Musicals
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Documentaries about musicals/compilations of highlights from musicals

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Musicals

Absolute Beginners(UK, 1986)
Directed by Julien Temple. Cast: Eddie O'Connell, Patsy Kensit, David Bowie, James Fox, Ray Davies, Steven Berkoff, Sade Adu, Eve Ferret, Anita Morris. A musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes' novel about life in late 1950s London. Film portrays lower class youths emerging from post-war privations and struggling to achieve mobility in the face of withering class, racial and economic barriers. Based on the novel by Colin MacInnes. 108 min. DVD X1850
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MacInnes, Colin. Absolute beginners / Colin MacInnes. New York : Macmillan, 1960. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR6063.A239 A63 1960)

Gant, Charles. "Charles Gant talks to Julien Temple." Sight & Sound, May 2006, Vol. 16 Issue 5, p38-39, 2p UC users only
Kael, Pauline. "Absolute Beginners." New Yorker, June 2 1986, Vol. 62, p77-79, 3p
Rimmer, David. "Absolute Beginners." Rolling Stone, June 5 1986, p25-26, 2p

All That Jazz (1979)
Directed by Bob Fosse. Cast: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer, Cliff Gorman, Ben Vereen, Erzsebet Foldi. Bob Fosse's spellbinding film and four time Academy Award winner is a powerful story of a man driven compulsively to find perfection in his work. It is a musical which celebrates show business, yet strips it of its glitter. 123 min. DVD 5209
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Awards & Honors

Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or (Bob Fosse)
National Film Registry Selection

Seltzer, Alvin J. "All That Jazz: Bob Fosse's solipsistic masterpiece." Literature Film Quarterly, 1996, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p99, 6p UC users only
Wood, Robert E. "Cloven Hoofer: Choreography as Autobiography in "All That Jazz." Post Script, Winter87, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p43-53, 11p UC users only

American in Paris (1951)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, Nina Foch. Music by George Gershwin: lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Winner of 8 academy awards. A musical based on George Gershwin's popular songs about an ex-American G.I. artist in Paris after the war who becomes involved in a love triangle, between his sponsor, best friend and a lovely young girl. 102 min. DVD 1432; vhs 999:26
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Awards & Honors

Academy Awards - Best Picture
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy
National Film Registry Selection

Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Directed by George Sidney. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Jose Iturbi, Dean Stockwell. Two lovesick sailors on shore leave in Hollywood fall hard for the same beautiful singer. The race for Susie's heart leads them both into a series of comical and musical adventures. The film is notable for the mixed live and animated scene with Gene Kelly dancing with an animated Jerry (of the Tom and Jerry cartoon) Special features: Interview with animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera ; except from "MGM: when the lion roars" documentary series ; interactive menus, three theatrical trailers. 140 min. DVD 7269
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Annie (1981)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Geoffrey Holder, Edward Herrmann, Aileen Quinn. Charles Strouse, music: Martin Charnin, lyrics. A lavish musical production of the story of the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie, who is chosen to stay for one week with the famous billionaire "Daddy" Warbucks. One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie's fun is Miss Hannigan, the gin-soaked ruler of the orphanage. Based on the stage play by Charles Strouse, which was based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, created by Harold Gray. 127 min. DVD X6184; DVD 1436
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Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Directed by George Sidney. Cast: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, J. Carrol Naish. Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Based on the musical play produced on the stage by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II. Based on the book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields. Frank Butler, handsome star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, bags clay pigeons and ladies' hearts. He's the best marksman in the world--until a backwoods hoyden challenges him. Her name? Annie Oakley. Special features include: Original theatrical trailer, new introduction by Annie get your gun Broadway revival star Susan Lucci, 3 rare outtake musical numbers, Let's go west again with Betty Hutton, and a pair with the originally cast Judy Garland, Doin' what comes natur'lly and I'm an Indian too. 127 min. DVD 395
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Applause (1930)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish, Jr., Jack Cameron, Henry Wadsworth. Filmed when talking pictures were first coming to the screen, director Rouben Mamoulian produced this sophisticated film in a desert of stage-bound early talkies. Tells the story of Kitty Darling, a fading burlesque star who tries to save her convent-educated daughter April from following in Mom's footsteps. Special features: Film clips; interviews with Mamoulian; gallery of photographs and promotional materials; excerpt from Brown's novel; excerpts from the 1929 censorship files. 79 min. DVD 395
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Hyun-Suk Seo. "The unheard mourning: offscreen sound and melancholy in Applause." Screen, Summer2005, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p195-212, 18p UC users only
Jacoby, Alexander. "Applause." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 21, 2002 July-Aug
Lecomte, Jean-Marie. "Rouben Mamoulian's Applause and the birth of the disenchanted musical." Studies in Musical Theatre, 2008, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p147-161, 15p UC users only
Milne, Tom. Rouben Mamoulian. London, Thames & Hudson, 1969. (MAIN: PN1993 .C45 v.13; PFA : PN1998.3.M34 M54 1970)
Seo, Hyun-Suk. "The Unheard Mourning: Offscreen Sound and Melancholy in Applause." Screen, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 195-211, 2005 Summer UC users only
Smith, Jeffrey P. "It Does Something to a Girl. I Don't Know What": The Problem of Female Sexuality in Applause.Preview Cinema Journal, Winter91, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p47-60, 14p UC users only
Spergel, Mark. Reinventing reality : the art and life of Rouben Mamoulian Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1993. (MAIN: PN1998.3.M345 S67 1993; PFA : PN1998.3.M34 S67 1993)

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Babes in Arms (1939)
Directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee, June Preisser, Grace Hayes, Betty Jaynes, Douglas McPhail. Based on the play "Babes In Arms" by Rodgers and Hart. Learning that his parents are in financial straits, the son of a famous vaudeville team rounds up all the stage kids and puts on a lavish show to raise money. Special DVD features: All-new introduction by Mickey Rooney; commentary by historian John Fricke; vintage "Our Gang" short "Duel personalities", classic cartoon "The mad maestro"; 1939 newsreel; theatrical trailer ; Audio bonuses: "Leo is on the air" radio promo; 3 radio shows with Rooney and Garland. 91 min. DVD 8479; vhs 999:1848
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Busby Berkeley bibliography

Babes in Toyland (March of the Wooden Soldiers) (1934)
Directed by Gus Meins and Charley Rogers. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry, Felix Knight, Florence Roberts, Henry Kleinbach. Based on the operetta Babes in Toyland, by Victor Herbert: book and lyrics by Glen MacDonough. Musical comedy with Laurel and Hardy in a story that takes them to Toyland where they try to pay off the mortgage on Widow Peep's shoe. 77 min. DVD 6015
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Babes on Broadway (1941)
Directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Richard Quine, Donald Meek, Alexander Woollcott. One of the famous old musicals that combines captivating music and lavish production numbers by the master, Busby Berkeley. The story is the standard tale of two struggling Broadway hopefuls, and is filled with 16 song and dance numbers. Special features: All-new introduction by Mickey Rooney; "Pete Smith specialty" comedy short "How to hold your husband-- back"; classic cartoon "Dance of the weed"; theatrical trailer ; Audio bonuses: 2 "Leo is on the air" radio promos; radio show adaptation of "Merton of the movies" with Rooney and Garland; "Chin up! Cheerio! Carry on!" song demo performed by Burton Lane. 118 min. DVD 8479
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Busby Berkeley bibliography
Musicals Great Musicals: the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM [video] Media Resources Center DVD 7266

Band Wagon (1953)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Cast: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan, James Mitchell. A Hollywood song-and-dance man finds trouble when persuaded to star in a Broadway musical. Special features: (Disc one): Commentary by Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein; Astaire trailer gallery; (Disc two): new making-of documentary "Get Aboard! The Band Wagon;" vintage documentary "The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli;" outtake musical number "Two Faced Woman," plus dailies; musical short "Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet." 112 min. DVD 3558; also VHS 999:213
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Musicals Great Musicals: the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM [video] Media Resources Center DVD 7266

The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Directed by Charles Walters. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke, Jacques Francois, Gale Robbins. Music, Harry Warren: lyrics, Ira Gershwin: musical numbers directed by Robert Alton. In their first film together in a decade, Fred and Ginger play a bickering show biz couple. Songs include "You'd be hard to replace" and "They can't take that away from me." Special features: New featurette "Reunited: Astaire and Rogers together again"; vintage short "Annie was a wonder"; classic Droopy cartoon "Wags to riches"; theatrical trailer. 110 min. DVD 4256
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Fred Astaire bibliography
Musicals Great Musicals: the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM [video] Media Resources Center DVD 7266

Be Yourself! (1930)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Fannie Brice, Robert Armstrong, Harry Green, Gertrude Astor, Marjorie Kane. A nightclub singer falls in love with a boxer and becomes his trainer. When he becomes successful, will it be the beginning or the end for this lovestruck pair? 97 min. DVD 8364
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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
Directed by William Asher. Cast: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Donna Loren, Marta Kristen, Linda Evans, Don Rickles, Paul Lynde. In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires sky-diving surfers Steve and Bonnie from Big Drop for a publicity stunt. With the usual gang of kids and a mermaid named Lorelei. 97 min. DVD 8374
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Griffin, Annie. "The blondest thing on the beach." Sight and Sound August 1993 v3 n8 p35(1)
Morris, Gary. "Beyond the beach." Journal of Popular Film and Television Spring 1993 v21 n1 p2(10)
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Rutsky, R. L. "Surfing the Other." (surf films from 1950's, 1960's and how teenagers responded) Film Quarterly, Summer 1999 v52 i4 p12 UCB users only
Stenger, Josh. "Mapping the beach: beach movies, exploitation film and geographies of whiteness." In: The persistence of whiteness : race and contemporary Hollywood cinema / edited by Daniel Bernardi. London : New York : Routledge, 2008. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M56.P47 2008)

Beach Party (1963)
Directed by William Asher. Cast: Bob Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Harvey Lembeck, Jody McCrea, John Ashley, Morey Amsterdam, Eva Six. A college professor nearly blows his credentials when one of his gorgeous students decides the subject she wants to study is romance. 100 min. DVD 8375
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Griffin, Annie. "The blondest thing on the beach." Sight and Sound August 1993 v3 n8 p35(1)
Morris, Gary. "Beyond the beach." Journal of Popular Film and Television Spring 1993 v21 n1 p2(10)
UCB users only
Rutsky, R. L. "Surfing the Other." (surf films from 1950's, 1960's and how teenagers responded) Film Quarterly, Summer 1999 v52 i4 p12 UCB users only
Stenger, Josh. "Mapping the beach: beach movies, exploitation film and geographies of whiteness." In: The persistence of whiteness : race and contemporary Hollywood cinema / edited by Daniel Bernardi. London : New York : Routledge, 2008. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M56.P47 2008)

The Belle of New York (1952)
Director, Charles Walters. Cast: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Alice Pearce, Clinton Sundberg, Gale Robbins. Music, Harry Warren ; lyrics, Johnny Mercer. He's a playboy who sings and dances. She is a charity worker likelier to prefer a fella with his feet on the ground, that is until the playboy dances the proper miss off her feet. Special features: Comedy short and classic cartoon; "I wanna be a dancin' man" alternate version; theatrical trailer. 81 min. DVD 8293
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Fred Astaire bibliography

Bells Are Ringing (1960)
Director, Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Dean Martin, Judy Holliday, Fred Clark, Eddie Foy, Jr., Jean Stapleton. Screenplay, Betty Comden and Adolph Green; music, Jule Styne. In this musical comedy a switchboard operator gets caught up in the personal lives of the clients of an answering service, including that of a playboy. Special features: New featurette Bells are ringing: just in time: outtake musical numbers: alternate take of the song The Midas touch: theatrical trailer. 126 min. DVD 3648
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Vincente Minnelli bibliography

Bikini Beach (1964)
Directed by William Asher. Cast: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Martha Hyer, Harvey Lembeck, Don Rickles, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Candy Johnson, Little Stevie Wonder, The Pyramids, The Exciters Band, Keenan Wynn. Millionaire Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III tries to prove to his colleague Vivian Clements that his chimp, Clyde, is more intelligent than the average American teenager. Meanwhile Dee Dee is torn between Frankie and British recording star, the Potato Bug. Eric Von Zipper shows up to aid Harvey's anti-teen campaign. 100 min. DVD 8375
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Griffin, Annie. "The blondest thing on the beach." Sight and Sound August 1993 v3 n8 p35(1)
Morris, Gary. "Beyond the beach." Journal of Popular Film and Television Spring 1993 v21 n1 p2(10)
UCB users only
Rutsky, R. L. "Surfing the Other." (surf films from 1950's, 1960's and how teenagers responded) Film Quarterly, Summer 1999 v52 i4 p12 UCB users only
Stenger, Josh. "Mapping the beach: beach movies, exploitation film and geographies of whiteness." In: The persistence of whiteness : race and contemporary Hollywood cinema / edited by Daniel Bernardi. London : New York : Routledge, 2008. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M56.P47 2008)

Born to Dance (1936)
Directed by Roy del Ruth. Cast: Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Reginald Gardiner, Virginia Bruce, Una Merkel, Sid Silvers, Buddy Ebsen. Sailor Ted meets Nora at the Lonely Hearts Club and falls in love... Nora aspires to become a dancing star, but her career nearly ends before it begins when she inadvertently comes between Broadway luminary Lucy James and her producer-lover. Highlights include Reginald Gardiner's impersonation of a symphony-conducting traffic cop and Eleanor Powell's climactic tap routine on board an art-deco battleship. 105 min. DVD 9893
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Bride & Prejudice (2004)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Madira Babbar, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar, Daniel Gillies, Indira Varma, Sonali Kulkarni, Nitin Ganatra, Ashanti. Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, with a Bollywood twist. In Ammritsar, the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find matches for her four daughters. Second sister, Lalita, meets American Will Darcy - but is it love? 111 min. DVD 4541
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Brigadoon (1954)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart, Barry Jones, Albert Sharpe. Based on the musical play with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Two Americans find a Scottish village which comes to life only one day every hundred years. Based on the musical play with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. 109 min. DVD 1453
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Vincente Minnelli bibliography

Musicals Great Musicals: the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM [video] Media Resources Center DVD 7266

Bright Eyes (1934)
Directed by David Butler. Cast: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darnell, Judith Allen, Lois Wilson. Music, Richard A. Whiting: lyricist, Sidney Clare: Choreographer, Sammy Lee. Five-year-old Shirley Blake is the daughter of a crack aviator who died in a plane crash, and when her mother also dies she becomes the center of a bitter custody battle. 83 min. 999:3745
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Hains, Rebecca C. "The Origins of the Girl Hero: Shirley Temple, Child Star and Commodity." Girlhood Studies; June 2008, Issue 1, p60-80, 21p UC users only
Wojcik-Andrews, Ian. "Shirley Temple in 'Bright Eyes'." In: Children's films : history, ideology, pedagogy, theory / Ian Wojcik-Andrews. New York : Garland Pub., 2000. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C45 W59 2000)

Broadway Melody (1929)
Directed by Harry Beaumont. Cast: Charles King, Anita Page, Bessie Love. Music, Nacio Herb Brown: lyrics, Arthur Freed. This was billed as the first full-length, all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing musical and is the first musical to win a Best Picture Oscar. Two sisters in love with the same man suffer behind the scenes, but learn the show must go on. 111 min. DVD 4001
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Picture

Rimoldi, Oscar A. "Produced by Arthur Freed." Films in Review; Jul/Aug94, Vol. 45 Issue 7/8, p14, 9p, UC users only

Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
Directed by Roy Del Ruth. Cast: Jack Benny, Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, Una Merkel. Lovely, gifted Irene Foster (Eleanor Powell) hopes that her c Music and lyrics, Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed. Lovely, gifted Irene Foster (Eleanor Powell) hopes that her childhood sweetheart-turned Broadway producer Robert Gordon (Robert Taylor) will recognize her--and her talent. Gordon is too busy sparring with a dirt-dishing gossip columnist (Jack Benny) to notice, but his wisecracking, heart-of-gold secretary (Una Merkel) certainly does. She and Irene must use their wits to show him what he's missing! 101 min. DVD 9896; vhs 999:845
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Broadway Melody of 1938 (1938)
Directed by Roy Del Ruth. Cast: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Binnie Barnes, Buddy Ebsen, Sophie Tucker, Judy Garland, Charles Igor Gorin, Raymond Walburn, Robert Benchley, Willie Howard, Charley Grapewin, Robert Wildhack. Music, Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed. On her way to the top, a girl who dreams of "making it big" on Broadway, has two memorable encounters-- a racehorse named Stargazer whose winning ways could help to make her dream come true and with a romantic and dashing Broadway producer-composer who makes it all happen. 113 min. DVD 9896; vhs 999:811
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Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Frank Morgan, Ian Hunter, Florence Rice, Lynne Carver. Lyrics and music, Cole Porter. A backstage yarn about Johnny Brett and King Shaw, who are an ambitious dance team working in a dance hall. A mistake in names shoots King instead of Johnny into the lead of a Broadway musical. On opening night King is drunk and unable to dance and Johnny is forced to perform to save his partner's reputation. The show's producers realize their mistake and all is resolved. Special features: Ann Miller hosts "Cole Porter in Hollywood: Begin the Beguine;" Our Gang short "The Big Premiere;" theatrical trailer; behind-the-scenes notes. 104 min. DVD 2831; vhs 999:800
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Fred Astaire bibliography

Burlesque (2010)
Directed by Steve Antin. Cast: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci. Ali is a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship to follow her dreams to LA. After stumbling upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue, Ali lands a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess, the club's proprietor and headliner. After Ali finally makes her way from the bar to the stage, things take a dramatic turn when her larger than life voice causes a charismatic entrepreneur to make an enticing proposal. 119 min. DVD X5370
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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Directed by George Sidney. Cast: Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell, Jesse Pearson, Ed Sullivan,Paul Lynde. When rock star Conrad Birdie gets drafted, his manager organizes a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss on The Ed Sullivan show. Based on the musical play of the same title with music by Charles Strouse. 112 min. DVD 5722
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Cabaret (1972)
Directed by Bob Fosse. Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey. An egocentric American girl dreams of becoming a star while working in a third-rate Berlin cabaret. Special DVD features: 1972 documentary: The Recreation of an era ; Kit Kat Klub memory gallery and 1997 documentary, Cabaret: a legend in the making ; theatrical trailer. Based on the musical play by Joe Masteroff, the play I am a camera by John Van Druten and Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories. 124 min. DVD 339
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Awards & Honors

Academy Awards - Best Director; Best Direction; Best Actress (Liza Minnelli); Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Direction; Best Actress (Liza Minnelli)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Ethel Waters, Eddie Anderson, Lena Horne. Petunia Jackson, a poor but devout woman, is burdened with a shiftless husband called Little Joe. When Little Joe is seriously wounded in a fight and seems about to die, the forces of heaven and hell begin a battle for his soul. Special DVD features: Commentary by Evangela Anderson and Eva Anderson (wife and daughter of Eddie "Rochester" Anderson), Fayard Nicholas, Black cultural scholars Todd Boyd and Drew Casper, with interview excerpts of Lena Horne; vintage Pete Smith specialty shor studio visit; audio-only bonus: Louis Armstrong "Ain't it the truth" outtake; theatrical trailer. 99 min. DVD 5684; vhs 999:357
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Musicals Great Musicals: the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM [video] Media Resources Center DVD 7266

Calamity Jane (1953)
Directed by David Butler. Cast: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn McLerie, Philip Carey, Dick Wesson. In this musical-comedy set in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, Calamity Jane is a calamity at love --she's too busy cracking a bullwhip to pay much mind to dresses and perfume. But then one of her boasts requires that she go to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. When the actress arrives, the lady in question appears to be a more feminine rival for the favors of Jane's male friends...including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickok. 101 min. DVD 8882
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Bates, Anna Louise. "Calamity Jane and the Social Construction of Gender in the 1930s and 1950s." Popular Culture Review, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 69-81, Summer 2005
Bingham. Dennis ""Before She Was a Virgin ...": Doris Day and the Decline of Female Film Comedy in the 1950s and 1960s" Cinema Journal , Vol. 45, No. 3 (Spring, 2006), pp. 3-31 UC users only
McDonald, Tamar Jeffers. "Carrying Concealed Weapons: Gendered Makeover in Calamity Jane." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Winter2007, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p179-187, 9p UC users only
Savoy, Eric. "'That Ain't All She Ain't': Doris Day and Queer Performativity." In: Out takes : essays on queer theory and film / edited by Ellis Hanson. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 1999. Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.H55 O88 1999)
Williamson, J. W. "Hillbilly Gals And American Burlesque." Southern Quarterly; Summer1994, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p84-96, 13p

Camelot (1967)
Directed by Joshua Logan. Cast: Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, David Hemmings, Lionel Jeffries, Laurence Naismith. Screenplay and lyrics, Alan Jay Lerner: music, Frederick Loewe. A musical interpretation of the legend of King Arthur and his pure, perfect kingdom that was shattered because of the tragic passion between Queen Guenevere and the Round Table's bravest knight Lancelot. Special features: two documentaries, The Story of Camelot and Camelot world premier: alternate music-only track: interactive menus: production notes: five theatrical trailers. 180 min. DVD 564
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Can't Help Singing (1944)
Directed by Frank Ryan. Cast: Deanna Durbin, Robert Paige, Akim Tamiroff, David Bruce, Leonid Kinskey, une Vincent. "With the California Gold Rush beginning, Senator Frost's singing daughter Caroline loves a young army officer; the Senator can't stand him, and has him sent to California. Headstrong Caroline follows him by train, riverboat, and covered wagon, gaining companions en route: a vagrant Russian prince and gambler Johnny Lawlor, who just might take her mind off the army." [IMDB] 84 min. DVD 3886
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Captain January (1936)
Directed by David Butler. Cast: Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, Buddy Ebsen, Slim Summerville. Star, an irrepressible orphan loves her somewhat unusual life in the loving care of the wonderful old keeper of the lighthouse who rescued her from a shipwreck when she was a baby. Then a mean truant officer begins a relentless campaign to have Star sent far away to a boarding school. 76 min. DVD 6028
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Hains, Rebecca C. "The Origins of the Girl Hero: Shirley Temple, Child Star and Commodity." Girlhood Studies; June 2008, Issue 1, p60-80, 21p UC users only
Pauling, Geraldine "The Psychohistorical Significance of Shirley Temple Films: Images of the Sexualized Female Child in Relation to Depression Era Group Fantasy." Journal of Psychohistory; Winter2003, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p306-309, 4p

Carefree (1938)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Luella Gear, Jack Carson, Clarence Kolb, Franklin Pangborn. Dr. Tony Flagg's friend, Steven, has problems in the relationship with his fiancee, Amanda, so he persuades her to visit Dr. Flagg. After some minor misunderstandings, she falls in love with Dr. Flagg. When he tries to use hypnosis to strengthen her feelings for Steven, things get complicated. Special features: Vintage musical short "Public jitterbug no. 1"; Classic cartoon "September in the rain." Choreography: Hermes Pan. Music: Irving Berlin. 83 min. DVD 6744
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Carmen Jones (1954)
Directed by Otto Preminger. Cast: Harry Belafonte, Dorthy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James, Joe Adams, Diahann Carroll. Joe, a military policeman about to make officer, is infatuated with the flirtatious and sexy Carmen Jones. Their ill-fated romance comes to a grisly end by the conclusion of the drama but not before their liaison has wreaked havoc with their lives and all who cross their paths. 105 min. DVD 3429; vhs 999:1169
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Awards & Honors
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy
National Film Registry Selection

Smith, Jeff. "Black Faces, White Voices: The Politics of Dubbing in Carmen Jones." Velvet Light Trap, vol. 51, pp. 29-42, April 2003UC users only

Carousel (1956)
Directed by Henry King. Cast: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick, Claramae Turner, Robert Rounseville, Gene Lockhart. A smooth-talking carny barker falls in love with a millworker in Maine. The night before the birth of his daughter he is killed while committing a robbery. Now in heaven, years later, he returns to earth for one day to teach his daughter a valuable lesson. Special features on DVD 6861: Disc 1: Audio commentary by Shirley Jones and Nick Redman; exclusive isolated musical score; songs-only option; singalong karaoke subtitles (English): Disc 2: Bonus film: 1934 classic "Liliom" (116 min., b&w); "Turns on the 'Carousel'" featurette; vintage stage excerpt: The "If I loved you" extended sequence with original Broadway stars Jan Clayton and John Raitt; stills and audio from deleted numbers: "You're a queer one, Julie Jordan," performed by Barbara Ruick and Shirley Jones, "Blow high, blow low" performed by Cameron Mitchell and chorus; Fox Movietone News: "'Carousel' opens at New York and Hollywood in CinemaScope 55"; behind-the-scenes still photo gallery; original theatrical trailer. 128 min. DVD 6861; DVD 566
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Casbah (1948)
Directed by John Berry. Cast: Yvonne DeCarlo, Tony Martin, Peter Lorre, Marla Toren. A criminal, Pepe Le Moko, eludes capture in the Casbah section of Algiers until he is lured out of hiding by a beautiful woman in this thrilling musical tale of love and betrayal. Based on the novel by Detective Ashelbe; remake of the French motion picture, Pepe Le Moko (1937). 94 min. 999:2499
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Chicago (2002)
Directed by Rob Marshall. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reily, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Christine Baranski. Music, John Kander: lyrics, Fred Ebb: original score music, Danny Elfman. In this dazzling musical set at a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both find themselves on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn, the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. Based on the musical play Chicago, directed and choreographed for the stage by Bob Fosse. 113 min. DVD 1850
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
Directors Guild of America, USA - Best Director
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

A Chorus Line (1985)
Directed by Richard Attenborough. Cast: Michael Douglas, Alyson Reed, Terrence Mann, Yamil Borges, Vicki Frederick, Nicole Fosse. Music, Marvin Hamlisch: lyrics, Edward Kleban. In this movie musical about selecting a cast for a Broadway musical, the director, Zach, must select eight dancers from the hundreds who audition. He asks each of the seventeen finalists to talk about themselves, which they do in song and dance. Special features: "Marvin Hamlisch: From Broadway to Hollywood" featurette: original theatrical trailer. 117 min. DVD 1743; vhs 999:1133
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Chu Chin Chow (1934)
Directed by Walter Forde. Cast: George Robey (Ali Baba), Anna May Wong (Zahrat), Fritz Kortner (Abu Hasan), John Garrick (Nur-al-din). A musical retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Penniless woodcutter Ali Baba finds himself wealthy when he discovers the secret treasure cave of the Forty Thieves, but soon finds he must contend with Abu Hasan, a thief posing as a Chinese mandarin in order to steal Ali Baba's riches. Wong plays the slave girl who must help Ali Baba in his adventure. 102 min. DVD 4118
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Circus (1936)
Director, Grigori Alexandrov. Russian film producer Grigori Alexandrov's attempt at importing American musical comedy into Soviet film. An American circus star is on tour in Moscow with her German manager. There she falls in love with a Soviet engineer, but her manager blackmails her with her dark spot in her life, she has a black baby. 86 min. 999:3252
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Holgren, Beth. "The Blue Angel and Blackface: Redeeming Entertainment in Aleksandrov's Circus." Russian Review: An American Quarterly Devoted to Russia Past and Present, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 5-22, Winter 2007 UC users only

