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Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing (2009)

This is a two-hour in-depth exploration into the Hollywood musicals of the 1930s.
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Credited cast:
June Allyson ... Herself (archive footage)
John Badham ... Himself
Robert S. Birchard Robert S. Birchard ... Himself
Pat Boone ... Himself
Barry Bostwick ... Himself
Leslie Caron ... Herself
Drew Casper Drew Casper ... Himself
George Chakiris ... Himself
Marge Champion ... Herself
Carol Channing ... Herself
Bill Condon ... Himself
Arlene Dahl ... Herself
Gloria DeHaven ... Herself (archive footage)
Roy Edward Disney ... Himself
Rhonda Fleming ... Herself
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This is a two-hour in-depth exploration into the Hollywood musicals of the 1930s. Written by Mark McLaughlin

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Great Musical Treasures See more »
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Features Second Chorus (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Join the Waves
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Betty Hutton (trick duet)
From Here Come the Waves (1944)
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Cursory Low-Budget Overview Boosted By Inverviews in "Extras" Section
9 March 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

A certain amount of grumbling about this collection of clips is justified--most major visual examples from both MGM and Fox musicals, who dominated the industry in the 1940's are missing. There's no Carmen Miranda in dazzling Technicolor, no scenes from Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly--Instead, almost all of the Technicolor clips of any length are from the same MGM film "Till The Clouds Roll By," simply because the film itself is in Public Domain, meaning the users did not need to pay royalty fees to use the clips; other included scenes come from theatrical previews, which means most of them are substandard in color and length.

Any strength here is to be found in the interviews which are part of the "extras" and that's where the fan can find some candid and often delightful information from the people who made the films. This is not a stinker film by any means, but given the better skills in assemblage, and a better budget, this could have been really significant documentary.


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