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What Do These Four Films Have In Common


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That's it. All of them are credited with their film's scores. Woody Allen's "original" score for *SLEEPER* is actually a series of familiar songs done Dixieland style by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with Woody on clarinet. Nice work, cinerama. The thread is yours . . .

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Well, my dear Skipper, I think you've hit on something of a formula here.

 

All these movies seem to be centered on Operatic/Operetta type singers. Some sang at the Met or were quite qualified to have had a real operatic career.

 

Well, there was a musical producer in Hollywood who specialized in this sort of musical combo: a light plot--often involving a a real composer or singer--and a lots of singing.

 

Musical heavyweights from the MGM Freed unit made fun of these musicals, but they made alot of money.

 

Skipper--Name the two studios where this extremely successful producer worked and for a brownie point, name his very famous character actor cousin. This actor appeared in Hollywood's most famous movie (Not GWTW--the other one).

 

Have Fun!

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Ann Blythe is young enough for your answer--Terrence.

 

The producer of all these successful formula musical/operettas was Joe Pasternak. He started at Universal with Deanna Durbin. He followed that great success story with even greater success at MGM with Mario Lanza, Jane Powell, and Grayson & Keel.

 

Terrence it's yours for the taking--

 

With Skipper coming in a close 2nd

 

Edited by: cujas on May 2, 2011 3:12 PM

 

Edited by: cujas on May 2, 2011 3:14 PM

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