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Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History (2008)

A look at the history of musical movies hosted by Shirley Jones. Full of clips and behind the scenes stories that any movie buff will appreciate.


Mark McLaughlin
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Credited cast:
Obba Babatundé ... Himself
Pat Boone ... Himself
Barry Bostwick ... Himself
Leslie Caron ... Herself
George Chakiris ... Himself
Marge Champion ... Herself
Bill Condon ... Himself
Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage)
Joel Grey ... Himself
Tab Hunter ... Himself
Shirley Jones ... Herself
John Kenrick ... Himself
Joan Leslie ... Herself
Shirley MacLaine ... Herself
Rob Marshall ... Himself


A look at the history of musical movies hosted by Shirley Jones. Full of clips and behind the scenes stories that any movie buff will appreciate.

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The most entertaining and comprehensive film about Hollywood musicals ever produced.


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Release Date:

14 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Great Musical Treasures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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One step beyond "That's Entertainment!"
20 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the 1970s, "That's Entertainment" turned out to be a surprise hit, as folks flocked to the theaters to see a celebration of the MGM musical. It was a very good film and led to two sequels. However, the films are flawed in one way--they ignored the musicals of rival studios, such as RKO, MGM and Twentieth Century-Fox. So, for that reason alone, "Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History" is a better film for someone wanting to learn about the history of this genre. Now I am not saying it's perfect--but it is darn good because its clips are not restricted to a single studio.

So what are the film's deficits and assets? Well, on the plus side, it not only talks about ALL the studio's musicals but it also extends to today, since it's a new film. Also, the interviews are quite nice and there are tons of clips. On the negative side, the clips were occasionally fuzzy (especially the earlier ones) and the film is NOT completely comprehensive. Many important films are omitted and you'd get the impression that Busby Berkeley did EVERY musical from the 30s (he actually did far less than most people think). But this can be forgiven, you the film was not intended as a mini-series (which it really needed for so much material). Unless you absolutely hate musicals, this film is for you and well worth seeing.

By the way, I really wished the film had talked about some of the flops of the genre--such as "Camelot", "Paint Your Wagon", "Can't Stop the Music" or "Xanadu" (among others). Now THAT would make for an interesting film!

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