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repper replied to jeepersneaker's topic in MAD ABOUT MUSICALS: THE HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICALSAs many times that I have seen Wizard of Oz, I often try to see something, anything I have missed. This gets increasingly more difficult over the years. This year I found something new. In the Forest Scene, Lion is carrying a flitz, (Thanks, Marx Brothers Animal Crackers ?)On the flitz it says"Witch Remover." Funny how I never noticed that.
I enjoyed seeing Cagney dance in not only Footlight Parade but also Yankee Doodle Dandy and his other take as George M. in The Seven Little Foys. If one were to say Astaire was an elegant dancer and Kelly was an athletic one, in comparison Cagney's style impolitely put as epileptic.
I think watching Oscar Levant in this scene gives the same enjoyment as watching Peter Lorre doing the "Siberia" number in Silk Stockings. They are non-dancers who look like they enjoyed the chance to deviate from their usual acting assignments. It's hard to take your eyes off of them.