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Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History –

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Presented by Oscar winner Shirley Jones, this documentary looks at the history of Hollywood musicals, beginning with Busby Berkeley's black and white extravaganzas through the classic MGM spectaculars to present day movies such as 'Chicago' and 'Dreamgirls'.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Shirley Jones
  • Directors: Mark McLaughlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Great Musical Treasu
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 228 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C0I5Z4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,246 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. Ross on August 1, 2008
Format: DVD
I was lucky enough to see the premiere of this film at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The best way I can describe it is pure joy. All of my favorite musicals were here and a few I've never heard of (of which I promptly rented and loved - The Harvey Girls is the die for). I adored the interviews and the behind the scenes footage (Sound of Music and Funny Girl anyone???). What I like most about this DVD is that it has the Q&A session with Shirley Jones and director Mark McLaughlin at the premiere I went to. I kept thinking, "I wish I could have a copy of it." Well now I can. Here's the content of the bonus DVD I grabbed from their website:

Shirley Jones and Hollywood Singing and Dancing director, Mark McLaughlin, answer questions after the Hollywood premiere screening of the film at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard on March 19th, 2008. (30 min.)

Unedited interviews with many of the stars of Hollywood Singing and Dancing telling lengthy and interesting stories and behind-the-scenes tidbits. Includes Liza Minnelli talking about learning dance steps from Gene Kelly when she was a youngster, Pat Boone on kissing Shirley Jones in April Love, Debbie Reynolds on her rocky relationship with Bob Fosse, Dom DeLuise tells hilarious stories about Mae West and much, much more. (30 min.)

And She Learned About Dames (1934) - a complete and rare promotional short film for the feature, Dames. In the short, a young lady wins a contest, which includes a trip to Hollywood and a tour of the Warner Brothers lot with Lyle Talbot. When she gets to the studio, all she wants to do is meet Dick Powell, the star of the new Warner Brothers film, Dames. During her search for Powell, she meets Busby Berkeley and the cast of the movie. (8 min.
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I saw this film when it played at the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival (where it was a Best of the Fest selection). It is really fun and very entertaining. I'm not really even that into musicals but I love movies and Hollywood history so I checked it out. After I saw it I wanted to rent a ton of these movies by people like Busby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly. Plus it reminded me about great stuff in the 70s like "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Saturday Night Fever." It even has clips from last year's "Dreamgirls."

This documentary has long clips from all kinds of musicals, photos of the production of the movies, interviews with all kinds of stars and directors, I really liked it.
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Hosted by Academy Award winning stage, screen, and TV star Shirley Jones, Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History is a celebration of Hollywood musicals throughout history up to the present day. From the exciting choreography that brought cheer to the darkest times of the Great Depression, to wartime showtunes that fired up America's fighting spirit, to modern smash hits such as "Chicago" and "Dreamgirls", Hollywood Singing and Dancing is an amazing tour. Worthy to be the centerpiece of any Hollywood history DVD shelf, Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History comes highly recommend. 108 minutes, with 120 minutes of bonus footage.
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Sorry, but this is not a five star product. It has many fine moments, but it races through the 1930's, and there is about thirty seconds or less of Fred Astaire dancing with Ginger Rogers. There are no scenes of Astaire in the 1940's, and only the number from Royal Wedding where he dances on the ceiling is shown from the 1950's. It is inexcusable to virtually ignore Astaire in the 30's and all of the 40's--his RKO musicals in the 1930's with Rogers saved the studio and were break throughs in the genre. There are plenty of good scenes and interviews, but almost ignoring Astaire brings my rating down, and deservedly so.
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This was an amazing movie especially for musical theatre and movie musical fans. The clips are great as are the interviews. Enjoyed the special features too and Shirley Jones tells fabulous stories. I could have sat for two more hours and watched more. Looking forward to a sequel sometime in the future! Loved it!
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By Earl on August 7, 2012
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This is one of the best musical docs I have ever seen! You will keep this and play it many times. A GREAT buy!
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