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Everything posted by aheadbyecho

  1. How did this never dawn on me before? I had always believed that credits went in descending order in regards to the most important character in the movie to the least most important character in the movie.
  2. I could have watched an entire film featuring only Rex Ingram and his motley crew from the Hotel Hades. They were not only comical but they were witty as well. One aside that I loved came from Ingram as Lucifer, Jr (just that name alone is funny) when he said, “All the A-Idea boys are over in Europe,” a sly, sharp statement about Hitler and his minions indicating they were part of Satan’s crew, which, in context of the film makes perfect sense). When Mantan Moreland (credited as “First Idea Man”) stated he created flies, it was priceless because flies are endlessly annoying and the script i
  3. These two guys are indeed fantastic and they've been dancing as a duo forever. The first film they appear in is 1932's short film (which also features Nina Mae McKinney who we saw in Hallelujah) Pie, Pie Blackbird. Fayard is 18 while Harold is all of 11. I'm uncertain whether that short can be found on the internet, but if you can track down the Warner Bros DVD of Cabin In The Sky you'll find that short along with the very excellent The Black Network short which also features the Nicholas Brothers (and Nina Mae McKinney). I had no idea this clip came from Stormy Weather, which I've b
  4. I'm glad you were so bold! I had never seen On The Town or Take Me Out To The Ball Game and I was wowed by Garrett in both films. I really enjoy "Come Up To My Place" because it doesn't necessarily sound like the typical musical song. Also housing the song inside a taxi cab felt quite creative as well. Now I will say that seeing her do the same type of character in a third movie (the clip from Neptune's Daughter you included) seems to indicate Garrett was seriously typecast as the aggressive comedic woman but that seems to be standard operating procedure for this era, no one had a chance t
  5. Excellent observation! I'm not familiar enough with the studios and their styles to to know if it is sloppy (or lazy or cheap) but it does make perfect sense. I'll agree that this is a lesser film in comparison to many that I have been watching recently.
  6. Until this past weekend I had only seen one Judy Garland movie and we all know which one it was. Keep in mind, I’ve seen very few musicals in my lifetime. Since Thursday of last week, I have managed to see the following Judy Garland films: Meet Me In St Louis, The Clock (I had to see her in a non-musical and I’m a little neurotic about chronological order plus I’m seeing my first Vicente Minnelli films this past week as well over at Filmstruck), Strike Up The Band, For Me and My Gal, The Pirate and Easter Parade. Yesterday I hit up my local library so I have sitting on my desk a copy of The
  7. If you have a subscription to Filmstruck, they have a considerable amount of Tuesday's films showing this week. They currently have the following collections ready to view: The Brilliance of Busby Berkeley (including Strike Up The Band, For Me and My Gal and Take Me Out To The Ball Game), Directed by Vincente Minnelli (including Cabin In The Sky, Meet Me In St Louis and The Pirate) and Star of The Week: Gene Kelly (including On The Town). You can also find Easter Parade on Filmstruck as well. You'll find several of the selections from the 19th of June on Filmstruck as well. I mention
  8. 1. Regarding this scene, for me, the fact that both of them are dressed in pants and a coat indicates that the audience needs to see them as equals, which may have been difficult for men in the 1930s. The film revolves around Dale Tremont’s mistake that she believes Jerry Travers, Broadway show dancer, is actually Horace Hardwick, the producer of Mr Travers’ Broadway shows. Her dismay is compounded by two things: she believes she can easily fall in love with Jerry Travers who she thinks is Horace, secondly, she can’t understand why Horace’s wife is so unperturbed by her husband not just fli
  9. I’ve never seen any of Nelson Eddy/ Jeanette MacDonald’s work together. I’ve actually avoided their work together because I’ve always had the impression that Nelson was way too staid and stiff. And now, watching this clip I see immediately that there is chemistry between the two of them. MacDonald’s attitude towards Eddy is comical disinterest, she has her mind on that Italian tenor at least until she hears Eddy sing. Judging by her facial expressions she certainly didn’t expect to hear that voice coming out of that man. That clip makes me actually want to see this movie! (The whole poin
  10. 1. Attending the show where Ms Held is performing is something few in the movie audience would have been able to afford, let alone the five pound tip (close to $7 in US money) Ziegfeld gives to the doorman, never mind leaving a bouquet of orchids to someone. Those actions certainly reflect a ‘life is grand’ theme which the audience at the time wouldn’t necessarily have felt. 2. While sometimes it is helpful seeing films about those less fortunate than ourselves (it helps us to see that our own life isn’t as bad as that up on the screen) in the era of the Depression seeing the opulen
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