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About the Author

Ken Bloom is a New York-based theatre historian, writer, director, and record producer.  In collaboration with Frank Vlastnik, Bloom wrote the bestseller, Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time, which was awarded the George Freedley Award, and Sitcoms: The 101 Greatest Comedies of All Time.  Bloom also wrote The American Songbook: Singers, Songwriters and Songs and, with Jerry Herman, Jerry Herman: The Lyrics: a Celebration.  Bloom is currently editor of Marquee, the journal of the Theatre Historical Society.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (December 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128483
  • ASIN: B005M4DD6W
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,869,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each musical also has the original film poster that was associated with the show.
Richad of Connecticut
The details of each film musical gives us a wealth of information and the pictures in color all add up to a gorgeous coffee table book.
Jim Tarleton
Unlike some books of this type,it was very compelling to read each and every word.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richad of Connecticut VINE VOICE on December 19, 2010
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Every major Hollywood musical is in this book. There are dozens of performers with pictures to boot. Composers are on every page, and writers, and designers. Each film is presented over several pages, and the pictures are fantastic. The author uses a very distinctive template so you know what to expect for each musical. With every story you are going to see the following:

* A plot synopsis

* The Cast

* Song lists

* Production details

* Behind the scenes anecdotes

* Quotations

It's the photography that is very special in this book. There are color photographs and black and whites as well. You will see production stills, and off camera shots that are intriguing. Each musical also has the original film poster that was associated with the show.

Among the more than 100 musicals that are portrayed in this book are:

* An American in Paris

* The Music Man

* My Fair Lady

* Oklahoma

* Singin' in the Rain

* The Sound of Music

CONCLUSION:

I bought the book for my former wife who runs a theatre school, and then I started to look through it before I gave it to her. I wound up reading the whole book. It was that enthralling. I don't think it is possible to just glance at Hollywood Musicals. Once you pick it up and open it, you get hooked. Then you start looking for your favorites, and you get hooked even more. I guess I'm going to have to get my own copy and thank you for reading this review.

Richard C. Stoyeck
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on January 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of the Broadway counterpart to this book, 101 Greatest Broadway Musicals. Not only did it have interesting tidbits on many of my favorite shows, the book introduced me to many other amazing shows that I may have never encountered otherwise. Add incredible snapshots from performances, promos, and backstage, and you have yourself an incredible book.

With his book on Hollywood Musicals, his efforts fall short in several ways. First, I will not complain about the list. As with any book of this nature, readers will balk at certain inclusions and lament at particular omissions. One reviewer complains about the inclusion of "High School Musical 3," but I think the written explanation was quite insightful and made a fair argument as to its merits. My biggest problem with the book stems from the written segments of other, more obvious choices.

Bloom's expertise obviously lies with Broadway musicals. Perhaps because of this, his bias also tends to favor them over their Hollywood treatments. While I think this sentiment is justified in many instances, he expresses his displeasure with particular films so much that he makes you wonder why he ever included them in his book. Take, for instance, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Instead of giving a history of the transfer from stage to film, commenting at all on the casting, or even mentioning Monroe's iconic take on a classic song, he dedicates two pages to ranting about the injustices particular composers felt when their scores were cut and altered for film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Drutman on January 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A really fascinating look at movie musicals: Smart, witty and, most of all, a wonderful valentine to the great movie musicals. Especially worthwhile are the great photos - color and black and white - so many of which I'm sure have never seen before (for example: a shot of Esther Williams filming underwater inside a tank with cameramen in Speedos. What a hoot.) Not all the author's choices are the same as mine, but in his introduction Mr. Bloom I think helpfully explains how and why he opted to include the films he did. Obviously, if the book were simply about the "Best" movie musicals ever made, there might be more featuring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and those from MGM Studios. But "Greatest" means films that are memorable for all kinds of reasons and I believe that's why the book includes genres like rock musicals, beach musicals, singing cowboy films etc... After all, a Roy Rogers movie gives as much pleasure to some fans as Singin' in the Rain gives to others. In other words - this is really a book that has something for everyone. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Kendall on February 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ken Bloom's Hollywood Musicals: The 101 Greatest Song-and-Dance Movies of All Time is a decent book, but overall left me with mixed feelings because it is a book that could have been so much more. I have Bloom's former book Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time and I think it's a masterpiece, I have learned so much about Broadway, the stars and creative talents behind some of Broadway's greatest shows. When I heard about this book I thought it would be wonderful, but instead I found myself wishing the book had more.

Like Bloom's Broadway Musicals each film musical is presented alphabetically and with several pages with pictures. There is also information about the plot synopsis, the cast, song lists, behind the scenes trivia, photos, and other information.

One of my main problems with this book is the list itself, don't get me wrong there are always going to be films that you never heard of or like to be included in the list. But some of Bloom's choices had me scratching my head like High School Musical: 3. Bloom explained in his introduction about why some films were chosen, for instance their popularity when they came out, but it's been a couple years since that film was released and no one is still talking about it. I can see why other films like Beach Blanket Bingo, The Broadway Melody or Via Las Vegas included, but some choices still have me puzzled. I just wish Bloom evaluated these films a little better.

Another problem I have with this book is Bloom's writing, he seems to have a little bit of an attitude in this book. In some films all he does is rant about how the film version butchered the stage version. Instead of complaining why not explain more about the history and why the version was butchered.
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