A follow-up to the highly successful Bolero, this lively romantic drama stars George Raft as Joe Martin, a Cuban-American dancer who lives and works in Havana with his lovely partner Goldie Allen until a bad case of varicose veins forces impacts his career. One night, the beauteous gringa heiress Diane Harrison (Carole Lombard) comes to the club. Joe is immediately smitten. His interest takes a less fleshly turn when he learns that she owns a yacht. When Diane compliments Joe on his moves, her escort gets jealous and a fight ensues. Joe finds himself jobless and flees to the jungle where he learns the rumba from the exotic Carmelita (Margo). He loves the dance and predicts that it will be the next fad. To promote it, he and Margo open a new club in Havana. The place is a smash. Diane returns, is wowed by both Joe and the dance and offers to bring back to his native New York. But Joe came to Havana after ratting on a gangster and if he returns, will surely die. Still, he and Margo decide to take the risk and their choice results in romance. The spectacular dance numbers were choreographed by the famed dance team Veloz and Yolanda.
Bolero stars George Raft as Raoul de Barre, an arrogant dancer who rises to fame in the years prior to, during, and after WW I. Raoul is helped along the way by his promoter brother Mike (William Frawley) and scores of willing females, matriculating from two-bit gigolo to the greatest ballroom dancer in Paris. Determining that nothing will stand in his way to the top, he regularly fires any female dancing partner who has the misfortune to fall in love with him -- until the last of his partners, the beautiful Helen (Carole Lombard) beats him to the punch by walking out on him. His heart weakened during the war, Raoul aspires to open his own nightclub, despite warnings that if he ever dances again the consequences will be fatal. On opening night of his new establishment, Raoul dances Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" with Helen, now the wife of a British nobleman. Having reached his emotional and professional pinnacle, Raoul collapses and dies in his dressing room -- as the nightclub patrons, oblivious to his fate, loudly demand an encore. Surprisingly, George Raft and Carole Lombard's dancing is doubled by others, but the same cannot be said of the inimitable Sally Rand, whose famous fan dance is tastefully re-created here. Raft and Lombard later reteamed in 1935's Rumba, which is the second film on this disc.
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A radiant and feisty Deanna Durbin delights audiences in this comical story of a woman trying to swindle a family's fortune. Donald O'Connor is magnificent as a dancing and singing ally who helps her realize that success is the best revenge. Durbin portrays a disc jockey entangled in a huge misunderstanding that equals hilarious results. Jean Adair is her Aunt Mary who has secretly been receiving a pension from her deceased lover's estate. Since her niece has the same name, the younger Mary is mistaken as the payment beneficiary. Now, with a marriage in the works for the wealthy family's grandson (Donald Reed), the family kidnaps young Mary and tries to force her into a payoff to avoid a scandal. Furious, Mary befriends O'Connor and they plot to cleverly tackle the problem. "All in all, entertainment is the word for Something in the Wind" (Abe Weller, New York Times), offering charm, romance and a splendid version of "Miserere" from "Il Trovatore" by Durbin and Jan Peerce. Produced by: Joseph Sistrom Directed by: Irving Pichel Assistant Director: Frank Shaw Screenplay: Harry Kurnitz and William Bowers Based on a Story by: Fritz Rotter and Charles O'Neal Music Composed and Directed by: Johnny Green Lyrics: Leo Robin Orchestrations: Ted Duncan, George Siravo Musical Numbers Staged by: Eugene Loring Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Frank A. Richards Special Effects: David S. Horsley Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, Ruby R. Levitt Gowns by: Orry Kelly Hair Stylist: Carmen Dirigo Make-Up: Bud Westmore Sound: Charles Felstead, Joe Lapis Director of Photography: Milton Krasner Special Photography: David S. Horsley Film Editor: Otto Ludwig
Cast: Deanna Durbin [Mary Collins], Donald O'Connor [Charlie Read], John Dall [Donald Read], Charles Winninger [Uncle Chester], Helena Carter [Clarissa Prentice], Margaret Wycherly [Grandma Read], Jean Adair [Aunt Mary Collins], The Four Williams Brothers [Quartet], Jacqueline de Wit [Saleslady], and Jan Peerce, Star of the Metropolitan Opera [Tony] Additional Cast: Chester Clute [Beamis], Frank Wilcox [Masterson], Patricia Alphin (aka Audrey Young) [Model], William Ching [Master of Ceremonies], Bess Flowers [in Fashion Show Audience]
Musical Program: [0:01] The Turntable Song (sung by Deanna Durbin at Radio Station); [0:03] Reduce with Deduco (radio commercial, excerpt sung by female quartet: Audrey Betz, Della Clark, Jerry Lee and Mabel Smaney onscreen); [0:16] Happy Go Lucky and Free (sung by Deanna Durbin and Chorus); [0:24] I Love a Mystery (sung and danced by Donald O'Connor); [0:37] Fashion show (accompanied by Orchestra); [0:41] You Wanna Keep Your Baby Lookin' Right (sung by Deanna Durbin taunting Donald); [0:50] The Turntable Song (sung by Donald O'Connor and The Four Williams Brothers serenading Mary and Donald); [0:51] Something in the Wind (sung by Deanna Durbin and The Four Williams Brothers); [0:59] It's Only Love (sung by Deanna Durbin); [1:09] Miserere (from the opera IL TROVATORE, sung by Deanna Durbin and Jan Peerce in jail cell); [1:22] Happy Go Lucky and Free (ballet with ballerinas, comic ballet by Donald O'Connor on television show); [1:27] Happy Go Lucky and Free / Something in the Wind (finale, sung by Donald O'Connor and Chorus, then sung by Deanna Durbin and Chorus on television)
The Beatles are spirited away in the eponymous yellow submarine to save Pepperland from the dreaded Blue Meanies. Along the way, the singing saviors encounter a surreal feast for both the eyes and ears: phantasmagorical creatures, outrageous landscapes, and colors that throb and vibrate to each and every Beatle song on the soundtrack. It's a drug-free, hallucinogenic journey for the armchair tripper, the peak of which is undoubtedly (and not surprisingly) the "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" sequence. An incredible film experience at all levels, "Yellow Submarine" manages to capture exquisitely and in visual form the beauty and madness of the incomparable Beatles.
