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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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About Face (1951) – reviewed by George

This musical has a good cast, good songs, and a plot about life at a military college: Southern Military Institute, or SMI, which is based on VMI, Virginia Military Institute. The whole thing is based on a 1938 Warner Brothers … Continue reading

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Born to Dance (1936) – reviewed by George

James Stewart gets second billing under Eleanor Powell ┬áin his only musical. He dances very well and he sings okay – not great, but pretty darned good. So why not another song and dance film? I’m guessing he just didn’t … 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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