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Pam Tharp

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  1. Had never seen this movie before but had heard so much about it that it was on my bucket list of movies to watch. My most favorite movie time period is the Victorian era with movies like Meet Me In St. Louis, et al. My second favorite movie time period is the 20's. I loved this movie because it beautifully captured exactly what it was supposed to reveal -- the craziness of the 20's in costuming/hair styles/make-up/backstage rivalry/elaborate choreography a la Busby Berkeley/fantasy numbers, etc. I believe Julie Andrews began her stage career in this musical in America playing the role of Polly
  2. The first musical I ever saw was Show Boat. My parents took me to see it at our outdoor under-the-stars musical theater Starlight Theatre in my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. It was a live production and I absolutely fell in love with it and with musicals!! Many years later, Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas Chiefs football team, purchased the actual MGM Cotton Blossom and brought it to Kansas City as a permanent attraction for our theme park Worlds of Fun. What a thrilling moment that was for Kansas Citians!! It opened on May 26, 1973 and we enjoyed it for many years until, sadly, it fell i
  3. I LOVE all of the musicals of all time periods and I'd like to share a bit of trivia about another more contemporary musical that I went to see at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, my hometown. Several years ago, Starlight was presenting Finian's Rainbow with Paul Williams as Og. Starlight is an outdoor/under the stars theater, so it's subject to the unpredictable weather. Yep. It started raining prior to the production. Many people left but I decided to stay and so glad I did because Paul Williams decided that the "show must go on" even if it wasn't the "scheduled" production. He walked o
  4. Although Oklahoma! is not one of the musicals being shown/discussed during the Mad About Musicals film fest, I wanted to add a bit of trivia regarding a professional stage production I went to see several years ago. Oklahoma! was being presented in a local outdoor theater in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. During intermission, the concessions were serving bowls of ice cream with a side of cookies. Someone left an unfinished bowl of ice cream on the stage apron in front of the orchestra pit. When the second act began and the actors started singing and dancing, a very large non-po
  5. The first musical I ever saw was Show Boat. My parents took me to see it at our outdoor under-the-stars musical theater Starlight Theatre in my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. It was a live production and I absolutely fell in love with it and with musicals!! Many years later, Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas Chiefs football team, purchased the actual MGM Cotton Blossom and brought it to Kansas City as a permanent attraction for our theme park Worlds of Fun. What a thrilling moment that was for Kansas Citians!! It opened on May 26, 1973 and we enjoyed it for many years until, sadly, it fell i
  6. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? The props were extremely effective in conveying Alfred's playboy character -- the garter and the drawerful of guns, obviously collected from previous jealous female lovers with a penchant for drama; the dialogue exchange both in French and English, and the staging, specifically Alfred's willing assist with the dress zipper, all transparently present Alfred's true heart as a dedicated Lothario. Based on this scene, what are some
  7. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? Very much a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic. Much of society was not living the "good life" that entailed time for entertainment leisure as frivolous as the musical show presented in the clip. A lavish set with ornate furnishings and plants, a beautiful performer dressed in ruffles and carrying a parasol were not exactly what the everyday person was accustomed to enjoying or even being exposed to, although the purpose of entertainment was to provide an escape f
  8. Comparing Eleanor Powell to Ruby Keeler is almost an unfair comparison. Eleanor was a trained ballet dancer long before she began tap dancing and the way she uses her entire body to dance, which is the way my dance instructors always taught us to do in class, is magnificent. Ruby Keeler was, as some have phrased it, a "hoofer" and her movements do look very elementary and jerky. She almost appears as if she is unsure as to what steps to use, regardless of whether or not she was taught the routine by a choreographer. Ruby is adorable and has such a cute little face and I can see why Al Jolson w
  9. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. In the canoe scene, he persists, she resists, he insists, she desists. Both are interested, him to a greater degree than her, but they still play the initial cat and mouse game. In the saloon scene, she is definitely uncomfortable and out of place, but persists until she sees the futility in trying to fit in where she doesn't belong. He begins by appearing disinterested, proceeds to amused, then his face exhibits sympathy for her and he finishes his expressive facial emoting
  10. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? I didn't really see a "battle of the sexes" in this clip or in the rest of the film. I saw it as two people, mutually attracted to each other, who through confusion of identity, went through a "like" then "don't like" then "like" series of encounters, until each finally discovered "who was who." Loved the Gazebo/Rain sequence because he finally managed to "woo/win" her by engaging her in something that mutually interested both of them -- dancing, and she, being a strong woman, proved that s
  11. I LOVE all of the musicals of all time periods and I'd like to share a bit of trivia about another more contemporary musical that I went to see at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, my hometown. Several years ago, Starlight was presenting Finian's Rainbow with Paul Williams as Og. Starlight is an outdoor/under the stars theater, so it's subject to the unpredictable weather. Yep. It started raining prior to the production. Many people left but I decided to stay and so glad I did because Paul Williams decided that the "show must go on" even if it wasn't the "scheduled" production. He walked o
  12. Such a dilemma to narrow it down to just ONE musical! I know that a musicophile is one who loves music, but what would be the best term for someone who loves musicals? A musicalophile? That would be me. I was born in that "basket" and I've proudly carried it all of my life. The first musical I remember seeing was Showboat, on stage in Kansas City, at the Starlight Theatre, which is still presenting musical venues! Hooked on musicals ever since! I have a nice collection of DVD musicals that I view often and whenever a musical is presented on TCM, I drop EVERYTHING and watch it! I have been a tr
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