Sensations of 1945 (AKA Sensations - 1944) Starring Eleanor Powell, Eugene Pallette, Dennis O'Keefe, C. Aubry Smith, W.C. Fields, Sophie Tucker, Cab Calloway, Lyle Talbot, Woody Herman and Les Paul. Dancer Powell is the main talent in the stable of flamboyant publicist Gus Crane, whose crazy promotions are legendary. Crane's strait-laced son Junior wants none of dad's penchant for the outlandish, but when Junior takes over the business, he finds himself inadvertantly filling his old man's shoes. Contains tons of specialty acts and musical numbers, including juggling by the Johnson brothers, an amazing high-wire performance by Hubert Castle, and the famous number in which Eleanor Powell dances in a huge pinball machine. One of Powell's last appearances, and W.C. Fields' final film. Produced by Andrew Stone and Felix Jackson. Written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. B&W Approx. 86 Minutes
George Burns' radio station is in dire financial straits. So, the station puts on a live show to let people come and see their favorite radio personalities do their thing in person. And that's what it's all about - seeing popular radio personalities of the era.
During the 1930s and '40s, radio was very popular, but fans seldom, if ever, got to see their favorite radio stars. It was movies like this one that gave them a glimpse of their favorite stars. Lots of 'em here!
Producer: none credited Director: Frank Tuttle Screenplay: George Marion Jr. Based on the play "Wild Waves" by William Ford Manley Music: Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger Cinematography: George J. Folsey
Cast: Bing Crosby [Bing Hornsby], Stuart Erwin [Leslie McWhinney], Leila Hyams [Anita Rogers], Sharon Lynne [Mona], George Burns [George], Gracie Allen [Gracie], George Barbier [Clapsaddle], Ralph Robertson [Announcer], Alex Melesh [Bird and Animal Man], Anna Chandler [Mrs. Cohen], Dewey Robinson [Basso], Leonid Kinskey [Ivan], Thomas J. Carrigan [Officer], Spec O'Donnell [Office Boy], James Craig [Steward], Irving Bacon [Prisoner], Edgar Norton [Secretary to T. F. Bellows], Cab Calloway, The Boswell Sisters, Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra, Kate Smith, Arthur Tracy ("The Street Singer") [Themselves]
Musical Program: Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day (Bing Crosby); Marta (Rambling Rose of the Wildwood) (Arthur Tracy); Minnie the Moocher (Cab Calloway); Calloway Calling (Cab Calloway and His Orchestera); Please (Stuart Erwin and Bing Crosby); Here Lies Love (Arthur Tracy, separately by Bing Crosby with Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra); When the Moon Comes over the Mountain (Kate Smith); Dinah (Bing Crosby); Shout, Sister, Shout (Boswell Sisters); Trees (Donald Novis); Good-Bye Blues (Mills Brothers); Nola (played by Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra); I Surrender Dear (Bing Crosby with The Rhythm Boys and Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra); Drummer Man (Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra); I've Got Five Dollars (Bing Crosby and Stuart Erwin); Tiger Rag (Mills Brothers); Crazy People (Boswell Sisters); It Was So Beautiful (Kate Smith); Kickin' the Gong Around (Cab Calloway and his Orchestra)
George White (Himself) and Manya (Lyda Roberti) have just finished a very successful revue in New York, and are driving down to Florida for some vacation time when the happen across a show in Georgia also called "George White's Scandals." Stopping to check it out, they discover Honey Walters (Alice Faye), and decide to return to New York to feature her in a new show. Back in New York, the show is a success, but a love triangle has things all messed up. Honey takes off on her own, but eventually returns and everything works out just fine.
