Tag Archives: Judy Garland

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – reviewed by George

The workplace travails of the staff of a Budapest leather goods store make for a nice story of love through a letter exchange between strangers (they’ve never met). The shop is Matuschek and Company, and the owner Mr. Hugo Matuschek … Continue reading

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Girl Crazy (1932) – reviewed by George

The comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey star in this first film adaptation of the George and Ira Gershwin stage musical (eleven years later the film would be remade with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland). Classic songs like … Continue reading

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Everybody Sing (1938) – reviewed by George

This musical comedy revolves around a wacky family of people who love to perform, even though maybe they should confine themselves to plays at home. Now, some in the household are talented, like the cook Ricky Saboni (Allan Jones) and … Continue reading

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That’s Entertainment! III (1994) – reviewed by George

This film is much more original than the first two entries. First, chronology is not that important, and second, a lot of the material is from the vaults and has never been seen by us common folks before. For instance: … Continue reading

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That’s Entertainment!, Part 2 (1976) – reviewed by George

Here we have a clipfest with very little historical context, just that most of the black&white stuff comes first. Bing Crosby sings “Temptation”, Judy Garland sings “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart”, Ethel Waters and Eddie Anderson sing “Taking … Continue reading

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That’s Entertainment! (1974) – reviewed by George

We’ve just had seven weeks of the history of Broadway musicals, now we ‘re looking at five weeks of the history of movie musicals, specifically MGM musicals. This week: “That’s Entertainment!”, a history/clipfest ┬áthat begins with a longshot of Cliff … Continue reading

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) – reviewed by George

This is generally considered to be a Christmas movie; I suppose because of the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, but in truth it’s a family movie. It deals with the growing-up problems of the five children of an … Continue reading

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The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – reviewed by George

Just a couple of weeks before I watched this movie, I saw the musical stage version, called “She Loves Me”. Please don’t think me prejudiced – but once again (“Bye Bye Birdie”, “Into the Woods”) I liked the stage version … Continue reading

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