Colma: The Musical (2006)
Directed by Richard Wong. Cast: Jake Moreno, H.P. Mendoza, L.A. Renigen, Sigrid Sutter, Brian Raffi, Larry Soriano, Gigi Guizado, Jim Wierzba, Kat Kneisel, Allison Torneros, Paul Kolsanoff. Set in the town of Colma, just south of San Francisco, best pals Rodel, Billy, and Maribel finding themselves in a state of limbo; fresh out of high school, are just beginning to explore a new world of part-time mall jobs and crashing college parties. As newfound revelations and romances challenge their relationships with one another and their parents, the trio must assess what to hold onto, and how to best follow their dreams. This unusual musical is a love song to the city, and to the residents who dream of a better life. 100 min. DVD 9211
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[Mark Twain's] A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
Directed by Tay Garnett. Cast: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, William Bendix, Sir Cedric Hardwicke. In this musical version of Mark Twain's comedy, Bing Crosby is a blacksmith knocked unconscious only to awaken back in time to Camelot, where Merlin declares him a wizard and is challenged to a joust by Sir Lancelot for the hand of the beautiful princess. 107 min. DVD X3076
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Curly Top (1935)
Directed by Tay Garnett. Cast: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Rochelle Hudson. Edward Morgan, rich trustee of an orphanage, meets and is entranced with little Elizabeth and her older sister Mary. He adopts them and they come to adore Edward. Mary falls in love with Edward, and he has the same feelings; Elizabeth plays matchmaker. 75 min. DVD X5132
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Hains, Rebecca C. "The Origins of the Girl Hero: Shirley Temple, Child Star and Commodity." Girlhood Studies; June 2008, Issue 1, p60-80, 21p UC users only
Pauling, Geraldine "The Psychohistorical Significance of Shirley Temple Films: Images of the Sexualized Female Child in Relation to Depression Era Group Fantasy." Journal of Psychohistory; Winter2003, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p306-309, 4p

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Daddy Long-Legs (1955)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore, Thelma Ritter. Words and music by Johnny Mercer: ballets by Roland Petit. Millionaire playboy Jervis Pendleton III becomes enamored with a young woman living in a French orphanage, and decides to anonymously sponsor her college education in America. When they finally meet face-to-face two years later, romance blossoms but is complicated by Jervis's hesitance towards their age differences. Special DVD features: Audio commentary by Ava Astaire McKenzie and film historian/author Ken Barnes with archival commentary by songwriter Johnny Mercer; Fox Movietone news footage - Hollywood, New York and London premieres; still photo gallery. 126 min. DVD 5261; vhs 999:2094
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Dames (1934)
Directed by Ray Enright. Cast: Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, ZaSu Pitts, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert. In this musical, three relatives stand to inherit a multi-millionaire's money if they will turn against his pet hate, the theater. 92 min. DVD 5320
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Damn Yankees (1958)
Directed by Stanley Donen & George Abbot. Cast: Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston, Tab Hunter. Joe Boyd, an armchair athlete, would give anything to watch his sad-sack Washington Senators murder those invincible New York Yankees and grab the American League pennant--even sell his soul to the devil. He succumbs and the devil interferes in the fortunes of the failing baseball team. Based upon the play "Damn Yankees", book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop. 111 min. DVD 5707
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Casper, Joseph Andrew. Stanley Donen Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1983. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 D592 1983; MOFF: PN1998.A3 D592 1983)
Cooksey, Thomas L. "'Talk Not of a Wife': The Devil and Daniel Webster, Cabin in the Sky, and Damn Yankees–American Contributions to the Faust Legend." Journal of Popular Film and Television Volume 27, Issue 3, 1999 UC users only
Silverman, Stephen M. Dancing on the ceiling : Stanley Donen and his movies. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996. (MAIN: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996; MOFF: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996)

Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Directed by Lars von Trier. Cast: Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Jean-Marc Barr, Joel Grey. Selma, a factory worker in rural America and single mother, is losing her eyesight from a hereditary disease. Determined to protect her 10-year-old son from the same fate, Selma is saving her money to get him an operation. In the evenings, Selma escapes by rehearsing for a production of The Sound of Music with her best friend. When a neighbor betrays her trust, Selma's life spirals out of control and the lines between reality and fantasy blur until she begins to believe that her life has actually become a Hollywood musical. 141 min. DVD 1087
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Dancing Lady (1933)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, May Robson, Winnie Lightner, Fred Astaire, Robert Benchley, Ted Healy and His Stooges. A Broadway chorine needs a little help with her hoofing, so her dance director gets an idea. A good idea. "Do you feel like going through that opening number with Mr. Astaire?" And Fred Astaire, making his screen debut, shows the lady how it's done. Three film icons give this backstage musical a jolt of superstar electricity in a song-, dance-, and romance-filled extravaganza. Special features : 2 vintage musical short films : Plane nuts (with Ted Healy and The Three Stooges): Roast beef & movies (with Curly Howard) -- Theatrical trailer. 92 min. DVD 5730
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Dimples (1936)
Directed by William A. Seither. Cast: Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan, Robert Kent, Helen Westley, Stepin Fetchit. A little girl with nothing but tiny dimples and a huge amount of talent makes her way from poverty to potential stardom. 78 min. DVD 6030
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Hains, Rebecca C. "The Origins of the Girl Hero: Shirley Temple, Child Star and Commodity." Girlhood Studies; June 2008, Issue 1, p60-80, 21p UC users only

Deep in My Heart (1954)
Directed by Stanley Donen. Cast: Jose Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Helen Traubel, Doe Avedon, Tamara Toumanova, Paul Stewart, Isobel Elsom, William Olvis, James Mitchell, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Henreid, Rosemary Clooney, Gene & Fred Kelly, Jane Powell, Vic Damone, Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse, Howard Keel, Tony Martin. While Broadway swings to the jazzy beat of ragtime, Sigmund Romberg continues to play the beautiful waltzes of his native Austria at the Cafe Vienna. Persuaded by the cafe owner to compose in the new style, he creates a hit song, which leads to great musical success, but the woman he loves is reluctant to return his feelings. Dance numbers: Leg of mutton dance, performed by Ferrer and Traubel -- Sunrise in Paris, performed by Toumanova -- Mr. & Mrs., from Midnight girl, performed by Ferrer and Clooney -- I love to go swimmin' with women, from Dancing around, performed by Gene & Fred Kelly -- It, from Artists & models, performed by Ann Miller -- Dance, from The desert song, performed by Charisse and Mitchell. 132 min. DVD 9895; vhs 999:3869
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Dimples (1936)
Directed by William A. Seither. Cast: Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan, Robert Kent, Helen Westley, Stepin Fetchit. A little girl with nothing but tiny dimples and a huge amount of talent makes her way from poverty to potential stardom. Disc has both the remastered, colorized version of the film and the restored original black & white version. 78 min. DVD 6037
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Disc Jockey (1951)
Directed by Will Jason. Cast: Ginny Simms, Tom Drake, Jane Night, Michael O'Shea, Russ Morgan. Songstress Ginny Simms stars as Vickie Peters, an unknown selected for stardom by radio deejay Mike Richards. It is Richards' contention that he can create a singing star exclusively through exposure on disc-spinning radio programs, without resorting to that upstart medium called television. Along the way, Mike falls in love with Vickie, though she has eyes only for her manager Johnny. 67 min. Video/C 999:3811
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Don't Knock the Rock (1957)
Director, Fred F. Sears. Featuring: Alan Freed, Little Richard, Bill Haley and his Comets, Dave Appell and his Applejacks, the Treniers, Alan Dale. Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the help of disc jockey/publicist Alan Freed and fellow artists (including Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard), they hope to convince everyone that rock and roll is not as dangerous as the adults think. 85 min. DVD 7289
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Down Argentine Way (1940)
Directed by Irving Cummings. Cast: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood, J. Carroll Naish, Henry Stephenson, Katharine (Kay) Aldridge, Leonid Kinskey, Chris-Pin Martin, Nicholas Brothers. A musical romance about Glenda, a rich New Yorker who collects fine horses and Ricardo, an Argentine rancher renowned for his prize jumpers. Their families have been feuding for years so they have to conduct a Romeo and Juliet romance. Special features: Commentary soundtrack by film historian Sylvia Stoddard; featurette "Betty Grable: behind the pin-up"; photo gallery; 4 lobby cards; theatrical trailer; trailer for Betty Grable film "The Dolly sisters." 88 min. DVD 7485
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Freire-Medeiros, Bianca "Star in The House of Mirrors: Contrasting Images of Carmen Miranda in Brazil and the United States." Limina, 2006, Vol. 12, p21-29, 9p UC users only
O'Nell, Brian. "Carmen Miranda: The High Price of Fame and Bananas." In: Latina legacies : identity, biography, and community / edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez New York : Oxford University Press, 2005. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 L36245 2005; Chicano Studies HQ1050 .L287 2005) USE ONLY
Roberts, Shari. ""The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat": Carmen Miranda, a Spectacle of Ethnicity." Cinema Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Spring, 1993), pp. 3-23 UC users only
Swanson, Philip. "Going Down on Good Neighbours: Imagining América in Hollywood Movies of the 1930s and 1940s (Flying Down to Rio and Down Argentine Way)." Bulletin of Latin American Research, Jan2010, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p71-84, 14p; UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "Hollywood's Good Neighbor Policy: The Latin Image In American Film, 1939-1946." Journal of Popular Film Issue: 3:4 (1974:Fall) p.278 UC users only

Dreamgirls (2006)
Directed by Bill Condon. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson, Sharon Leal, Hinton Battle, Jennifer Hudson. Deena Jones, Effie White, and Lorrell Robinson, three young African-American women in 1960s Detroit, dream of becoming pop stars. They get their wish after a local talent show when they are picked to be backup singers for the legendary James "Thunder" Early. As they become more successful over time, each of the girls discovers the costs and compromises exacted by their desire to be in the music business. Special features (Disc 1): 12 never-before-seen extended musical numbers; Listen (Beyonce music video). (Disc 2). Building the dream (behind-the-scenes full-length documentary); original auditions and screen tests; previsualization sequences; image gallery; additional featurettes. 130 min. DVD 7816
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards- Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy); Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson)
Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture, Muscials/Comedy; Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy); Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Breakthrough Performance, Female (Jennifer Hudson)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson)

Duke is Tops (1938)
Directed by William Nolte. Cast: Lena Horne, Ralph Cooper, Monte Hawley, Lawrence Criner, Vernon McCalla, Edward Thompson. Lena Horne, in her film debut, plays a successful singer who very nearly loses her man because his career as a producer is on the skids. 72 min. DVD X29; vhs 999:1168
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Easter Parade (1948)
Directed by Charles Walters. Cast: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller. A 1912 song-and-dance man quarrels with one partner but finds another. His new partner falls head over heels for the king of the hoofers. Special features: (Disc one): Commentary by Fred Astaire's daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie and Judy Garland biographer John Fricke; Garland trailer gallery. (Disc two): new making-of documentary "Easter Parade: On the Avenue;" three-time Emmy Award-winning American Masters documentary profile "Judy Garland: by myself;" outtake musical number "Mr. Monotony;" audio-only bonuses: radio production with the film's stars; radio promo. 102 min. DVD 3560
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Linial, Christine Amos1 "Pygmalion's Domestication of the Hollywood Musical." Interdisciplinary Humanities; Fall2009, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p68-84, 17p UC users only
McLean, Adrienne L. "Feeling and the filmed body: Judy Garland and the kinesics of suffering." Film Quarterly; Spring 2002, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p2-15, 14p UC users only
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The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine, Roland Culver, Lucile Watson, Richard Haydn. At the turn of the 20th century, travelling salesman Virgil Smith journeys to Vienna in the hope he can sell a gramophone to Emperor Franz Joseph, whose purchase of the recent American invention could spur its popularity in Austria. 107 min. DVD X3076; vhs 999:2709
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Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn, Julia Roberts, Tim Roth. Romance meets comedy in Woody Allen's first movie musical, a fun-filled story of one wealthy, eccentric and romantically challenged extended family from New York's Upper West Side. 101 min. DVD 108; VHS 999:1872
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Evita (1996)
Director, Alan Parker. Cast: Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail. Based on the musical play with music by Andrew Lloyd Lyrics, Tim Rice: music, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Webber, presents the true-life story of Eva Peron, who rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve fortune and fame as the wife of the Argentinian president. 135 min. DVD 2675
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The Fantasticks (1995)
Directed by Michael Ritchie. Cast: Joel Grey, Barnard Hughes, Jean Louisa Kelly, Brad Sullivan, Joe McIntyre, Jonathon Morris, Teller. Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. Little do these love-birds know, however, that their fathers are actually good friends who've hatched a plan--with the help of a mystical roving side-show and its equally mysterious ring master--to get these lovers down the aisle! But be careful what you wish for, because to bring these families together, they must first be torn apart! Based on the play "The fantasticks" by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt. Special features: Audio commentary by director Michael Ritchie; theatrical trailer(s); deleted songs (Try to remember: Plant a radish: It depends on what you pay (The rape song)); full-length songs (Never say no: Metaphor: The abduction song: Soon it's gonna rain); eleven deleted scenes plus an alternate ending; "Jump to a song" feature. 87 min. DVD 1340
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Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann. Tevye is a poor Jewish milkman with five unmarried daughters to support in a village in Czarist Russia. With a sharp tongued wife at home and growing anti-Semitism in the village, Tevye talks to God about his troubles. His people's traditions keep him strong when his existence is as precariously balanced as a fiddler on the roof. DVD special features: "Norman Jewison, filmmaker" documentary, audio commentary by Norman Jewison and Topol, never-before-available deleted song "Any day now", "Tevye's dream" in full color, stories of Sholom Aleichem and historical background read by Norman Jewison, and storyboard to film comparison. 180 min. DVD 2578; vhs 999:768:1&2
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Awards
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy; Best Motion Picture Actor, Musical/Comedy (Topol)

Finian's Rainbow (1968)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Steele, Barbara Hancock. Based on the broadway play and book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy. A leprechaun tries to retrieve a crock of gold from an old wanderer who has taken it to America where he has planted it in the soil thinking he will reap a rich harvest. Fred Astaire sings and dances his last musical lead in this film based on the 1947 Broadway play. 145 min. DVD 3649
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First a Girl (UK, 1935)
Directed by Victor Saville. Cast: Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Griffith Jones, Anna Lee, Alfred Drayton. A racy musical starring English songbird Jessie Matthews as a girl who leads a double life, pretending to be a boy who is a female impersonator at a famed Paris cabaret. She becomes an overnight sensation, but it also complicates her love life greatly. Based on the play Viktor Und Viktoria by Reinhold Schunzel. "Made as a follow-up to the successful Jessie Matthews film, Evergreen, this musical was based on a German play (and silent film). It also inspired the 1982 film, Victor Victoria. 93 min. vhs 999:3144
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First Love (1939)
Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings, Guy Kibbee, Margaret Tallichet, Catherine Doucet. "In this reworking of Cinderella, orphaned Connie Harding is sent to live with her rich aunt and uncle after graduating from boarding school. She's hardly received with open arms, especially by her snobby cousin Barbara. When the entire family is invited to a major social ball, Barbara sees to it that Connie is forced to stay home. With the aid of her uncle, who acts as her fairy godfather, Connie makes it to the ball and meets her Prince Charming in Ted Drake, her cousin's boyfriend." [IMDB] 84 min. DVD 3886
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Asper, Helmut; Horak, Jan-Christophe. "Three smart guys: How a few penniless German émigrés saved Universal Studios." Film History; 1999, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p134-153, 20p UC users only

Flower Drum Song(1961)
Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo, Juanita Hall, Miyoshi Umeki. This unforgettable Broadway smash, filled with memorable songs and brilliant dances, centers on a Hong Kong girl who comes to San Francisco for an arranged marriage to an Americanized nightclub owner who is already engaged to a sultry singer. Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee. Special features: A classic evolves: from print to stage to screen; Faces of the east : casting Flower drum song; The songs of Flower drum song; An all-access pass to the sets and costumes of Flower drum song; The legacy of Rodgers and Hammerstein; feature commentary with actress Nancy Kwan and film historian Nick Redman. DVD 6548; vhs 999:537
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Lewis, David H. Flower drum songs : the story of two musicals Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (Main Stack ML410.R6315.L48 2006; Moffitt ML410.R6315.L48 2006)
Ma, Sheng-mei. "Rodger's and Hammerstein's "Chopsticks" musicals.(Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein; "The King and I," "Flower Drum Song" and "South Pacific")(Critical Essay)." Literature-Film Quarterly 31.1 (Jan 2003): 17-26. UC users only
McConachie, Bruce A. "The 'Oriental' Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the U. S. War in Southeast Asia." Theatre Journal v46.n3 (Oct 1994): pp385(14). (7770 words) UC users only

Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Delores Del Rio, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien. This film, containing the first of many Fred Astaire - Ginger Rogers partnerships, concerns a troupe of entertainers stranded in Rio. Songs include "The Carioca," "Orchids in the Moonlight," and the title song. Notable for a brilliantly photographed finale with chorus girls on the wings of flying airplanes, the movie was the musical that broke with the rather contrived Busby Berkeley productions and moved toward a closer integration of musical and narrative elements. Astaire's dance numbers come not as interruptions but as extensions of the plot. Special features: Vintage comedy short: Beer and pretzels with Ted Healy and his Stooges; Classic cartoon: I like mountain music 89 min. DVD 6713
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>Hershfield, Joanne. "Dolores del Río, Uncomfortably Real: The Economics of Race in Hollywood's Latin American Musicals." In: Classic Hollywood, classic whiteness / Daniel Bernardi, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 C59 2001)
Hershfield, Joanne. The invention of Dolores del Río / Joanne Hershfield. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000.
Hershfield, Joanne. Invention of Dolores Del Río University of Minnesota Press, 2000 (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2318.D4 H47 2000; Chicano Studies PN2318.D4 H38 2000)
Swanson, Philip. "Going Down on Good Neighbours: Imagining América in Hollywood Movies of the 1930s and 1940s (Flying Down to Rio and Down Argentine Way)." Bulletin of Latin American Research, Jan2010, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p71-84, 14p; UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "Hollywood's Good Neighbor Policy: The Latin Image In American Film, 1939-1946." Journal of Popular Film Issue: 3:4 (1974:Fall) p.278 UC users only

Follow the Fleet (1936)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard, Astrid Allwyn. Music by Irving Berlin. Two navy men have just docked in San Francisco after extended sea duty. They decide to spend their shore leave at a local dancehall where one man is surprised to find his ex-vaudeville partner. The other man steals the heart of the partner's sister. Includes small roles by Betty Grable and Lucille Ball. Based on the play Shore leave by Hubert Osborne. Special features: Featurette "Follow the fleet: the origins of those dancing feet"' music short "Melody master: Jimmie Lunceford and his dance orchestra; classic cartoon "Let it be me"; theatrical trailer. 104 min. DVD 4253; vhs 999:3364
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Footlight Parade (1933)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cast: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Frank McHugh, Ruth Donnelly, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert. A determined producer of cine-variety numbers gets the show going despite great difficulty. Complete with showstopping Busby Berkeley production numbers, choreographed with the colossal imagination and scope that have become Berkeley's legendary trademark, including the classic "human waterfall" number that displays chorus girls costumed in ropes of pearls and showered in a colored mist from 300 tiny water sprays. Special DVD features: New featurette: Footlight parade: Music for the decades ; 2 vintage featurettes: Ramblin' round radio row #8, Vaudeville reel #1 ; 2 vintage cartoons: Honeymoon Hotel, Young and healthy ; Theatrical trailer. 108 min. DVD 5318; vhs 999:713
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For Me and My Gal (1942)
Director, Busby Berkeley. Cast: Judy Garland, George Murphy, Gene Kelly, Ben Blue, Stephen McNally. A tale of a vaudeville song-and-dance duo who buck tough times and World War I on the way to show biz success. Special features: Commentary by biographer John Fricke: 2 musical shorts "La fiesta de Santa Barbara," and "Every Sunday for me and my gal," deleted finale: three cheers for the Yanks outtake: audio only: March 22, 1943 Screen Guild Players Radio production starring Garland, Kelly and Dick Powell: Leo is on the Air radio promo: theatrical trailer. 104 min. DVD 2437
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Fischer, Lucy. "Shall We Dance?: Feminist Cinema Remakes the Musical." Film Criticism; Winter89, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p7-17, 11p UC users only

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42nd Street (1933)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks. The movie musical that introduced the choreography of Busby Berkeley, 42nd Street also contains the classic plot involving a tyrannical director, egotistical leading lady and wide-eyed ingenue, all set to a standout musical score. Special DVD features: Three vintage documentary shorts: Harry Warren: America's foremost composer; Hollywood Newsreel; and A trip through a Hollywood studio ; interactive menus, notes on Busby Berkeley. 90 min. DVD 321
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Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)
Directed by William A. Seiter. Cast: Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye, Mitzi Mayfair, Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra, Phil Silvers, Alice Faye, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, George Jessel. Based on the true-life adventures of the first female performers to join the U.S.O., Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Martha Raye and Mitzi Mayfair play themselves in the film adaptation of Carole Landis's novel by the same name. Special features: Isolated score track; deleted scenes; The real four Jills featurette; restoration comparison; advertising gallery; still gallery. 89 min. DVD X407
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Landis, Carole. Four Jills in a Jeep. New York, Random house [1944] (NRLF (UCB) 909.L268.fou)

French Can Can (1955)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Jean Gabin, Francoise Arnoul, Maria Felix. A musical comedy about an aging theater impressario with a talent for transforming common working girls into dance hall sensations. Complications arise when he is captivated by Nini, a beautiful laundress, and decides to make her the star of his new show. Despite a jealous mistress and romantic intrigue, the show must go on. The film concludes with an exuberant, high-kicking cancan finale at the grand opening of the Moulin Rouge. 105 min. DVD 2913; vhs 999:3233
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Funny Face (1957)
Directed by Stanley Donen. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michael Auclair, Robert Flemyng. Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. A Cinderella story about an inconspicuous salesgirl who is whisked off to Paris by a group of fashion magazine sophisticates and transformed into a dazzling model with whom the magazine's photographer falls in love. 103 min. DVD 6223
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Funny Girl (1968)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walte Pidgeon. Follows the early career of stage comedienne, Fanny Brice, her rise to stardom with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her stormy romance with Nicky Arnstein. music, Jules Styne ; lyrics, Bob Merrill. 165 min. DVD 8942; vhs 999:830
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Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
Directed by Richard Lester. Cast: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford. A bawdy comedy set in early Rome concerning a slave who can win his freedom if he can hook up his innocent young master with the virgin courtesan next door. 98 min. DVD 623; vhs 999:232
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The Gang's All Here (1937)
Directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, Eugene Pallette, Charlotte Greenwood, Edward Everett Horton, Tony De Marco. A young showgirl falls for a playboy soldier the night before his leave. When he comes back and is given a medal, he finds that she's singing at the celebration his family has arranged, and she finds that he gave her an assumed name and is engaged. Special features: Commentary by film professor Drew Casper; "Busby Berkeley: a journey with a star" featurette; Alice Faye's last film: "We still are!"; "The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show" excerpts; deleted scene: the "$64 question;" restoration comparison; still gallery; original theatrical trailer. Based on a story by Nancy Wintner, George Root, Jr. and Tom Bridges. 103 min. DVD X687
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Gay Desperado (1936)
Director, Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Ida Lupino, Nino Martini, Leo Carrillo, James Blakeley, Harold Huber, Mischa Auer. In this musical spoof lampooning gangster films a genial Mexican bandit gets nowhere until he and his amigos begin studying gangster techniques in Hollywood movies. Selecting kidnapping as his crime of choice, he snatches Chivo, an opera star and Jane, a troublesome heiress. He hopes to extract a huge ransom for the heiress's return, but Jane is more trouble than she's worth. All ends happily when the bandit engineers a romance between Chivo and Jane. 85 min. DVD X4329; vhs 999:2634
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Gay Divorcee (1934)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore, Lillian Miles, Charles Coleman, William Austin, Betty Grable. Musical comedy of bedroom confusions and misunderstandings that result when an American dancer begins pursuing an English woman who, in turn, is trying to invent technical grounds for divorce from her husband. Special DVD features: 2 vintage musical shorts: "Show kids" and "Star night at the Cocoanut Grove"; Classic cartoon "Shake your powder puff"; Audio-only bonus: "Hollywood on the air" radio promo; Theatrical trailer. 105 min. DVD 6715
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G.I. Blues (1960)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, James Douglas, Leticia Roman, Arch Johnson. Elvis adopts an on-screen persona he knows well in real life-a singin' G.I. in West Germany. Eager to open a stateside nightclub after his hitch in khakis, he takes part in a wager to raise the dough he needs. The bet: he can melt the iceberg heart of a willowy dancer. But all bets may be off when real love intervenes. 103 min. DVD X2317
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Brode, Douglas. Elvis cinema and popular culture Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: ML420.P96 B75 2006; MUSI: ML420.P96 B75 2006)
Feeney, Mark. "Elvis movies." American Scholar, Winter 2001, Vol. 70 Issue 1, p53-60, 8p UC users only
Messenger, Cory. "Act naturally: Elvis Presley, the Beatles and 'rocksploitation'." Screening the Past, Issue 18 Uploaded Friday, 29 July 2005
Weinstein, Raymond M. "Occupation G.I. Blues: Postwar Germany During and After Elvis Presley's Tour." Journal of Popular Culture; Feb2006, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p126-149, 24p UC users only

Gigi (1958)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold, Eva Gabor, Jacques Bergerac, Isabel Jeans. The musical story of a French girl groomed to be a courtesan, but who blossoms into a lady. Screenplay and lyrics, Alan Jay Lerner: music, Frederick Loewe. 117 min. DVD 618; VHS 999:746
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical; Best Director
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Girl Crazy
Director, Norman Taurog. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Gil Stratton, Robert E. Strickland, "Rags" Ragland, June Allyson, Nancy Walker, Guy Kibbee, Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra. Danny Churchill is a rich kid with a taste for wine, women and song, but not for higher education. His father ships him to an all-male college out West, where he meets the dean's granddaughter who is trying to help her grandfather keep his college from folding. Special DVD features: All-new introduction by Mickey Rooney; commentary by historian John Fricke; vintage short "Hollywood daredevils"; classic cartoon "The early bird dood it"; "I got rhythm" stereo remix version; theatrical trailer ; Audio bonus: "Bronco busters" outtake. 99 min. DVD 8479; vhs 999:3356
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Going My Way (1944)
Directed by Leo McCarey. Cast: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Jean Heather, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall. When young Father O'Malley arrives to join the congregation at St. Dominic's crusty old Father Fitzgibbon doesn't think much of O'Malley or his ideas. But when O'Malley's fresh methods succeed in reaching the neighborthood's toughest kids the community starts to change. 130 min. DVD 679
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Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Bing Crosby); Best Supporting Actor (Barry Fitzgerald)
Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture; Musical; Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Barry Fitzgerald)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Actor (Barry Fitzgerald)
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Mazer, Eric Michael. "Going My Way: Crosby and Catholicism on the Road to America." In: Going my way : Bing Crosby and American culture / edited by Ruth Prigozy and Walter Raubicheck. Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2007. (Music ML420.C93 G65 2007)
Gordon, Mary. "Father Chuck: a reading of "Going My Way" and "The Bells of St. Mary's," or why priests made us crazy." South Atlantic Quarterly, 1994, Vol. 93 Issue 3, p591-601, 11p UC users only
Smith, Margaret. "Laughter, redemption, subversion in eight films by Leo McCarey." Cineaction, Summer/Fall 1990, Issue 21/22, p84-90, 7p
White, David E. "Analogies of Ignorance in Going My Way." In: Going my way : Bing Crosby and American culture / edited by Ruth Prigozy and Walter Raubicheck. Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2007. (Music ML420.C93 G65 2007)

Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
Directed by Ray Enright; musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Rudy Vallee, Rosemary Lane, Hugh Herbert, Allen Jenkins, Gloria Dickson, Melville Cooper, Mabel Todd, Fritz Feld, Curt Bois and the Schnickelfritz Band. The Gold Diggers are heading for Paris, bringing their feathers, frills, New York tawk -- and ballet shoes! A French diplomat has mistaken 43rd Street's Club Balle for the American Academy Ballet, and the chorus cuties aren't going to turn down a free trip to the City of Light over such a tiny misunderstanding. Special features: Broadway Brevities musical short The candid kid ; classic cartoons Cinderella meets a fella and Love and curses ; theatrical trailer. 97 min. DVD X177
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Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks, Ginger Rogers. Songs, Harry Warren & Al Dubin. Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler play two young hopefuls struggling to make it on Broadway. Even falling in love has its hardships, as Powell's high-brow Eastern family is determined to break them (and the show) up. More complications set in when his brother falls for Keeler's wise-cracking roommate. Special DVD features: New featurettes: 42nd Street from book to stage to screen, Gold diggers: FDR's New Deal... Broadway bound. 3 vintage featurettes: The 42nd Street special, Rambling round radio row #2, Seasoned greetings. 3 vintage cartoons: I've got to sing a torch song, Pettin' in the park, We're in the money and Busby Berkeley musicals trailer gallery. 99 min. DVD 5317; vhs 999:434
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Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
Directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart, Alice Brady, Hugh Herbert. Music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. Dick Powell stars as a young medical student working his way through school in a ritzy New England summer resort. When Mrs. Prentiss, a wealthy society matron, asks Dick to be a summer escort for her beautiful overprotected daughter, they soon fall in love--and star together in Mrs. Prentiss's charity show. This fast-paced comedy provides a showcase for Berkeley's lavish production numbers including the renowned song and dance sequence "Lullaby of Broadway." 96 min. DVD 5319; vhs 999:2037
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Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon; musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Victor Moore, Rosalind Marquis, Lee Dixon. Rosmer is an insurance agent with musical ambitions who become romantically involved with Norma Perry, a showgirl who has given up spangles for a stenographer's pad. Her friends Genevieve and Sally give up their tap shoes for gold digging and take up with executives in a theatrical production company that, unbeknowst to them or the director J.J. Hobath, is going bankrupt due to poor management. Since J.J. seems to be in poor health, the executives take out a million dollar life insurance policy in an attempt to save the company. Now Rosmer has to keep J.J. alive so he get his commission and the executives are trying to thwart his efforts. Extras: Technicolor historical short The romance of Louisiana ; classic cartoons: Plenty of money and you, Speaking of the weather ; 2 excerpts from 1929's Gold diggers of Broadway ; theatrical trailer. 101 min. DVD X176
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The Great American Broadcasto (1941)
Directed by Archie Mayo. Cast: Alice Faye, Jack Oakie, John Payne, Cesar Romero, The Four Ink Spots, James Newill, the Nicholas Brothers, the Wiere Brothers. After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she moves on after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring everyone back together again. 91 min. DVD 2248
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The Great Gabbo (1929)
Directed by James Cruze. Cast: Erich von Stroheim, Betty Compson, Donald Douglas, Marjorie Kane. Tells the story of Gabbo, a ventriloquist and a supreme egotist, Mary, his assistant, and Little Otto, Gabbo's dummy. Gabbo drives Mary away and then realizes too late how much he loves her. Special features: Score adapted by Donald Sosin from the 1919 cue sheet; excerpts from the original "Blind Husbands" pressbook; audio clips of Valerie von Stroheim and Paul Kohner; dossier on the ill-fated 1929 remake of "Blind Husbands"; "The High Command", a 1944 radio broadcast; a note on "The Great Gabbo" by Erich von Stroheim; photo gallery; published works: a brief survey; portrait gallery; and more. 96 min. DVD 2248
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Grease (1978)
Directed by Randal Kleiser. Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Eve Arden, Frankie Avalon, Joan Blondell, Edd Byrnes, Sid Caesar, Alice Ghostley, Dody Goodman, Sha-Na-Na. Based on the original musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. An exuberant musical celebrating the 50's era of rock 'n roll centering around the romance between a teen-age gang leader, his naive girlfriend and other "hip" seniors at Ridel High School. 130 min. DVD 5693
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The Great American Broadcast (1941)
Directed by Archie Mayo. Cast: Alice Faye, Jack Oakie, John Payne, Cesar Romero, The Four Ink Spots, James Newill, the Nicholas Brothers, the Wiere Brothers. After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she moves on after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring everyone back together again. Special features: Radio waves: the real history of The great American broadcast featurette ; restoration comparison ; original theatrical trailer ; advertising gallery ; still gallery. 91 min. DVD X406
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Green Pastures (1936)
Directed by M. Connelly and W. Keighley. Cast: Rex Ingram, Eddie Anderson, Oscar Polk, Frank Wilson, Hall Johnson Choir. All-back cast in Marc Connelly fable portrays the story of God in His heaven and his people on earth as told to a group of Sunday school children. Special features: Commentary by actor LeVar Burton and Black Cultural scholars Herb Boyd and Ed Guerrera; 2 vingage musical shorts: "Rufus Jones for president", Cast: Ethel Waters and 7-year-old Sammy Davis Jr.; "An all-colored vaudeville show", Cast: Adelaide Hall and the Nicholas Brothers; theatrical trailer. 90 min. DVD 5066
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Morris, G. "Thank God for Uncle Tom: Race and Religion Collide in The Green Pastures." Bright Lights Films Journal, February 2008 | Issue 59
Weisenfeld, Judith. "'De Lawd' a Natchel Man": The Green Pastures in the American Cultural Imagination." In: Hollywood be thy name : African American religion in American film, 1929-1949 Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.N4 W45 2007)
Winokur, Mark. "The Green Pastures as an allegory of Accommodation: Christ, Race, and the All-Black Musical." Film & History 1995 25(1-2): 6-16. UC users only

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)
Directed by Damien Chazelle. Cast: Desiree Garcia, Jason Palmer, Sandha Khin, Andre Hayward, Frank Garvin, Alma Prelec, Eli Gernstenlauer. A drama and musical about a man named Guy, who pursues and wins the heart of a lady named Madeline. When the excitement and sparks begin to fade between them, Guy suddenly turns to another woman who has caught his eye. However, things don't quite work out with his new flame and now he must decide either to win Madeline back or let her go forever. 84 min. DVD X6397
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Guys and Dolls (1955)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Robert Keith, Stubby Kaye. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser: choreography, Michael Kidd. Musical comedy about the romancing of a beautiful Salvation Army missionary on a bet by a New York gentleman gambler and a floating crap-game operator who avoids marriage to his long-time fiancee. Based on the play: Guys and dolls / book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, from a Damon Runyon story. Includes original theatrical trailer. 150 min. DVD 569
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Awards
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy; Best Actress, Musical/Comedy (Jean Simmons)

Gypsy (1962)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy; Choreography, Jerome Robbins. Cast: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace, Betty Bruce, Ann Jillian. The story of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, her rise to stardom from vaudeville and her volatile relationship with her ambitious mother. Based upon the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee. 143 min. DVD 565; VHS 999:789
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Golden Globes - Best Motion Actress, Musical/Comedy (Rosalind Russell)

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La Habanera (Germany, 1937)
Directed by Douglas Sirk (Detlef Sierck). Cast: Zarah Leander, Karl Martell, Ferdinand Marian. Working at Germany's famed UFA Studios under the very noses of the Nazi authorities that would later force him into Hollywood exile and eminence, Sirk transformed a glossy musical vehicle for UFA's "new Garbo" into a dark and intimate anti-colonial melodrama. Desperate to escape the "cold Swedish minds" of her homeland, beautiful Astree falls under the enchanting spell of the Caribbean love serenade La habanera and into the arms of Puerto Rican land baron Don Pedro de Avila. But ten years later, when Astree's old flame arrives in Puerto Rico, all is far from heavenly. 93 min. DVD 2456
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Hair (1979)
Directed by Milos Forman. Cast: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Annie Golden. Young Oklahoman and Vietnam draftee Claude Bukowski walks into a "happening" in New York Central Park - an undulating mass of hippies singing, dancing and cavorting to the music of the age of Aquarius. Enter the beautiful debutante Sheila and instantly Claude and Sheila are smitten. Based on the musical play by Gerome Ragni and James Rado. 122 min. DVD 567; VHS 999:1014
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Hairspray (2007)
Directed by Adam Shankman. Cast: Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney. Musical version of the John Water's hit. In 1962 Baltimore there are changes in the air. Plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad, with big hair and even bigger heart, has only one passion, to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. The trendsetting Tracy aims to win the heart of teen-dream Link Larkin and stand up for what she believes in. Special features: Disc one: Jump to a song with optional sing along lyric track; "Step-by-step: the dances of Hairspray" featurette; audio commentary with director Adam Shankman and Nikki Blonsky; audio commentary with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Moran; "Hairspray extensions:" multi-view experience of dance scenes: "Nicest kids in town;" "(The legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs;" "Ladies choice;" "Welcome to the 60s;" "Run & tell that;" "You can't stop the beat;" The golden compass" preview. Disc two: 5 deleted scenes: 'Tracy's never-before seen musical number, "I can wait;" 'Edna gets arrested;' 'Welcome to the 60s alternate street segment', 'You can't stop the beat: alternate version;' 'Big, blonde, and beautiful' (reprise - Velma only version); deleted scenes commentary with director Adam Shankman and Nikki Blonsky; "You can't stop the beat: The long journey of Hairspray'" theatrical trailer. Based on the 1988 screenplay by John Waters and the 2002 musical play by Mark O'Donnell. 117 min. DVD 8672
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Hallelujah (1929)
Directed by King. Vidor. Cast: Daniels L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray, Fanny Belle DeKnight, Everett McGarrity, Victoria Spivey, Dixie Jubilee Singers. Music, Irving Berlin. An all-Black cast film which depicts the life of a rural southern Black family written according to racist stereotypes prevalent in 1929. Themes show illiterate Black plantation life, singing, dancing and gambling, religious beliefs and practices, including a special baptism sequence, and the relationships between men and women in a "sinful environment". "Made when screen musicals were mainly backstage stories or all-star revues, "Hallelujah!" broke the mold. Director King Vidor, given the go-ahead only after pledging his salary to offset production costs, combines melodrama with work songs and spirituals...a sincere and sympathetic treatment of rural black life." 90 min. DVD 4965; vhs 999:1432
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Howard, Jessica H. "Hallelujah!: Transformation in Film." African American Review, vol. 30 no. 3. 1996 Fall. pp: 441-51.
Maurice, Alice. "Cinema at Its Source': Synchronizing Race and Sound in the Early Talkies." Camera Obscura49: 31-72. 2002 Jan. UC users only

Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1933)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Al Jolson, Madge Evans, Frank Morgan. Songs and musical dialogue by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. For Bumper, life is just a bowl of cherries. Living in New York City's Central Park, the happy-go-lucky hobo king spends his time singing and enjoying himself without a care in the world. But when he rescues a beautiful amnesiac from a park lake, his cares suddenly increase. Not only has he fallen in love with the pretty blonde, but he has also discovered she's the missing sweetheart of Bumper's good buddy, the Mayor of New York. Can a whimsical tramp compete with his playboy pal for the heart of their lady fair? 83 min. DVD 1766
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Hard Day's Night (1964)
Directed by Richard Lester. Cast: The Beatles, Wilfrid Brambell. This lively, good-natured classic captures all the fun, excitement and unforgettable music of John, Paul, George and Ringo at the height of "Beatlemania." Portraying a frantic 36 hours in the lives of the rock group and packed with all-time Beatle favorites, they perform their songs and look for adventure ... all while avoiding hordes of screaming fans! The Beatles perform I'll cry instead, A hard day's night, I should've known better, If I fell, And I love her, I'm happy just to dance with you, Ringo's theme (this boy), Tell me why, Don't bother me, I wanna be your man, All my lovin', and She loves you. Disc one: "Things they said today" (Disc two): "Supplemental material": "Their production will be second to none" (interviews with the filmmakers); "With the Beatles" (cast); "Working like a dog" (the production crew); "Busy working overtime" (post production crew); "Listen to the music playing in your head" (George Martin); "Such a clean old man!" (memories of Wilfrid Brambell); "I've lost my little girl" (Isla Blair interview); "Taking testimonial pictures" (Robert Freeman interview); "Dressed to the hilt" (Gordon Millings interview); "Dealing with 'The men from the press'" (Tony Barrow interview); "They and I have memories" (Klaus Voorman interview); "Hitting the big time in the USA" (Sid Bernstein interview). 90 min. DVD 1348; vhs 999:147
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The Harvey Girls (1956)
Directed by George Sidney. Cast: Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Virginia O'Brien, Kenny Baker, Marjorie Main, Chill Wills. Words and music by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren. Susan Bradley, a mail order bride, is disappointed in the man whom she was to marry, so she takes a job as a waitress in a Harvey restaurant that served old West rail passengers. Based on the book by Samuel Hopkins Adams and the original story by Eleanore Griffin and William Rankin. Special features: 3 deleted musical numbers: feature length commentary by director George Sidney: singsong express audio track: "On the Atchison, Topeda and the Santa Fe" in stereo: theatrical trailer: interactive menus. 101 min. DVD 5716; vhs 999:846
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Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Charles Coburn, Gigi Perreau. In this musical comedy Rock Hudson plays a faithful soda jerk who finds his attentions to the lovely Millicent turned down after her family gains a large sum of money. 88 min. DVD 8144
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Hello Dolly! (1969)
Directed by Gene Kelly. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Louis Armstrong. Summary In this musical set in turn-of-the-century New York, Dolly is irresistible as the matchmaker who'll stop at nothing to secure her own future with the town's most successful but stingy merchant. Based on the stage play Hello, Dolly! written by Michael Stewart; based on "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder. 99 min. DVD X1872
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Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. Cast: Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Lynn Bari, Laird Cregar, June Havoc, Ward Bond, Aubrey Mather. A talented singer starring on the Barbary Coast is abandoned by her ambitious saloon-owner beau for a heartless socialite. After becoming a huge star in England, she returns to San Francisco when his marriage crumbles, hoping that he still loves her. Special features: Isolated score track ; Hello again: the remaking of Alice Faye featurette ; restoration comparision, original theatrical trailer, advertising gallery, still gallery. 99 min. DVD X405
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Hi De Ho (Cab Calloway) (1947)
Directed by Josh Binney. Big band sensation Cab Calloway (portraying himself) becomes the interest of two womens' desires - his steady girlfriend Minnie (Jeni Le Gon) and his manager Nettie (Ida James). Jealous of Nettie's maneuvers, Minnie hires a rival clubowner to do away with Cab. Minnie later feels guilty and tries to prevent the killing. Instead she gets dusted by the thugs, leaving the door open for Cab to marry Nettie. This musical review features an all black cast. 63 min. 999:426
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Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults
Features a dazzling array of "lost" cinematic treasures from the vaults of 20th Century Fox ... singing, dancing and comedy routines cut from classic Hollywood films. Rescued from the cutting room floor, these sequences have been restored to their original, pristine condition and are now presented in their entirety -- for the first time ever. Highlights include: "Hop, Skip and Jump", performed by Shirley Temple and Jimmy Durante deleted from Little Miss Broadway: Delightful Betty Grable musical numbers deleted from Tin Pan Alley, Hot Spot and Pin Up Girl: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in two spectacular dance sequences cut from Cafe Metropole (1937): Al Jolson performing a medley of his greatest hits from Rose of Washington Square: Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey singing "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" deleted from Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business: "Some Sunny Day," performed by Don Ameche: Joan Collins and Robert Wagner in makeup and wardrobe test for Lord Vanity: "The Woof song" performed by Bert Lahr: Katherine Hepburn's first appearance on film in an early screen test (1932) ... and more." Bill "Bojangles" Robinson -- Alice Faye -- Irving Berlin's Alexander's ragtime band -- Rose of Washington Square -- Bert Lahr -- Betty Grable -- Pin up girl -- The Gang's all here --Irving Berlin's There's no business like show business -- We're not married! -- Joan Collins in Lord Vanity -- That's showbiz! DVD 6852

High Society (1956)
Directed by Charles Walters. Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, John Lund, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer, Louis Armstrong and his Band. Music & lyrics by Cole Porter. Tracy Lord is trying to be remarried quietly but she is persuaded to allow two reporters to cover the nuptials. By the time the wedding march begins, she has accumulated several potential grooms. Based on the play, The Philadelphia story by Philip Barry. 107 min. DVD 5716
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Hit the Deck (1955)
Directed by Roy Rowland. Cast: Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone, Gene Raymond, Ann Miller, Russ Tamblyn. Sailor Danny Xavier Smith and two other gobs try to save his sister Susan's virtue. She wants to get a role in the show "Hit the Deck". After wrecking the producers hotel suite, they land in the brig. But Danny's father is a Rear Admiral... Special features: Film short "The Fall Guy", cartoon "Field and Scream", Sometimes I'm Happy audio outake (audio only), and theatrical trailer. 112 min. DVD 8322; vhs 999:1520
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Holiday Inn (1944)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel. A song-and-dance man leaves show business and opens up a Connecticut inn with his former partner and is saved from financial disaster by the showmanship of old friends. 100 min. DVD 679
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Decker, Todd. "On the Scenic Route to Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn (1942)." Journal of Musicology, Fall2011, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p464-497, 34p UC users only
Fuchs, Jeanne. "A couple of song and dance men: Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire." In: Going my way : Bing Crosby and American culture / edited by Ruth Prigozy and Walter Raubicheck. Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2007. (Music ML420.C93 G65 2007)
Glancy, H. Mark. "Dreaming of Christmas: Hollywood and the Second World War." In: Christmas at the movies : images of Christmas in American, British and European cinema / edited by M London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C5113 C66 2000)
Jenkins, Jennifer R. "'Say It with Firecrackers': Defining the “War Musical” of the 1940s." American Music, Fall2001, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p315, 25p UC users only
Mizejewski, Linda. "Minstrelsy and Wartime Buddies: Racial and Sexual Histories in White Christmas." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Spring2008, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p21-29, 9p UC users only

Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Directed by Delmer Daves. In this musical extravaganza a GI on leave in Hollywood drops in at the Hollywood canteen, hoping to meet his dream girl. He is assisted in his search by real-life canteen founders Bette Davis and John Garfield and over thirty other Hollywood luminaries. Andrews Sisters, Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Kitty Carlisle, Jack Carson, Dane Clark, Joan Crawford, Helmut Dantine, Bette Davis, Faye Emerson, Victor Francen, John Garfield, Sydney Greenstreet, Alan Hale, Paul Henreid, Robert Hutton, Joan Leslie, Peter Lorre, Ida Lupino, Irene Manning, Joan McCracken, Dolores Moran, Dennis Morgan, Eleanor Parker, Joyce Reynolds, Roy Rogers, S.Z. Sakall, Zachary Scott, Alexis Smith, Barbara Stanwyck, Joseph Szigeti, Donald Woods, Jane Wyman, Jimmy Doresy, Carmen Cavallaro, the Golden Gate Quartet and the Sons of the Pioneers. 124 min. DVD X816; vhs 999:1606
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Cabaniss, Dan. "This is the Army (1943): The Show Musical Goes to War." Film & History ; Feb-Dec1997, Vol. 27 Issue 1-4, p54-60, 7p UC users only
Woll, Allen L. The Hollywood musical goes to war / Allen L. Woll. Chicago : Nelson-Hall, c1983. (Moffitt PN1995.9.M86 W64 1983)

Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)
Directed by Irving Cummings; Malcolm St. Clair (silent film sequences); Buster Keaton (uncredited). Cast: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, J. Edward Bromberg, Alan Curtis, Stuart Erwin, Al Jolson, Donald Meek, Buster Keaton, George Givot, Eddie Collins, Lynn Bari, Jed Prouty, Chester Conklin, Ben Turpin, Hank Mann, Snub Pollard. Michael Linnett Connors takes Molly Adair from Broadway understudy to 1913 Hollywood star. Although she is in love with him, she marries her co-star reckoning wrongly Connors thinks of her only in terms of movies. He fires her in pique, apparently terminally damaging his career. Many silent stars are shown here making the transition from silent to sound films. Special features: "Hollywood cavalcade: the silent dream" featurette; "Buster Keaton: head over heels in Hollywood" featurette; "Hello Roscoe: the fate of Fatty Arbuckle" featurette; outtakes; Fox Movietonews: The Hollywood cavalcade premier; restoration comparison; advertising gallery; still gallery. 97 min. DVD X409
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Hollywood Hotel (1937)
Directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Hugh Herbert, Ted Healy, Benny Goodman and his orchestra, Louella Parsons, Glenda Farrell, Lola Lane, Johnnie Davis, Alan Mowbray. If you love music, check into Hollywood Hotel. The story's about a filmland newbie caught between a spoiled star and her likeable look-alike. But the movie's about Busby Berkeley's ace direction -- and music, music, music. Special features: Technicolor historical short The romance of Robert Burns ; Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy comedy short Double talk ; classic cartoons Porky's five & ten ; theatrical trailer. 109 min. DVD X178
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Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1937)
Directed by Charles F. Riesner. Cast: Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, masters of ceremonies; with John Gilbert, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Bessie Love, Ukelele Ike, Laurel & Hardy, Anita Page, Nils Asther, Brox Sisiters, Natova and Company, Marion Davies, William Haines, Buster Keaton, Marie Dressler, Charles King, Polly Moran, Gus Edwards, Dane & Arthur, Gwen Lee, the Albertina Rasch Ballet, the Rounders, [Lionel Barrymore]. A torrent of talent takes the screen in this first all-star Talkie Era showcase of heretofore silent-screen players. "Everybody sing. Everybody dance. Or, failing that, everybody step in place during the famed Singin' in the Rain finale." 123 min. DVD X5549
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How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)
Directed by William Asher. Cast: Annette Funicello, Dwayne Hickman, Brian Donlevy, Buster Keaton, Harvey Lembeck, Beverly Adams, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Patti Chandler, Bobbi Shaw, Mary Hughes, Mickey Rooney. Frankie is away on naval-reserve duty in Tahiti and doesn't trust Dee Dee to stay faithful, so he hires Bwana, a witch doctor, to help. Bwana conjures up a floating bikini and "stuffs" it with Cassandra, and sends her to distract advertising executive Ricky from Dee Dee. 93 min. DVD 8374
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
Directed by David Swift. Cast: Robert Morse, Michele Lee, Rudy Vallee, Anthony Teague, Maureen Arthur. A musical comedy that follows J. Pierpont Finch as he makes a meteoric rise from mailroom to junior executive, captures the heart of a pretty office worker and the admiring eye of the president -- all in the morning of his second day at work. It's only a matter of hours 'til his sights are set on the company boardroom. Based on a novel by Shepherd Mead. 121 min. DVD 568
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In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
Director, Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall, Spring Byington, Buster Keaton. Musical remake of 'Shop around the corner' involving two feuding store employees who are unknowingly engaged in a romantic relationship as anonymous pen pals. 102 min. DVD 9853
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The Inspector General (1949)
Director, Henry Koster. Cast: Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Elsa Lanchester. A corrupt mid-nineteenth century Russian village wrongly suspects the assistant of a medicine-show operator of being Napoleon's omnipotent Inspector General in disguise. A musical adaptation of the play by Nikolai Gogol. 103 min. DVD X4439
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Into the Woods (TV, 1990)
Directed by James Lapine. Cast: Original Broadway cast: Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Tom Aldredge, Robert Westenberg, Kim Crosby, Danielle Ferland, Ben Wright, Barbara Bryne. In this television production of the 1987 Broadway musical the fairy tale characters of Little Red Ridinghood, Cinderella, and Jack (and the Beanstalk) are linked together with the characters of a baker and his wife. Their stories intertwine as they all search for something different in the woods. After they have all found happiness, they must band together to fight a giant. 102 min. DVD 5691
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It Started with Eve (1941)
Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings, Guy Kibbee, Margaret Tallichet, Catherine Doucet. "A young man asks a hat check girl to pose as his fiancée in order to make his dying father's last moments happy. However, the old man's health takes a turn for the better and now his son doesn't know how to break the news that he's engaged to someone else, especially since his father is so taken with the impostor." [IMDB] 90 min. DVD 3886
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Asper, Helmut; Horak, Jan-Christophe. "Three smart guys: How a few penniless German émigrés saved Universal Studios." Film History; 1999, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p134-153, 20p UC users only

It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Cast: Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray, Michael Kidd. Music, Andre Previn: lyrics, Betty Comden, Adolph Green: choreography, Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. A musical revolving around the ten-year reunion by three war buddies in New York who discover that while friendship changes over time, having fun definitely does not! 102 min. DVD 5691
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Casper, Joseph Andrew. Stanley Donen Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1983. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 D592 1983; MOFF: PN1998.A3 D592 1983)
Musicals Great Musicals: the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM [video] Media Resources Center DVD 7266
Silverman, Stephen M. Dancing on the ceiling : Stanley Donen and his movies. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996. (MAIN: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996; MOFF: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996)
Telotte, J. P. "Ideology and the Kelly-Donen Musicals." Film Criticism, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 36-46, Spring 1984
Telotte, J. P. "Ideology and the Kelly-Donen Musicals." Film Criticism, Spring84, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p36-46, 11p UC users only

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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Director, Denis Heroux Cast: Elly Stone (lady with shopping bag), Mort Shuman (taxi driver), Joe Masiell (Marine), Jacques Brel (himself), Judy Lander, Annette Perrone. A plotless four-person musical revue based on the songs of Belgian balladeer Jacques Brel, the show opens on a dark and rainy Parisian night. Three strangers -- a cab driver, a soldier, and a meek woman -- find themselves in a theater. After watching a puppet show, they venture backstage and then onto a beach, where they sing songs during increasingly surreal events. Features such songs as "Marathon," "Timid Frieda," "Marieke," "Ne Me Quitte Pas," "The Middle Class," "Jackie," "Au Suivant," "Chanson des Vieux Amours" and "Carousel (La Valse a Mille Temps)." 97 min. DVD 2114

Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Director: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Dean Jones, Jennifer Holden. Presley plays a young man who is sent to prison when he accidentally kills a man in a barroom brawl. While behind bars he takes up singing and after his release from prison is assisted in the record business by a beautiful young woman. 92 min. DVD 6224
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Brode, Douglas. Elvis cinema and popular culture Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: ML420.P96 B75 2006; MUSI: ML420.P96 B75 2006)
Feeney, Mark. "Elvis movies." American Scholar, Winter 2001, Vol. 70 Issue 1, p53-60, 8p UC users only
Messenger, Cory. "Act naturally: Elvis Presley, the Beatles and 'rocksploitation'." Screening the Past, Issue 18 Uploaded Friday, 29 July 2005