Produced and Directed by: George White Screenplay: Patterson McNutt and Jack Yellen (based on an idea by George White) Musical Score: Louis De Francesco Song Score: Jack Yellen, Herb Magidson, Joseph Meyer and Cliff Friend Art Direction: Gordon Wiles Costume Design: Charles Le Maire Sound: Arthur von Kirbach Cinematography: George Schneiderman
Cast: Alice Faye [Honey Walters], James Dunn [Eddie Taylor], Ned Sparks [Elmer White], Lyda Roberti [Manya], Cliff Edwards [Dude Holloway], Arline Judge [Midgie Malone], Eleanor Powell [Marilyn Collins], Emma Dunn [Aunt Jane], Benny Rubin [Louis], Charles Richman [Harriman], Roger Imhof [Officer Riley], Donald Kerr [Grady], Walter Johnson [Daniels], Fred Santley [M.C.], Jack Mulhall [Ticket Seller], Sam McDaniel [Porter], George White [Himself], Lois Eckhart [Mme. DuBarry], Fuzzy Knight [Sam Fagel], Jed Prouty [Al Lee], Lynn Bari [Chorus Girl], Anne Nagel [Chorus Girl], Tamara Shayne [Russian Girl]
Musical Program: According to the Moonlight (Alice Faye and James Dunn); Oh, I Didn't Know (production number, Alice Faye and Chorus Girls); It's an Old Southern Custom (Alice Faye, James Dunn and Cliff Edwards); I Was Born Too Late (Alice Faye); I Got Shoes, You Got Shosies; Hunkadola (Alice Faye, James Dunn, Cliff Edwards and Lyda Roberti); It's Time to Say Goodnight; You Belong to Me (Alice Faye)
Alice Faye got her "big break" in this film when the original star, Lilian Harvey, walked off the set because Fox refused to give her more screen time. Alice was given the role, and after filming "Nasty Man," the studio was convinced they had a new star on their hands.
Producer: George White Director: George White, Thornton Freeland and Harry Lachman Screenplay: Jack Yellen (based on a story by George White) Music Director: Louis De Francesco Song Score: Ray Henderson, Jack Yellen and Irving Caesar Recording Engineers: George Leverett, Arthur von Kirbach Cinematography: Lee Garmes, George Schneiderman Film Editing: Paul Weatherwax
Cast: Rudy Vallee [Jimmy Martin], Jimmy Durante [Happy McGillicuddy], Alice Faye [Kitty Donnelly], Adrienne Ames [Barbara Loraine], Gregory Ratoff [Nicholas Mitwoch], Cliff Edwards [Stew Hart], Dixie Dunbar [Patsy Dey], Gertrude Michael [Miss Lee], Richard Carle [Minister], Warren Hymer [Pete Pandos], George White [Himself], Thomas Jackson [Al Burke], Armand Kaliz [Count Dekker], Roger Gray [Sailor Brown], William Norton Bailey [Harold Bestry], George Irving [John R. Loraine], Edward Le Saint [Judge O'Neill], Edna Mae Jones [Eleanor Sawyer], Irving Bacon [Hick], Dewey Robinson [Garbage King], Creighton Hale [Theater Treasurer], Alma Mott, Lee Lawrence, Ethlyn Howard [Sally, Irene and Mary], Richard Alexander [Iceman], Frances Raymond [Landlady], Howard Hickman [Doctor]
Musical Program: Hold My Hand (production number, sung by Rudy Vallee and Alice Faye); Nasty Man (production number sung by Alice Faye and Chorus); So Nice (Cliff Edwards and Dixie Dunbar); Cabin in the Cotton and Cotton in the Cabin (Jimmy Durante); Cabin Dance; Following in Mother's Footsteps; My Dog Loves Your Dog (Alice Faye, Dixie Dunbar, Rudy Vallee and Jimmy Durante); Sweet and Simple (production number, Rudy Vallee and Alice Faye); Six Women (Me and Henry the Eighth) (Cliff Edwards and Chorus Girls); Every Day Is Father's Day with Baby (production number, Rudy Vallee, Cliff Edwards, Jimmy Durante and Children); Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia; Carolina in the Morning; River Stay 'Way from My Door; Got the South in My Soul; Lawd You Made the Night Too Long; That's Why Darkies Were Born; Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore; Did You Ever See a Dream Walking; Picking Cotton; The Man on the Flying Trapeze
Rhythm Parade (1942)
Director: Howard Bretherton. Cast: Gale Storm, Nils T. Granlund, Robert Lowery, Margaret Dumont, Chick Chandler, Jan Wiley, The Mills Brothers, Ted Fiorito, Yvonne De Carlo. Description: Future TV star Gale Storm was the cute-as-a-button leading lady of many Monogram musicals, and this is one of her best. Nightclub singer cares for an abandoned baby, while her rival schemes to use this situation to start scandalous rumors. Songs include "Tootin' My Own Horn" and "Sweet Sue." Produced by Sydney M. Williams. B&W. Running Time: 68 mins.
A vaudeville act inherits an old, beat-up building and decides to try to turn it into a hip new nightclub.
CAST: CONSTANCE MOORE, BERT WHEELER, VIRGINIA DALE, TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA, THE PIED PIPERS Back in the days when the twenty-something Sinatra was a vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Band, he made a brief appearance in this musical comedy, singing one of his best-known numbers from the era, 'I'll Never Smile Again'. The song largely is in the background though and Sinatra himself is only on camera for a blink, although historically the appearance is interesting.
Tommy Dorsey's band play several numbers in this fairly entertaining feature, which deals with a vaudeville act who inherit a run-down shack and try to transform it into a night-spot, while fending off the creditors (the oily Hank Ladd). The three girls in the act all have their chance to shine and all have well-defined roles in the back story (perhaps the best known of the three was the popular 1940s singer, Constance Moore, who plays 'lucky' Norma, who snares the rich ranger in a night of gambling). Virginia Dale dances with the pigeons (!) while Lillian Cornell does her high-pitched trilling as Mildred.
Best of all though is Bert Wheeler as Dale's husband and the comic of the act, who gets to sing 'Dolores', that song which rhymes Dolores with Doris, and generally be funny in the rest of the film. I read that he regarded the film as pretty poor, but that could be because it still required him to cavort about like a big kid when he was well into his forties. Still, it is always a pleasure to see him in a movie.
