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First, the sets were skeletal cutouts against primary colors (red, yellow, blue, purple). If you look and care, the effect came from colored sawdust (?) and a cyclorama lighted in the same color. Imagine a yellow world like this with black cut-out trees, a cowboy hero in pale buckskin riding a palamino pony, singing and riding into a town of white frame-only buildings, getting sent to a barbecue celebrating the death of notorious gun-slinger who turns out to be the cowboy's brother!
Most viewers would have run out by now. But if you sit and watch, one of the most fascinating and fun Hollywood musicals will play out before you.
While its always about the sets, the style of "Red Garters" is brilliantly carried out by the cast. The actors play it for real,but with a little nod to the artificiality. Rosemary Clooney and Guy Mitchell are absolutely terrific together - she is soigne and world-weary, he is young and headstrong. And their voices work together like Doris Day and Gordon McCrae!
The songs are wonderful - tuneful, intelligent and witty - from the guys who brought us "Buttons and Bows" among other oscar-winning titles.
"Red Garters" is not the greatest movie musical but it is a splendid example of imaginative thinking about where the movie musical could go. Much of this movie could fit on an MTV if MTV had begun 20 years earlier.
Finally, the film is a hoot!Read more ›
Four years earlier, Clooney had been paired with up-and-comer Mitchell on a range of CALL ME MADAM cover singles for Columbia. They had a remarkable chemistry and continued their friendship through this film.
Paramount's DVD offers no extras, but the full-frame image is crisp and colourful, and will make a fine addition to your classic movie collection.
Unfortunately, this "fun" movie may have been "before its time" and I think this is why it did not have the success it deserved. Perhaps the subtlety was TOO subtle for the majority of the cinema-going public - and the critics!
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Saw this movie way back in 1954. Just wanted to check it out. Silly spoof on westerns with some big name players.Published 4 months ago by Jerry
It starred my favorite singer as a teen, Guy Mitchell. I still listen to my albums of his and watch him sing on Youtube. The rest of the cast was great too.Published 12 months ago by G. M. Wessling
I saw this as a first run film and loved it. It came out at a time when everything was about either westerns or musicals so they combined them. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Roger Farnham
Gave if as a gift. They have nit watched if yet, but assume they will live since Clooney is one of their favorite fingers.Published 21 months ago by Joyce Wilson
A little disappointed, but overall I enjoyed this western comedy. It's not well written and the acting is a little thin. The storyline is easy to follow.Published on January 7, 2014 by Austin Texas
This is a review of the Amazon Instant Video version. The movie itself is hilarious, with some pretty good tunes like A Brave Man and the wonderful "Bad News" sung by the... Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by Todd Moore
Totally loved this movie. I loved Rosemary in White Christmas & pretty much in any other move I've found her in. This is one of my young daughters favorite movie right now.Published on September 21, 2013 by Vickey
I admit that, prior to seeing this film, I only knew Rosemary Clooney from White Christmas [Blu-ray]. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by A. Gammill
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