TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Broadway Musicals (Show Boat / Annie Get Your Gun / Kiss Me Kate / Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
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SHOW BOAT (1951) A vivid and vibrant saga of riverboat lives and loves has glorious stars (Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Marge and Gower Champion) in Technicolor radiance, timeless Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II songs and an equally timeless outcry against racial bigotry. Like Ol' Man River, its delights just keep rollin' along. ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Betty Hutton (as Annie Oakley) and Howard Keel (as Frank Butler) star in this sharpshootin' funfest an Oscar winner for adaptation scoring based on the Broadway smash boasting Irving Berlins beloved songs, including Doin' What Comes Naturally, I Got Lost in His Arms and the anthemic There's No Business like Show Business. SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS The perfect marriage of song and dance! Backwoods boys inspired by romance and the lure of hot biscuits raid the local town for brides. Un-uh: The would-be brides insist the fellas first become respectable! Howard Keel and Jane Powell head a leaping whoop for joy in this exuberant Oscar winner. KISS ME KATE When squabbling ex-married's Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel are cast as squabbling Renaissance romantics in a musical The Taming of the Shrew, life imitates art, art imitates life and it all proves no musical comedy imitates this backstage/onstage delight from the Broadway hit with 14 peerless Cole Porter songs. It's all Too Darn Hot!]]>
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SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS: Jane Powell and Howard Keel star in this lusty musical favourite with a particularly sweeping Johnny Mercer/Gene DePaul score. Special Features: audio commentary with director Stanley Donen, and a Donen musicals trailer gallery.
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: Musical dynamo Betty Hutton fires on all cylinders with her performance as sharp-shootin' Annie Oakley in the celebrated screen version of the Broadway musical, co-starring Howard Keel. Special Features: all-new introduction by Susan Lucci, deleted musical number "Let's Go West Again", three songs with original star Judy Garland ("Doin' What Comes Natur'lly", "I'm An Indian, Too" and "Colonel Buffalo Bill"), audio session tracks.
SHOW BOAT: The most beloved and popular screen version of the Broadway musical, starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel as lovers Magnolia and Ravenal, torn apart and reunited on the Cotton Blossom. Ava Gardner aquits herself nicely in a rare musical role, although her singing was dubbed by Annette Warren. Special Features: trailer.
KISS ME, KATE: Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel are again paired in this solid movie version of the Cole Porter musical, about a divorced pair of actors forced to work together again in a stage production of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew". Special Features: all-new featurette "Cole Porter in Hollywood: Too Darn Hot" hosted by Ann Miller, vintage short "Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City", trailer, behind-the-scenes notes.
I bought this so my grandson could enjoy it with me and he loves the shows.
The ONLY fault I have with this DVD is that the "SOUND" has to be almost all the way up to hear the "talking". Wonderfully remastered for color, it could have better audio.
So, worth getting but it isn't perfect.