'Las Vegas Nights'/'The Gay City' doesn't get shown much and is rarely mentioned even in connection with Dorsey, but it worth a look if you get the chance.
Runtime: 2 hrs 23 mins
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts Synopsis: This true story of the life of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg includes versions of his best music and highlights of his personal life. Fantastic scenery of Norway!
Starring: Florence Henderson, Toralv Maurstad Director: Andrew L. Stone IMPORTED DVD - plays worldwide. MENU OPTION TO WATCH IT IN ORIGINAL ENGLISH WITHOUT SUBTITLES!
Released June, 1944
This film is a "Psychological drama" - not a musical at all, but Deanna does sing two of her best songs. Deanna really shows off her dramatic talents in this film!
Produced by: Felix Jackson Associate Producer: Frank Shaw Directed by: Robert Siodmak Assistant Director: William Holland Written for the Screen by: Herman J. Mankiewicz (based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham) "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year" Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser "Always" by Irving Berlin Music Score and Direction: H. J. Salter Vocal Coach: Andres de Segurola Art Direction: John B. Goodman, Robert Clatworthy Set Decorations: R. A. Gausman, E. R. Robinson Miss Durbin's Wardrobe by: Muriel King, Howard Greer Gowns: Vera West Sound Director: Bernard B. Brown Technician: Joe Lapis Director of Photography: Woody Bredell Special Photography by: John P. Fulton Film Editor: Ted Kent
Awards: Academy Award nomination for Best Score - Comedy or Drama
Cast: Deanna Durbin [Abigail Martin / Jackie Lamont], Gene Kelly [Robert Manette], Richard Whorf [Simon Fenimore], Dean Harens [Charles Mason], Gladys George [Valerie De Marude], Gale Sondergaard [Mrs. Manette], David Bruce [Gerald Tyler]
Musical Program: [0:02] The Caissons Go Rolling Along (played by Marching Band); [0:11] Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year (sung by Deanna Durbin at night club); [0:19] unidentified Church Hymns (sung by Church Choir); [0:22] Adeste Fideles (sung by Church Choir); [0:45] unidentified classical piece (played at concert by Orchestra); [0:51] Always (instrumental arrangement played by dance band at night club); [1:06] Always (sung by Deanna Durbin, Gene Kelly at the piano on-screen); [1:23] Always (reprised by Deanna Durbin at night club)
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Released August, 1932
The story of a romance between Princess Jeanette (Jeanette MacDonald) and Maurice the tailor (Maurice Chevalier). Good film with plenty of depth and visual style. One of the better musical films of the early 1930s.
Produced and Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian Screenplay: Waldemar Young, Samuel Hoffenstein and George Marion Jr. (based on the play "Tailor in the Chateau" by Leopold Marchand and Paul Armont) Music Director: Nathaniel Finston Music: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers Art Direction: Hans Dreier Set Decoration: A. E. Freudeman Costume Design: Edith Head, Travis Banton Sound: M. M. Paggi Cinematography: Victor Milner Film Editing: Rouben Mamoulian, William Shea
Cast: Maurice Chevalier [Maurice Courtelin], Jeanette MacDonald [Princess Jeanette], Charlie Ruggles [Vicomte Gilbert de Vareze], Charles Butterworth [Count de Savignac], Myrna Loy [Countess Valentine], C. Aubrey Smith [Duke d'Artelines], Elizabeth Patterson, Ethel Griffies, Blanche Frederici [Aunts], Joseph Cawthorn [Dr. Armand de Fontinac], Major Sam Harris [Bridge Player], Robert Greig [Major Domo Flammond], Ethel Wales [Madame Dutoit, Dressmaker], Marion Byron [Bakery Girl], Bert Roach [Emile], Tyler Brooke [Composer], Clarence Wilson [Shirtmaker], William H. Turner [Bootmaker], Tony Merlo [Hatmaker], Rolfe Sedan [Taxi Driver], Gordon Westcott [Collector], Gabby Hayes [Grocer], Mary Doran [Madame Dupont], George Davis [Pierre Dupont], Edgar Norton [Valet], Cecil Cunningham [Laundress], Herbert Mundin [Groom], Rita Owin [Chambermaid], George Humbert [Chef]
Musical Program: Song of Paree (Maurice Chevalier); Isn't It Romantic (Maurice Chevalier, Bert Roach, Rolfe Sedan, Tyler Brooke Mens Chorus and Jeanette MacDonald); Deer Hunter Ballet (instrumental); Lover (Jeanette MacDonald); Mimi (Maurice Chevalier; reprised by C. Aubrey Smith, Charlie Ruggles, Elizabeth Patterson, Ethel Griffies and Charles Butterworth); A Woman Needs Something Like That (Jeanette MacDonald and Joseph Cawthorn); Love Me Tonight (Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier); The Son-of-a-Gun Is Nothing But a Tailor (C. Aubrey Smith, Robert Greig, Cecil Cunningham, Marion Byron, Edgar Norton, Rita Owin and George Humbert); The Poor Apache (Maurice Chevalier); How Are You? (Maurice Chevalier); The Man for Me (The Letter Song) (?)
