Tag Archives: Irving Berlin

The Marx Brothers in “The Cocoanuts” (1929) – reviewed by George

Sand, sea, palm trees, and scads of beautiful girls – pretty good way to start a movie. All the people (there are men too) are staying at the Hotel de Cocoanut in Florida. The manager is Mr. Hammer (Groucho), the … 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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Danny Kaye in “White Christmas” (1954) – reviewed by George

This is the first movie in VistaVision, Paramount’s answer to Twentieth Century Fox’s CinemaScope, which, in a way, was itself an answer to 3-D. 3-D had been introduced to a new generation in January of 1953 with an independent production, … Continue reading

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Great Performances: “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” (2017) – reviewed by George

Jim Hardy (Bryce Pinkham) is a Broadway singer/hoofer whose current show is closing, and he has decided he wants out of show biz. He has bought a farm in Connecticut, Mason Farm, and after the fact tells his girlfriend Lila … Continue reading

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Broadway: The American Musical – Episode 4: “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (1943-1960)” – reviewed by George

Hosted by Julie Andrews, Director Michael Kantor, Written by JoAnn Young. Topics: Oklahoma! – was the show that made story the most important element in a musical. No longer would Broadway productions automatically be called “Musical Comedies”. But isn’t that … Continue reading

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Broadway: The American Musical (2004) – Episode 3: “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (1930-1942)” – reviewed by George

Here we are again with Episode 3 of 6, and I was planning on doing another summary of the history recounted in the show. But my fear is that if I tell too much about each milestone of the years … Continue reading

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Broadway: The American Musical (2004) – Episode 1: “Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927)” – reviewed by George

This is a six-episode series hosted by Julie Andrews, which was broadcast on PBS. Most stories are told about people, and this series tells its tale of Broadway history by concentrating on the most influential people of the time, who … Continue reading

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Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” (1946) – reviewed by George

A musical with two leading men (Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire), one leading woman (Joan Caulfield), one second-lead man (Billy De Wolfe), and one second-lead woman (Olga San Juan), and a plot designed to use as many Irving Berlin tunes … Continue reading

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