The Jazz Singer (1927)
Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, William Demarest, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, Josef Rosenblatt. A melodramatic story of a Jewish cantor's son (Al Jolson) who aspires to be a jazz singer despite his father's objection and religious tradition. In motion picture history, this marks the first feature film to utilize synchronous sound. Jolson's songs include "Toot, toot, tootsie", "Blue skies", and "Mammy". 89 min. DVD 8594; vhs 999:790

"Since its premiere in 1927, many jazz critcs have overlooked The Jazz Singer, America's pioneer talking picture, in the history of American jazz film. Despite its title, the talkie's account of Old World vs. New World tension and Jewish assimilation has little to do with the jazz sound made famous by such artists as Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton. Yet as crtic Krin Gabbard argues, the film's appropriation of the title jazz reflects the cultural understanding of "jazz" during the American Jazz Age. In the 1920s, jazz, referring in general to up-tempo music, represented the emotional release and freedom of a generation striving to break established social conventions. While African American contributions to jazz were largely overlooked in the rise of Paul Whiteman and Al jolson's fame, blackface minstrelsy of the age represented white Americans attempt to ventriloquize blacks associated with supposed freedom of Negro primitivisim. Using jazz to represent Raboniwitz's break from Old World tradition and featuring a finale in blackface minstrelsy, The Jazz Singer (as Gabbard argues) lays the foundation for cultural representations of jazz in American cinema." [http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ASI/musi212/brandi/jazz.html]

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Jerico (UK, 1937)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Paul Robeson, Henry Wilcoxon, Wallace Ford. Paul Robeson is in fine voice in this musical drama about a GI who, after he accidentally kills a man, escapes into the desert where he joins an African tribe to avoid punishment. 75 min. DVD 7282
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Paul Robeson : essays on his life and legacy Edited by Joseph Dorinson and William Pencak. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2002. (Main Stack E185.97.R63.P375 2002; PFA PN2287.R59.P38 2002)
Thompson, Clifford. "Race in contemporary American cinema: Part 9--We hardly knew ye: Four early films of Paul Robeson." Cineaste 1998. Vol. 23, Iss. 4; pg. 24, 2 pgs UC users only

Jumbo (1962)
Directed by Charles Walters. Cast: Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye, Dean Jagger. The greatest show on earth comes to the screen in this sensational, razzle-dazzle circus epic. Set at the turn of the century, the story centers on Pop Wonder (Jimmy Durante), his daughter Kitty (Doris Day), his long-suffering fiancee of fourteen years, Lulu and Sam Rawlins, the spy who comes to steal Pop's circus and falls in love with Kitty. All four stars shine in the lavish and colorful musical numbers featuring the sublime songs of Rodgers and Hart. The breathtaking circus footage was actually directed by the legendary Busby Berkeley. 127 min. DVD 8878
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Just Imagine!(1930)
Director: David Butler. Cast: El Brendel, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Garrick, Marjorie White. New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced sex. Scientists revive a man struck by lightning in 1930; he is rechristened "Single O". He is befriended by J-21, who can't marry the girl of his dreams because he isn't "distinguished" enough -- until he is chosen for a 4-month expedition to Mars by a renegade scientist. 102 min. DVD X4642
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Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen. A rock opera depicting in song, dance, and music, the story of the last week of Christ's life, his betrayal and crucifixion as seen from the point of view of Judas. Based on the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, book and lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 108 min. DVD 570
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Just Around the Corner (1938)
Directed by Irving Cummings. Cast: Shirley Temple, Charles Farrell, Joan Davis, Amanda Duff, Bill Robinson, Bert Lahr, Cora Witherspoon. Plucky Penny Hale is excited to return from boarding school to live with her widower dad, but when she learns that he's lost his real estate project, and they now live in a basement, she sets out to win over a crotchety real estate developer. 70 min. DVD 6029
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Hains, Rebecca C. "The Origins of the Girl Hero: Shirley Temple, Child Star and Commodity." Girlhood Studies; June 2008, Issue 1, p60-80, 21p UC users only

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Killer Diller (1948)
Directed by Josh Binney. Cast: Dusty Fletcher, George Wiltshire, Butterfly McQueen, Nellie Hill, Freddie Robinson, William Campbell, Edgar Martin, Sid Easton, Gus Smith, Jackie Mabley, Ken Renard. The story of a magician who does disappearing acts between stage performances of a variety program. This musical includes performances by Dusty Fletcher, the King Cole Trio, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Andy Kirk and his orchestra. Considered one of the best early comedies starring an all-black cast. 70 min. DVD X4917; vhs 999:1220
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The King and I (1956)
Directed by Walter Lang. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders, Rex Thompson. Music, Richard Rodgers; book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. An English schoolteacher finds herself at odds with the King when she is the teacher at the royal court in Siam in the 1860s. 133 min. DVD 606; VHS 999:696
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Actor (Yul Brynner)
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy; Best Motion Picture Actress - Comedy/Musical (Deborah Kerr)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Yul Brynner)

Houston, K. ""Siam Not So Small!": Maps, History, and Gender in "The King and I"." Camera Obscura no. 59 (2005) p. 72-117 UC users only
Klein, Christina. "Musicals and modernization : The king and I." In: Cold War orientalism: Asia in the middlebrow imagination, 1945-1961 / Christina Klein. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2003. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Asian Am Studies; Moffitt DS33.4.U6 K55 2003)
Ma, Sheng-mei. "Rodger's and Hammerstein's "Chopsticks" musicals.(Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein; "The King and I," "Flower Drum Song" and "South Pacific")(Critical Essay)." Literature-Film Quarterly 31.1 (Jan 2003): 17-26. UC users only

King Creole (1958)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart, Dean Jagger, Liliane Montevecchi, Vic Morrow, Paul Stewart, Jan Shepard, Brian Hutton, Jack Grinnage, Dick Winslow, Raymond Bailey. On the verge of graduation, Danny Fisher gets into a brawl that costs him his high school diploma. His father demands he stay in school, but Danny has hopes of being a nightclub singer. To make matters more complicated, he gets mixed up with a local mob boss and a seductive moll who have other plans for Danny's future. Based upon the novel "A Stone for Danny Fisher" by Harold Robbins. 115 min. DVD X2317
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Brode, Douglas. Elvis cinema and popular culture Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: ML420.P96 B75 2006; MUSI: ML420.P96 B75 2006)
Caine, Andrew James. "Calculated violence and viciousness ": the British critical reaction to Elvis Presley's King Creole." Velvet Light Trap. 48 (Fall 2001) p34 UCB users only
Feeney, Mark. "Elvis movies." American Scholar, Winter 2001, Vol. 70 Issue 1, p53-60, 8p UC users only
Kinnard, Roy. The American films of Michael Curtiz / by Roy Kinnard and R.J. Vitone. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 C8951 1986)
Messenger, Cory. "Act naturally: Elvis Presley, the Beatles and 'rocksploitation'." Screening the Past, Issue 18 Uploaded Friday, 29 July 2005
Peary, Gerald. "Elvis Presley's King Creole." The Film Journal, Issue 1 May 2002 UCB users only
Robertson, James C. (James Crighton)The Casablanca man : the cinema of Michael Curtiz / James C. Robertson. London ; New York : Routledge, 1993. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.C87 R63 1993)

Kismet (1955)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray, Vic Damone, Monty Woolley, Sebastian Cabot, Jay C. Flippen, Mike Mazurki, Jack Elam, Ted de Corsia. Choreography, Jack Cole. This lush musical follows one fateful, fabulous day as a beggar-poet and his daughter cross paths with a wicked wazir, a wily temptress, a handsome prince, and a magical curse. Special features: Film short "The battle of Gettysburg," cartoon "The first bad man," MGM parade tv series excerpts, song outtakes, and theatrical trailers. 113 min. DVD 9894
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Musicals Great Musicals: the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM [video] Media Resources Center DVD 7266

Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Directed by George Sidney. Cast: Kathryn Grayson: Howard Keel: Ann Miller: Keenan Wynn: Bobby Van: Tommy Rall: James Whitmore: Kurt Kasznar: Bob Fosse: Ron Randell: Willard Parker. In this musical drama a battling, once-married couple, are reunited to star in a musical version of The taming of the shrew. On stage they fight it out and backstage they continue to clash. But backstage and downstage, viewers get to see lavish numbers and hear wonderful Cole Porter tunes. Based on the play by Samuel and Bella Spewack. Special DVD features: Cole Porter in Hollywood : Too darn hot / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents: written, produced and directed by Peter Fitzgerald (ca. 10 min.) -- Mighty Manhattan, New York's wonder city / directed by James H. Smith: produced and narrated by James A. FitzPatrick (ca. 20 min): music only track: behind-the-scenes notes: theatrical trailer. 110 min. DVD 5709; vhs 999:1016
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Lady Be Good (1941)
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Cast: Eleanor Powell, Ann Sothern, Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore, John Carroll, Red Skelton. Songwriters Dixie Donegan and Eddie Crane are still in love after their divorce. Dixie's friend Marilyn Marsh tries to convince them to marry again, but this isn't that easy. 111 min. DVD 9893
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Les Girls (1957)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg, Jacques Bergerac, Leslie Phillips, Henry Daniell, Patrick Macnee, Stephen Vercoe, Philip Tonge. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter: music adapted and conducted by Adolph Deutsch;: choreography, Jack Cole. After the break up of the musical act of Barry Nichols and Les Girls the members of the act have a reunion under inauspicious circumstances. Sybil has published her memoirs of the years with Les Girls, including how Angele attempted suicide when Barry spurned her. Angele sues for libel and her testimony in court recounts how it was Sybil who attempted suicide. 114 min. DVD 5717; vhs 999:1036
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Let Freedom Ring (1939)
Directed by Jack Conway. Cast: Nelson Eddy, Virginia Bruce, Victor McLaglen, Lionel Barrymore. A song-spangled western set in 1868, in which a lawyer (Eddy) returns to a small hometown and fights corruption brought in by the railroad. 100 min. vhs 999:3950
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Lili (1953)
Directed by Charles Walters. A musical drama in which a shy, young orphan girl is befriended by a crippled puppeteer and his group of carnival puppets. 81 min. 999:1666
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A Little Night Music (1977)
Directed by Harold Prince. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Rigg, Len Cariou, Lesley-Anne Down, Hermione Gingold, Laurence Guittard, Christopher Guard, Chloe Franks, Heinz Maracek, Lesley Dunlop. Middle-aged Frederick Egerman has been patiently waiting a year for his young bride Anne to consummate their marriage. But unbeknownst to Frederick, his son Erich is also in love with Anne. To complicate matters, Frederick's former mistress Desiree Armfeldt arrives in town--but Desiree is having a clandestine affair with the husband of the Countess Mittelheim! The mismatched couples in this delightful bedroom farce are all invited to a country estate where their lives (and loves) are inevitably sorted out. 120 min. DVD X6163
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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Directed by Frank Oz. Cast: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, James Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, Bill Murray. Lyrics, Howard Ashman; music, Alan Menken. In this musical-comedy set in the Mushnik's Flower Shop basement a timid employee discovers a ferocious, talking, rapidly-growing plant, which forces him to lure victims to satisfy its taste for human flesh. 96 min. DVD 9113
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Jensen, Marc. ""Feed Me!": Power Struggles and the Portrayal of Race in Little Shop of Horrors." Cinema Journal, Fall2008, Vol. 48 Issue 1, p51-67, 17p UC users only
Noonan, Julie A. "'Little Shop of Horrors': Re-visioning the Future Through Pastiche and Science Fiction." Theatre Annual; 2003, Vol. 56, p113-129, 17p UC users only
Pharr, Mary. "Different Shops of Horrors: From Roger Corman's Cult Classic to Frank Oz's Mainstream Musical." In: Modes of the fantastic : selected essays from the twelfth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995. (MAIN: PN56.F34 I58 1991)

Lost in the Stars (1974)
Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Brock Peters, Melba Moore, Raymond St. Jacques, Clifton Davis, Paul Rogers, Paula Kelly, Alan Weeks, Paulene Myers. Music by Kurt Weill: book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. Stephen Kumalo, a black South African minister searches the unfamiliar back alleys and shanty towns of Johannesburg for his son, Absalom. But Kumalo's unwavering faith is put to the test when he finds Absalom in jail facing a capital murder charge. Courage, dignity and sacrifice fall prey to the whirlwind of racist hypocrisy and hollow justice in Absalom's trial. Absalom's reunion and reconciliation with this father, his jailhouse marriage to his pregnant sweetheart, and his heroic determination to tell the truth set the stage for a tragic climax. Based on the novel "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton. Special features: Theatrical trailer; "Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson, and Lost in the stars," an essay by Michael Feingold; the AFT Cinebill; an interview with Edie Landau; "Ely Landau: in front of the camera," AFT promotional reel from 1974; the American Film Theatre trailer gallery; the American Film Theatre scrapbook. Features the songs The hills of Ixopo: Thousands of miles: Train to Johannesburg: Search: The little gray house: Who'll buy?: Trouble man: Murder in Parkwold: Fear: Lost in the stars: Wild justice: O Tixo, Tixo, help me: Stay well: Cry, the beloved country: Big mole: Chapel scene: A bird of passage: Four o'clock. 96 min. 999:1674
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Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Directed by George B. Seitz. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, Cecilia Parker, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Ann Rutherford. The big Christmas dance is coming, and Andy has made dates with both his steady girlfriend Polly and the voluptuous Cynthia. Andy's younger next door neighbor Betsy also begins to fall in love with him. Special features: introduction by Garland biographer John Fricke with Ann Rutherford; "Leo is on the air" radio promo; Andy Hardy trailer gallery. 92 min. DVD X2719
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Love Me Tender (1956)
Directed by Robert D. Webb. Cast: Elvis Presley, Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Robert Middleton, William Campbell. After hearing his older brother has been killed in combat, a young Texas farmer marries the man's sweetheart. But his brother returns, sparking a bitter sibling rivalry and tragic confrontation with Union soldiers. 89 min. DVD 5556
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Brode, Douglas. Elvis cinema and popular culture Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: ML420.P96 B75 2006; MUSI: ML420.P96 B75 2006)
Feeney, Mark. "Elvis movies." American Scholar, Winter 2001, Vol. 70 Issue 1, p53-60, 8p UC users only
Messenger, Cory. "Act naturally: Elvis Presley, the Beatles and 'rocksploitation'." Screening the Past, Issue 18 Uploaded Friday, 29 July 2005

Love Me Tonight (1932)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Myrna Loy, Charlie Ruggles, Charles Butterworth, C. Aubrey Smith. Based on the play by Paul Armont and Leopold Marchand; music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart. In this madcap musical tour de force of infectious melody, a carefree tailor leaves Paris to collect on a past due bill at an aristocratic client's chateau. Mistaken for royalty, he attempts to woo a lovely princess without revealing his true identity. Special DVD features: Maurice Chevalier sings "Louise," Jeanette MacDonald sings "Love me tonight" (from the Paramount newsreel series Hollywood on Parade), audio commentary by Miles Kreuger, original theatrical trailer, screenplay excerpts of deleted scenes, production documents, censorship records, gallery of photos., promototional material. 89 min. DVD 4030
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The Love Parade (1929)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald. Ernst Lubitsch's first "talking picture" was also Hollywood's first movie musical to integrate songs with narrative. The story revolves around Count Renard, singing diplomat from the mythical country Sylvania, who is recalled from Paris because of his philandering. Meanwhile, singing Queen Louise of Sylvania is being badgered by her cabinet to marry. Expecting disgrace, Renard finds instead that he's just what the Queen had in mind for a consort. But he finds the subordinate status of a prince consort increasingly hard to take. 107 min. DVD 9410
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Lullaby of Broadway (1950)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Doris Day, Gene Nelson, S.Z. Sakall, Billy De Wolfe, Gladys George, Florence Bates, Anne Triola, Hanley Syafford, Page Cavanaugh Trio, Carlo and Constance de Matiazzi. A singer arrives in New York to visit her mother, unaware that she is a burnt-out cabaret singer with a love for whiskey. When she arrives at her house, which actually belongs to Adolph Hubbell, a kind-hearted Broadway producer he takes a shine to Melinda and agrees to star her in his next show. Melinda also finds romance with a handsome hoofer who's in the show. All is going well for Melinda except that she wants to see her mother who keeps putting off their reunion. 92 min. DVD 8884
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Mammy (1930)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Al Jolson, Lois Moran, Lowell Sherman, Louise Dresser. As the star of Meadow's Merry Minstrels, Al Fuller (Jolson) lands a backer for the show, springboarding the troupe to success, but when a jealous co-star puts real bullets in Fuller's stage gun, Al finds himself charged with attempted murder. Based on the play and music Mr. Bones by Irving Berlin. 88 min. DVD X3050
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Kinnard, Roy. The American films of Michael Curtiz / by Roy Kinnard and R.J. Vitone. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 C8951 1986)
Robertson, James C. (James Crighton)The Casablanca man : the cinema of Michael Curtiz / James C. Robertson. London ; New York : Routledge, 1993. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.C87 R63 1993)

Man of La Mancha (Italy | USA, 1972)
Directed by Arthur Hiller. Cast: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Harry Andrews, John Castle, Brian Blessed, Ian Richardson, Julie Gregg, Rosalie Crutchley, Gino Conforti, Marne Maitland. This musical version of Don Quixote is framed by an incident allegedly from the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is the mad, aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza). Based on the musical play "Man of la mancha" written by Dale Wasserman. 129 min. DVD X6165
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March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)
Directed by Gus Meins and Charles Rogers. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy. SEE Babes in Toyland

Mary Poppins (1964)
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Cast: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen, Ed Wynn. An irrepressible nanny soars out of the London skies, bringing a carpetbag of magical adventures into the lives of the Banks family on Cherry Tree Lane. Blends live-action and animation. Based on the Mary Poppins books by P.L. Travers. Special features: The making of Mary Poppins ; "Hollywood goes to a world premiere" ; Mary Poppins trivia game ; Original theatrical trailer. 102 min. DVD 2396
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Actress (Julie Andrews)
Golden Globes - Best Actress, Musical/Comedy (Julie Andrews)

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main. The story about an affectionate family in turn of the century St. Louis. DVD Special features: Introduction by Liza Minnelli; music-only audio track; 2 behind-the-scenes documentaries, "The making of an American classic" and "Hollywood : the dream factory"; Turner classic movies special "Becoming attractions : Judy Garland"; audio commentary by Garland biographer John Fricke with Margaret O'Brien, composer Hugh Martin, screenwriter Irving Brecher and Barbara Freed-Saltzman; vintage musical shorts; photo recreation of deleted song "Boys and girls like you and me"; tv series pilot episode; radio show; Vincente Minnelli trailer gallery. 114 min. DVD 2438; VHS 999:407
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Glancy, H. Mark. "Dreaming of Christmas: Hollywood and the Second World War." In: Christmas at the movies : images of Christmas in American, British and European cinema / edited by M London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C5113 C66 2000)
Musicals Great Musicals: the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM [video] Media Resources Center DVD 7266

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland Collection. Bonus Disc
Private screenings with Mickey Rooney, hosted by TCM's Robert Osborne ; The Judy Garland songbook: Introduction and "Born in a trunk" from "A star is born" (1954); "Americana" from "Every Sunday"; "Everybody sing" from "Broadway melody of 1938"; "Got a new pair of shoes" from "Thoroughbreds don't cry"; "Swing, Mr. Mendelssohn" from "Everybody sing"; "Down on Melody Farm" from "Everybody sing"; "It never rains but it pours" from "Love finds Andy Hardy; "Zing! Went the strings of my heart" from "Listen, darling"; "A pretty girl milking her cow" from "Little Nellie Kelly"; "Singin' in the rain" from "Little Nellie Kelly"; "After you've gone" from "For me and my gal"; "The joint is really jumpin' down at Carnegie Hall" from "Thousands cheer"; "Where there's music" finale from "Presenting Lily Mars"; "The boy next door" from "Meet me in St. Louis"; "The trolley song" from "Meet me in St. Louis"; "The interview" from "Ziegfeld follies"; "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" from "The Harvey girls"; "Put your arms around me, honey" from "In the good old summertime"; "I don't care" from "In the good old summertime"; "Friendly star" from "Summer stock"; "Get happy" from "Summer stock"; "Born in a trunk" from "A star is born" (1954) ; Mickey and Judy trailer gallery: "Thoroughbreds don't cry"; "Love finds Andy Hardy"; "Babes in arms"; "Andy Hardy meets debutante"; "Strike up the band"; "Life begins for Andy Hardy"; "Babes on Broadway"; "Girl crazy"; "Thousands cheer"; "Words and music." Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland. 157 min. DVD 8480

Monte Carlo (1930)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Jack Buchanan, Jeanette MacDonald, Claude Allister, ZaSu Pitts, Tyler Brooke, John Roche. An independent-minded countess leaves her foppish prince fiance at the altar and whisks away to the Riviera. There at a casino, Count Rudolph Falliere is taken by Countess Vera's beauty. Rudolph, in love with Vera, calls her every night and sings to her. Vera also in love with Rudolph must marry the Duke -for financial reasons. Based on "The Blue Coast," by Hans Mueller and an episode from "Monsieur Beaucaire," by Booth Tarkington and Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland. 90 min. DVD 9411
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Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director, Baz Luhrmann. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Garry McDonald, Jacek Koman, Matthew Whittet, Kerry Walker. Christian, an idealistic and impoverished young writer newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections. Special features (Disc 1): theatrical trailers: production commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, and Don McAlpine: writing commentary by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce: 8 behind-the-scenes branches. (Disc 2): The making of Moulin Rouge HBO Special: 5 "Star" featurettes: earlier drafts of screenplay: 6 extended scenes & 4 re-cut dance sequences: interview with John "Cha Cha" O'Connell and Caroline O'Connor: dance pre-shoots: 3 multi-angle dance sequences: 2 music videos: live MTV performance: design and marketing gallery. 128 min. DVD 976
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film

Bell, Philip. "Moulin rouge!: Baz Luhrmann, Australia, 2001." In: The cinema of Australia and New Zealand / edited by Geoff Mayer & Keith Beattie. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A8 C55 2007)
Cyrino, Monica S. "To Love and Toulouse: The Orpheus and Eurydice Theme in Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (1959) and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge (2001)." Classical & Modern Literature, Spring2008, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p129-147, 19p
Gopal, Sangita; Moorti, Sujata. "Bollywood in Drag: Moulin Rouge! and the Aesthetics of Global Cinema." Camera Obscura, Sep2010, Vol. 24 Issue 75, p28-67, 40p UC users only
Jones, Kent. "Moulin Rouge!" Film Comment, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 22-25, May 2001
Kehler, Grace. "Still for Sale: Love Songs and Prostitutes from "La Traviata" to "Moulin Rouge."" Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, Jun2005, Vol. 38 Issue 2, Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, Jun2005, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p145-162, 18p UC users only
Kinder, Marsha. "Moulin Rouge!" Film Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 52-59, Spring 2002 UC users only
Larson, Katherine. "Silly Love Songs: The Impact of Puccini's La Bohème on the Intertextual Strategies of Moulin Rouge!" Journal of Popular Culture, Dec2009, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p1040-1052, 13p; UC users only
Magedanz, Stacy. "Allusion as Form: The Waste Land and Moulin Rouge!" Orbis Litterarum, 2006, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p160-179, 20p UC users only
Mina Yang. "Moulin Rouge! and the Undoing of Opera." Cambridge Opera Journal, Nov2008, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p269-282, 14p UC users only

Muscle Beach Party (1964)
Directed by William Asher. Cast: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, John Ashley, Don Rickles, Jody McCrea, Dick Dale and The Del Tones, Candy Johnson, Morey Amsterdam, Little Stevie Wonder, Rock Stevens, Buddy Hackett. Summer is back and so are Frankie and the gang, returning to the sunny shore in search of that perfect wave. But there's choppy water ahead: a beautiful Italian countess has her romantic eyes on Frankie, and a band of bronzed bodybuilders is ready to rumble with the surfers. 95 min. DVD 8377
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Griffin, Annie. "The blondest thing on the beach." Sight and Sound August 1993 v3 n8 p35(1)
Morris, Gary. "Beyond the beach." Journal of Popular Film and Television Spring 1993 v21 n1 p2(10)
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Rutsky, R. L. "Surfing the Other." (surf films from 1950's, 1960's and how teenagers responded) Film Quarterly, Summer 1999 v52 i4 p12 UCB users only
Stenger, Josh. "Mapping the beach: beach movies, exploitation film and geographies of whiteness." In: The persistence of whiteness : race and contemporary Hollywood cinema / edited by Daniel Bernardi. London : New York : Routledge, 2008. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M56.P47 2008)

Music Man (1962)
Directed by Morton Da Costa. Silver-tongued con artist Harold Hill hoodwinks the stubborn townsfolk of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy's band, but his game ultimately--and romantically--backfires. 115 min. DVD 473; VHS 999:826
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Awards & Honors
Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture Musical
National Film Registry Selection

My Fair Lady (1964)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde- White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel. Audrey Hepburn stars as the flowergirl turned Cinderella. Rex Harrison is the irascible professor of phonetics who bets he can teach her to speak like a duchess. Special DVD features: Feature-length audio commentary that includes art director Gene Allen, singer Marni Nixon and restorers Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz; behind-the-scenes documentary 'The fairest fair lady'; alternate Audrey Hepburn vocal versions of 'Show me' and 'Wouldn't it be loverly'; interactive menus; production notes; 4 theatrical trailers; scene access. 170 min. DVD 464
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film from any Source; Best British Actor (Rex Harrison)
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy; Best Director; Best Motion Picture Actor, Musical/Comedy (Rex Harrison); Best Motion Picture Actress, Musical/Comedy (Audrey Hepburn)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film

Linial, Christine Amos. "Pygmalion's Domestication of the Hollywood Musical." Interdisciplinary Humanities, Fall2009, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p68-84, 17p UC users only

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Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Jane Powell, Ann Sothern, Barry Sullivan, Carmen Miranda, Louis Calhern. Choreographer: Nick Castle. A colorful Rio is the setting for a comic tale of personal and professional mixups as aspiring actress Nancy and her Broadway-veteran mother seek the same stage role. Adding to the Brazilian flair is Carmen Miranda in zany-hatted glory. 99 min. DVD 9892
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Freire-Medeiros, Bianca "Star in The House of Mirrors: Contrasting Images of Carmen Miranda in Brazil and the United States." Limina, 2006, Vol. 12, p21-29, 9p UC users only
O'Nell, Brian. "Carmen Miranda: The High Price of Fame and Bananas." In: Latina legacies : identity, biography, and community / edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez New York : Oxford University Press, 2005. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 L36245 2005; Chicano Studies HQ1050 .L287 2005) USE ONLY
Roberts, Shari. ""The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat": Carmen Miranda, a Spectacle of Ethnicity." Cinema Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Spring, 1993), pp. 3-23 UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "Hollywood's Good Neighbor Policy: The Latin Image In American Film, 1939-1946." Journal of Popular Film Issue: 3:4 (1974:Fall) p.278 UC users only

