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  1. First of all, I love the Garrett/Sinatra pairing. I saw them first in "On the Town" and then discovered "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." My favorite of the two movies is "On the Town."

    1. Thinking as a director, having Betty Garrett laying "in wait" for Sinatra as he comes out of the locker room, shows her dominance in the beginnings of the relationship. As she confronts him, the dance begins. Towards the end of the dance, Garrett takes the bleacher "stairs" just like Sinatra showing her fierce intent to pursue Sinatra at all costs. In the end she catches her man, even though he thinks he is making a quick get-away sliding down the rail.

    2. As Betty Garrett is pursuing Frank Sinatra, we come to a point where they are face to face and as the saying goes, "something has to give," and that something is either stare at each other or start singing. I'm glad they chose to start singing. Having Sirius XM radio in my car, I keep it on the Sinatra channel, I love the music from that era.


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  2. 1.What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your impression of her?

    Like most people on this site, the first film I remember seeing Judy Garland was "The Wizard of Oz." I did not know until years later how old she was when she made that movie, I thought she was 14 the entire time. Of course, I was only 4 years old the first time I watched the movie. My mother would sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to me every night and I thought Judy stole the song from my mother...LOL 

    2.How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously?

    Since the days of "The Wizard of Oz," I have loved Judy Garland movies for years. I've always found her entertaining. I loved the Andy Hardy movies and enjoyed "The Pirate" very much. It wasn't until watching her in "A Star is Born" that I saw the true depths of her talents. Knowing how she had died when I watched the movie made it even more poignant. I cried watching her sorrow.

    3. What films in her later career come to mind as examples of her increasing ability to capture an audience's imagination as a storyteller when she sings a lyric?

    I guess I've answered this question with the question above, but I would like to add that any movie that she was in, was a great movie and worth watching.

  3. First of all, I recorded this last night since I have to work and I can't wait to watch it this evening. Knowing Maurice Chevalier from other films, I was not surprised that he is the "womanizer" that he appears to be in this film clip. The staging of the cut to Chevalier then to the wronged husband, added a suspenseful humor often seen in silent films. The gun shots were unexpected then turned humorous when you realized that blanks were used to fool the wronged husband. When Chevalier added this gun to his drawer of guns, you realize this is not his first time in the rodeo. I am looking forward to watching the complete film.?

  4. Miss Held's song is the first clue we have to the frivolity of this clip. She sings about playing which is something the Depression Era did not allow. When she discovers the elephant full of orchids, she is fascinated with the cost of the flowers and how extraordinary this gesture is considering the state of the Depression Era. Considering this clip was produced after Code, Miss Held is dressed from head to toe. Had this been pre-code, I'm sure she would have been in a slip or at least a robe that was opened to show cleavage.

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