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What s a Musical?  


I think that a musical is a film that has both song and dance, and at least three to five numbers.

The classic musicals we all know, but the sub-genre have to be explored as well:



Jeannette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy, and others of that genre

Mostly legitimate singing, but there are sporadic dances thrown in each operetta -a waltz, a folk dance, or a specialty number....



Biopics: (Can be a singer, composer... ) For instance:

The Helen Morgan Story

Love me, or Leave Me - Doris did some dancing in this one, I believe.



Dramatic films - which contain musical numbers:


- Shirley Temple films did this often. For example:

The Little Princess:  "The Old Kent Road" tapping w/ Arthur Treacher; white ballet dream sequence

The Littlest Rebel: "Polly Wally Doodle"

The Little Colonel; "My Old Kentucky Home" - tapping with Bill Robinson

Heidi: "The Little Wooden Shoes"

Bright Eyes: "The Good ShIp, Lollipop".  in the words of The Kind and I - etc., etc., etc....."


Dramatic Films -that have musical elements - dance 

Waterloo Bridge with Vivan Leigh

The Story of Three Loves - with Leslie Caron and Moira Sherear

The Red Shoes -- with Moira Shearer

The Secret People - with Audrey Hepburn

Invitation to the Dance - with Gene Kelly



A musical, however, to me ultimately is both song and dance together.

What do you think?






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