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Everything posted by jawz63

  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.
  14. Does a movie that has as stylized a scene as An American in Paris’ ending ballet need to use a less-than-realistic, stylized approach throughout the film? Musicals are not suppose to make sense. Everything goes. The ballet demonstrates Gene Kelly’s appreciation of all art forms. I think he was the most successful with dream or flasback scenes. I was watching A Star is Born recently and felt that the flashback scene For Born in A Trunk was forced. Gene had a special way with those types of scenes. The ballet was exquisite from the dancing to the scenery to the costumes and of cour
  15. Comparing roles...I have starred the ones I prefer or marked them tied. Dexter: Cary Grant* vs. Bing Crosby Tracy: Katherine Hepburn* vs. Grace Kelly Mike: Jimmy Stewart vs. Frank Sinatra (tied) Caroline: Virginia Weidler* vs. Lydia Reed Kittredge: John Howard vs. John Lund* Liz: Ruth Hussey vs. Celeste Holm (tied) Mrs. Lord: Mary Nash* vs. Margalo Gilmore Mr. Lord: John Halliday* vs. Sidney Blackmer Uncle Willy: Roland Young vs. Louis Calhern (tied) Since I have retired, I have way too much time on my hands! By the way Dr. Ament, “box” r
  16. Did you know they mad a biopic of Judy Garland with Rene Zelwegger? Judy had a cute face and later as she matured she was pretty. But her problems with alcohol or bad plastic surgery distorted her looks.
  17. I loved her in all the movies you mentioned. I also felt she was tremendous dancing with Donald O’Connor i Call Me Madam. I also heard she suffered from anorexia and that’s why in her later films she wore high collars. Her legs were muscular yet very thin.
  18. I have never seen Song of the South that I can remember. I do love the song Zipadee-Do-Dah. I do remember problems watching the crows in Dumbo singing “I been done seen about everything...”, but it was only after I grew older. I just found out that the lead crow voiced by white actor Cliff Edwards was named Jim Crow. (I watched a video about racist depictions in Disney movies) What Disney did later on was to produce musicals on television with diverse casts? I was having a discussion with my brother about having a hard time watching old movies not that we are older. We are African-Am
  19. I loved both movies. Hepburn had to chose between Grant and Stewart. Grant would have won hands down. Crosby and Sinatra. Come on, Crosby was too old. Sinatra would have won hands down. I loved the music in High Society, but the acting was better in Philadelphia Story. With that said I felt it was one of the best adapted movie into a musical.
  20. Just a shout out to Kathleen Frreman and Jean Hagen’s diction class. Simply hilarious! There were so many talented people in this movie. I feel you could do a whole class on it. I first saw this movie on the big screen when I was in college in the 70s. People were actually giving standing ovations.
  21. 42nd Street...I think it was Ginger Rogers’ character who said “It must have been hard on your mother not having any children.” Singing in the Rain...Lina Lamont said, “What do they think I am, dumb or something? Why, I make more money than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!” Gigi...all the lyrics to “I Remember It Well”!
  22. When she won the Jean Hersholt I don’t think she came up on the stage. Did she get the AFI. Inwill have to look.
  23. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? The two main characters are in constant movement throughout the singing. The excitement of their movements builds until they break out into their wonderful energetic dance. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. The professor starts the scene excited to impart his knowledge of phonetics. He is put off by Donald making fun him. While they dance, he seems to really like their performance. They pull him into the dance when they walk him over to a
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