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... the glorious acting, singing and dancing of Frederick Austerlitz=Fred Astaire.

His classic musicals lead me to ask why so many of the musicals of the 1960s and the 1970s had such poor singing and dancing. For ex., the DOCTOR DOLITTLE of Fleischer has no dancing and hardly any singing, and the score of Leslie Bricusse does not contain a single memorable tune; rather than a musical, it's an ANTIMUSICAL.

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I'll rephrase: what happened to the musicals of the two decades that followed THE BAND WAGON and SILK STOCKINGS? Why did the studios start to commit blunders like entrusting musicals to people like Cukor and Fleischer, who knew nothing about musical theater?

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... the glorious acting, singing and dancing of Frederick Austerlitz=Fred Astaire.

His classic musicals lead me to ask why so many of the musicals of the 1960s and the 1970s had such poor singing and dancing. For ex., the DOCTOR DOLITTLE of Fleischer has no dancing and hardly any singing, and the score of Leslie Bricusse does not contain a single memorable tune; rather than a musical, it's an ANTIMUSICAL.

So true!

 

I find it instructive that the old musicals had songs one could remember and hum, and the later ones like "Doctor Dolittle" had non-songs that you didn't want to remember, like "Talk to the Animals" and after that it was even more downhill.

 

The theme from "Shaft" is surprisingly good.

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