New Faces(1954)
Directed by Harry Horner. Cast: Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde, Alice Ghostley, Ronny Graham, June Carroll, Robert Clary, Virginia DeLuce, Bill Mullikin, Rosemary O'Reilly, Carol Lawrence, Allen Conroy, Jimmy Russell; sketches mostly by Ronny Graham and Melvin Brooks. Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde, Alice Ghostley, Ronny Graham, June Carroll, Robert Clary, Virginia DeLuce, Bill Mullikin, Rosemary O'Reilly, Carol Lawrence, Allen Conroy, Jimmy Russell. A filmed performance of the highly popular Broadway hit that was basically a collection of skits, sketches, songs and dances built around a light plot to meld them all together which, for the most part, worked. The plot involves a performer/producer who finds himself in financial difficulties on the eve of opening night because a big check is needed before the curtain can go up. Many of the then-unknown artists who appeared in New faces went on to major stage, screen, and television careers. Includes such hit songs as "C'est si bon," "Santa Baby," "Monotonous," and "Lizzie Borden." 98 min. DVD X5699; vhs 999:3834
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New York, New York (1977)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Liza Minnelli, Robert DeNiro, Lionel Standler, Barry Primus, Mary Kay Place. Jimmy Doyle is a jazz saxophone player on the make, while Francine Evans is a singer on the rise. Their budding romance flourishes into marriage and a professional working relationship, but the ambitions that brought them together eventually sweep them tragically apart. Special features: Introduction by Martin Scorsese; audio commentary by director Martin Scorsese and film critic Carrie Rickey; alternate takes; deleted scenes; photo gallery; theatrical trailer & teaser. 169 min. DVD 3534
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Nine (2009)
Directed by Rob Marshall. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren. With only a week left before shooting begins on the filming of his latest movie, world famous film director Guido Contini is desperately searching for a way to overcome his creative block. Escaping to a seaside resort, he attempts to restore the equilibrium to his personal and professional existence by drawing inspiration from the women in his life. 119 min. DVD X3379
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Oh! Calcutta! (1972)
Directed by Jacques Levy.. Cast: Raina Barrett, Mark Dempsey, Samantha Harper, Patricia Hawkins, Bill Macy, Mitchell McGuire, Gary Rethmeier, Margo Sappington, Nancy Tribush, George Welbes. Devised by Kenneth Tynan: written by Robert Benton, Jules Feiffer, Dan Greenburg , John Lennon, Jacques Levy, Leonard Melfi, David Newman, Margo Sappington, Sam Shepard, Clovis Trouille. Based on the controversial off-Broadway musical comedy revue, "Oh! Calcutta!" is a series of musical numbers about sex and sexual mores. Most of the skits feature one or more performers in the state of undress, simulating sex, or both. 100 min. DVD 5655
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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
Directed by Attenborough, Richard. Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Phyllis Calvert, Jean Pierre Cassel, John Gielgud, Jack Hawkins, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith, Susannah York, John Mills, Ian Holm. A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time. Special features: Commentary by director Lord Richard Attenborough; 3-part documentary: Welcome to World War I, The Smith family album, Keep the home fires burning. Based on Joan Littlewood's theatre workshop production by Charles Chilton and the members of the original cast after a stage treatment by Ted Allan. 144 min. DVD 6676
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Bolas, Terry. "Richard Attenborough, Oh! What a Lovely War." Screen 1969 10: 84-90 UC users only

Oklahoma! (1955)
Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Shirley Jones, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore, Rod Steiger. The classic musical in which a handsome young cowboy falls in love. The young couple is menaced by the hired man. Adapted from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical play based Green grow the lilacs by Lynn Riggs. 146 min. DVD 812
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Akin, Roger Cushing. "Was Jud Jewish? Property, Ethnicity, and Gender in "Oklahoma!" Quarterly Review of Film and Video v. 22 no. 3 (July/September 2005) p. 277-83
Carter, Tim. Oklahoma! : the making of an American musical / Tim Carter. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007. (Music ML410.R6315 C37 2007)
Kirle, Bruce. "Reconciliation, Resolution, and the Political Role of "Oklahoma!" in American Consciousness." Theatre Journal 55:2 (May 2003) p. 251-274UC users only
Recchia, Edward. "There's no place like home: the Midwest in American film musicals." Midwest Quarterly v39, n2 (Wntr, 1998):202 (13 pages).

Oklahoma! (1999)
Director, Trevor Nunn. Cast: Hugh Jackman, Josefina Gabrielle, Shuler Hensley, Jimmy Johnston, Maureen Lipman, Peter Polycarpou, Vicki Simon, Stuart Milligan, Helen Anker. Laurie, an Oklahoma farm gal is courted by boisterous cowboy Curley and by menacing, obsessive farm hand Jud Frye. Fearing that Jud will do something terrible to Curley, Laurie accepts Jud's invitation to the box social. But Curley rescues Laurie from Jud's unwanted advances, and wins her hand. On the eve of their wedding during a fight with Curley, Jud falls on his own knife and is killed. The local deputy insists that Curley be arrested, but he is outvoted by Curley's friends, and the newlyweds are permitted to ride off on their honeymoon. Bonus disc: The making of Oklahoma. Filmed Royal National Theatre staging of the musical Oklahoma!, shown on television in Great Britain in September, 1999. 180 min. DVD 9873

Akin, Roger Cushing. "Was Jud Jewish? Property, Ethnicity, and Gender in "Oklahoma!" Quarterly Review of Film and Video v. 22 no. 3 (July/September 2005) p. 277-83
Kirle, Bruce. "Reconciliation, Resolution, and the Political Role of "Oklahoma!" in American Consciousness." Theatre Journal 55:2 (May 2003) p. 251-274UC users only
Recchia, Edward. "There's no place like home: the Midwest in American film musicals." Midwest Quarterly v39, n2 (Wntr, 1998):202 (13 pages).

Oliver! (1968)
Director, Carol Reed. Cast: Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe, Shani Wallis, Mark Lester. A musical version of the novel by Charles Dickens in which a young orphan, Oliver is left to fend for himself until he is befriended by a band of young thieves who quickly train him in their craft. But, Oliver is not content to be a thief for he knows that life holds great joys and that true happiness cannot be stolen, but must be earned. Freely adapted from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. 145 min. DVD 5721
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Picture
Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy

Carol Reed bibliography

Napper, Lawrence. "'There's No Place Like London': London Musicals and the Traffic in Souls." Journal of British Cinema & Television; 2009, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p220-231, 12p UC users only

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland, Jack Nicholson, Pamela Brown, Irene Handl, Roy Kinnear, John Richardson. Chain-smoking kooky Daisy consults psychiatrist Chabot to help her stop smoking. Chabot is astonished to learn she has amazing ESP powers and that under hypnosis she reveals her former life as Melinda, an 1840 English coquette. Based on the musical play by the same title by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane. 129 min. DVD 3587
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On the Avenue (1937)
Directed by Roy del Ruth. Cast: Dick Powell, Madeleine Carroll, Alice Faye, The Ritz Brothers, George Barbier, Alan Mowbray, Cora Witherspoon, Darryl F. Zanuck. Mona Merrick infuriates an heiress by savagely portraying her in a hit play. When the show's producer begins a love affair with the heiress, jealous Mona makes her satirical performance even more scathing, setting off fireworks between the couple. 89 min. DVD X685
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On the Town (1954)
Directed by Stanley Donen & Gene Kelley. Cast: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Vera-Ellen. A musical about three sailors who have a 24-hour shore leave to enjoy New York. Chip tries but can't resist the advances of a lady cab driver; Ozzie gladly fills the role of a lovely anthropologist's "prehistoric man," and after much desperate searching, Gaby finds the model who isn't quite the glamorous celebrity he envisioned but nevertheless will do. 98 min. DVD 238
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Bukatman, Scott. "A Day in New York: On the Town and The Clock." In: City that never sleeps : New York and the filmic imagination
Edited by Murray Pomerance. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N49 C58 2007)
Casper, Joseph Andrew. Stanley Donen Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1983. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 D592 1983; MOFF: PN1998.A3 D592 1983)
Silverman, Stephen M. Dancing on the ceiling : Stanley Donen and his movies. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996. (MAIN: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996; MOFF: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996)
Telotte, J. P. "Ideology and the Kelly-Donen Musicals." Film Criticism, Spring84, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p36-46, 11p UC users only

One Hour with You (1932)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald Genevieve Tobin, Charlie Ruggles. "Andre and Colette Bertier are happily married. When Colette introduces her husband to her flirtatious best friend, Mitzi, he does his best to resist her advances. But she is persistent, and very cute, and he succumbs. Mitzi's husband wants to divorce her, and has been having her tailed. Andre gets caught, and must confess to his wife. But Colette has had problems resisting the attentions of another man herself, and they forgive each other." [IMDB] 80 min. DVD 9413
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Paint Your Wagon (1969)
Directed by Joshua Logan. Cast: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Ray Walston, Harve Presnell. In this musical film a Michigan farmer and a grizzled prospector form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife, hijacking a stage, kidnaping six prostitutes, and turning their mining camp into a boomtown. Along the way there is plenty of drinking, gambling, and singing. Screenplay and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner ; produced by Alan Jay Lerner. 164 min. DVD 8223
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The Pajama Game (1957)
Directed by George Abbot and Stanley Donen. Cast: Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr., Reta Shaw, Barbara Nichols. Labor and management at the Sleeptite Pajama Factory aren't getting much sleep lately: a proposed 7 1/2 cent hourly wage increase is the reason--and a job action just may be the result. But not to worry: negotiating strategies here involve snappy stars, terrific tunes and dynamic dances, all part of one of the most infectiously joyful stage/screen musicals ever. Based on the play: The Pajama game / by George Abbott and Richard Bissell: book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell from Richard Bissell's novel, 7 1/2 cents. Music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross Special features: Deleted song, The man who invented love: theatrical trailer: cast and cre biographies: production notes on the original Bradway play. 102 min. DVD 5723
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Anderson, Frank J. "The View from the River: Richard Bissell's Satirical Humor." Midwest Quarterly; Summer1964, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p311-322, 12p UC users only
Borda, Jennifer L. "Working-class Women, Protofeminist Performance, and Resistant Ruptures in the Movie Musical The Pajama Game." Text & Performance Quarterly, Jul2010, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p227-246, 20p UC users only
Casper, Joseph Andrew. Stanley Donen Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1983. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 D592 1983; MOFF: PN1998.A3 D592 1983)
Silverman, Stephen M. Dancing on the ceiling : Stanley Donen and his movies. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996. (MAIN: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996; MOFF: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996)

Pal Joey (1957)
Directed by George Sidney. Cast: Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak. Music, Richard Rodgers: lyrics, Lorenz Hart: screenplay, Dorothy Kingsley. Relates the story of a nightclub entertainer who is also a heel. He romances a wealthy socialite to get her to finance his own nightclub, then falls for a chorine he hires for the club. Based on the play, Pal Joey, book by John O'Hara. Special DVD features: interactive menus, talent files, vintage advertising, original "Hep Cat" trailer, bonus trailers, scene selections. 103 min. DVD X3092
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Passing Strange (2009)
Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Stew, de'Adre Aziza, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Daniel Breaker. A young man leaves behind his mother and life in a Los Angeles neighborhood and sets out on a journey of self-discovery in Europe during the 1970s in order to find his purpose in life through his music. A theatrical stage production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. 135 min. DVD X2781
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Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Directed by Herbert Ross. Cast: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken, Jessica Harper, Vernal Bagneris. Written for the screen and based on original material by Dennis Potter. A musical drama about a young sheet-music salesman during the Depression who is doomed forever to believe in the lyrics of the songs he sells. 108 min. DVD 4150
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Marinov, Samuel G. "Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective and Lipstick on Your Collar: Redefining the Genre of Musical Film." In: The passion of Dennis Potter : international collected essays / edited by Vernon W. Gras and John R. Cook. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Main Stack PN1992.4.P68.P37 2000)

Pennies from Heaven (1978)
Directed by Piers Haggard. Cast: Bob Hoskins, Gemma Craven, Kenneth Colley, Hywel Bennett. Dennis Potter's television mini-series follows the adventures, mishaps, and yearnings of a traveling song sheet peddler living on a tight commission during the depression in England, as he tries to make dreams fit the promises of the lyrics he carries. Featured songs: Down sunnyside lane -- The sweetest thing -- Easy come, easy go -- Better think twice -- Painting the clouds -- Says my heart. 517 min. DVD 2816
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Marinov, Samuel G. "Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective and Lipstick on Your Collar: Redefining the Genre of Musical Film." In: The passion of Dennis Potter : international collected essays / edited by Vernon W. Gras and John R. Cook. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Main Stack PN1992.4.P68.P37 2000)

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
Director, Alan Parker. Cast: Bob Geldof (Pink), Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David, Bob Hoskins. Rock superstar Pink has had too many shows, too much dope and too much applause, and sits locked in his motel room watching war movies, and slowly loosing touch with reality. Features the music of Pink Floyd and animated sequences by Gerald Scarfe. 95 min. DVD 1318
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Pin-up Girl (1944)
Director, Bruce Humberstone. Cast: Betty Grable, John Harvey, Martha Raye, Joe E. Brown, Eugene Pallette. Lorrie Jones visits a popular hangout for servicemen where she falls in love with a war hero and tries to come up with a way to be near him. Lorrie pretends to be a Broadway star, and in turn she is hired by the USO and becomes a real star. 84 min. DVD 5406
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The Pirate (1948)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper. In a West Indian port, Manuela is hoping that someone will come along and rescue her from an impending arranged marriage. An itenerant magician learns the secret or her heart and becomes the pirate of her dreams. 102 min. DVD 8298
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Princess Tam Tam (France, 1935)
Directed by Arys Nissotti. Cast: Josephine Baker, Albert Prejean, Robert Arnoux, Germaine Aussy, Georges Peclet, Viviane Romance, Jean Gallard. An exotic Pygmalion-like musical comedy about a French author who goes to North Africa to write a novel but becomes distracted--then entranced--by a native girl whom he transforms into a "princess." 80 min. DVD 5569l; vhs 999:3718
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Coffman, Elizabeth. "Uncanny performances in colonial narratives: Josephine Baker in "Princess Tam Tam." Paradoxa, 1997, Vol. 3 Issue 3/4, p379-394, 16p
Francis, Terri. "Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations: Josephine Baker's Cinematic Celebrity." Modern Fiction Studies; Winter2005, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p824-845, 22p UC users only
Henderson, Mae G. "Josephine Baker and La Revue Negre: From Ethnography to Performance." Text & Performance Quarterly; Apr2003, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p107-133, 27p, UC users only
Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. "Celluloid Projections." In: Josephine Baker in art and life : the icon and the image Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (MAIN: GV1785.B3 J85 2007; MOFF: GV1785.B3 J85 2007)
Scheper, Jeanne. "Of la Baker, I Am a Disciple": The Diva Politics of Reception." Camera Obscura, May2007, Vol. 22 Issue 65, p72-101, 30p UC users only

The Producers (2005)
Directed by Susan Stroman. Cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach, Roger Bart, Jon Lovitz Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now he only seems to be able produce flops. Things turn around for Max when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme taylor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. With this in mind, they decide to produce a musical called 'Springtime for Hitler' written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct and hire the loopy Swedish Ulla as the lead actress. Bonus features: Deleted scenes including never-before-seen musical numbers; outtakes; analysis of a scene "I wanna be a producer"; feature commentary with director Susan Stroman. Based on the 1968 screenplay by Mel Brooks and the 2001 stage play book by Mel Brooks & the 2001 stage play music by Thomas Meehan & the 2001 stage play lyrics by Mel Brooks. 135 min. DVD 8233
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The Producers (1968)
Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Andreas Voutsinas, Christopher Hewett, Lee Meredith. Off-beat comedy which revolves around efforts of a theatrical producer (Zero Mostel) and a neurotic accountant (Gene Wilder) to make a fortune from a flop show which unexpectedly becomes a success when the audience mistakes it for satire. 89 min. DVD 1913; vhs 999:3221
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Gubar, Susan. "Racial Camp in The Producers and Bamboozled." Film Quarterly Dec 2006, Vol. 60, No. 2: 26–37. UC users only

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La revue des revues (France, 1927)
Directed by Joe Francys. Cast: Josephine Baker, Helene Hallier, Andre Luguet, Pepa Bonafe, Gretchikine, Madame Komakova, Ludovic, Lila Nikolska, Skibinne, Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffmann Girls. Helene Hallier, an ambitious by innocent would-be young chorine, trumps a music hall publicity stunt to become the new Parisian nightclub sensation. The light story is only a pretext for La Revue des Revues' white-hot, non-stop procession of outrageously and scantily attired exotic dancers, showgirls, and acrobats including the Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffman Girls, and danseuse russe Lila Nikolska. But it's Josephine Baker, "the high priestess of primitivism" who triumphs in two show stopping numbers. 103 min. DVD 9107
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Francis, Terri. "Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations: Josephine Baker's Cinematic Celebrity." Modern Fiction Studies; Winter2005, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p824-845, 22p UC users only
Henderson, Mae G. "Josephine Baker and La Revue Negre: From Ethnography to Performance." Text & Performance Quarterly; Apr2003, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p107-133, 27p, UC users only
Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. "Celluloid Projections." In: Josephine Baker in art and life : the icon and the image Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (MAIN: GV1785.B3 J85 2007; MOFF: GV1785.B3 J85 2007)
Scheper, Jeanne. "Of la Baker, I Am a Disciple": The Diva Politics of Reception." Camera Obscura, May2007, Vol. 22 Issue 65, p72-101, 30p UC users only

Rhythm on the Range (1936)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: Bing Crosby, Frances Farmer, Bob Burns, Martha Raye. After performing in a rodeo at Madison Square Garden, cowboy Jeff Larrabee is heading back West with his prize bull, Cuddles, when his tranquility is shattered. There's a runaway in his boxcar: pretty New York heiress Doris Halliday. Doris is fed up with the big city and hankering for romance and the great outdoors. But Jeff's a hard-to-win kind of guy. 88 min. Video/C 999:3857
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Roberta (1935)
Directed by William A. Seiter. Cast: Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Helen Westley, Claire Dodd, Victor Varconi. Fun's in fashion when Fred and Ginger enter the world of Paris fashions. Marvelous Jerome Kern music graces standards like "Smoke gets in your eyes" and "I won't dance." From the play Roberta by Otto Harbach and the novel Gowns by Roberta by Alice Duer Miller; adaptation of the 1933 Broadway hit. Special features: Vintage musical short "Starlit days at the Lido"; Classic cartoon "The calico dragon"; Audio-only bonus: "Hollywood on the air" radio promo; Theatrical trailer. 106 min. DVD 6743
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Directed by Jim Sharman. Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien. Original musical play, music and lyrics by Richard O'Brien. A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof, this film begins when a couple of ordinary, clean-cut kids have car trouble one dark rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. Bonus features: View the original cut or the new edition with musical sequence "Superheroes" edited back in; commentary by Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn; view audience reactions and performers in front of the screen at certain points throughout the film; introduction from RHPS fan club president Sal Piro. 100 min. DVD 5692
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Roman Scandals (1933)
Directed by Frank Tuttle. Cast: Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, Edward Arnold, David Manners. In this musical comedy a wistful young man from Oklahoma daydreams his way back to ancient Rome in its hey-day where he finds himself a spokesperson for the downtrodden Roman people, suffering under the tyrannical rule of the cruel and sneering Emperor Valerius. Features the screen debut of Lucille Ball and choreography by Busby Berkeley. 92 min. 999:2237
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Goldman, Herbert G. Banjo eyes : Eddie Cantor and the birth of modern stardom / Herbert G. Goldman. New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. (Music PN2287.C36 G66 1997)
Malamud, Margaret. "An American Immigrant in Imperial Caesar's Court: Romans in 1930s Films." Arion Third Series, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall, 2004), pp. 127-159
Malamud, Margaret. "Swords-and-Scandals: Hollywood's Rome during the Great Depression." Arethusa, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 157-183, 2008 Winter
Routt, William D.; Thompson, Richard J. ""Keep Young and Beautiful": Surplus and Subversion in Roman Scandals." Journal of Film & Video, Spring90, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p17-35, 19p UCB users only
Scodel, Ruth. "Dance as Power: The Women at the Baths in Roman Scandals." Helios, Fall2005, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p127-141, 15p UCB users only

Rose of Washington Square (1939)
Directed by Gregory Ratoff. Cast: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson, William Frawley, Joyce Compton, Hobart Cavanaugh. Rose Sargent dreams of being a star but can only find work singing in dive bars and speakeasies. When she meets the handsome charmer Bart Clinton the two instantly fall in love. But he's a gambler and a con artist who seems to always wiggle his way in and out of trouble. While singing at her friend Ted Cotter's party Rose is discovered by a top agent and her life and career take off towards stardom. Rose quickly realizes she must choose which life and love she wants. Special features: Isolated score track; Funny girl, funny man featurette; deleted scenes; restoration comparison; original theatrical trailer; advertising gallery; still gallery. 86 min. DVD X407
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Rose-Marie (1936)
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Cast: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Reginald Owen, Allan Jones, James Stewart, Alan Mowbray, Gilda Gray. Sgt. Bruce, a Canadian Mountie, encounters Marie de Flor, a glamorous prima donna renowned for her beauty, exquisite voice and fierce temperament, as he searches for her brother who has killed a Mountie. Based on the Stage Production of Arthur Hammerstein from the play by Otto A. Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein. 112 min. 999:1817
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Royal Wedding (1951)
Directed by Stanley Donen. Cast: Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill. Music by Burton Lane; lyrics, story and screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner. This musical is set during Princess Elizabeth's wedding to Philip Mountbatten. A brother-sister dance team go to London to take part in the festivities, but once there, become preoccupied with romance. Film includes Fred Astaire's amazing dance on the walls and ceiling which has become so famous across the years. 93 min. DVD 9141; also DVD 8293
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St. Louis Blues (1929)
Directed by Dudley Murphy. Cast: Bessie Smith. In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer Bessie Smith finds her gambler lover Jimmy messin' with a pretty, younger woman; he leaves and she sings the blues, with chorus and dancers. 15 min. DVD 543; vhs 999:1692; vhs Video/C 4837

Stanfield, Peter. "An Excursion into the Lower Depths: Hollywood, Urban Primitivism, and "St. Louis Blues," 1929-1937." Cinema Journal, Vol. 41, No. 2 (Winter, 2002), pp. 84-108 UC users only

Scrooge (1970)
Directed by Ronald Neame. Cast: Albert Finney, Dame Edith Evans, Kenneth Moore, Alex Guinness, Laurence Naismith, Michael Medwin, David Collings, Anton Rodgers, Suzanne Neve. In this version the classic Charles Dickens tale the cold hearted miser of "A Christmas Carol" is reformed by the Ghosts of Christmas is transformed into a singing, dancing spectacular. 115 min. DVD X4839; 999:1513
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Chapman, James "God bless us, every one : movie adaptations of A Christmas carol." In: Christmas at the movies : images of Christmas in American, British and European cinema / edited by Mark Connelly. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C5113 C66 2000)
Napolitano, Marc Philip "Singing Christmas Carols: The Dickensian Musical vs. The Dickensian Mega-Musical." English, Winter 2011 60 (231) UC users only

Second Chorus (1941)
Directed by H.C. Potter. Cast: Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, Artie Shaw and his orchestra, Charles Butterworth. When pretty college band manager Ellen is lured away by the glamour of famous bandleader Artie Shaw, trumpet players Danny and Hank scheme to get her back in a wily game of romantic cat-and-mouse. 84 min. DVD 9141
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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Directed by Stanley Donen. Cast: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Jacques d'Amboise. When the new bride of a roughneck Oregon pioneer finds she has to keep house for six additional rowdy brothers, she sends the other six off to find brides of their own. Special DVD features: Behind-the-scenes documentary Sobbin' Women: the making of Seven brides for seven brothers, hosted by Howard Keel ; interactive menus, theatrical trailer, scene access. 103 min. DVD 721
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Casper, Joseph Andrew. Stanley Donen Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1983. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 D592 1983; MOFF: PN1998.A3 D592 1983)
Silverman, Stephen M. Dancing on the ceiling : Stanley Donen and his movies. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996. (MAIN: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996; MOFF: PN1998.3.D65 S55 1996)

Shall We Dance (1937)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, Jerome Cowan. A ballet star (Astaire) and a musical revue sensation (Rogers) decide to wed and publicly divorce to quash persistent rumors of a secret marriage. Once tied, however, perhaps they shouldn't call the whole thing off. Special features: Commentary by songwriter Hugh Martin and pianist Kevin Cole; new featurette The Music of Shall We Dance; musical short sheik to sheik; classic cartoon Toy Town Hall. 109 min. DVD 4252; vhs 999:816
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Show Boat (1936)
Directed by James Whale. Cast: Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger, Paul Robeson, Helen Morgan, Helen Westley. A musical which celebrates the loves and heartbreaks of a Mississippi riverboat troupe, starting with a young girl whose heart is stolen by a dashing gambler. Presents timeless songs and an equally timeless outcry against racial bigotry. Includes the memorable performance of Paul Robeson singing "Ol' man river." 110 min. 999:3206
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Ohmer, Susan. "Only Make Believe." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)
Smyth, J. E. "Making Believe: Show Boat, Race, and Romance, 1925-1957." In: Edna Ferber's Hollywood : American fictions of gender, race, and history / J.E. Smyth ; foreword by Austin : University of Texas Press, 2010. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3511.E46 Z895 2010)

Show Boat (1951)
Directed by George Sidney. Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel. Based on the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical play from Edna Ferber's novel. Romantic story of Magnolia Hawks who grew up on the Cotton Blossom, the Mississippi showboat owned by her father, lovable Captain Andy and her stern mother, Parthy. 115 min. DVD 472
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Smyth, J. E. "Making Believe: Show Boat, Race, and Romance, 1925-1957." In: Edna Ferber's Hollywood : American fictions of gender, race, and history / J.E. Smyth ; foreword by Austin : University of Texas Press, 2010. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3511.E46 Z895 2010)

Silk Stockings (1957)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Peter Lorre, Janis Paige. Music and lyrics, Cole Porter. A Soviet official in Paris soon turns to pleasure as she discovers the magic of Paris and finds herself succumbing to the special charms of an American movie producer. 118 min. DVD 5710
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Laville, Helen. "'Our Country Endangered by Underwear': Fashion, Femininity, and the Seduction Narrative in Ninotchka and Silk Stockings." Diplomatic History, Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 623–644, September 2006 UC users only
Linial, Christine Amos. "Pygmalion's Domestication of the Hollywood Musical." Interdisciplinary Humanities, Fall2009, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p68-84, 17p UC users only

