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Jersette

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  1. 1. Yes---as others have said, how Ziegfeld throws around his money to the 'little person'...as well as just the rather 'meet cute' way he tried to convince her to sign with him. Flowers! A note! Let's do this thing! And it didn't seem like business, just a comical rivalry with the competitor.

    2. Like the majority of early musicals (before "Show Boat" as an example), the song she sings doesn't move the plot along or explain the character--- it was Anna Held's signature song.

    3. I don't know, given the period it reflects, that pre-code would have impacted it. Maybe a gratuitous undress behind a screen for Held?

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  2. 5 hours ago, lbevilacqua said:

    Wow! A great thread! 

     

    I find myself rewatching Singin' in the Rain often. I just read a book all about the making of the film. It's titled, "Singin' in the Rain: The Making of an American Masterpiece"
    If you're looking for a fun summer read, I highly recommend. 

    Other favorites include: Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Funny Girl (1968), Summer Stock (1950), Camp (2003), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

    I'm not sure if this counts, but I love Waiting For Guffman (1996). I can quote it backwards and forwards. I work in musical theater often and it just makes me laugh out loud, every time. And for the sheer camp-factor - Xanadu (1980). I can't resist the lasers, leg warmers, and the roller skating. 

    I'm giving a BIG THUMBS up for Waiting For Guffman. I've done enough theater to recognize that in crowd and the 'surprising' newcomer! Love that movie--and its music!

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