Category Musical

Singin’ In The Rain

Singin’ In The Rain is one of my favorite musicals.  I believe it is very well acted and will always remain a very popular film.  Singin’ In the Rain contains three of my favorite actors in Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.  A little known fact is that the last shot of the “Good Morning” number in Singin’ In The Rain, with Don, Kathy and Cosmo falling over the couch, took forty takes to film.Singin'

Singin’ In The Rain is a movie about Don Lockwood (Kelly)who is a popular silent film star with humble roots as a singer, dancer and stuntman. Don barely tolerates his vain, shallow leading lady, Lina Lamont (Hagen), though their studio, Monumental Pictures, links them romantically to increase their popularity. Lina herself is convinced they are in love, despite Don’s protestations otherwise.

At the première of his newest film, The Royal Rascal, Don tells the gathered crowd an exa...

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Daddy Long Legs

daddy-long-legs-jpgDaddy Long Legs (1955) is a Hollywood musical comedy film set in France, New York City, and the fictional college town of Walston, Massachusetts. The film was directed by Jean Negulesco, and stars Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore, Fred Clark, and Thelma Ritter, with music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron, loosely based on the 1912 novel Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster.

Daddy Long Legs was Fred Astaire’s only movie musical at 20th Century-Fox. It was also the only time he co-starred with Leslie Caron (who, at the time, was still under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, but was lent to Fox for this production). The film was one of Astaire’s personal favorites, largely due to the script, which, for once, directly addresses the complications inherent in a love affair between a young woman and a man thirty years her senior...

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MARY POPPINS

The movie combines songs, color and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures. Mary Poppins is a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers.
The “Step in Time” sequence had to be filmed twice because of a scratch on the film from the first take. The entire sequence took a week to film.
Julie Andrews provided the whistling for the animatronic robin during the song “A Spoonful of Sugar”
The filmmakers didn’t inform Karen Dotrice or Matthew Garber about some “surprises” that were going to show up in the movie. Karen’s dumbfounded look when Mary Poppins takes out item after item from the carpet bag and her little scream when Mary Poppins gave them medicines of different colors were genuine...

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South Pacific

The cast of South Pacific consisted of Mitzi Gaynor who played Nellie Forbush, Rossano Brazzi played Emile de Becque, and Ray Walston played the fast-talking Luther Billis.

The story for Rogers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical, South Pacific, is drawn from a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel by James A. Michener, entitled Tales of the South Pacific, which dealt largely with the issue of racism. It is considered by most critics to be among the greatest musicals of the twentieth century. The original Broadway production won ten Tony Awards, including all four acting awards, and many of its songs went on to have a life of their own outside of the musical, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “Happy Talk,” “Bali ha’i,” “Younger than Springtime,” and “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy.”

The musical opens on a South Pacific island, during World War II, wh...

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Sound of Music

The Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies.  i have watched it numerous times, and still look forward to seeing it whenever I can.  The music was written by Richard Rodgers and lyrics  by Oscar Hammerstsin II.The movie is based on the memoir of Maria Von Trapp.  Maria is a failure as a nun. Her Mother Superior sends her off in answer to a letter from a retired naval captain to be a governess for his seven children. She goes to their house and finds that she is the latest in a long line of governesses run off by the children. She gets the children to like her by teaching them to sing.  Because she spends so much time with the children, she also spends time with their father who she falls in love with and eventually marries.The movie was filmed in 1965 in and around Salzburg, Austria...

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