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1950-1959

White Christmas (1954)

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye,Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Dean Jagger. Lyrics and music byIrving Berlin. Two song-and-dance men team up in show businessafter the war. Joining forces with a sister act, they trek toVermont for a white Christmas. The real adventure starts whenCrosby and Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old armygeneral who's now in financial trouble.

Whoopee! (1930)

Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Eddie Cantor, EthelShutta, Paul Gregory, Eleanor Hunt, John Rutherford, SpencerCharters. A musical sparked by Cantor's performance as ahyper-hypochondriac. Out West, Henry Williams (Cantor) helps Sallyflee her wedding, unaware that she has left a note behind sayingthey've eloped. Features some of Busby Berkeley's most fancifulchoreography. "As it facilitates intermarriage in The Jazz Singer,so blackface brings Whoopee!'s Indian and white lovers together.Henry, helping Sally escape her wedding to Sheriff Bob, hides in anoven.

[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Ali Baba Bunny (1957)

Animated short. Directed by Chuck Jones. Bugs and Daffy are tunneling their way to a vacation spot (with Bugs doing all the work, naturally), when a wrong turn lands them in a cave in the middle of the desert. Daffy's true nature once again shines through when the cave is discovered to be full of treasure. Daffy's glee quickly turns to terror, however, when Hassan the guard (whose only orders are "chop!") catches him with his hands in the gold. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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