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  1. I liked when Irene Dunne sang to her daughter and other children in the hospital in I Remember Mama. She really had a beautiful voice. I don’t know who dubbed Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember. I think the song was called. How Do You Get To Tomorrowland. It was first sung by her character in a night club and then the children sang it to her after her accident. Jean Harlow singing Reckless in the film, Reckless.
  2. I am retired so I thought I could watch the movies, but I found that I couldn’t sit and watch all day. Most of the movies I’d seen several times so I didn’t watch them again.
  3. I have never seen the play version of this musical and this movie didn’t make me want to see it. I have heard Richard Kiley sing The Impossible Dream and he probably would have been amazing. This whole movie seem amateurish at the least. Peter O’Toole’s makeup may have worked well on the stage, but was badly done for movie makeup. I was just watching Mame thinking how miscast Lucille Ball was in that role. That was Angela’s Lansbury’s role. (Or if they made it in Rosalind Russell’s time. She was the ultimate Aunty Mame). Lucy couldn’t sing or dance. And the silkscreen they had over the le
  4. First...I have to say that Barbara does manage to belt out the song at the end. She can’t help it...she’s Barbra Streisand. I think the scene was meant to show her putting her thoughts into words. She was letting him know how people amazed her. Fanny wasn’t sure why this handsome, sophisticated guy was even interested in her. This song was sung after her success on stage. I think having Nick watching her in the scene is way of getting him to fall in love with her. As she shares her thoughts with him he becomes more attracted to her personality and her mind. This part of the movie fel
  5. I will just say that My Fair Lady reminded me of Gigi! The music was glorious and the costumes divine. You saw the growth of the main character through her interaction of the father figure. These were two of my favorite musicals. The directors, George Cukor and Vincent Minnelli, knew how to tell stories in the most lavish ways. The costumes, the lighting and the sets as well as the well chosen cast made theses movieswork from start to finish. George Cukor used his immense talents of paying attention to details in the film, The Women.
  6. I was able to see Richard Burton in the stage play, Camelot when it toured in Chicago. I always wondered why he wasn’t cast in the movie version. I read that he was asked, but declined. Then he regretted the decision. I also read different reasons why Julie Andrews wasn’t cast. One reason was that she didn’t want to work with Richard Harris who was very boorish while Filming Hawaii. I also read that Jack Warner said she was too wholesome. Do you think Camelot would have been as successful if cast with the original Broadway cast? Note 1: Julie Andrews was also passed over for My Fair Lady.
  7. Sorry! I saw All That Jazz and was disappointed. The other ones???
  8. The costume designer for Music Man, Dorothy Jeakins did as much to make the movie great as the rest of the crearive team. What would The Ascot Opening Day be without the beautiful gowns and hats created by Cecil Beaton? Who are some of your favorite costume designers of the 50s and 60s musicals?
  9. Here’s an article written after he died. https://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/23/obituaries/robert-preston-actor-is-dead-at-68.html I forgot was in the TV show The Chisolms. I was sad when they cancelled it after a short run.
  10. I love Shirley Jones as well.she was great in Carousel and Oklahoma. Her voice was so beautiful. She seemed equally comfortable in dram (Elmer Gantry) and comedy (Courtship of Eddie’s Father) Then she was one of the best TV moms in the Partridge Family. Dr. Ament was so fortunate to work with her.
  11. I loved most of the earlier Disney musicals Snow White, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty...and the later ones Beauty and The Beast and The Lion King. It’s amazing what great stage plays those two films made.
  12. As you look back to the masculine performances in musicals of past decades, what changes in male representation, and performance would you say are most noticeable? In earlier musicals the men were the center of the films. They were looking for love and found willing partners in talented women. Even Judy Garland who was just as talented as Gene and Fred was looking for love and the men overshadowed her. Like in A Star Was Born. Judy’s character was thecreal star, but she was going to give up everything for Norman. In the fifties the women were the center of the musical. Doris Day was the f
  13. I tied Liz and Mike because although Jimmy and Ruth are better actors, I just love Frank and Celeste. Never felt Celeste Holms got her due. And you’re right about the music. I withstood the dialog just to get to each song. What a Swell party.
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