A very charming story set in pre-war Austria. Deanna Durbin plays a peasant girl who inadvertently ends up working in a bakery in Vienna. She falls in love with a Corporal (Bob Cummings) who is also a "genius" of a composer, but military rules forbid him from pursuing any occupation other than the duties assigned to him by his commanding officer. Deanna thinks that the Corporal should be allowed to publish his compositions, and she gets the baker (S. Z. Sakall) in hot water with the government when she sends a note to the emperor about the young man's talents. The film is filled with music and dancing, and could almost be classified as an operetta. Very pleasant to watch and a lot of fun!
CAST: Deanna Durbin Ilonka Tolnay Robert Cummings Harry Marten Mischa Auer The Peasant Henry Stephenson The Emperor S.Z. Sakall The Baker Butch and Buddy The Kids Walter Catlett Headwaiter Anne Gwynne Jenny Allyn Joslyn Count Zorndorf Peggy Moran Irene Reginald Denny Captain Franklin Pangborn Wiedelmeyer
Beverly Ross (Ann Miller) is a would-be radio personality, but the closest she gets to being on the air is running the switchboard at a local station. Worse yet, the blustery station owner Mr. Kennedy (Tim Ryan) wants no part of programming "jive" (i.e., swing music) that she loves, preferring the classics. But she manages to con Vernon Lewis (Franlin Pangborn), the host of the station's early morning classical show, into believing that he needs a vacation and slips into his time-slot at 5 am, where she starts running records by Bob Crosby's band, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Frank Sinatra in place of Beethoven and Mendelssohn. The soldiers at the local army base pick up on the new show, and two of them, wealthy candy company magnate Barry Lang (William Wright) and his former chauffeur Andy Adams (Dick Purcell, decide they want to meet this new disc jockey, and as luck would have it her brother (Larry Parks) is in their platoon and invites them to his home. But the two men decide to switch identities, Barry denying his wealth and pretending to be Andy, and Andy presenting himself as the candy heir Barry -- and as if matters aren't complicated enough for Beverly, coping with their antics, she has to fight to keep her radio show. But when the soldiers listening to her start writing in by the thousands, and Barry suggests she call her 5am show "Reveille," she takes it one step further and "Reveille With Beverly," and becomes a smash. But can she sort out the intertwining romantic overtures of the two men in her life?
Cast: Ann Miller, William Wright, Dick Purcell, Franklin Pangborn, Tim Ryan
In 1865, the cadets of a Russian Naval Academy ship have shore leave in Morocco; among them is (fictionalized) future composer 'Nicky' Rimsky-Korsakov. In search of a piano, Nicky and singing ship's doctor Klin meet a family of once-wealthy Spanish colonists...and their daughter Cara who secretly dances in a cabaret. Romantic complications ensue, but Nicky seems less interested in Cara's favors than in inspirations for his future masterpieces.
Yvone de Carlo - Brian Donlevy - Jean Pierre Aumont - Eve Arden - Philip Reed - John Qualen
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Biography of Stephen Foster. Songwriter from Pittsburgh falls in love with the South, marries a Southern gal (Leeds), then is accused of sympathizing when the Civil War breaks out.
All the beautiful songs of STEPHEN FOSTER!
with: DON AMECHE - ANDREA LEEDS - AL JOLSON
Starring: Dick Haymes, Vera-Ellen, Cesar Romero, Celeste Holm
Pepe Castro (Cesar Romero) and Luisa Molina (Vera-Ellen) return to Costa Rica from U.S. schools to find that their parents have arranged their marriage. Pepe has brought his new sweetheart Celeste (Celeste Holm) with him from the USA, but can't get a word in edgewise with his father. Then Luisa meets American coffee buyer Jeff Stephens (Dick Haymes) at the fiesta.
A country girl encounters hostility from her spoilt cousin when they are forced to live together. Comic mishaps ensue as the battling relatives try to find common ground, with countless cues for singing and dancing along the way. Adaptation of the stage musical, with Judy Canova, Bob Crosby and Susan Hayward Cast:
Judy Canova, Bob Crosby, Charles Butterworth, Jerry Colonna, Susan Hayward Credits:
Joseph Santley - Director
Fine musical remake of the 1937 French film "Pepe Le Moko" and its American counterpart, 1938's "Algiers." Criminal Pepe (Martin) is safe as long as he hides out in the Casbah--outside lurks patient policeman Slimmane (Lorre), who's determined to capture him. Of course, it's l'amour that trips Pepe up when he falls for tourist Gaby (Toren), who's leaving Algiers.
Wake Up and Dream was part of a concerted (and successful) effort to turn radio crooner Russ Columbo into a major movie star. The story is the old saw about a trio of vaudevillians, Paul (Columbo), Charley ( Roger Pryor) and Toby ( June Knight), who have a falling out when both Paul and Charley fall in love with Toby. The girl is indecisive, but she comes to the conclusion that Paul is the man for her. By this time, however, Paul is convinced that Toby is crazy about Charley, and he tries to bring the two of them together. Alas, by the time Wake Up and Dream was released in October of 1934, Russ Columbo was dead, the victim of an accidentally discharged rifle.
Collector to collector sale. Public domain work. Exchange for defective disc only. Plain all-region disc comes in paper sleeve. First class shipping.
DVD 1 - 1957 NEW YEAR'S PARTY AT THE WALDORF
DVD 2 - BIG BANDS - GUY LOMBARDO AND HIS ROYAL CANADIANS!
