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  1. Most often List: Jeanette Macdonald, Bing Crosby, Deanna Durbin, Sonja Henie. One or two good musicals list: Tyrone Power, Frances Farmer, Shirley Ross, John Payne
  2. Let's aay that you have a list of 60 musicals that you like. What female stare appears most often on this list? What male star appears most often on this list? Is there a star on your list who only appeared in one or two good (or great) movies?
  3. Michasl Kidd was also a great innovater. I read that dancers often got hurt preforming his difficul acrobatic numbers. They had to spend hours in rehearsals perfecting their technique. Actress Teri Garr ((Tootsie) credits Michael as the person who led her to becoming an actress. After years of ballet training and ballet perfornances, she auditioned for a broadway play choregraphed by Michael Kidd. During the audition she was so nervous that she made a slight mistake. Then she heard Michael's voice say," Who did that". When she admitted that she made the mistake--Michael asked her to leav
  4. Thank you Sandy K; and Thank you patful. I wish you and your love ones many blessings in 2008!
  5. I am a great fan of Michael Kidd's "Barn Raising" number from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". It thrills and excites me every time I see it! In my opinion, it's the best chorus number recorded on film!! Thank you Michael for this magnificent, magical number!! I love Michael's great solo in the Garbage Can Top dance (from "It's always Fair Weather"). It was wonderful. (Even though it wasn't a ballet number, Michael ballet training was very apparent in this dance. Michael had danced in some great ballet companies.) And "Guys and Dolls" is one of my favorite live threatre produc
  6. Do Musicals offer safety from some of lifes' harsher realties? --Am I attractive enough; do I have a good enough job; am I pleasent to be around; am I a good moral person; am I so "moral" and judgemental that I place myself and others in bondage; if I suffered abuse, am I becoming an abuser; am I fearful of the opposite/same sex; am I a giver or a taker; do I fear change or am I open to new people and new opportunities; am I rooted with a strong faith in a loving Higher Power, or am I too attached to people, places or things (movies?, songs?, books? etc.); am I a composite of opposites an
  7. What would say are some of the "signatures" of your favorite dancers? For Fred Astaire, what comes to mind are: !. Full circle turns (so that is back often faces audience) 2. Top Hat, Tails, and Cane 3. Animated-joyful face when doing a fast (mostly apart from each other) tap duet with a talented female dancer. 4. Wild and frenzied kicking motions and seemingly off balance leaps and turns with his feet (that make you think that he is about to lose his balance and fall down). (See "Flying Down to Rio", "The Gay Divorcee", "Raberta", "Top Hat". 5.. Sand Dances. (S
  8. Can you identify a heartwarming Christmas song I heard on the radio? It was sung by Kermit the frog of the Muppets. In the song he offered a prayer, and part of the song went "....and peace on earth will last throughout the year." Was it from "The Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie"? What is the name of the song? I heard that some singers regularly change some of the lyrics to to the classic "Meet me in St. Louis" song "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas". I heard that they delete "until then, we will have to muddle through some how" and add replace it with something like "place a sh
  9. I cherish the Heartwarming song sung by a well-known character actor at Christmas time in "Remember the Night". I cherish the romantic scenes between Pamela Britan and Frank Sinatra in "Anchors Aweigh". I cherish tender scenes between Deanna Durbin and her pretend Father in "Mad about Music". I cherish the "Meet me in St, Louie" number sung by a young girl and her Grandfather in the beginning of "Meet me in St. Louis". I cherish Jimmy Sterward's misty-eyed and crying scenes in "It's a wonderful life. I cherish the The Alan Jones Scenes (and song) at the close of "Showboat" (1936); I cherish t
  10. Was it so bad to have pictures that the whole family could watch together? (This wasn' t true of some of the pre-code musicals.) And the code did allow female ingenues such as Leslie Caron (in "An American in Paris") and male ingenues such as Fred Astaire (in "The Sky's the Limit") to get away with certain sexual suggestiveness. Of course I didn't agree with the racial discrimination aspect of the Code. What is your opinion?
  11. I just needed to add: That many of the Astaire-Roger films were blockbusters! That dance studios were flooded with couples--who wanted to learn how to do the latest Astaire-Rogers dances. That there are magical, romantic moments in the Astaire-Rogers (Astaire-Leslie, Astaire-Charisse) movies that I will treasure forever! That Fred Astaire, in addition to being a great dancer and a great and humble person (I saw his TV specials, and his appearance on the Dick Cavett show) was a great singer! In his television appearances and his records from the 50''s are some very romantic and to
  12. As a fan of Turner Classic Movies, I have noticed that, in Many of the A & B musical and non-musical movies of the 30's and 40's, you will find some very intimate dancing. In the nightclub scenes you will often see cheek-to-cheek dancing--where the dancers are in a hug-like embrace, chest to chest, waist to waist, pelvis to pelvis, as they sway in suxual-like rhythm to the music. Even in Andy Hardy-like movies such as, "State Fair (1945)", and "Rich, Young and Pretty" (1951) you will find such dancing. Professional dancers (such as Murphy & Powell) would expand on this, and incorper
  13. I always enjoy watching "Broadway Melody of 1938". In George Murphy's book, Say...Didn't you used to be George Murphy", George had the following comments about this movie: "....I was concerned about one thing, which I explained to [Eleanor Powell] when we first met. I had seen her on Broadway and in at least one film, and she always seemed to be doing the same routine. I thought in the movie we were going to do together we ought to vary the dances. ....Eleanor agreed and we immediatly went to work practicing a waltz, a schottische soft-shoe number and an entirely new variation of a tap danc
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