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Everything posted by Suzanne1228

  1. It looks like this theme would be great as a tie in with another online class. I really enjoyed the past classes.
  2. As someone who loves Two Girls and a Sailor, I'm curious as to what you didn't like about it. I agree with you on Two Sisters from Boston; I found it boring.
  3. Your Father's Mustache closed in the early to 1970s. Gaslight Square had a marvelous brief bright heyday and was gone by the mid 70s. Many famous stars got their start there: Phyllis Diller, Barbra Streisand, The Smothers Brothers... It was a unique, tiny neighborhood that was the right place at the right time. I wish I had been around to see it. My great uncle had a club called The Banjo Palace which opened in 1967 and closed in 1973. Nightclubs have a notoriously short shelf life. Many of the players are still around and are still playing. My dad has provided the music
  4. Thank you so much for sharing this. What a great family history. I checked out his IMDb page. It's sad that he didn't make more films.
  5. It comes with practice as so many people have noted. And once you start getting used to noticing details more, they will start jumping out at you. Things like lighting and shadows. Editing and costume. You WILL start to see them and how they comment on action, story, and character. Sometimes it will just sneak up on you and you will see something and say "Wow! That was a great shot." Or "Did you see that cut?" or "Those shadows across her face make her look like she is trapped." You WILL notice. I guarantee it and once you do, you will notice more and more until your family
  6. I might not have you beat, but I might tie. My dad, Don Scherrer, is a Dixieland jazz banjo player. He has been a professional musician since the age of 15. He played in Gaslight Square at Your Father's Mustache. In 1976 he was named the Official Missouri State Ragtime Banjo Player. I grew up with all of the songs. I was very popular at Girl Scout camp for teaching the kids how to sing Sarah, Sarah Sitting in a Shoeshine Shop. It's a great song for drunks and/or lisping children. lol Some of the first songs I learned when I took guitar lessons were Whispering, My Blue Heaven and
  7. I really wish they were. They are in a box in my garage but near the back and behind a bunch of other things. I really wish I could get to them because I wanted to look at the lyrics for Shuffle Off to Buffalo to see if the "tummy" is part of the original lyric.
  8. As irritating as kids can be, I would say yes. It is amazing on a big screen and I'd love to hear the reactions of the children, many who may be seeing it for the first time. How lucky you are!
  9. It could be that they still had the performance cards left over in the prop department. Also in Two Girls and a Sailor, when they are walking through the theatrical warehouse initially you see many props. One that always sticks out to me is the large Samurai. It pops up in a lot of places. It ended up on the Addam's Family set in the 1960s.
  10. CynthiaV, that's another great point. (In an extremely insightful post.) History is not taught the same way now. It wasn't even taught the same way when I was in school 30+ years ago.
  11. This is an important point to remember. News and the distribution of information was quite a different animal then. We are inundated with information. Too much information and much of it useless. The news outlets and journalists in the 1940s had to be much more concise with their reporting. Facts without all the opinion and spin. Today, they feel that they have to give all the extra because they need to fill 24 hours.
  12. Thank you for sharing those links. I stopped and listened to all three. I'm sure I will go back and listen to the others in the series. They had some interesting insights. It is interesting to hear the perspectives of people much younger. They don't seem quite as aware of some of the more historical aspects and placing a film within its time.
  13. Judy is the performer that got me interested in movies. I love everything that she's done. And of course, The Man That Got Away is by far her best number. Leaving that aside, I love Mack the Black from The Pirate. Her character Manuela becomes a different person under Serafin's hypnosis. THe previously, demure and quiet girl becomes a wildcat in the musical number. It is amazing to behold. I also love Under the Bamboo Tree from Meet Me in St. Louis. She looks like she is having so much fun with Margaret O'Brien. There's so much joy there. And for a sheer performance tou
  14. I agree. I love the musical numbers but the portrait that the film paints of Lorenz Hart is absurd and insulting.
  15. One of my favorite shows is Hello, Dolly!. I like the film but I feel that Streisand was too young for the part. I saw a revival in the 80s with Carol Channing as Dolly. The show was written for her and it was a very "comfortable" production. It was familiar and you could tell she was in her element. But my favorite production was at the Muny in St. Louis, with Madeline Kahn as Dolly. She lit up the stage and was fantastic. Likewise, I saw a production of The King and I at the Muny starring Theodore Bikel and it was phenomenal. I have yet to see a version of Show Boat that didn
  16. Wow! Thanks for sharing! That's a great list and thanks for sharing the list of personnel. I now have a new quest.
  17. Thanks for the list! I am always looking for new movies to see. I've always associated Republic with Westerns. Are any of them available on DVD?
  18. I understand why the focus is on MGM and Warner Bros, but I was very disappointed that there was so little Fox. I remember years ago a TV Special called Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0315605/reference Unfortunately, it's never been released to home video. It was a worthy companion to That's Entertainment! I was very pleased when several Betty Grable and Alice Faye films were released to DVD in the early 2000s. I bought all of them and have loved watching them and watching again to listen to the commentaries. I also enjoyed the Sonja Heni
  19. That's interesting to me. I've never thought of it as NOT being a musical. Ideally, a musical has songs that comment on and are part of the story. Of course, the backstage musical is a different style of musical - the "Let's put on a show!" type of thing. But back to Oz, the songs introduce and comment on the characters and their motivations. Several songs comment on the action and they are an integral part of the story. I think if the songs were extracted, the story wouldn't have as much meaning or depth in its presentation. Even in backstage musicals, sometimes, the characters
  20. My favorite of the Astaire & Rogers dance numbers is Let's Face the Music and Dance from Follow the Fleet (1936). It has drama on two levels. It's presented as a performance piece but it is also a personal moment between Sherry and Bake.
  21. Thank you crysalong & MStacey! My taste in Hindi film goes a bit further back, but it's easy to see how SRK became such a huge star. Most of the Hindi movies I've watched have been those of Shammi Kapoor and Guru Dutt. The first Indian film I ever saw was Mehboob Ki Mendhi with Rajesh Khanna. I was amazed by his dancing and disappointed to find out about the playback singers. Having grown up on classic Hollywood with the true triple threats like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland, it was disheartening to me at first. Then after listening to more of the Hindi music and vocal s
  22. I collect old sheet music. I found a suitcase full in our basement when I was a kid. I no longer play but I love the covers from the various movies. I continued to collect long after finding the initial batch. I wish there was an easy way to display it, though.
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