DVD 3 - BIO & CONCERT
3 GREAT SHOWS IN 3 DVDS!
The rage, at this time, was the twist. Louis Prima loved it so much that he made a movie called "Twist All Night." Co-starring with him was actress June Wilkeson. The twist was never the same. Louis Prima June Wilkinson Sam Butera Himself (as Sam Butera and the Witnesses) Gertrude Michael
DANCE OF LIFE - 1929
With Nancy Kelly,Hal Skelly Dorothy Revier,Ralph Theodore,Charles D. Brown.
A vaudeville comic and a pretty young dancer aren't having much luck in their separate careers, so they decide to combine their acts. In order to save money on the road, they get married. Soon their act begins to catch on, and they find themselves booked onto Broadway. They also realize that they actually are in love with each other, but just when things are starting to look up, the comic starts to let success go to his head.
This musical comedy stars Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross, Ray Milland, Benny Fields, Frank Forest and the orchestra of Benny Goodman (featuring Gene Krupa). Uncredited roles include Jack Mulhall.
Charismatic Polish opera singer Jan Kiepura made his Hollywood debut in Give Us This Night. His thick Slavic accent notwithstanding, Kiepura is cast as Italian fisherman Antonio.
In the habit of singing as he fishes, Antonio catches the attention of opera diva Maria (played by real-life operatic soprano Gladys Swarthout, in her second film appearance). Our hero ends up replacing Maria's burned-out leading man Forcellini (Alan Mowbray), leading to a series of duets and, naturally, romance.
The highlight of Give Us This Night is the climactic operatic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, composed by the legendary Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
CAST: Jan Kiepura - Antonio Gladys Swarthout - Maria Alan Mowbray - Forcellini Philip Merivale - Marcello Bonelli Ben Baker - Tomasso Michelette Burani - Francesca William Collier, Sr. - Priest Sidney Toler - Carabiniere John Miltern - Vincenti
Charles Boyer played his first major Hollywood role (and gets to sing in the bargain!) in the delightful musical romance Caravan. A beautiful Loretta Young stars as young Countess Wilms, who is forced to wed by midnight or lose her inheritance. She impulsively chooses gypsy vagabond Latzi (Boyer), offering him a huge sum of money if he'll consent. Swallowing his pride, Latzi agrees to the marriage, but soon the coy Countess falls in love with young Lieutenant Von Tokay (Philips Holmes) -- who is himself in love with Latzi's gypsy sweetheart Tinka (Jean Parker). Director Erik Charrell, famed for his European musical productions (notably Congress Dances), helms this Hollywood production.
CAST: Charles Boyer ... Latzi Loretta Young ... Countess Wilma Jean Parker ... Timka Phillips Holmes ... Lt. von Takay Louise Fazenda ... Miss Opitz Eugene Pallette ... Gypsy Chief C. Aubrey Smith ... Baron von Tokay Charley Grapewin ... Notary Noah Beery ... Innkeeper Dudley Digges ... Administrator Billy Bevan ... Police Sergeant
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This is a rare dvd of the feature film The Phantom President from 1932 starring George M Cohen, Claudette Colbert and Jimmy Durante.
Synopsis: In Edwardian London, music-hall star Harriet Green (played by the multi-talented Jessie Matthews) performs to adoring audiences. Then, just as she is about to marry her aristocratic fiancé, her former lover appears, threatening to unleash a public scandal that could ruin her: she already has an illegitimate daughter by him. Harriet flees abroad, leaving her daughter, also called Harriet, in the care of her dresser.
When, years later, the younger Harriet attends an audition for a musical - intent on pursuing her own stage career - a young publicity agent, Tommy, believes he has hit upon the perfect idea for a stage act, based upon Harriet's remarkable resemblance to her mother...
Evergreen was a major success for Jessie Matthews, one of British cinema's best-loved stars. Also starring Matthews' husband Sonnie Hale and silent-screen star Betty Balfour (known as 'the British Mary Pickford'), this charming musical comedy - featuring music by Rogers and Hart and outstanding choreography by Buddy Bradley - was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
The story of a music-hall star who was blackmailed into retirement, and the 1934 success of the daughter who exploited her fame.
Starring Richard Arlen, Jean Arthur, Mischa Auer, Clara Bow, Mary Brian, Clive Brook, Virginia Bruce, Nancy Carroll, Ruth Chatterton, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Cooper, Cecil Cunningham, Leon Errol, Stuart Erwin, Kay Francis, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Phillips Holmes, Fredric March, Jack Oakie, Warner Oland, Eugene Pallette, William Powell, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Fay Wray Directed by Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, Edmund Goulding, Victor Heerman, Edwin H. Knopf, Rowland V. Lee, Ernst Lubitsch, Lothar Mendes, Victor Schertzinger, A. Edward Sutherland, Frank Tuttle
Print: black/white & color Runtime: 77 min. Genre: musical
Considered the best of the all-star 'studio' musicals of 1929 and 1930, Paramount on Parade utilized the talents of practically everyone on the Paramount Pictures payroll. Under the supervision of British musical-comedy favorite Elsie Janis, 11 top directors contributed to the project: Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, Edmund Goulding, Victor Heerman, Edwin H. Knopf, Rowland V. Lee, Ernst Lubitsch, Lothar Mendes, Victor Schertzinger, Edward Sutherland and Frank Tuttle. Introduced by masters of ceremonies Jack Oakie, Skeets Gallegher and Leon Errol, the film is a vaudeville-like maelstrom of musical duets, comedy sketches, occasional dramatic interludes, and spectacular production numbers. To mention all the highlights would take a book in itself but among them are Nancy Carroll's rendition of 'Dancing to Save Your Sole' (performed inside a giant shoe!); Maurice Chevalier (and chorus) soaring heavenward in 'Sweeping the Clouds Away' ; child actress Mitzi Green's dead-on impersonations of Chevalier, George Arliss, Moran &sMack and Helen 'Boop-a-doop' Kane; Ernst Lubitsch's witty staging of an Apache dance in the style of a polite boudoir farce, with Chevalier (again) and Evelyn Brent; Clara Bow's saucy 'I'm True to the Navy Now' ; the wish-fulfillment sketch 'Impulses,' in which George Bancroft and Kay Francis delightedly upset a dinner party by saying what's really on their minds; and best of all, 'Murder Will Out,' a murder-mystery parody wherein Fu Manchu (Warner Oland) bumps off Sherlock Holmes (Clive Brook) and Philo Vance (William Powell) when they refuse to give him proper credit for his killing of Jack Oakie.
