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Madly Merry

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  1. I find the movies starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald's more difficult to get caught up in. I'm not sure if it is the screenplays or the composers and lyricists or the acting. In the first scene, he is definitely flirting, telling her to look back, asking her if the supposed object of her affection is a banker, a poet or a polo player. When she responds with no he's an Italian tenor, Eddy breaks into song. While he has a wonderful voice, it is too operatic for the scene for my taste. And Eddy seems a little too wooden. She seems more natural in her delivery. She is withdrawn a
  2. I don't necessarily see the Top Hat scene as a battle of the sexes. I see it more as a major "getting to know you" flirtation scene. The similarity in costume was as a result of her planning to go riding. So you could read the scene in more than one way. After making herself out to be unavailable, she suddenly caves while they are trapped in the bandstand as the result of a downpour. What better way to flirt with one another than to dance, especially, if the dancers are Fred and Ginger. Comparing the mores of the 1930s to those of the 21st century, makes one mindful of the definite chane i
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