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  1. 1. Marie definitely had the upper hand in the canoe scene and was secretly enjoying his attentions. Eddy's character was somewhat ridiculed and belittled. Second scene; rolls reversed. However, he being the gentleman, did not take advantage of Marie's embarrassment; he actually felt sorry for her. I feel he would have led her out of the saloon and tried to comfort her if she hadn't already fled the scene. Who knows if she would have reciprocated?2. Have not seen very many of these films. Always found them a little too sappy. I hope to gain a better understanding and appreciation for their work after this course. 3. The relationship between the two lovers is the epitome of Production Code era. No jumping into each other arms until a lengthy period of getting acquainted through gentle sparring. I agree with the earlier post on the slinky, silky, sexy saloon gal and her semi-erotic dancing (that gown left little to the imagination!) How did THAT get through? Makes me wonder how the code REALLY worked? Nelson Eddy represented every parent's idea of the ideal boyfriend for their precious daughter-every hair in place, crisp, starched uniform, etc. Operatic voices lend a classy note (no pun intended.)
  2. 1. The light, "tra laa laa" of the music, the use of light colors, both in the set and the costumes, the casual approach to anything financial, I believe would transport the movie goer during that time to a brighter place. 2. I would expect movies of that time period to continue in the same use of opulent sets, costumes, and plots without the mention of debt or financial burden. Audiences needed transport away from the grim realities of the time and probably would not spend hard to come by cash just to be further depressed. 3. I would imagine that a French entertainer would not have been dressed like Judy Garland in "Meet Me in St. Louis". I was a little surprised at the lyrics, "come play with me" (repeated over and over). I imagine there might have been an argument between the screen writers and the censors over that. Pre-code might have played on that line with some hip-bumps, winks, etc.
  3. Shane is the top of my favorite westerns list (btw-anyone notice that Pale Rider shares the same plot?) After that would be anything with Jimmy Stewart, whether he plays the good guy or the bad guy. Lonesome Dove (first series) gets honorable mention. Duvall plays a really believable cowboy.
  4. As a horsewoman myself, Barbara Stanwyck always appeared to be very natural on the ponies.
  5. South Pacific. Beautiful music, scenery, romance, heroism, it' all there. I even themed a recent party after this icon. Mitzi Gaynor was fabulous!
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