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  1. According to IMDB - Gone With the Wind grossed $198,676,459 in the USA The Wizard of Oz grossed $22,202,612 in the USA That's a bigger difference than I would have thought.
  2. Thank you for the Edward Everett Horton tidbit! That was fun info. And yes, Master of the Triple Take describes him perfectly. I love him in everything.
  3. Watching Shall We Dance this afternoon on TCM. Gotta love anything with Edward Everett Horton. And I know this is an old saying, but I just love saying it - remember that everything Fred Astaire did, Ginger Rogers did backwards and in heels.
  4. Contrasting the dancing styles of Keeler vs Powell in the clips from today's Lecture Notes. Keeler seems so much more "natural", as if it all comes easily and she is just dancing casually. Powell seems much more structured, rehearsed, even the smile is there "on purpose". Granted, Powell's was a much more difficult routine and she performed it admirably. But watching Powell made me feel like I was watching a show, while watching Keeler made me feel like I was part of a more intimate audience, if that makes sense.
  5. I think Judy had more versatility - she could sing swing, ballads, or whatever you put in front of her. I also think she appealed more to the younger audience with her ability to sing snappier tunes. Deanna seemed to sing more of the operatic types of songs that remind me a bit of an updated Jeanette MacDonald. Judy also seemed to have a more expressive emotional range with her facial expressions and acting, to go along with the emotion she expresses in her singing. Deanna was talented, to be sure, but I think that Judy appealed to a wider audience and that the younger generation of movie goers could more identify with her.
  6. You can retake the quiz multiple times and your newer score will show up in your "grades" section.
  7. 1. Yes, the clip definitely exhibits a brighter perspective of life than was realistic during the Depression Era. Obvious disregard for money and no expense spared was not the norm for practically anybody -- even many of the wealthy lost almost everything in those dark financial days. But the escapism of this brighter perspective is what kept people saving up their dimes and coming to the movies in those days. 2. Themes anticipated from this clip in other Depression era musicals - more of much the same - not a care in the world, lighthearted treatment of conflict, lavish sets and costumes, no real world problems or worries. 3. Pre-code would probably have shown much more risque costuming for Held. Probably the characters of both Ziegfeld and Billings would not been written so playfully -- they would have been more serious characters and adversaries. They may have come to her dressing room to try to persuade her, rather than send flowers and ask her to meet somewhere.
  8. The ones I watch over and over again are anything musical/comedy/romance from the 30's - 40's - 50's, and I have seen them all more times than I could count. The reason? Complete and total escapism. Something that holds my attention long enough to forget all of the strife in this world. I guess the same reason they were so popular for moviegoers during the Depression and WWII. I love these musicals because there is no violence, no buildings exploding, no cussing, no nudity, and no strife that isn't solved within the next 2 hours by the end of the film. Honestly, life is stressful enough, why would I want to watch a stressful movie for ENTERTAINMENT? Give me something to make me smile, make me laugh, and even sing along (well, at least in my head....)
  9. I think this is a great lineup. Backlot members chose well on their two choices too.
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