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The Pirate (1948): Cole Porter's tunes, Gene Kelly and Judy Garland's star power, and the astonishing Kelly/Nicholas Brothers' "Be a Clown" number spark an uproarious tale of a would-be seafaring scoundrel. Words and Music (1948): The glossy biopic of songwriting sophisticates Rodgers and Hart. With Gene Kelly's famed "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" ballet, irresistible Judy Garland, and fireball Mickey Rooney. That's Dancing! (1985): "No shortage of showstoppers" (Entertainment Weekly). Gene Kelly hosts the spirit-lifting celebration of decades of dance and fun--including a Ray Bolger dazzler cut from The Wizard of Oz. That Midnight Kiss/The Toast of New Orleans (1949, 1950): Starring Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson! A singing truck driver (Lanza in his film debut) travels the road to success. Next, the big voices conquer the Big Easy in a tale of a diva and Cajun Caruso. Royal Wedding/The Belle of New York (1951, 1952): Two from Fred Astaire! Love can make you dance on the ceiling... if you're Fred Astaire! The legend shines in a tale of royal--and other--romance, co-starring Jane Powell. Playboy Fred says "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" but prim Vera-Ellen wants a fellow with his feet on the ground.
In this one Astaire dances on the ceiling. Great songs from Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane. Sarah Churchill is Rosanna Podesta with a horse face. UrghhPublished 25 days ago by Laurence Goldstein
Royal Wedding is one of the good ones Astaire did without Ginger. Jane Powell is perfectly cast as his sister in this story that shadows the real life of Fred and his sister,... Read morePublished 26 days ago by readNreview
I usually love Fred Astaire. This one is a stinker. The dancing is not at all fun to watch-- a lot of hokey vaudeville in clownish costumes instead of the usual elegant and fun... Read morePublished 1 month ago by greetings