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The Singing Detective (Australia | UK, 1986)
Directed by Jon Amiel. Cast: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, Janet Suzman. The hallucinations of a mystery writer stricken with a crippling skin disorder interweave memories of his past with a plot casting him in the role of a suave sleuth who croons with a big band. Vol. 1. Skin -- Vol. 2. Heat -- Vol. 3. Lovely days -- Vol. 4. Clues -- Vol. 5. Pitter patter -- Vol. 6. Who done it. Approx. 70 min. each DVD 1666
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Bell, Robert H. "Implicated without choice: The double vision of The Singing Detective." Literature Film Quarterly; 1993, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p200, 9p UC users only
Coward, Rosalind. "Dennis Potter and the Question of the Television Author." Critical Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 79-87, January 1987
Creeber, Glen. "The Singing Detective." In: The television genre book / edited by Glen Creeber ; associate editors, Toby Miller and John Tulloch. London : British Film Institute, 2001. (Main Stack PN1992.55.T45 2001)
Hunningher, Joost. "The Singing Detective (Dennis Potter): Who Done It?" In: British television drama in the 1980s / edited and introduced by George W. Brandt. Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993. (Main Stack PN1992.65.B682 1993)
Marinov, Samuel G. "Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective and Lipstick on Your Collar: Redefining the Genre of Musical Film." In: The passion of Dennis Potter : international collected essays / edited by Vernon W. Gras and John R. Cook. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Main Stack PN1992.4.P68.P37 2000)
Roberts, Rex. "The Singing Detective." Film Journal International, Nov2003, Vol. 106 Issue 11, p56, 2p; UC users only
Tonguette, Peter. "Off-Key: What the Critics Missed in The Singing Detective." Senses of Cinema vol. 30, pp. (no pagination), January 2004

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Directed by Stanley Donen & Gene Kelley. Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley, Rita Moreno. A musical-comedy spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the motion picture industry in the late 1920's during the changeover from silent films to sound. DVD 7266: special features: new 50th anniversary documentary, "What a glorious feeling," hosted by Debbie Reynolds; "You are my lucky star" outtake; scoring session music cues; feature-length audio commentary; theatrical trailer; excerpts of Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown songs from originating movies. 103 min. DVD 7266; DVD 3; VHS 999:36
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Ski Party (1965)
Directed by Alan Rafkin. Cast: Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Deborah Walley, Yvonne Craig, Robert Q. Lewis, James Brown, Lesley Gore, Aron Kincaid, Bobbi Shaw, Patti Chandler, Mary Hughes, Annette Funicello (uncredited). Two would-be snow studs go undercover as a couple of snow bunnies to find out what girls want from men. Will these cross-dressing cross-country skiers get what they want - or just discover that some like it cold? 91 min. DVD 8377
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The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Charlie Ruggles, Miriam Hopkins, George Barbier. A Viennese lieutenant is enamored of a freethinking all-girl-orchestra-leading cutie. But complications ensue when the sexually repressed princess of Flausenthurm sets her sights on him. Based upon "The Waltz Dream," by Leopold Jacobson and Felix Dormann and the novel "Nux der Prinzgemahl," by Hans Muller. 89 min. DVD 9412
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Something in the Wind (1947)
Directed by Irving Pichel. Cast: Deanna Durbin, John Dall, Donald O'Connor, Charles Winninger, Helena Carter. A millionaire's grandson mistakes a beautiful female disc jockey for her aunt, who is dating the boy's grandfather. 94 min. DVD 3886
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Song of the South (1946)
Walt Disney. On a long-ago Southern plantation, small children listen to the Brer Rabbit stories told by an elderly servant named Uncle Remus. Based on Tales of Uncle Remus by Joe Chandler Harris. 91 min. DVD 2767; vhs 999:2084
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Sound of Music (1965)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker. Based on the musical by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. A young girl named Maria is uncertain about her decision to enter a religious order. While deciding what to do, she becomes the governess of the seven Von Trapp children who live with their widowed father, a former captain in the Austrian navy. Disc 1. Feature film (175 min.). Running commentary by Robert Wise. Disc 2. Supplemental. Original 1965 documentary Salzburg sight and sound (36 min.) -- Documentary : The sound of music : from fact to phenomenon with cast interviews, rare music outtakes, photos and more (87 min.) -- Audio supplement by Ernest Lehman (36 min.) -- Interviews with Julie Andrews and Robert Wise -- DVD-ROM games and links to fan site -- Storyboards, sketches, production stills, theatrical trailers, radio and TV spots. 175 min. DVD 456; VHS 999:767:1&2
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy; Best Actress, Musical/Comedy (Julie Andrews)
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Ellis, Sarah T. "Establishing (and re-establishing) a sense of place: musical orientation in The Sound of Music." Studies in Musical Theatre, 2009, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p277-283, 7p UC users only
Kemp, Peter. "Star Texts: How Do You Solve a 'Problem' Like Maria von Poppins?" Musicals: Hollywood & Beyond, 2005, p55-61, 7p UC users only
Knapp, Raymond. "History, "The Sound of Music," and Us." American Music, Spring2004, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p133-144, 12p UC users only
McLeer, Anne. "Practical Perfection? The Nanny Negotiates Gender, Class, and Family Contradictions in 1960s Popular Culture." NWSA Journal, Summer2002, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p1, 22p UC users only
Starkman, Ruth A. "American imperialism or local protectionism? "The Sound of Music" (1965) fails in Germany and Austria." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, 2000, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p63-78, 16p UC users only

South Pacific (1958)
Directed by Joshua Logan. Cast: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston, Juanita Hall, France Nuyen, Russ Brown. In this musical an American Navy nurse falls in love with a French plantation owner in the South Seas during World War II. Based on the novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener. Adapted from the play South Pacific by Ricahrd Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. 150 min. DVD 506; VHS 999:738
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Stage Door Canteen (1943)
Directed by Frank Borzage. Cast: Cheryl Walker, William Terry, Marjorie Riordan, Lon McCallister, Margaret Early, and Michael Harrison, with cameos and musical numbers featuring Tallulah Bankhead, Katharine Hepburn, Harpo Marx, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Gracie Fields and others. Rollicking wartime story of three soldiers who meet three girls and find romance at New York City's famous canteen before going overseas. This World War II-era musical features cameo appearances by nearly seventy Hollywood celebrities. 113 min. DVD X5993
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Stand Up and Cheer (1934)
Directed by Hamilton MacFadden. Cast: Shirley Temple, Warner Baxter, Madge Evans, James Dunn, Nigel Bruce, Stepin Fetchit. FDR appoints a Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up the American public. But when greedy industrialists who are profiting from the Depression thwart his every move, the Secretary begins to lose hope. That is, until he learns that some of the performances he has organized, including one by little Shirley Dugan, are lifting the nation out of its misery. Special feature: Shirley Temple theater: "The little princess" trailer. 68 min. DVD X5677
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Hains, Rebecca C. "The Origins of the Girl Hero: Shirley Temple, Child Star and Commodity." Girlhood Studies; June 2008, Issue 1, p60-80, 21p UC users only
Jenkins, Henry. "The strange case of the backflipping senators. In: What made pistachio nuts? : early sound comedy and the vaudeville aesthetic / Henry Jenkins. New York : Columbia University Press, c1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 J46 1992)

A Star Is Born (1954)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford. A classic story of fame, innocence and destruction. A matinee idol falls in love with a young girl and propels her to stardom. Her career skyrockets, while his continues to fade with tragic consequences. 176 min. DVD 572; VHS 999:1018
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Awards & Honors
Academy Award - Best Actor, Musical/Comedy (James Mason); Best Actress, Musical/Comedy (Judy Garland)
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Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)
Directed by George Marshall. Cast: Bing Crosby, Eddie Bracken, Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, Dorothy Lamour, Veronica Lake, Paulette Goddard, Fred MacMurray, Franchot Tone, Ray Milland, Victor Moore, Vera Zorina, Mary Martin, Dick Powell, Alan Ladd, Rochester, William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Preston Sturges, Cecil B. DeMille, Golden Gate Quartette. A light-hearted musical comedy set in wartime Hollywood, about a young sailor who thinks his Dad is a studio boss when in reality his father is a gatekeeper! When the sailor takes his buddies to the studio for a tour, the bigwigs decide to put on a show for the boys - a show that includes just about all the big name stars of that time. 100 min. DVD X3453; vhs 999:2498
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State Fair (1945)
Directed by Walter Lang. Cast: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine. Music, Richard Rodgers: lyrics, Oscar Hammerstein II. A musical about the Frake family and their adventures at the Iowa State Fair. Each member of the family is out for a different prize: Father wants a blue ribbon for his favorite pig, while for his son and daughter the hunt is on for true love. Based on the novel by Philip Stong. 100 min. DVD 813
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Stormy Weather (1943)
Directed by Andrew L. Stone. Cast: Lena Horne and Bill Robinson. A delightful musical strung together with a silly romantic show biz script. Horne sings the title song, Waller does a rendition of "Ain't misbehavin". A thinly veild dramatization of the life of dancer Bill Robinson. 78 min. DVD 4795; vhs 999:355
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Dyer, Richard. "Singing prettily : Lena Horne in Hollywood." In: In the space of a song : the uses of song in film / Richard Dyer. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2012. (Main (Gardner) Stacks New books PN1995.9.M86 D94 2012)
Vogel, Shane. "Performing 'Stormy Weather': Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, and Katherine Dunham." South Central Review: The Journal of the South Central Modern Language Association, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 93-113, 2008 Spring UC users only

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
Directed by H.C. Potter. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver, Walter Brennan, Lew Fields, Etienne Giradot, Janet Beecher. Adaptation by Oscar Hammerstein II and Dorothy Yost: Fred and Ginger dance up a storm as they dramatize the careers of the renowned ballroom dancers, Vernon and Irene Castle who created such dances as the Castle Walk, Maxie, Texas Tommy and other sensations. Special features: Vintage musical short "Happily buried"; Classic cartoon "Puss gets the boot." 93 min. DVD 6745
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Strike Up the Band (1940)
Directed by Busby Berkeley. Music and lyrics, Roger Edens ; composer, George Gershwin ; lyrics, Ira Gershwin. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, June Preisser, William Tracy. Jimmy and Mary are two talented high school students ready and eager to climb the ladder of success. He's a band leader and she's his lovelorn singer. Together they sing and dance their way to the top, with a few bumps along the way. Special features: All-new introduction by Mickey Rooney; Pete Smith specialty comedy short "Wedding bills"; classic cartoon "Romeo in rhythm"; "Do the la conga" stereo remix version; theatrical trailer ; Audio bonuses: "Leo is on the air" radio promo; "Millions for defense"; "Good news of 1938"; 2 radio shows with Rooney and Garland. 120 min. DVD 8479
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The Student Prince (1954)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Music by Sigmund Romberg. Cast: Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, John Ericson, Louis Calhern, Edmund Gwenn. The voice of Mario Lanza and the choreography of Hermes Pan are featured in this adaptation of the Sigmund Romberg musical about Prince Karl who is destined to wed a princess but is in love with a barmaid. 107 min. DVD X6929; vhs 999:3818
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Summer Stock (1950)
Directed by Charles Walters. Cast: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria de Haven, Marjorie Main, Phil Silvers, Ray Collins. Songs by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon. Romance blooms during the summer in New England when Jane Falbury's sister shows up with a theatrical troupe and convinces her to let them stage a musical in the barn. 109 min. DVD 5960
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McLean, Adrienne L. "Feeling and the Filmed Body: Judy Garland and the Kinesics of Suffering." Film Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 2-15, April 2002UC users only

Sunday in the Park with George (TV, 1985)
Directed by Terry Hughes. Cast: Mandy Patinkin (George): Bernadette Peters (Dot/Marie): Charles Kimbrough, Barbara Bryne, Dana Ivey, Mary D'Arcy, Sue Anne Gershenson, Cris Groenendaal, John Jellison, Frank Kopyc, Judith Moore, Nancy Opel, William Parry, Natalie Polizzi, Michele Rigan, Brent Spiner, Melanie Vaughan, Robert Westenberg, supporting soloists. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim: book by James Lapine. A television production of the Broadway musical loosely based on the life of artist Georges Seurat. In Act 1 Seurat is working on his latest painting with the woman he loves posing for him. As Georges interacts with various people who happen through the park, they become characters in his painting. In Act 2 Seurat's great grandson and his grandmother return to the place where Seurat created his masterpiece to ponder ideas of what is art and what is life. 139 min. DVD 3150
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (TV, 1982)
Directed by Terry Hughes. Cast: Patti LuPone, George Hearn, Davis Gaines, Victoria Clark, Timothy Nolen, John Aler, Lisa Vroman, Neil Patrick Harris, Stanford Olsen: San Francisco Symphony: San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by Hugh Wheeler; directed for the stage by Harold Prince A staged version of the 1982 national tour of the Broadway musical set in 1846 London. Times are hard and one must make do, so Nellie Lovett adds something extra to the meat pies she peddles on Fleet Street. The secret ingredient: freshly murdered victims of her partner in crime, barber Sweeney Todd. 139 min. DVD 3150
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1974)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jayne Wisener, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Ed Sanders, Anthony Head, Peter Bowles. Reinventing himself as Sweeney Todd, a man unjustly sent to prison returns to exact revenge on those who ruined his life, especially the evil Judge Turpin who sent the man to prison. When he returns to his home town, he reopens his barber shop, where Mr. Todd becomes the Demon of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett is Sweeney's amorous accomplice who creates diabolical meat pies out of the remains of Mr. Todd's victims. Special features: Commentary by Tim Burton; "Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd" featurette. Based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler and the musical adaptation by Christopher Bond. 117 min. DVD X1089
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Napper, Lawrence. "'There's No Place Like London': London Musicals and the Traffic in Souls." Journal of British Cinema & Television; 2009, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p220-231, 12p UC users only

Sweet Charity (1968)
Directed by Bob Fosse. Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis, Jr., John McMartin, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye. Music, Cy Coleman: lyrics, Dorothy Fields A lovelorn New York dance hall hostess named Charity Hope Valentine dreams of old-fashioned romance but falls in love with one undeserving man after another. Based on the stage play by Neil Simon, which in turn is based on the screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano. 148 min. DVD 5724
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Swing Time (1936)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore, Betty Furness, Georges Metaxa. Music, Jerome Kern: lyrics, Dorothy Fields. Fred Astaire plays a gambler intent on raising $25,000 in New York in order to marry his fiance back home. Romantic complications occur when he meets dancing teacher, Ginger Rogers. Memorable songs include "The Way you look tonight". Special features: Commentary by John Mueller, author of Astaire Dancing; new featurette "The swing of things: swing time step by step by step"; musical short "Hotel a la Swing"; classic cartoon "Bingo Crosbyana"; theatrical trailer. 103 min. DVD 4254
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National Film Registry Selection

Ohmer, Susan. "Only Make Believe." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)

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Thank your Lucky Stars (1943)
Directed by Robert Benton. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland, Errol Flynn, John Garfield, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Dennis Morgan, Ann Sheridan, Dina Shore, Alexis Smith, George Tobias, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, Edward Everett Horton, S.Z. Sakall, Hattie McDaniel and Spike Jones. Eddie Cantor insists upon being chairman of the Cavalcade of Stars benefit show, in return for the use of his vocalist, Dinah Shore. Cantor disrupts the producers' plans with his own egocentric ideas. When they discover a talented bus driver named Joe Simpson, who can't get an acting job because he too closely resembles Eddie Cantor, a scheme is hatched to put the show back on track. Bonus features: Warner night at the movies 1943 short subjests gallery; vintage newsreel; musical shorts "Three cheers for the girls" and "The United States Navy Band"; patriotic short "Food and magic"; classic cartoon "Fallen hare"; trailers of Thank your luck stars and 1943's Watch on the Rhine; audio-only bonus: radio show adaptation with the film's stars.127 min. DVD X817
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That Midnight Kiss (1949)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Jose Iturbi, Ethel Barrymore, Keenan Wynn, J. Carrol Naish, Jules Munshin, Thomas Gomez, Marjorie Reynolds, Mario Lanza. Anspiring opera singer Prudence Budell would like to have a tenor who looks the part of the tenor role. When Johnny Donnetti, a singing truck driver is discovered, she gets her wish. A happy ending is not far away when romance blossoms between Prudence and Johnny. Special features: "One love of mine" outtake; "Pete Smith speciality" short 'Sports oddities;' classic cartoon "Senor Droopy;" theatrical trailer. 98 min. DVD 8294
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Ten Minutes to Live (1932)
Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Cast: Laurence Chenault, A.B. Comathiere, Laura Bowman, Willor Lee Guilford, Tressie Mitchell. A mystery-musical built around a threatening note which gives the heroine only "ten minutes to live." The heroine sings and dances in a Harlem nightclub. Much nightclub business as the mystery unravels with song and dance numbers and a stand up comedy routine. A fine example of the film-making efforts from the pioneer African-American directors and production companies of the 1930's, who made films that were typically excluded from mainstream movie houses due to the prevailing attitudes of the time. 65 min. DVD X47; vhs 999:1217
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That Night in Rio (1941)
Directed by Irving Cummings. Cast: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda, S.Z. Sakall, J. Carrol Naish, Curt Bois, Leonid Kinskey, Banda Da Lua. Don Ameche and Alice Faye pair up as husband and wife, Baron and Baroness Duarte, and head to South America in this musical classic. In order to avoid some financial problems, the Baron switches places with impersonator Larry Martin "Direto da Broadway" (also Ameche). When Martin's affections for the Baroness are too kind and romantic, both the Baroness and Martin's girlfriend Carmen realize their men are up to something. 91 min. DVD X686
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Freire-Medeiros, Bianca "Star in The House of Mirrors: Contrasting Images of Carmen Miranda in Brazil and the United States." Limina, 2006, Vol. 12, p21-29, 9p UC users only
Roberts, Shari. ""The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat": Carmen Miranda, a Spectacle of Ethnicity." Cinema Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Spring, 1993), pp. 3-23 UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "Hollywood's Good Neighbor Policy: The Latin Image In American Film, 1939-1946." Journal of Popular Film Issue: 3:4 (1974:Fall) p.278 UC users only

This is the Army (1943)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: George Murphy, Joan Leslie, Ronald Reagan, George Tobias, Alan Hale, Chas Butterworth, Kate Smith, Rosemary De Camp, Una Merkel, Gertrude Niesen, Stanley Ridges, Ruth Donnelly, Dorothy Peterson and Men from the Armed Forces. Screen adaptation of the stage play that raised nearly $2 million for the Army Emergency Relief. The cast was largely comprised of genuine servicemen, many of them either recently returned from fighting or on the verge of heading off to war. "In WW I dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the War, he becomes a producer. In WW II his son Johnny Jones, who was before his fathers assistant, gets the order to stage a knew all-soldier show, called THIS IS THE ARMY. But in his pesonal life he has problems, because he refuses to marry his fiancee until the war is over." [IMDB] Special features: Steven Spielberg narrates the new documentary "Warner at war"; Commentary by Joan Leslie and historian Drew Casper; "My British buddy": a musical number not seen in North American theaters; overture and exit music rejoined to the film for the first time in 65 years; Warner night at the movies 1943 short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; musical short The United States Army Band; classic cartoon "Confusions of a nutsy spy"; trailers of This is the Army and 1943's Edge of darkness. 125 min. DVD X818
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Cabaniss, Dan. "This is the Army (1943): The Show Musical Goes to War." Film & History ; Feb-Dec1997, Vol. 27 Issue 1-4, p54-60, 7p UC users only
Culbert, David. "This is the Army." History Today; Apr2000, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p43, 7p UC users only
Kinnard, Roy. The American films of Michael Curtiz / by Roy Kinnard and R.J. Vitone. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 C8951 1986)
Robertson, James C. (James Crighton)The Casablanca man : the cinema of Michael Curtiz / James C. Robertson. London ; New York : Routledge, 1993. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.C87 R63 1993)
Woll, Allen L. The Hollywood musical goes to war / Allen L. Woll. Chicago : Nelson-Hall, c1983. (Moffitt PN1995.9.M86 W64 1983)

Three Little Words (1950)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Cast: Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen, Arlene Dahl, Keenan Wynn, Gale Robbins, Gloria de Haven. Choreography, Hermes Pan. A musical biopic telling the story of the lives of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Special features: Making-of featurette "Three little words: two swell guys": "Roaming through Michigan," a short travelogue in James A. Fitzpatrick's series Traveltalks; cartoon "Ventriloquist cat"; Audio-only bonus: "Paula Stone's Hollywood USA" radio promo; theatrical trailer. 102 min. DVD 5683
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Three Smart Girls (1936)
Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Deanna Durbin, Barbara Read, Nan Grey, Charles Winninger. "The three Craig sisters, in Switzerland with their ten-years-divorced mother, run away to New York to prevent their father from marrying calculating socialite Donna Lyons. The overpowering vivacity of the Smart Girls (nominal ages 14-20) sweeps all before it, but a romantic complication between middle sister Kay and their accidental ally, Lord Michael Stuart, threatens shipwreck to their schemes.." [IMDB] 85 min. DVD 3886
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Asper, Helmut; Horak, Jan-Christophe. "Three smart guys: How a few penniless German émigrés saved Universal Studios." Film History; 1999, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p134-153, 20p UC users only

Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Directed by Richard Whorf. Cast: Robert Walker, Van Johnson, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, June Allyson, Kathryn Grayson, Van Heflin, Dinah Shore, Lucille Bremer, Lena Horne, Angela Lansbury, Tony Martin, Virginia O'Brien, Cyd Charisse. A musical biopic based on the life of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern, Cast: renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists, including a condensed production of his most famous: Showboat. Special features: Making-of featurette "Till the clouds roll by: reel to reel"; "Glimpses of California," a short travelogue in James A. Fitzpatrick's series Traveltalks; "Henpecked hoboes," a cartoon directed by Tex Avery; outtake songs: "Music in the air" and "D'ya love me?"; theatrical trailer. 130 min. DVD 5682
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Musicals Great Musicals: the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM [video] Media Resources Center DVD 7266

The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza, David Niven, J. Carrol Naish, James Mitchell, Richard Hageman, Clinton Sundberg. Snooty opera singer, Suzette Micheline, meets rough-and-tumble fisherman, Pepe Duvalle, in the Louisiana bayous and this fisherman can sing. Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to regret this rash decision when the singers fall in love. Special features: New documentary profile "Mario Lanza: singing to the Gods;" vintage "Fitzpatrick traveltalk" shorts 'Modern New Orleans' and 'Old New Orleans;' theatrical trailer. 97 min. DVD 8294
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Tommy (1975)
Directed by Ken Russell. A classic rock opera about a boy, traumatized by the murder of his father, who becomes deaf, dumb and blind. Growing into manhood he is subjected to bizarre cure attempts by The Acid Queen, the Preacher, and the Specialist. In spite of his handicap, Tommy defeats the Pinball Wizard and attains a devoted following and finally cured, is hailed by his fans as a "Messiah". 108 min. DVD 5708
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Tonight and Every Night (1945)
Directed by Victor Saville. Cast: Rita Hayworth, Lee Bowman, Janet Blair, Marc Platt, Leslie Brooks. The sexual attraction is instantaneous when Rosalind Bruce, the beautiful American dancing star of London's Music Box Revue, meets handsome RAF pilot Paul Lundy during an air raid in war-torn Britain. However, their fervent love affair is put to the test when Paul is sent to Canada, forcing Rosalind to choose between her commitment to the war effort and being with the man she loves. Based upon the play "Heart of a city" by Lesley Storm. 92 min. vhs 999:3813
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Top Hat (1935)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Helen Broderick, Erik Rhodes. Lyrics and music, Irving Berlin. Fred Astaire chases Ginger Rogers, but she thinks he is already married - and is alternatively charmed and repelled by his advances - and so marries someone else. Happily, it all works out in the end. Special features: Commentary by Ava Astaire McKenzie and film historian Larry Billman; new featurette "On top: inside the success of Top Hat"; comedy short "Watch the birdie" with Bob Hope; classic cartoon "Page Miss Glory"; theatrical trailer. 107 min. DVD 4255; vhs 999:186
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National Film Registry Selection

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Two Weeks with Love (1950)
Directed by Roy Rowland. Cast: Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Phyllis Kirk, Debbie Reynolds. Choreography, Berkeley Busby. The Robinson family, father, mother and two daughters, are spending two weeks of summer vacation at a resort in the Catskills. Older daughter Patti vies with her friend, Valeria, for the affections of Demi Armendez but Patti is at a disadvantage because her father thinks she is too young for boys. But with Patti singing at an amateur show and a dance, her adventures in quest of Armendez ends happily. 92 min. DVD 9892
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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (1963)
Directed by Jacques Demy. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel. Music by Michel Legrand. Two lovers, separated by the Algerian war, meet again after she has remarried. A cinematic triumph unique in its presentation--all of the dialogue is sung. The haunting music and beautiful photography combine to make this an outstanding dramatic romance. 90 min. DVD 3935; vhs 999:1823
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Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or

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Varsity Show (1937)
Directed by William Keighley; finale created and directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Dick Powell, Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, Ted Healy, Priscilla Lane, Rosemary Lane, Walter Catlett, Johnny Davis, Buck and Bubbles. Broadway impresario Chuck Daly has suffered through a string of flops. But the kids at his alma mater don't know that. They're counting on Chuck to turn their varsity show hash into a smash! Dick Powell leads an A+ cast of coed cuties and BMOC, including film-debuting sisters Priscilla and Rosemary Lane and fluty-voiced comic character Sterling Holloway, in this exhuberant college musical. 80 min. DVD X179
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Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Directed by George Sidney. Cast: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest, Nicky Blair. Lucky Jackson arrives in town with his car literally in tow ready for the first Las Vegas Grand Prix. At least, he will be ready to race once he has the money to buy an engine. He gets the cash easily enough, but loses it when a pretty swimming pool manager takes his mind off things. It seems he will lose both the race and the girl. His problems don't get any easier when rival Elmo Mancini, a fellow racer and womaniser, gets in the way. Special features: Commentary by Steve Pond, author of Elvis in Hollywood ; new featurette "Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas" ; Theatrical trailer. 85 min. DVD X3140
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Brode, Douglas. Elvis cinema and popular culture Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: ML420.P96 B75 2006; MUSI: ML420.P96 B75 2006)
Feeney, Mark. "Elvis movies." American Scholar, Winter 2001, Vol. 70 Issue 1, p53-60, 8p UC users only
Messenger, Cory. "Act naturally: Elvis Presley, the Beatles and 'rocksploitation'." Screening the Past, Issue 18 Uploaded Friday, 29 July 2005

Volga-Volga (1938)
Written and directed by Grigorii Alexandrov. A comic love story in which a boy and girl quarrel over whether his classical music performance or her folk music performance will win the Moscow amateur talent show. 90 min. 999:2879
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Week-End in Havana (1941)
Directed by Walter Lang. Cast: Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, John Payne, Cesar Romero, George Barbier, Billy Gilbert. Music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren. In this musical film a salesgirl threatens to cause trouble when her cruise ship runs aground spoiling her vacation. As compensation, she soon gets a free first class Havana holiday with the ship owner's future son-in-law -- as well as some unexpected attention from a conniving gambler and his girlfriend. Bonus DVD features: original theatrical trailer, still photo gallery, audio commentary by film historian Jeanine Basinger. 80 min. DVD X691
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Freire-Medeiros, Bianca "Star in The House of Mirrors: Contrasting Images of Carmen Miranda in Brazil and the United States." Limina, 2006, Vol. 12, p21-29, 9p UC users only
O'Nell, Brian. "Carmen Miranda: The High Price of Fame and Bananas." In: Latina legacies : identity, biography, and community / edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez New York : Oxford University Press, 2005. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 L36245 2005; Chicano Studies HQ1050 .L287 2005) USE ONLY
Roberts, Shari. ""The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat": Carmen Miranda, a Spectacle of Ethnicity." Cinema Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Spring, 1993), pp. 3-23 UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "Hollywood's Good Neighbor Policy: The Latin Image In American Film, 1939-1946." Journal of Popular Film Issue: 3:4 (1974:Fall) p.278 UC users only

