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This musical was a remake of an earlier musical, which had been a remake of a non-musical.  It starred two of the producing studio's female talents, one on the rise, the other, not liking her position there, would soon be deciding to leave.  A third musical star was borrowed from another studio.  A new contractee, a musical star on Broadway, was making her movie debut; the studio would not use her for musicals.  

Name the movie, the two earlier versions, and the 4 actresses. 

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This musical, and the earlier musical version, were in Technicolor.  The non-musical was in black and white.

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Okay, I think I've got it:  The movie is 20th Century Fox's Three Little Girls in Blue, the earlier musical is Moon Over Miami, and the black and white non-musical is Three Blind Mice.

The 4 actresses would be:

June Haver - the star on the rise

Vivian Blaine - left Fox after this movie and went on to greater fame on Broadway as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls 

Vera-Ellen - under contract to Samuel Goldwyn and borrowed for this film

Celeste Holm - appeared in musicals on Broadway (originated the role of Ado Annie in Oklahoma) and made her film debut in this movie.  Her musical talents would not be utilized by the studio.

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13 minutes ago, starliteyes said:

Okay, I think I've got it:  The movie is 20th Century Fox's Three Little Girls in Blue, the earlier musical is Moon Over Miami, and the black and white non-musical is Three Blind Mice.

The 4 actresses would be:

June Haver - the star on the rise

Vivian Blaine - left Fox after this movie and went on to greater fame on Broadway as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls 

Vera-Ellen - under contract to Samuel Goldwyn and borrowed for this film

Celeste Holm - appeared in musicals on Broadway (originated the role of Ado Annie in Oklahoma) and made her film debut in this movie.  Her musical talents would not be utilized by the studio.

Starliteyes, 

You are amazing.  Totally correct on all counts.  Congratulations.

Your turn....

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Another musical was a remake of a musical that was a remake of a non-musical.  The non-musical was nominated for Best Picture and the first musical won an Oscar for Best Song.  The musical remake used the same songs as the first musical, with a few new tunes written by the original composer.

Name the 3 movies, the song that won the Oscar and the composer.

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"State Fair" from 1933, 1945, and 1962.  The song that won the Oscar was "It Might As Well Be Spring".  Here is Jeanne Crain, who's as "jumpy as a puppet on a string".

 

The song was from Rodgers and Hammerstein.  Hammerstein had died before the 1962 remake, so Richard Rodgers composed the new tunes by himself.

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Once again, Miles, you have hit the bull's-eye!  But then again, I would expect no less from you.  Well done, sir.  

Now it's your turn.

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Cab Calloway sang about "Minnie The Moocher".  Phil Harris sang about "Minnie The Mermaid".  There was another song about someone named Minnie.  It was performed by a well known musical star in an "A-List" picture.  What was the song, what was the picture, and who sang it?

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"Aye, Aye, Aye, They call her Minnie from Trinidad,

Aye, Aye, Aye, She wasn't good, but she wasn't bad"

Very good.  Lavender, you are correct.  It was written by Judy's mentor, Roger Edens.  Here it is:

 

Lavender, you're up next.

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Thanks Miles, a few months ago I watched Judy performing Minnie from Trinidad in Ziegfeld Girl ( about the 20th time) :D

This famous actor, dancer thought that a dance he and others did in a musical film would catch on with the public and became popular. Unfortunately, he was mistaken. The film was a hit, the dance was not. Actor, film ( extra for the name of the dance) ???

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4 hours ago, lavenderblue19 said:

You're correct about Fred but this film was later and that's not the dance

Then how about Slue Foot from Daddy Long Legs?

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12 hours ago, starliteyes said:

Then how about Slue Foot from Daddy Long Legs?

Yes, Fred, Daddy Long Legs and the dance was Slue Foot. I think that dance as cute as it was, was too complicated for it to have caught on. I love that movie, I've loved it since I was a kid. Good work Star, it's your thread :)

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While making this musical, the female star eloped with the man who would be her first husband, while the male star met the woman who would be his first wife.

Name the two stars and the musical they were making at the time.

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17 hours ago, starliteyes said:

While making this musical, the female star eloped with the man who would be her first husband, while the male star met the woman who would be his first wife.

Name the two stars and the musical they were making at the time.

I gave this one a lot of thought. Thru the process of much elimination LOL  ( I thought of every possible MGM and Fox, etc. musical star) I think it's Judy who eloped with David Rose and Mickey met Ava and subsequently married Ava and Mickey and Judy were working on Babes on Broadway together ?????

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Absolutely right, lav!  Mickey & Judy both started off on their marital careers while making Babes on Broadway.

You're up next.

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I was a great dancer who should have had a great film career, but unfortunately I got blacklisted.

Anyway I did display my art in 2 feature films.

When you identify me, can you also list my 2 film credits?

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12 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

I was a great dancer who should have had a great film career, but unfortunately I got blacklisted.

Anyway I did display my art in 2 feature films.

When you identify me, can you also list my 2 film credits?

Hint#1-- This dancer was a well-trained all-around dancer, but was a tap dance specialist.

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17 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

Hint#1-- This dancer was a well-trained all-around dancer, but was a tap dance specialist.

Paul Draper?  Colleen with Dick Powell and The Time of Your Life with Cagney ?????

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Yes! Paul Draper was one of the greatest tap dancers who ever lived.

What made him unique was not his ballet style of tap dancing, but that he primarily tap danced to classical music.

It's sad that he couldn't have made more movies, however what he did is an excellent example of tap dance perfection.

 

Lav, just as you are always perfect with these terrific answers! Your turn--

 

 

49 minutes ago, lavenderblue19 said:

Paul Draper?  Colleen with Dick Powell and The Time of Your Life with Cagney ?????

 

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Thanks Princess :)

This dancer, actress performed one of her famous dance routines for the troops in 120 degree weather. Actress and the name of the routine ??

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