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  1. My first viewing of Yankee Doodle Dandy was as a child , watching, again, on the parents Sylvainia. Thank goodness for my Uncle Claude. He owned an appliance store and I am sure we always got "the" models. This had to be either during or shortly after the Korean War. My Uncle Jack had served, and so even as a child, I was aware of the pride and loyalty we felt. Having come so close on the strings of WWll, I think that the patriotic propaganda machine in film and tv was still a tour de force. 1. In this scene, the grand staircase lined with specific past presidents, McKinley ( I thi
  2. 1. Eddy is really as stiff as his collar, but still allowed a sense of playful humor, while McDonald demurely, playfully responds. The attraction grows during this repartee, leading you to believe a relationship in the works.as in the interchange of other women's names in his serenade to tease. (I am surprised he got anywhere- never changing paddles strokes - he would have gone in circles ) 2. I don't recall seeing them in any other form but film. 3. McDonald's embarrassment,tells of her moral fiber, when catching eye of Eddy sitting at the table, while she is trying with all to
  3. 1. The challenge of duplicating a potential mates every move may be nature at work making sure each is perfectly suited. = https://www.facebook.com/myheartisinAfrica/videos/2132334487050420/ 2. Astaire and Rogers were well on their way, a tour de force of couplings of the genre. it Certainly is a contrast with Hallelujah, by presenting life in a fantastical escapism. The up-play of tensions between sexes that eventually leads to connection. Flirting, teasing, being standoffish, "ignoring"glances, Wise-cracking, fast paced dialogue taps your attention.(Yes, pun) "Forget your trou
  4. I had never seen this movie until now! I loved it. I was tickled from the very start to finish. 1. The opulent apartment, the dressing of the characters, the dazzling jewels & fur (close-up), setting of Paris, Chevalier's extreme French accent (or would that be French-affected English?) and cool, suave personality all set a standard for male stars to come. 2.From the beginning- The movie begins behind closed doors.The sound of voices, entices the audience to ease-drop. Then Chevalier , upon entrance, "recognizes" we have been there all along by breaking the wall with "She
  5. 1. Yes , I think those viewing the movie at time of it's 1936 release may have remembered Held and Ziegfeld, who met some 40 years prior . The nostalgia may have create a relief from the dire days of the depression. For others the costumes and extravagance ( as in the orchids sent to Held) afforded a fantasy of grandness. 2. New, unknown kid on the block makes good. Especially , always the female role. 3. I think we would have seen an expose' of her legs, which was one of her trademarks, and a more flirty persona.
  6. The very first movie musical I remember seeing in a theater was "White Christmas", at the Circle Theater in Indy.That "dates" me. But from then on I was hooked on film. It didn't have to be in Technicolor, wide-screen, or 3-D. In fact, most of my early viewing was done on my parents Sylvania. My brother Steven, and I would watch all the Friday horror films(presented by Selwin on channel 8).All of them made way before me. But musicals - there is nothing like them. There are very few musicals I don't enjoy. Here are my top 3 - "White Christmas" - (of course), "Singing in the Rain", and s
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