West Bank Story (USA, 2005)
Directed by Kim Ray and Ari Sandel. A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank... David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with the beautiful Palestinian cashier, Fatima, despite the animosity between their families' dueling restaurants. Can the couple's love withstand a 2000 year old conflict and their families' desire to control the future of the chic pea in the Middle East? Academy Award Winner, Best Short, 2005. 21 min. DVD 7523
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Academy Awards - Best Short Film, Live Action

West Side Story (1961)
Directed by Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins. Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakaris. Music, Leonard Bernstein; lyrics, Stephen Sondheim. Musical based on the Romeo and Juliet story, set in New York's West Side slums during the late 1950's, with gang warfare erupting when Maria, sister of the leader of the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, falls in love with the brother of the leader of the rival Anglo gang, the Jets. Based on the stage play produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince and the book by Arthur Laurents; play conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Special features (Disc 1): Feature film; original film intermission music (option to play with or without intermission) -- (Disc 2): "West side memories" retrospective documentary containing Natalie Wood's original vocal recordings and new interviews with cast and crew including Robert Wise and Stephen Sondheim; original film intermission music; storyboard-to-film comparison; original release trailers and behind-the-scenes photos -- Collectible scrapbook includes Ernest Lehman introduction; film script; original looby brochure reproduction; behind-the-scenes memos. 153 min. DVD 1747; DVD 551; VHS 999:115
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Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film

White Christmas (1954)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Dean Jagger. Lyrics and music by Irving Berlin. Two song-and-dance men team up in show business after the war. Joining forces with a sister act, they trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. The real adventure starts when Crosby and Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general who's now in financial trouble. 120 min. DVD 6757
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Kinnard, Roy. The American films of Michael Curtiz / by Roy Kinnard and R.J. Vitone. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 C8951 1986)
Mizejewski, Linda "Minstrelsy and Wartime Buddies: Racial and Sexual Histories in White Christmas." Journal of Popular Film and Television Volume 36, Number 1 / Spring 2008 UC users only
Rhodes, John David. "White Christmas, or Modernism." Modernism - Modernity v. 13 no. 2 (April 2006) p. 291-308 UC users only
Robertson, James C. (James Crighton)The Casablanca man : the cinema of Michael Curtiz / James C. Robertson. London ; New York : Routledge, 1993. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.C87 R63 1993)

Whoopee!(1930)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Eddie Cantor, Ethel Shutta, Paul Gregory, Eleanor Hunt, John Rutherford, Spencer Charters. A musical sparked by Cantor's performance as a hyper-hypochondriac. Out West, Henry Williams (Cantor) helps Sally flee her wedding, unaware that she has left a note behind saying they've eloped. Features some of Busby Berkeley's most fanciful choreography. 93 min. 999:3734
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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Director, Mel Stuart. Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Denise Nickerson, Dodo Denney, Paris Themmen, Peter Ostrum. Lyrics and music, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley. Candy manufacturer Willy Wonka has a contest and hides five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. All five ticket winners get a free tour of the mysterious Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of Wonka candy. Four of the children are nasty brats who are punished by Willie Wonka with various diabolical, but funny, methods. Only Charlie, a likeable child, wins the heart of the manufacturer. Based on the book "Charlie and the chocolate factory" by Roald Dahl. Special features: The making of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate factory; feature length audio commentary with the Wonka kids; 4 sing-along songs; behind-the-scenes 1971 featurette; photo gallery; interactive menus; theatrical trailer; scene access. 100 min. DVD 1723
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Wizard of Oz (1939)
Directed by Victor Fleming. Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, The Munchkins. When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy takes her dog, Toto, and starts to run away. A tornado appears and carries her to the magical land of Oz. Wishing to return home, she begins to travel to the city of Oz where a great wizard lives. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the all-mighty Wizard of Oz will help them, but they have to get to the Emerald City before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them. Special features on DVD 6972: Disc 1. The wonderful Wizard of Oz storybook; Prettier than ever : the restoration of Oz; We haven't really met properly ... : character bios; music-only track; theatrical trailers -- Disc 2. The wonderful World of Oz : the making of a movie classic (1990 TV special); memories of Oz (2001 TCM documentary); The art of imagination : a tribute to Oz; Because of the wonderful things it does : the legacy of Oz; Harold Arlen's home movies; outtakes and deleted scenes; special effects sequences; from the vault : another romance of celluloid : electrical power (1938 MGM short), cavalcade of Academy Awards (1939 newsreel), Texas contest winners 1939 trailer; audio vault (selection only); Leo is on the air radio promo; Good News of 1939 radio show; 12/25/1950 Lux Radio Theater broadcast; stills galleries -- Disc 3. L. Frank Baum : the man behind the curtain; The Wizard of Oz (1910 short); The magic cloak of Oz (1914 short); His majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (1914 feature); The Wizard of Oz (1925 feature); The Wizard of Oz (1933 animated short). 101 min.DVD 6972; DVD 85
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National Film Registry Selection

Wonder Bar (1934 )
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Dance numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Al Jolson, Kay Francis, Dolores Del Rio, Ricardo Cortez, Dick Powell. Proprietor Al Wonder, a master showman keeps the champagne flowing, the patrons glowing and the bills paid. In just one night at this merrily sophisticated Parisian watering hole, anything can happen ... and almost everything does. As in most of his film appearances Jolson, in effect, plays an entertainer based on his own stage persona. Berkeley's choreography is to be seen at its most imaginative and at a low point in Goin' to Heaven on a Mule, a number which embodies the patronising 'happy darkie' cliches prevalent in Hollywood movies well into the forties. Based on the play by Geza Herczeg, Karl Farkas and Robert Katscher. 84 min. DVD X1963
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Words and Music (1948)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: June Allyson, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Ann Sothern, Tom Drake, Cyd Charisse, Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh, Marshall Thompson, Mel Torme, Vera-Ellen. The story of the brilliant but glitchy Lorenz Hart who is disappointed in love by singer Peggy McNeil. He never gets over it and falls apart. Richard Rogers and his wife Dorothy look on in dismay. Special features: Commentary by historian Richard Barrios; new featurette; extensive audio outtakes; vintage short and classic cartoon "Lover;" "You're nearer" outtakes; theatrical trailer. 121 min. DVD 8299
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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1943)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford, George Tobias, Irene Manning. Lyrics and music, George M. Cohan. A rousing musical depicting the life of George M. Cohan, famed playwright, entertainer and composer of patriotic songs. Special features: Documentaries chronicling the movie's making and James Cagney's career: audio commentary: John Travolta remembers James Cagney: Leonard Malton hosts Warner night at the movies 1942 with trailer, newsreel, dramatic short, cartoon and Cagney in wartime short "You, John Jones": more vintage cartoons: galleries of art/photo/publicity materials and James Cagney's trailers: audio-only extras: Radio show and prerecording session outtakes/rehearsals. 127 min. DVD 2038
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Academy Awards - Best Actor (James Cagney)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor (James Cagney)
National Film Registry Selection

Hall, Stefan. "Now Playing: the Patriotic Movie Musical, Starring the United States of America!" Phi Kappa Phi Forum; Summer2009, Vol. 89 Issue 2, p25-25 UC users only
Kinnard, Roy. The American films of Michael Curtiz / by Roy Kinnard and R.J. Vitone. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 C8951 1986)
Replogle-Wong, Holley. "Coming-Of-Age in Wartime: American Propaganda and Patriotic Nationalism in Yankee Doodle Dandy." Echo: A music-centered journal; Vol. 8; Issue 1; fall 2006(online)
Robertson, James C. (James Crighton)The Casablanca man : the cinema of Michael Curtiz / James C. Robertson. London ; New York : Routledge, 1993. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.C87 R63 1993)

Yentl (1983)
Directed by Barbra Steisand. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving. Set in Eastern Europe in the early 1900's, Yentl tells the story of a young woman who wishes desperately to learn. Because of the prejudice against women studying, she disguises herself as a man. Based on the story "Yentl, the Yeshiva boy" by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Special DVD features: Disc one: audio commentary by Barbra Streisand and Rusty Lemorande ; deleted scenes -- Disc two: introduction by Barbra Streisand ; "The director's reel" featurette ; the rehearsal process with materials from Barbra's archives ; "My wonderful cast and crew" featurette ; deleted song storyboard sequences ; Barbra's 8mm concept film with optional naration ; still galleries. 134 min. DVD X4255
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Golden Globe Awards - Best Picture - Musical/Comedy; Best Director

Yolanda and the Thief (1945)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. A con-man (Fred Astaire) and his partner, on the lam from U.S. authorites in the mythical South American land of Patria, pick a beautiful, rich heiress as their meal ticket and source of future wealth. However, the con man falls in love with the young woman, forcing him to choose between easy money and her love. 109 min. 999:1667
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Jacoby, Alexander. " The Far Side of Paradise: the style and substance of Yolanda and the Thief." Cineaction; 2004, Issue 63, p38-44, 7p UC users only
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The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) (1967)
Directed by Michel Legrand. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Francoise Dorleac, Jacques Perrin, Michel Piccoli. Delphine and Solange are twin sisters living in the picturesque seaside village of Rochefort-- Delphine teaches dance while Solange composes and gives piano lessons. As the girls dream of success and romance in the far-off big city, they don't realize that true love may be just around the corner. 112 min. DVD 1172
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Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Performer: Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Lucille Bremer, Fanny Brice, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, James Melton, Victor Moore, Red Skelton, Esther Williams, William Powell, Edward Arnold, Marion Bell, Bunin's Puppets, Cyd Charisse, Hume Cronyn, William Frawley, Robert Lewis, Virginia O'Brien, Keenan Wynn. A musical salute to Broadway's most opulent producer of stage reviews, "The Great Ziegfeld". This lushest of extravaganzas is a glittering display of dance, song, costumes and show girls. Film highlights include Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly dancing together, memorable hymns sung by Lena Horne and Kathryn Grayson, a magnificent Esther Williams slow motion underwater ballet and classic comedy routines by Red Skelton, Judy Garland and Fanny Brice. 118 min. DVD 5681; vhs 999:3421
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Zou Zou (France, 1934)
Director: Marc Allegret. Cast: Josephine Baker, Jean Gabin, Yvette Lebon. When the star of a musical plays walks out on her sugardaddy producer for true love, a talented Cinderella (Baker) takes her place, saves the show, and is hailed as a new sensation on opening night. Includes five big musical numbers. 92 min. DVD 4106; vhs 999:415
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Balcerzak, Scott. "Nationalizing and Segregating Performance: Josephine Baker and Stardom in "Zouzou" (1934)." Post Script 26:1 (Fall 2006) UC users only
Ezra, Elizabeth. "A Colonial Princess: Josephine Baker's French Films." In: The colonial unconscious : race and culture in interwar France thaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2000. (Main Stack JV1835.E97 2000)
Francis, Terri. "Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations: Josephine Baker's Cinematic Celebrity." Modern Fiction Studies; Winter2005, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p824-845, 22p UC users only
Henderson, Mae G. "Josephine Baker and La Revue Negre: From Ethnography to Performance." Text & Performance Quarterly; Apr2003, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p107-133, 27p, UC users only
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Musical Shorts

An All-Colored Vaudeville Show
Featuring Adelaide Hall and the Nicholas Brothers. Included on DVD5066

All Girl Revue(1940)
Directed by Lloyd French. Cast: June Allyson, The Harrison Sisters. "Headlines announce that women will run the city for a day. The day's mayor sings a challenge to her lieutenants and they respond in close harmony that they'll make the city pretty. Then they rush to the train station to meet opera singer Madame Beverly. At the station, they ask for help, prompting the woman at the information booth to sing, "Information Please." A chorus line taps their way around the station. Madame Beverly arrives and sings, "I Love to Sing a Whole Note." Then, at a unique reception at City Hall, the Mayor gives Madame Beverly the key to the city, and they reprise the three songs." [IMDB] 8 min. Included on DVD 3509

Astonishing Rarities
A collection of 24 rare, historic Vitaphone comedy and music shorts starring the greats of Vaudeville and the early sound era, many recently recovered and restored after being lost. 1. Elsie Janis in a vaudeville act: "Behind the lines." (7 min.) -- 2. Bernardo de Pace: "The wizard of the mandolin." (10 min.) -- 3. Van and Schenck: "The pennant winning battery of songland." (9 min.) -- 4. Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields with the music boxes (9 min.) -- 5. Hazel Green & Company (8 min.) -- 6. The night court (9 min.) -- 7. The police quartette (8 min.) -- 8. Ray Mayer & Edith Evans in "Where East meets West" (9 min.) -- 9. Edele Rowland: "Stories in song" (9 min.) -- 10. Stoll, Flynn & Company "The Jazz mania quartet" (10 min.) -- 11. The Ingenues: "The band beautiful" (9 min.) -- 12. Foy Family in "Chips of the old block" (7 min.) -- 13. Dick Rich & His Melodious Monarchs (10 min.) -- 14. Gus Arnheim and his Ambassadors (9 min.) -- 15. Shaw & Lee: "The Beau Brummels" (8 min.) -- 16. The roof garden revue / directed by Larry Ceballos (9 min.) -- 17. Trixie Friganza in "My bag o' tricks" (10 min.) -- 18. Green's Twentieth Century Faydetts (6 min.) -- 19. Sol Violinsky: "The eccentric entertainer" (7 min.) -- 20. Ethel Sinclair and Marge La Marr: "At the seashore" (8 min.) -- 21. Paul Tremaine and his Aristocrats (9 min) -- 22. Baby Rose Marie: "The child wonder" (8 min.) -- 23. Burns & Allen in "Lambchops" (8 min.) -- 24. Joe Frisco in "The happy hottentots." (10 min.) DVD 8594

The Audition(1933)
Directed by Roy Mack. "Phil Emerton's Band plays for booker Mr. Rogers, who gives Phil some ideas for staging the numbers. Hannah Williams joins in with songs and ideas for a Southern levee sequence. After numbers by The Three X Sisters and the tap team of Larry & Larry, Mr. Rogers realizes he has mistaken Phil Emerton's Band for the Royal Acadians." [IMDB] Included on DVD X135
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Best of Jazz and Blues
Musicals shorts, originally produced to merely fill out the film program, have in many cases acquired more value than the features they once supported. Filmed at the Paramount Studios in Astoria, Queens, these twelve shorts offer unparalleled opportunities to see and hear early great jazz and blues artists in action. Rhapsody in black and blue / Louis Armstrong (1932) -- Bundle of blues / Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933) -- Hi-de-ho / Cab Calloway (1933) -- Ain't misbehavin' / Fats Waller (1941) -- Symphony in black / Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935) -- Jitterbug party / Cab Calloway (1934) -- St. Louis Blues / Bessie Smith (1929) -- Hoagy Carmichael / Jack Teagarden (1939) -- Ol' king cotton / George Dewey Washington (1930) -- Black and tan fantasy / Duke Ellington, Fredi Washington, Arthur Whetsol (1929) -- Those blues / Vincent Lopez (1932) -- Jazz a la Cuba / Don Aspizau (1933) DVD 543

Stanfield, Peter. "An Excursion into the Lower Depths: Hollywood, Urban Primitivism, and "St. Louis Blues," 1929-1937." Cinema Journal, Vol. 41, No. 2 (Winter, 2002), pp. 84-108 UC users only

The Black Network(1936)
Directed by Roy Mack. Cast: Nina Mae McKinney, The Nicholas Brothers. "The owner of a shoe polish company sponsors a radio show that showcases black performers. Since his wife's father put up the money to be the sponsor, she insists on singing on the show. She goes on after the main star, singer Nina Mae McKinney. The wife sings so badly that the sponsor's customers abandon him. He is forced to shine shoes on street corners, while Nina Mae and her boyfriend win a bet on a daily number and end up on easy street." [IMDB} Included on DVD 4965
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The Candid Kid(1938)
Directed by Roy Mack. Cast: Josephine Huston, Phil Silvers, Nadine Gae, John Preston. "Singer Josephine Huston is featured as a member of a Candid Camera Club. The club stages a contest, in which each member is assigned to go out and get some difficult and unusual picture. Josephine's assignment is to get a picture of herself singing in a gondola. The story allows for the introduction of several specialty acts---the Gae Foster Girls, the Anthony Morelli Sextette --- as the contestants visit several night clubs. Josephine gets her picture and wins first prize when a friend breaks a department store window, that has a gondola on display, and she goes through the window to sit in the gondola." [IMDB] 20 min. Included on DVD X177

Dancing on the Ceiling(1937)
Directed by Murray Roth. A young man follows a pretty girl into her office, which turns out to be a musical dentist office. Cute chorus girls attend to the many male customers, and the girl the young man was following is revealed to be the dentist. She gives the young man anesthetic gas and he dreams the dentist and her troupe of nurses are dancing on the ceiling. Included on DVD 1367
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Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra(1946)
Directed by Jack Scholl. "After a career in his native Cuba as a singing orchestra leader, and a few film roles in the USA as both, this Melody Master short has him once again as a singing orchestra leader. This not-new orchestra-leader gig opens with "Pin Marin" and concludes with "Babalu", with Arnaz singing and playing the tom-toms. Band vocalist Amanda Lee slips in-between and sings "Easy Street."" [IMDB] Included on DVD 8216

The Devil's Cabaret(1930)
Directed by Nick Grinde. "At "Satan & Co., Inc.", the Devil is upset because too many people are going up to Heaven rather than down to Hades. He gives his assistant, Mr. Burns the task of getting more people to his domain. In front of a nightclub, Mr. Burns invites a crowd of people to come inside to "The Devil's Cabaret" and be entertained. After they enjoy songs and dancing, the people go willingly to Hades." [IMDB] Included on DVD 8216

The Dogway Melody(1930)
Directed by Zion Myers and Jules White. In this Dogville spoof of _Broadway Melody, The (1929)_ , Mr. Cur, a Broadway producer, puts on a show and makes a play for the leading lady. Included on DVD 4001
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Every Sunday(1936)
Directed by Felix E. Feist. Cast: Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin. Edna's grandfather is a conductor of a small orchestra that gives concerts in the park every sunday. Because of lack of audience the city officials want to cancel these concerts. To stop this from happening, Judy and Deanna gather a crowd the following sunday, and to keep its attention, they themselves perform alongside the orchestra. Deanna sings an aria and Judy sings 'Americana'. 11 min. Included on DVD 2437

La Fiesta de Santa Barbara(1935)
Directed by Louis Lewyn. "Hollywood stars participate in a Mexican-themed revue and festival in Santa Barbara. Andy Devine, the "World's Greatest Matador", engages in a bullfight with a dubious bovine supplied by Señor Keaton, and musical numbers are provided by Joe Morrison and the Garland Sisters. Comedy bits and dance numbers are also featured." [IMDB] Included on DVD 2437
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The Gay Parisian(1941)
Director, Jean Negulesco. Featuring the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo "At the Café Parisian during the can-can era, a young man, naïve but enthusiastic, arrives from Peru with two valises of money. He's immediately smitten by a lovely glove seller, who already receives attentions from a baron. The baron has additional admirers, including a florist whose beauty rivals that of the glover. Through dance, the lovers vie for each other's attention and affection while everyone can can-can." [IMDB] Included on DVD 6283

George Jessel and His Russian Art Choir(1931)
Entertainer George Jessel introduces a choir he discovered during a trip to Russia. Included on DVD X134

A Girl's Best Years(1936)
Directed by Reginald Le Borg. Cast: Mary Doran, John Warburton. "Playwright-songwriter Michael Royce has settled four breach-of-promise suits in two years, at a cost of $25,000 or $50,000 each. Whenever he meets a pretty girl, he can't help himself. At the suggestion of his valet, Royce hires reporter Judy Nash (at triple her current salary) to keep him out of trouble. At first their relationship is all business, but nature takes its course..." [IMDB] Included on DVD 5731
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Happily Buried(1939)
Directed by Felix E. Feist. Featuring Ruth Etting. "For some unexplained reason, sales of waffle irons have plummeted. Evelyn Foster, president of the Magic Circle Waffle Iron Company, and Richard Wright, president of the Four Square Waffle Iron Company, decide to merge their companies and get married as well. When Richard insists that the new company make square waffle irons rather than round ones, Evelyn calls off the marriage and the company merger. Richard meets a Hindu yogi, who helps him win Evelyn back." [IMDB] Included on DVD 6745
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Harlem Hot Shots: With Broadway's Brightest Stars (Black Artists of the Silver Screen, 1953)
Directed by Joseph Kohn. Performers: Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Ruth Etting, Joe Turner, Bill Bailey, Ruth Brown. A televised performance before a live audience presented in 1953 by Afro-American entertainers in music, dance and comedy. 47 min. Video/C 7005

Harlem Hot Shots. Volume 2. (Basin Street Review) (Black Artists of the Silver Screen, 1950's)
Directed by Joseph Kohn. Performers: Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Nipsey Russell, Mantan Moreland, Martha Davis, Amos Milburn, The Clovers, Jimmy Brown, Faye Adams, Coles and Atkins, Herb Jeffries. Fantastically entertaining show produced in the 1950's consisting of some of the greatest Afro-American show people in music, dance and comedy. 40 min. Video/C 7006

Harlem Roots: Rhythm in Harmony (1988)
Some of the greatest harmonizing vocal groups of the 1940s are featured in this collection of vintage "soundies," films which were shown in jukebox machines called a Panorama. Over 2000 of these films were made between 1941 and 1947, presenting many of the most popular recording artists of the day. Seven numbers by the fabulous Mills Brothers highlight this compendium of top flight harmonizing. Also included areselections by the Delta Rhythm Boys, the Deep River Boys, the Charioteers and the Jubil-Aires. Look for Dorothy Dandridge during the Mills Brothers performance of "Paper doll." Contents: Caravan -- Rockin' chair -- Lazy river -- Till then --Cielito lindo -- You always hurt the one you love --Paper doll -- Dry bones -- I dreamt I dwelt in Harlem -- Jack, you're playing the game -- Just a sittin' and a rockin' -- Rigoletto blues -- Snoqualomie Jo Jo --Take the A Train -- Shadrack -- Toot that trumpet --Darktown strutters ball -- Preacher and the bear -- Noah -- Brother Bill. 70 min. vhs 999:3389

Harlem Roots. Volume 2, The Headliners
The short films included in this compilation are known as Soundies. These musical films were shown in a jukebox machine called Panoram. Over 2000 of these films were made between 1941 and 1947. This volume features three of the most accomplished African American musicians of the 1940s. Fats Waller: Honeysucke rose -- Your feet's too big -- Ain't misbehavin' -- The joint is jumpin' -- Louis Armstrong: When it's sleepy time down South - Shine -- I'll be glad when you're dead you rascal you -- Swinging on nothing -- Louis Jordan: Five guys named Moe -- Honey chile -- G.I. jive -- If you can't smile and say yes -- Fuzzy wuzzy -- Tillie -- Caldonia -- Buzz me -- Down, down, down -- Jumpin' at the jubilee. Fats Waller ; Louis Armstrong ; Louis Jordan. DVD 8821

Harlem Swings, Vol. 3 (1940-1950; Black musical shorts)
Various directors. Musical comedy short subjects with an all black cast, including: Dusty Fletcher, Stepin Fetchit, Ethel Waters, Louis Jordan, Sammy Davis, Jr. 70 min. vhs 999:423

Harlem Swings, Vol. 4 (1940-1950; Black musical shorts)
Various directors. Musical short subjects with an all black cast, including: Leon Gross, Cora Harris, The Red Lily Chorus, "Stringbean" Jackson, Cab Calloway and his orchestra, The Ebony trio, Lena Horne, Lionel Hampton, Joe Turner, Bill Bailey, Ruth Brown, Sarah Vaughn, The Harlem hot shots, Louis Armstrong. 70 min. vhs 999:424

Henry Busse and His Orchestra(1940)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. This one-reel musical short, part of the WB/Vitaphone Melody Master series, features the music of trumpet-player and orchestra leader Henry Busse and his Orchestra, playing their own arrangements of various popular songs of the time...or in the Warners' song library. Those include "Wang Wang Blues," "Hot Lips" and "Along the Santa Fe Trail." Included on DVD X136

Hollywood Party(1937)
Directed by Roy Rowland. "This short serves as both a fashion show and as a demonstration of the beauty of Technicolor. There's one segment with a bevy of showgirls passing in a sort of "Miss America" review dressed in some Las Vegas-type costumes; a Spike Jones-type number by the Al Lyons Band; a tap dancing act; and a few other musical interludes. Brief cameos by such MGM stars as Clark Gable and Joan Bennett. 21 min. Included on DVD 5074

Hollywood Rhythm. Paramount Musical Shorts.
The Best of Jazz & Blues. Musicals shorts, originally produced to merely fill out the film program, have in many cases acquired more value than the features they once supported. Filmed at the Paramount Studios in Astoria, Queens, these twelve shorts offer unparalleled opportunities to see and hear early great jazz and blues artists in action. Contents: Rhapsody in black and blue / Louis Armstrong (1932) -- Bundle of blues / Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933) -- Hi-de-ho / Cab Calloway (1933) -- Ain't misbehavin' / Fats Waller (1941) -- Symphony in black / Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935) -- Jitterbug party / Cab Calloway (1934) -- St. Louis Blues / Bessie Smith (1929) -- Hoagy Carmichael / Jack Teagarden (1939) -- Ol' king cotton / George Dewey Washington (1930) -- Black and tan fantasy / Duke Ellington, Fredi Washington, Arthur Whetsol (1929) -- Those blues / Vincent Lopez (1932) -- Jazz a la Cuba / Don Aspizau (1933). Videodisc release of musical shorts originally produced by Paramount Pictures between 1929 and 1941. 123 min. DVD 543

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The Best of Big Bands & Swing. Presents ten musical shorts along with bonus performances providing an opportunity to see and hear the best in the big band era. Contents: Blue of the night / Bing Crosby (1933) -- Musical doctor / Rudy Vallee, Mae Questel (1932) -- Singapore Sue / Anna Chang, Cary Grant (1931) -- Office blues / Ginger Rogers (1930) -- Artie Shaw's class in swing / Artie Shaw (1939) -- Her future / Ethel Merman (1930) -- Lesson in love / Kelen Kane (1931) -- Favorite melodies / Ruth Etting (1929) -- Meet the boyfriend /Lillian Roth (1920) -- Dream house / Bing Crosby (1932) -- Bonus performances / Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Ginger Rogers & Jackie Oakie, Tallulah Bankhead, Kate Smith, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Boswell Sisters. Videodisc release of musical shorts originally produced by Paramount Pictures between 1929 and 1939. 118 min. DVD 544

