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Dorota Gale

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and appreciated knowledge shared by all the professors. I spent more time on Mad About Musicals because I wasn't content to just view what was in the modules -- I had to google actors, research the real life persons in the "biopic" musicals, and further investigate comments shared by other students. My knowledge not just of the musicals escalated but so did my knowledge of history. Examples: There really were Harvey Girls. Fred Harvey is credited with starting the first restaurant chains in the Southwest. Historical figures such as Calamity Jane and Molly
  2. Thanks for all the explanations of the still photos w/audio in a Star Is Born and for the discussion of edited scenes. I would love to see a "restoration" of the Wizard of Oz with its edited scenes placed back into the movie (i.e. the Jitterbug scene). I have that scene in an anniversary edition of the Wizard of Oz but it is shown as an out take after the end of the movie.
  3. 1. In the films of the 1950's that I've viewed so far, the women go head-to-head with their male counterparts and even surpass them at times in wit as well as knowledge in areas generally accepted as male topics (i.e. sports). Yet these women still retain their charm of femininity. Doris Day's Calamity Jane is doesn't want to surpass the men but be one of them. She achieves this by attire, posturing, and twang vernacular. The real Calamity Jane as a young girl was attractive but as a mature woman did look more masculine in her clothing and the way she wore her hair. While known to be comp
  4. 1. Even though Astaire's character is seated in a chair which draws us visually towards him, the attention is given to the other actors during their solo phrases as the other three look directly at that soloist and freeze allowing that soloist "center stage" by voice and movement. They share the spotlight. No one person dominates the scene. There's no 'one ups-manship.' Lester, Jeffrey, & Lily equally need Tony as much as he needs them refresh their careers. 2. Lester and Tony are in simple suits (work attire for their careers of the era) of classic colors, Lily in neutral tones. J
  5. Fascinating read Rochelle. It's always interesting hearing stories of extended friends of famous people,especially those well loved. Thanks for sharing. Keep searching for that son. I think Roberta's story should be told.
  6. Thank you Tomilee for the clip from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. I am a WO aficionado and did not know it existed. Margaret Hamilton is absolutely adorable on that show. Such a sweetheart. I did a little Google search and see that she was also on Sesame Street with Oscar the Grouch in 1976 (episode #0847) dressed as a witch sans make-up. I'd share the photo with you but I'm techno-challenged and am lucky I've figured this online course and these TCM bulletin boards. :-)
  7. I live on Maui and got up at 4AM to watch For Me And My Gal (as its been a long time since I've seen it). Alas! I made it through the first 15 minutes and fell back asleep. LOL Woke up in time to see the Harvey Girls and actually made it all the way to the end of Good News!!
  8. Was glad to finally be able to view Cabin In The Sky. I knew two of the songs, "Taking A Chance On Love" and "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe" but never knew it from the musical. Heard Ethel Waters on tv in her later years but am glad to now hear younger self. A Fan Is Born! I could feel and relate to the emotion she exuded singing "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe"
  9. 1. As with most, Wizard of Oz was my first Garland movie (in the '60's). My parents were having a dinner party and they put the tv set in the bedroom. My siblings and I were relegated to this room with gave us soda and chips. I was about 6 or 7 years, TERRIFIED by the flying monkeys and crying hysterically along with Dorothy when she saw Auntie Em in the crystal ball. I fell in love with Judy's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and it has become my #1 favorite song of all time with Oz being my #1 favorite movie (GWTW following close behind). My husband's ringtone for me on his phone is Judy sing
  10. The parade at the beginning of the movie was a flashback of a 4th of July parade, not of soldiers going off to war. Since Cohan was born in 1878 (approx 30 yrs before WWI) my guess is the soldiers in the parade were from the civil war. It was an Independence Day celebration. In regards to "happy..." when the film was in pre-production, the USA had not yet entered the war. The economy was slowly turning around and the reference to the Horatio Alger Age was still alive (belief in the 'rags-to-riches' story and following the American Dream). Yes, once we entered the war, happiness gave way fe
  11. 1. Promotion of American values can be seen in that it begins IN the White House. No government building in the world is as synonymous with its country as the White House, except maybe Buckingham Palace and the Queen but then that's not a government bldg. Paintings of past presidents, (especially prominent George Washington) and paintings of various war ships in the presidential office along with the American flag beside the fireplace promote American values. Next the FAMILIES present at the 4th/July parade and all the flag waving in what looks to be small town America is definitely what Ame
  12. I do see this as a competition, a battle of the sexes. At the beginning of the scene, Roger's character snubs Astaire's character; he trying to woo her in the traditional way which at that time would win out but Roger's character depicts a strong, independent attitude of "you really think I'm buying into this." Her reaction to dance is "I'll show you!" While Astaire's character leads the first steps to which Roger's copies, there are 2 brief moments I caught her inserting her own steps but Astaire does not copy HER as she did him. Still, it gets to a point where they are equal to their ke
  13. Undoubtedly, Powell is the better more talented dancer. Keeler is all below the waist movement, mostly just feet. Not much arm movement. She appeared very methodical as if even though she was singing, mentally she was reciting 5-6-7-8! Definitely playing on the cute factor though. Powell, on the other foot, (horrible pun intended) made her dancing look effortless. She had leg kicks, spins, turns, lunges, balances, more movement in the upper torso with slight back bends, swaying, lots of arm movements. Her dancing flowed. She showed personality and enjoyment. All of this I took note bef
  14. One of the things I noticed about the Lubitsch touch was the lighting around Alfred after his 'liaison' had shot herself and her husband focused in on Alfred, so too did the lighting. The set was dark except for a dissolve of illumination around Alfred as if the spotlight were on him. Of course, the extra garter and then the collection of pistols, easily zipping up the gown, being at least bi-lingual (I'm sure Alfred is fluent enough in other languages as well), having the woman in his home all lend to his lothario image. Also, when the husband shot Alfred, it was comical in that Alfred's ha
  15. I'm with you, BlueMoods. I'm not good with videoconferencing. I don't do Facebook. I just signed up with Twitter for this course but haven't used it yet. Helpppppp!
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