Produced from 1941 through 1947 to be shown in coin-operated 16mm rear projection machines, "Soundies" presented a diversity of musical subjects and styles.
Soundies were produced by various companies such as Minoco and RCM Productions, headed by FDR's son James Roosevelt, Sam Coslow a song writer and Herbert Mills, a pioneer in the development of arcade music machines.
In order to achieve the widest possible distribution, soundies covered the gamut of musical styles from country and western to Russian balalaika music, tenors singing Irish folksongs, the big band swing music of Stan Kenton and Tommy Dorsey and jazz Greats, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole.
A Soundie reel sometimes included cheesecake segments--striptease, burlesque routines or shots of women in bathing suits--specifically intended to attract wartime military personnel on leave. Appeals for war bonds and other patriotic messages ("We're All Americans", "When Hitler Kicks the Bucket", "The White Cliffs of Dover") were included. Soundies often starred little known performers who later became famous, such as Alan Ladd, Cyd Charisse, Doris Day and Ricardo Montalban, as well as performers on their way down. Many African-American performers like Dorothy Dandridge, Louis Armstrong and Stepin Fetchit who were largely absent from mainstream films except in minor roles, were featured.
HERE ARE 9 DVDS(AROUND 2 HOURS EACH) FULL OF WONDERFUL SOUNDIES SEGMENTS, HUNDREDS OF MUSICAL FILM SEGMENTS FROM THE FABULOUS 40'S!
Region free DVDS - plays worldwide!
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A CAST OF THOUSANDS: FORGOTTEN CLASSIC MUSICALS COLLECTION: 39.00 - 50 MOVIES
1947 Fabulous Dorseys - The Tommy Dorsey Jimmy Dorsey Paul Whiteman **** 1947 Calendar Girl - Jane Frazee William Marshall Victor McLaglen **** 1941 Sunny - Anna Neagle Ray Bolger Edward Everett Horton **** 1944 Swing Hostess - Martha Tilton Iris Adrian Charles Collins **** 1930 Dixiana - Bebe Daniels Bert Wheeler Robert Wolsey **** 1934 Palooka - Jimmy Durante Lupe Velez Stuart Erwin **** 1929 Glorifying the American Girl - Eddie Cantor Rudy Vallee Noah Beery Jr. **** 1933 Check and Double Check - Duke Ellington Freeman F Gosden Charles J Correll **** 1939 Paradise in Harlem - Mamie Smith Frank L Wilson Norman Astwood **** 1946 Duke is Tops - Lena Horne Ralph Cooper Laurence Criney **** 1947 Reet, Petite and Gone - Louis Jordan June Richmond Milton Wood **** 1948 Killer Diller - Nat King Cole Johnny Miller Oscar Moore **** 1945 Delightfully Dangerous - Jane Powell Ralph Bellamy Arthur Treacher **** 1942 Private Buckaroo - Andrews Sisters Shemp Howard Donald O'Connor **** 1943 Stage Door Canteen - Kenny Baker Tallulah Bankhead Edgar Bergen **** 1943 Career Girl - Frances Langford Edward Norris Iris Adrian **** 1941 Second Chorus - Fred Astaire Paulette Goddard Artie Shaw **** 1944 Trocadero - Rosemary Lane Johnny Downs Ralph Morgan **** 1946 People Are Funny - Jack Haley Rudy Valee Art Linkletter **** 1946 Doll Face - Dennis O'Keefe Perry Como Vivian Blaine **** 1929 Great Gabbo, The Eric Von Stroheim Betty Compson Donald Douglas **** 1936 Dancing Pirate, The Frank Morgan Charles Collins Steffi Duna **** 1941 Road Show Adolph Menjou Carole Landis John Hubbard **** 1943 Hi Diddle Diddle Adolphe Menjou Martha Scott Dennis O'Keefe **** 1956 Rock, Rock, Rock Tuesday Weld Chuck Berry Valerie Harper **** 1934 King Kelly of the USA Edgar Kennedy Guy Robertson Irene Ware **** 1955 Rock N' Roll Revue Duke Ellington Nat King Cole Lionel Hampton **** 1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue Nat King Cole Sarah Vaughn Count Basie **** 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By Judy Garland Frank Sinatra Dinah Shore **** 1941 All-American Co-Ed Johnny Downs Frances Langford Noah Beery Jr. **** 1947 Hi Di Ho Cab Calloway Ida James Jeni Le Gon **** 1946 Breakfast in Hollywood Bonita Granville Beulah Bondi Zasu Pitts **** Soundies Festival Ethel Waters Eddy Green Dusty Fletcher **** Soundies Cavalcade Lena Horne Teddy Wilson Dusty Fletcher **** 1930 Reaching For The Moon Douglas Fairbanks Bebe Daniels Edward Everett Horton **** 1951 Mr Imperium Lana Turner Ezio Pinza Debbie Reynolds **** 1951 Royal Wedding Fred Astaire Jane Powell Peter Lawford **** 1957 Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Van Johnson Jim Backus Claude Rains **** 1962 Wild Guitar Arch Hall Jr. Nancy Czar Arch Hall Sr.