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Blue Melodies (1929-34; Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 3)
Directed by Various, Paramount: Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life - Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935); Those Blues - Vincent Lopez (1932); Ol' King Cotton - George Dewey Washington (1930); A Bundle of Blues - Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933); Jitterbug Party - Cab Calloway (1934); Her Future - Ethel Merman (1930); St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith (1929); Blue of the Night - Bing Crosby (1933). Eight mini musicals featuring landmark performances by the legends of jazz and blues from the early years of sound film production. Bessie Smith stars in her only film, the once-notorious musical St. Louis Blues. Tennaged Billie Holiday performs with Duke Ellington's orchestra while another piece, Bundle of Blues, spotlights Ellington's favorite band singer, Ivie Anderson. And, months before her Broadway debut, a girlish Ethel Merman defends her life before a judge in Her Future. 85 min. vhs 999:1692

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Hotel à la Swing(1937)
Directed by Roy Mack. Cast: Eddie Foy Jr., The Mullen Sisters, Lane Tree & Edwards, Marcia Wayne, et al. A series of musical numbers loosely connected by a storyline involving the Upsy Daisey theatre troupe assuming management of the debt-ridden Grand Majestic Hotel. Noteworthy is the song and dance routine, "Holiday in Hades". A precursor to Ralph Staub's Swing Hotel (1939). Included on DVD 4254

Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet
Vitaphone. 6 min. Included on DVD 3558

Jazz Cocktails (1929-1941; Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 2)
Contents: Office blues (1930) - Ginger Rogers; Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho (1934) - Cab Calloway; Artie Shaw's Class in Swing (1939) - Artie Shaw; Dream House (1932) - Bing Crosby: directed by Mack Sennett; Black and Tan Fantasy (1929) - Duke Ellington, Fredi Washington, Arthur Whetsol; Makers of Melody (1929) - Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart; Ain't Misbehavin' (1941) / Fats Waller. In this collection of musical shorts some of the greatest names in jazz are presented in some of their earliest filmed performances. Cast: Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and Bing Crosby who bends the definition of jazz to croon three ballads. Perhaps the gem of this film however is Office Blues in which a pre-stardom, pre-Astaire Ginger Rogers cavorts in an Art Deco extravaganza. 90 min. vhs 999:1695

Jumpin' & Jivin'. Volume 1
A collection of short films from the 1940s and 1950s offering a rare opportunity to see as well as hear jazz legends. Contents: Rhythm in a rift / (Billy Eckstine) -- Sophisticated lady / (Duke Ellington) -- Boogie woogie dream / (Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons) -- The Anvil chorus / (Al Donahue) -- Dixie jump / (Ralph Flanagan) -- Class in swing / (Artie Shaw) -- Minnie the moocher ; Blues in the night / (Cab Calloway) -- Honey chile ; Tillie ; Buzz me / (Louis Jordan) -- Ain't misbehavin' ; Honeysuckle Rose ; Your feet's too big / (Fats Waller) -- Take me back baby / (Count Basie Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing) -- My little cousin ; Sans Culottes / (Teddy Powell) -- Let me off uptown / (Gene Krupa with Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge) -- Take the 'A' train / (Delta Rhythm Boys) -- Rag mop ; It's rock, it's roll, it's swing / (The Treniers) -- Basin Street boogie ; Boardwalk boogie / (Will Bradley) -- Oop bop shi bam / (Dizzy Gillespie) -- Ding dong baby ; Airmail special / (Lionel Hampton) -- Unlucky woman / (Lena Horne). DVD 8134

Kissing Time(1933)
Directed by Roy Mack. "An American girl is in a small South American village which is celebrating San Marcos Day. The rebels, led by old El Toro and his young Lieutenant, occupy the village. El Toro has an eye for the ladies. The Lieutenant and the girl sing love songs to each other and as the government troops approach, they part." [IMDB] 23 min. Included on DVD X128
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Love on Tap(1939)
Directed by George Sidney. For some time, Tommy has been trying to marry Penny, manager of the Merriel Abbott Dancers (a real dance group that performs in the film). However, problems with the group keep arising that postpone the marriage (lost costumes, injuries, etc.). They continue their on-again off-again romance between dance numbers played by Carwood Van and his orchestra. Included on DVD 156
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Melody Masters: Jimmie Lunceford and his Dance Orchestra(1936)
Directed by Joseph Henabery. 10 min. Included on DVD 4253
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A Modern Cinderella(1932)
Directed by Roy Mack. Featuring Ruth Etting. "Anita Ragusa, the daughter of a costume company owner, delivers a dress for a costume ball at the last minute. The snobbish customer doesn't like the design at first, but agrees to let Anita model it for her to decide whether to keep it. Charlie, a drunk partygoer, sees Anita in the dress and invites her to attend the festivities. She reluctantly agrees and sings for the other guests." [IMDB] Included on DVD 8876
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Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Crawford at Home (1933)
Directed by Lloyd French. Featuring organist Jesse Crawford. Included on DVD X513
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Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 2
Contents: Minnie the moocher / Cab Calloway -- Jittering jitterbugs / Hamtree Harrington -- Heavenly choir / Bessie Smith -- St. Louis Blues / Bessie Smith -- Showtime at the Apollo / Mantan Moreland, Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole -- Hi de ho / Cab Calloway. A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, Lionel Hampton and other performers. 75 min. Video/C 7614

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 3
Contents: Marian Anderson sings -- Sarah Vaughn sings -- Symphony in black / Duke Ellington -- Basin Street review / Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole, Nipsey Russell, Dinah Washington. A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Marian Anderson, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, Nipsey Russell and others. 80 min. Video/C 7615

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 4
Contents: Come to baby do / Nat King Cole Trio -- Bundle of blues / Duke Ellington -- Jitterbug party / Cab Calloway -- Harlem hotshots / Count Basie Orchestra, Louis Armstrong -- Sugar chil / Duke Ellington -- Black & tan / Duke Ellington. A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Count Basie & his orchestra, Louis Armstrong, King Cole Trio, Duke Ellington and other performers. 75 min. Video/C 7616

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 5
Contents: Sepian swing / Cab Calloway, King Cole Trio -- Sepia stars on parade / Herb Jefferies, Fats Waller, Bill Robinson, Dorothy Dandridge, the Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan -- Rhapsody in black and blue / Louis Armstrong and Orchestra. A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Herb Jefferies, Fats Waller, Bill Robinson, Dorothy Dandridge, the Mills Brothers and other performers. 60 min. Video/C 7617

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 6
Dry bones / Delta Rhythm Boys -- Open the door, Richard / Dusty Fletcher -- Richard's answer / Stepin Fetchit, Earl Bostic and his Orchestra -- Slow poke / Stepin Fetchit -- Spying the spy -- Musical excerpts: Baron Lee and his Blue Rhythm Band -- Duke Ellington -- Cab Calloway.

A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in African American entertainment in some of their filmed performances. Includes "Dry Bones" with the Delta Rhythm Boys, two comedy shorts with Stepin Fetchit and a rare 1915 black short subject on private eye stories. 50 min. Video/C 9321

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 7
Black music in America: Black music is traced through its complex evolution from African dance rhythms to the myriad of sounds of today. Includes scenes of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Cannonball Adderley, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, Count Basie, Leadbelly, Sly & the Family Stone and Nina Simone.
Romance on the beat: A drama centered around a musical review with an all black cast starring Ida James with the singing group the Four Master Keys.
The Plantation Club and Cab Calloway. A drama about an African American band leader at the Plantation Club starring Cab Calloway and his band. 60 min. Video/C 9275

Musical Movieland(1944)
Directed by Roy Mack. A group of tourists is given a tour of a movie studio lot. They see the various permanent sets that are used for different types of movies, and they appear to watch the filming of several productions in progress. Musical numbers from several previous Warner Bros. Technicolor shorts are edited into this short to create the illusion. Included on DVD 8216

New Deal Rhythm (1930-1937) (1977)
Contents: New Deal rhythm / with Charles "Buddy" Rogers (8 min.) -- Roseland / with Ruth Etting (12 min.) -- Three of radios favorite conductors / with "Red" Nichols, Emery Deutsch, Ferde Grofe (10 min.) -- Rhythm saves the day / with the Cabin Kids, Buddy Page and his Orchestra (11 min.) -- Star reporter / with Ina Ray Hutton, Donald Novis, Ted Husing, Ed Paul, Betty Jane Cooper (10 min.). A compilation of panorama soundies which are short musical films, the music videos of their time, made between 1930 and 1937. 999:2836

New Shoes(1936)
Directed by Sammy Lee. "A budding love affair as experienced by the new pairs of shoes each of the couple has just bought. He notices her at the shoe store and chats her up as they sit side by side trying on new pairs. She rebuffs him at first, finally, as they finish their purchases, agreeing to have dinner with him. Meanwhile, the two pairs of shoes start to talk, sharing stories they've heard of how mean owners can be. The shoes decide to take matters into their own hands, giving their owners' feet a pinch. At the nightclub, while the couple gets to know each other (and remove their shoes for relief), the shoes continue their new friendship. Maybe each has found a soul mate." [IMDB] Included on DVD 5736
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Nothing Ever Happens(1934)
Directed by Roy Mack. "The terminally ill Mr. Waistline wants the best room in the hotel, so that he can enjoy himself while he still can. The Baron befriends him and graciously gives up his own room. Meanwhile, the great dancer 'Madam' is despondent and does not want to perform. The Baron slips into her room to steal her pearls, but then tries to comfort her. Prizering is at the hotel with an attractive stenographer, hoping to close a big business deal. And yet there are still those who say that 'nothing ever happens here'." [IMDB] 19 min. Included on DVD 4282
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Out Where the Stars Begin(1938)
Directed by Bobby Connolly. "A "Broadway Brevity" short from Vitaphone shot in Technicolor that spoofs the Hollywood studio set-up. When the ballerina star of a musical feature walks off in a huff, aided by the fit-throwing director (Fritz Feld), her understudy (Evelyn Thawl) steps in and "a star is born." [IMDB] 19 min. Included on DVD 3512
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Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra(1943)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Ozzie Nelson leads his orchestra in two standard numbers, and Ozzie performs two novelty songs. Included on DVD X338

Paree, Paree(1934)
Directed by LeRoy Prinz. "A young American man in Paris spots a beautiful woman in a crowd and is instantly smitten, but soon loses sight of her. Later, as he and several friends are sitting at a table at an outdoor cafe and he is describing her to them, he sees her again. His friends begin to tease him about her, and he bets them that he can win her love in 30 days even though he has no money." [IMDB]Included on DVD 5710
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Pie, Pie Blackbird(1932)
Directed by Roy Mack. Featuring Eubie Blake and band and Nina Mae McKinney. Included on DVD 4965
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Pirate Party on Catalina Isle(1935)
Various Hollywood performers put on a pirate-themed variety show on Catalina Island, with a number of amiable stars in the audience. Included on DVD 6400
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Plane Crazy(1933)
Directed by Roy Mack. Included on DVD X129
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The Poet and Peasant Overture.(1955)
Alfred Wallenstein conducts the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the title work. Included on DVD 5710
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The Prisoner of Swing(1938)
Directed by Roy Mack. Mr. Razzenstill, a saxophonist and dancer who specializes in swing music, comes to the kingdom of Sulvania looking for a job. Unbeknownst to him, he looks exactly like King Rudolph. At a ball to celebrate his upcoming coronation, Rudolph declares that swing music will be outlawed once he is crowned. The king is kidnapped by swing music lovers, and the look-alike takes the king's place. Included on DVD 8052
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Public Jitterbug No. 1 (1939)
Musical short. Directed by Joseph Henabery. Cast: Hal LeRoy (dancer); Betty Hutton, Chaz Chase, Tom Emerson. Included in supplement on DVD 6744
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Radio Rhythms
During the "dawn of sound," musical short subjects were the hors d'oeuvre before the main feature, and an effective means for the studio to test their freshly signed talent in front of the camera. This volume includes emerging radio stars whose cinematic talents were tested, among them Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee, Ruth Etting and Lillian Roth. There's also a homage to that icon of thirties naughtiness, Betty Boop, with appearances by Betty's prototype, "Boop-a-Doop Girl" Helen Kane and Betty's actual voice, Mae Questel. A lesson in love (1931) / Helen Kane -- Hollywood rhythm (1934) / Mack Gordon, Harry Revel, Jack Oakie, Lyda Roberti -- Hoagy Carmichael (1939) / Jack Teagarden -- Favorite melodies (1929) / Ruth Etting -- Radio rhythm (1929) / Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees -- Musical justice (1931) / Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees -- Meet the boyfriend (1930) / Lillian Roth -- I surrender dear (1931) / Bing Crosby; directed by Mack Sennett. 86 min. vhs 999:1694

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Rhapsodies in Black & Blue
Eight odd-ball mini-musicals produced in the early years of sound film production. Cary Grant makes his film debut as a sailor cruising the Far East. Louis Armstrong dons outlandish leopard-skin attire to stand knee-deep in soap bubbles. A manic Eddie Cantor undergoes a balmy medical exam while in another film a medical check-up by Dr. Rudy Vallee and nurse Mae Questel finds musical deficiencies to be the root of all ills. Also on tap, Ethel Merman shows the sweeter and more vulnerable side of her brassy personality. 80 min. 999:1693

Romance Road (1938)
Directed by Bobby Connolly. "Sgt. Shane Rollins is assigned to mediate disputes between an advancing railroad track-laying crew and French Canadian trappers in Northwest Canada. Flood, the railroad boss, is ruthless, uncompromising, and sadistic in his methods and recklessly plans to blow up the trappers' lucky cave where their equipment is stored. In addition, he has callously abandoned pretty Indian maiden Nina after meeting beautiful Dawn MacDonald. When Nina commits suicide, Indian trapper Black Wolf vows vengeance and prevents Flood from dynamiting the cave. Although he and Flood kill each other, Rollins and Dawn, who were in the cave, are saved. After Rollins restores peace between the groups, he and Dawn are married." [IMDB] Included on DVD 8052; also DVD 6805
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Roseland(1930)
Directed by Roy Mack. Featuring Ruth Etting. "Helen is a taxi dancer at Roseland, a Manhattan club. That night she plans to enter a singing contest Roseland is hosting on the radio. Her dad, a servant at a household where her boyfriend is the chauffeur, has been ill, so she stops by to see him where he works. While there, she sits with her beau in the back seat of the town car and drops her Roseland ID card, which Donn Cook, the heir to the family fortune, finds on his way to town for the evening. He goes slumming at the Roseland to return the ID. He likes Helen at first sight, setting up a choice Helen may have to make between the wealthy Cook and the chauffeur. With that choice on her mind, she enters the contest.." [IMDB] Included on DVD 8876
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The Royal Rodeo(1939)
Directed by George Amy. A young monarch, bored with responsibility and craving excitement, invites a traveling rodeo show to perform at his palace. Included on DVD 4020
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Rufus Jones for President(1933)
Directed by Roy Mack. Featuring Ethel Waters and Sammy Davis Jr. Rufus Jones, a black child, is elected president of the USA in this short musical comedy. Features song and dance numbers by a seven year old Sammy Davis Jr. Included on DVD 5066
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Shake Me, Mr. Shakespeare(1936)
Directed by Roy Mack. ...Satire on Hollywood adapting Shakespeare to suit its own vaudeville sensibility comes in the form of a dream by a producer while he sleeps at his desk. The books representing complete works of Shakespeare soon see their characters step literally from the pages and argue, sing dance and interact (Henry 5th goes to Rome to see Julius Caesar etc) all to swing music and backstage antic characters overlaying The bard's thesps as written. This is the "SpringTime For Hitler" of 1936. Juliet does a torch song number plaintively bleating from her balcony about "Ro-me-o where's my Ro-me-o" in the Lullabye of Broadway style. As a satire on the illiterate corporate minds who mangle literature and feed it to the masses as showgirl or western or mawkish studio output, Shake Mr Shakespeare is a truly inspired in- house Warner Bros success. My favorite bit? the team of Tapdancing Hamlets, all in tune tapping and swingin away on the headstones in the graveyard." [IMDB] 20 min. Included on DVD X558
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Sheik to Sheik (1936)
Directed by Roy Mack. A radio salesman gets knocked out by a golf ball and dreams he's in the desert where he sells radios to sheiks. 22 min. Included on DVD 4252
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Show Kids(1935)
Directed by Ralph Staub. It's the Depression, and the vaudeville house, the Palace Theater, is not able to stay afloat. The proprietor, Mr. Jenkins, grudgingly let's his 12-year-old son stage a kiddie show that draws in the crowds.Included on DVD 6715
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The Smart Set-up(1931)
Directed by Roy Mack. A womanizing night club singer who has his pick of many beautiful showgirls tries to climb socially and break into society but soon discovers the social and class differences are insurmountable. 19 min. Included on DVD X134
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Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove(1935)
Several members of MGM's 'galaxy of stars' attend an evening of music and a fashion show. Included on DVD 6715
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Starlit Days at the Lido
MGM Technicolor short produced by Louis Lewyn. Reginald Denny is the emcee of a variety show, including silent comedy by Arthur Lake (before he become Dagwood in Columbia's "Blondie" series) cross-eyed Ben Turpin, who gets some attention from the Tic-Toc Girls, a female trio that sings about needing a man. Star cameos by Clark Gable and others. Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards sings accompanied by his instrument as he sits at the bar. Included on DVD 6743

Story Conference(1934)
Directed by Roy Mack. Cast: Lillian Roth Studio executives are holding a story meeting. As each tells his idea it is illustrated by song and dance routines. Spoofs 'Honeymoon Hotel' number from Footlight Parade (1933) 21 min. Included on DVD 8930
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Swing, Swing, Swing! Vol. 1 (Cavalcade of Vitaphone Shorts.)
Before television, bands, singers and dance acts were often presented in movie theatres. Sometimes audiences were treated to live performances, but often they were regaled by great musical short films. Rarely shown since their original release, these classic shorts document many of the most crucial artists in American music. So sit back and enjoy this unique presentation of classic big band and jazz shorts from the 30's and 40's. Contents: Jamin' the Blues -- Artie Shaw & his orchestra in "Symphony of Swing" with Helen Forrest & Tony Pastor -- Jimmy Dorsey & his orchestra with Bob Eberly & Evelyn Oak -- Red Nichols & his world famous Pennies -- Larry Clinton & his orchestra with Bea Wain -- Johnny Green & his orchestra -- Freddie Rich & his orchestra with Nan Wynn, Joe Sodja & the three Symphonettes -- Ozzie Nelson & his orchestra. 80 min. VideoC 6748

Three Cheers for the Girls(1943)
Directed by Busby Berkeley, Bobby Connolly, Jean Negulesco. This film showcases six production numbers from various Warner Brothers musicals. Included on DVD X817

Toyland Casino(1935)
Directed by Joseph Henabery. "One of the longer Vitaphone shorts but needed to show off all the kid-acts that Vitaphone claimed to have gathered from all corners of the United States. They gathered them all in a hotel-lobby setting, and the kids put on a musical revue show. They sing, dance, act, play musical instruments, perform out-dated vaudeville skits and stretch it out for 22 minutes." [IMDB] Included on DVD X514

Two Hearts in Wax Time(1935)
Musical short. A department store employee who carries mannequins tends to overindulge in alcohol. One evening after work, he sees his "coworkers" come to life in the store's display window. Included on DVD 6400
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20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang(1933)
Directed by Roy Mack. Four convicts escape from a chain gang. Shortly thereafter, changes are made at the prison, because a blue ribbon commission will be investigating conditions there. The changes include steak every day for dinner and stage shows for entertainment. After reading about this, the four escapees plead with the warden to take them back in. Or was this all a dream? [IMDB] 20 min. Included on DVD 3924

Use Your Imagination(1933)
Directed by Roy Mack. Cast: Hal Le Roy, Mitzi Mayfair, Robert Pitkin, Maurice Barrett, Eton Boys. Included on DVD X510

Yours Sincerely(1933)
Director: Roy Mack. A resort owner tries to marry his daughter to a millionaire, but his scheme doesn't turn out exactly as planned. 20 min. Included on DVD 8878
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Vanities(1935)
Featuring Joesfred Portree, Charles Keith, Audrey Armstrong. Consists of musical shorts featuring Charles Keith's impersonation of Bette Davis with additional song and dance numbers by Joesfred Portree and "Little Audrey" Armstrong. 17 min. Video/C 7206
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Yours Sincerely(1933)
Directed by Roy Mack. A resort owner tries to marry his daughter to a millionaire, but his scheme doesn't turn out exactly as planned. | 20 min. Included on DVD 8878
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Documentaries About Musicals / Compilations of Highlights from Musicals

The Busby Berkeley Disc
Features 21 song-and-dance spectaculars staged and directed by Busby Berkeley, from movie musicals released in the 1930's. Included are excerpts from "42nd Street" (1933), "Gold diggers of 1933" (1933), "Fashions of 1934" (1934), "In Caliente" (1933), "Footlight parade" (1933), "Wonder Bar" (1934), "Dames" (1934), "Gold diggers of 1935" (1935), and "Gold diggers of 1937" (1937). Contents: Shuffle off to Buffalo -- Young and healthy -- 42nd Street -- We're in the money -- Pettin' in the park -- Shadow waltz -- Remember my forgotten man -- Ah, the moon is here -- Sittin' on a backyard fence -- Honeymoon hotel -- By a waterfall -- Shanghai Lil -- Spin a little web of dreams -- Don't say goodnight -- The girl at the ironing board -- I only have eyes for you -- Dames -- The words are in my heart -- Lullaby of Broadway -- The lady in red -- All is fair in love and war. Cast: : Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, James Cagney. 163 min. DVD 5300

Eastside Stories
"That's Entertainment," Communist style. A documentary of Soviet and Eastern bloc communist musical films. Comrades drive tractors, sweep factory floors, feed farm animals, harvest crops, all the while singing their hearts out about the joys of socialism. Included are interviews with people involved in the making of some of these movies, as well as a film historian and moviegoers. Film excerpts: Antique coin (Bulgaria, 1965) -- Adventure in Marienstadt (Poland, 1954) -- Handful of notes (GDR, 1961) -- Vacation on the Black Sea (Romania, 1963) --My wife wants to sing (GDR, 1958) -- New Years punch (GDR, 1960) -- Wayward wife (Czech., 1965) -- I don't want to marry (Romania, 1961) -- Carnival night (USSR, 1957) -- Jolly Fellows (USSR, 1934) -- Volga, Volga (USSR, 1938) -- Swineherd and the shepherd (USSR, 1941) -- Tractor drivers (USSR, 1939) -- Bright path (USSR, 1940) -- Cossacks of the Kuban River (USSR, 1946) -- At 6PM at the end of the war (USSR, 1944) -- Ernst Thalman, class leader (GDR, 1955) -- Midnight revue (GDR, 1962) -- Lovable white mouse (GDR, 1964) -- Hot summer (GDR, 1968) -- No cheating darling (GDR, 1973) -- Woman on the rails (Czech., 1965) 79 min. Video/C 6396

Rinke, Andrea. "Eastside stories: Singing and dancing for socialism." Film History (Bloomington, IN) v. 18 no. 1 (2006) p. 73-87 UC users only

Hollywood Singing and Dancing
One of the most comprehensive films about the Hollywood musical ever produced. Shirley Jones hosts this entertaining and historical document illustrated by film clips and interviews. This celebration of song and dance begins with Busby Berkeley's exquisite black and white choreographed extravaganzas that lightened the dark days of the Depression, continues through the rousing wartime songfests into the heyday of the great MGM spectaculars, and on to the present day, exploring recent smash hits like Chicago and Dreamgirls. Bonus features (ca. 120 min.): Q&A with Shirley Jones and director Mark McLaughlin, unedited interviews and stories, rare archival behind-the-scenes footage from films like Dames, Can-Can, Oliver, Thoroughly modern Millie and Funny girl; plus the premieres of Camelot, The king and I and more. Commentary: Pat Boone, Leslie Caron, Bilol Condon, Walt Disney (archival), Joel Crey, Shirley Jones, Joan Leslie, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno, Eddie Murphy, Robert Osborne, John C. Reilly, Ann Reinking, Debbie Reynolds, Smokey Robinson, Mickey Rooney, Jane Russell, Gloria Stuart, John Travolta, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Contents: Disc 1. Something that musicals do -- The dawn of an era -- The 1940s, rallying the country -- The majestic MGM -- The 1950s, a golden age -- The end of an era -- Bob Fosse and the 1970s -- Musicals was a dirty word -- Musicals in the new millennium -- Epilogue. -- Disc 2. Bonus features. DVD X430

Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM
Discusses the life and career of Arthur Freed, who produced many MGM musicals. Includes film clips from musicals and information on how certain scenes were filmed. 1996. 87 min. DVD 7266

Fordin, Hugh. M-G-M's greatest musicals : the Arthur Freed unit New York : Da Capo Press, 1996. (MOFF: PN1998.3.F7456 F67 1996)
Tinkcom, Matthew. "Working like a Homosexual: Camp Visual Codes and the Labor of Gay Subjects in the MGM Freed Unit." Cinema Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Winter, 1996), pp. 24-42 UC users only

That's Black Entertainment, Part II: The Soundies Era: Black Music Videos from the 1940's
A vintage collection of sixteen three-minute music videos called "Soundies" which were originally screened on a visual jukebox called Panorams during the 1940s. Includes many of the biggest names in Afro-American music and film. Contents: Hey Lawdy Mama / June Richmond, Roy Milton -- Take me back, baby / Count Basie -- Some of These Days / Maxine Sullivan -- Beat Me, Daddy / Maurice Rocco -- Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby? / King Cole Trio, Ida James -- Baby Won't You Please Come Home / Herb Jeffries -- Keep Waitin' / George Washington Brown, Deep River Boys -- Toot that trumpet / Deep River Boys -- Keep Smiling / The Four Ginger Snaps -- Babbling Bess / the Chanticleers -- Dispossessed Blues / Lynn Albritton, The Four Knobs -- Lovin' up a Solid breeze / Lynn Albritton, The Six Knobs, Harlem Cuties -- Block Party Revels / Harlem Cuties -- Minnie the Moocher / Cab Calloway -- I Call It Love / King Cole trio -- Lionel Hampton: King of the Vibes / L. Hampton. 47 min. Video/C 4838

That's Entertainment (1974)
Directed by Jack Haley Jr. Musical sequences from nearly 100 MGM musicals, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 134 min. DVD 3090
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That's Entertainment II (1976)
Directed by Jack Haley Jr. A stunning gallery of classic moments in MGM history. Features excerpts from musicals, with comedy and drama sequences, all produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With co-narrators Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. 126 min. DVD 3091
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That's Entertainment III (1994)
Directed by Bud Friedgen & Michael J. Sheridan. Hosts, Gene Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams. Appearances by: Judy Garland, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams. Released in 1994 in celebration of MGM's 70th anniversary, "That's Entertainment! Part 3" brings back to the screen the stars and musical numbers that have excited audiences for generations. 113 min. DVD 3092
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That's Entertainment: Treasures from the Vault (1994)
50 years after MGM "That's Entertainment"'s 1974 premiere is the setting for a gala reunion of more than 50 of the studio's most radiant stars. Includes documentary films, premier night coverage, salutes to behind the scenes camera talents, television specials, and an extensive video jukebox of rare, star-packed musical outtakes. Side A. MGM's 25th anniversary newsreel -- 1974 featurette Just one more time -- 1975 featurette The lion roars again -- 1976 The Mike Douglas show excerpt with the stars of That's Entertainment! Part 2 -- Side B. Musical outtake jukebox of more than a dozen delightful numbers left on the cutting-room floor, now liberated from the studio vault. 157 min. DVD 3093

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