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  1. “Finian’s”s Rainbow” was not a success on a par with “ The Sound of Music” but it turned a nice profit. It cost around $3.5 million and grossed $11.6 million in the US. It was also well-reviewed and remains one of the best-regarded musical films of the 1960s. Petula Clark was luminous as Sharon and she was more than matched by Don Francks’ Woody. Their “Old Devil Moon” is one of my favorite duets in a musical. Music direction was by the brilliant Ray Heindorf, and the choral work was by master vocal director Ken Darby.
  2. It's really one of her more whimsical inventions, unlike "cinemagraphically".,.and"inculturated" (or was that "enculturated"?) and "humorful".
  3. I love "The Boy Friend" immensely. It was a pastiche done on a lavish scale at a time when musicals were considered dead, if not buried. Ken Russell was a brilliant director. My first experience with his work was "Women in Love" which was an overwhelming experience for me. "The Boy Friend" as a straight musical would have been laughed off the screen in 1971. The idea of framing it as a local repertory production in a British theater, filled with egomaniacs and novices, a two-piece band, and a surprise visit from a movie director who would sit and imagine key numbers as he would direct th
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