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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) – reviewed by George

Other than wonderful Cole Porter songs, the fun of this show, both for cast and audience, comes from the fact that almost everyone plays two parts. Red Skelton is nightclub Hat-checker Louis Blore and King Louis XV. Lucille Ball is … Continue reading

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Eddie Cantor in “Kid Millions” (1934) – reviewed by George

Dot Clark (Ethel Merman) is singing “Who Could Ever Be Blue” with a chorus of cuties at the Body Shop (Don’t ask. I don’t know), and when the number ends she is angry to see that Louie the Lug (Warren … Continue reading

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Dancing Lady (1933) – reviewed by George

The billing above the title in this MGM musical is Joan Crawford and Clark Gable; though that would be reversed by 1940’s “Strange Cargo” in a post-“Gone with the Wind” world. Joan plays Janie Barlow, a dancer so dominated by … Continue reading

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Give a Girl a Break (1953) – reviewed by George

This is a minor musical (a “B” picture), but it’s still lots of fun. Felix Jordan, the Broadway producer (Larry Keating), is deep into rehearsals with his new show when the female star, Janet Hallson (Donna Martell) walks out. Panic … Continue reading

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Finian’s Rainbow (1968) – reviewed by George

My first viewing of Fred Astaire’s last film – and what a film! How can I not have seen this before? I was certainly going to the movies in 1968, but maybe this was a road-show with higher-priced tickets. It … Continue reading

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Folies Bergere de Paris (1935) – reviewed by George

The film opens with Maurice Chevalier onstage at the Folies Bergere singing one of his trademark songs, “Valentine” (pronounced Val-awn-tina) by Christine and Willemetz. He is playing Charlier, a renowned stage singer/dancer/comic. When the applause for his solo is over, … Continue reading

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