Eddie Cantor Story
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This merry musical biography of "Banjo Eyes" will gladden the hearts of Cantor and musical fans alike. It's got fabulous songs, assured direction by Alfred E. Green (The Jolson Story) and elaborate numbers typical of the Ziegfeld stage. Keefe Brasselle plays the energetic kid from the East Side in this decades-spanning saga of the showman's rise from singing waiter to vaudeville sensation and Ziegfeld Follies headliner, from pioneering radio days to his lifelong devotion to humanitarian causes.
Cantor himself sings on the soundtrack, performing Makin' Whoopee, If You Knew Susie, Margie, Ida, Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me and other signature tunes. He and wife Ida make a charming cameo appearance in this musical that will surely touch hearts and lift spirits all over.
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In the Cantor Story (the film here) two numbers are strong and clear in my mind. Cantor as a kid trying to impress his girlfriend by pretending to be a singing waiter (the song was "Row, Row, Row"), and later on Bway doing an A-Plus impression of Cantor singing "Josephina Please No Leana On The Bell" - Cantor couldn't have done it better himself, and I want to see it again.
As for Cantor's voice being to old to sing the songs well, that is just not true.
Keefe Brassell was no Bogart, but he was a first rate Cantor.
The flick (DVD) came yesterday, and I watched it. My opinions remain unchanged. I cried all thru it. I did think Brassell was much too tall and heavy for the part. And I thought he made Cantor look silly when he wasn't singing - I hate to say that, but I did. And no mention at all is made of Cantor's movies. I really like to watch Cantor perform and dance when he sings, so just a soundtrack wouldn't do it,
The only flaw I saw in the movie was that Mr Brasselle did overplay Mr Cantor's mannerisms just a little, but the blame should not have been on the actor alone, but also the director, who supervised the whole movie while it was still in production--and where was Mr. Cantor when this movie was being made?? It seemed he should have been around for just a couple of scenes, and made his comments known before the movie was finished--Instead after he reviewed the whole picture, his comment was, "If that was me, I didn't live".
The actor must have been devastated, along with the comments of the critics--This man's career was never the same again!!
It seems a shame to blame only the actor for the quality of the movie, and not the others who were involved in the making of this biopic--As I stated earlier, I enjoyed the movie, and I will see it again and again!!Thanks to Mr Brasselle's energetic (if somewhat overplayed) performance of Banjo eyes!!
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