm of popular touchstone -everyone remembers the scene from When Harry Met Sally , the one in which Meg Ryan so charmingly and so tunelessly attempts to sing kareokee to Surrey with the Fringe on Top .

 

The "weird" sequence you're referring to is probably the scene in which Laurie takes the hallucinogenic drug ( ! ) the pedlar has sold her and she proceeds to have -well- a hallucination.

An overwrought, overlong ballet number follows; the whole thing could easily be cut from the movie and the deletion would make very little difference.

 

Other than that, I think this movie musical is well nigh perfect. Almost all the songs are irresistable, and it has some of the best dance numbers this side of Astaire/Rogers.

 

Who knew Gloria Graham, duchess of noir, could be funny and so perfect as Ado Annie? Even the way she warbles "I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No", ( almost as off-key as Meg Ryan ), is charming and amusing.

 

The "dark" aspect of it -Judd Fry's unholy lust for Laurie - renders it one of the more unusual musicals in terms of its character/plot development. Rod Steiger, as always, delivers a performance that gets under your skin.

 

But the prevailing mood of Oklahoma ! is one of joi de vivre and of hope, an innocent and optimistic celebration of America when it was young.

 

Hey -although this wasn't on purpose, I think it's worked out rather nicely that I'm posting this on July 4th. Happy Birthday, U.S.A. !

 

Edited by: misswonderly on Jul 4, 2010 7:48 PM

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Other than the obvious choice of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, I would add A HARD DAYS' NIGHT or YELLOW SUBMARINE. ON THE TOWN is right up there, as well.

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I will watch the following musicals over & over

 

42nd Street

7 Brides for 7 Brothers

Funny Girl

Fiddler on the Roof

Flower Drum Song

 

I guess I like the letter "F" :)

 

However, I believe I'm the only person that truly loves Paint Your Wagon

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