Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Volume 2 (The Pirate / Words and Music / That's Dancing / The Belle of New York & Royal Wedding / That Midnight Kiss & The Toast of New Orleans)
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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.
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The Pirate (1948) Starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Features music by Cole Porter. A swashbuckling tale is largely just a framework for the music and dancing, which is excellent. Judy Garland plays a girl obsessed with a legendary pirate. Gene Kelly pretends to be that pirate in order to get the girl. This film actually lost money for MGM in its initial release. Today it is interesting because it showcases the talents of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland so well.Read more ›
The other movies in the collection aren't up to THE PIRATE, but they all have moments of great MGM magic. Anyone who loves musicals from the Golden Age should get this collection. THAT'S DANCING is a nice bonus to highlight the importance of dance in MGM musicals.
PS. all the movies have great extra features!!!
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My 95 year old mom is an old movie buff. This was her Mother's Day gift. The Pirate is her favorite in this collection.Published 14 months ago by JB
Since I have been buying a lot of movies on DVD with the intention of watching them later, I only watched one of the disks when I first received the set. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mike WNY
Have yet to see them all,but so far,great musicals well done by the masters of film musicals,M.G.M.. Words and Music is the best.Published on May 30, 2014 by Graeme L.
All of these films were already in my collection, so I had no hesitarion in buying this for a friend. A brilliant selection of musicakl from MGM.Published on December 3, 2013 by J. Bethell
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