**** 1941 Murder With Music Nellie Hill Alston Bob Dillard **** 1952 Jack And The Beanstalk Bud Abbott Lou Costello Buddy Baer **** 1946 Road To Hollywood, The Bing Crosby Bud Pollard Marion Sayers **** 1936 Big Show, The Gene Autry Smiley Burnette Kay Hughes **** 1962 Black Tights Cyd Charisse Maurice Chevalier Moira Shearer **** 1941 Fiesta Anne Ayars Jorge Negrete Armida **** 1941 Let's Go Collegiate Gale Storm Frankie Darro Marcia Mae Jones **** 1940 Up in the Air Frankie Darro Marjorie Reynolds Mantan Moreland **** 1944 Minstrel Man Gladys George Benny Fields Alan Dinehart **** 1937 Rhythm in the Clouds Patricia Ellis Warren Hull William Newell **** 1936 Sitting on the Moon Grace Bradley Roger Pryor William Newell ****
Here is another rare gem, this time from Republic Pictures, Atlantic City 1944. Lots of great musical numbers. It basically tells the story of how Atlantic City became what it is today. A must for all film collectors. It features Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra; Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra; Jerry Colonna and quite a few other great early acts.
WITH: CONSTANCE MOORE, BRAD TAYLOR, JERRY COLONNA, CHARLEY GRAPEWIN, DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, PAUL WHITEMAN!
Synopsis: In 1915, Atlantic City is a sleepy seaside resort, but Brad Taylor, son of a small hotel and vaudeville house proprietor, has big plans: he thinks it can be "the playground of the world." Brad's wheeling and dealing proves remarkably successful in attracting big enterprises and big shows, but brings him little success in personal relationships.
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GLORIA JEAN COLLECTION - 8 COMPLETE UNCUT CLASSIC MOVIES!
1 - GET HEP TO LOVE 1942 GLORIA JEAN, DONALD O'CONNOR, JANE FRAZEE, ROBERT PAIGE, PEGGY RYAN, CORA SUE COLLINS, NANA BRYANT, IRVING BACON.
2 - RIVER GANG 1944 (DVD) GLORIA JEAN, JOHN QUALEN SHELDON LEONARD, GUS SCHILLING, VINCE BARNETT.
3 - A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN 1940 (DVD) GLORIA JEAN, ROBERT STACK, HUGH HERBERT, C. AUBREY SMITH, STUART ERWIN, NAN GREY, EUGENE PALLETTE, BILLY GILBERT, NANA BRYANT.
4 - MANHATTAN ANGEL 1948 (DVD) GLORIA JEAN, ROSS FORD, PATRICIA BARRY, THURSTON HALL, BENNY BAKER, RUSSELL HICKS, FAY BAKER, JIMMY LLOYD.
5 - EASY TO LOOK AT 1945 (DVD) GLORIA JEAN, KIRBY GRANT, J. EDWARD BROMBERG, ERIC BLORE, LEON BELASCO, MAURICE CASS, DELTA RHYTHM BOYS, THE LYTTLE SISTERS.
6 - DESTINY 1944 (DVD) GLORIA JEAN, ALAN CURTIS, FRANK CRAVEN, GRACE MCDONALD, VIVIAN AUSTIN, MINNA GOMBELL, FRANK FENTON.
7 - MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT 1943 (DVD) GLORIA JEAN, RAY MALONE, GEORGE DOLENZ, FAY HELM, VIVIAN AUSTIN, VIRGINIA BRISSAC, RUTH LEE, RUSSELL SIMPSON.
8 - PARDON MY RHYTHM 1944 (DVD) GLORIA JEAN, PATRIC KNOWLES, EVELYN ANKERS, MARJORIE WEAVER, WALTER CATLETT, MEL TORME, BOB CROSBY.
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RUSS COLUMBO COLLECTION: 4 MOVIES PLUS SHORTS
BROADWAY THROUGH A KEYHOLE(1933) - RUSS COLUMBO WAKE UP AND DREAM - RUSS COLUMBO THAT GOES DOUBLE - SHORT - RUSS COLUMBO MOULIN ROUGE (1934) - RUSS COLUMBO DYNAMITE - RUSS COLUMBO
THESE MOVIES ARE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN!
THERE ARE NO CASES AND NO ARTWORK. THIS IS NOT A RETAIL DVD SET AS ONE FOR THIS RARE OLD MOVIES JUST DOES NOT EXIST. THESE COME ON PLAIN DISCS IN PLAIN SLEEVES. ALL DISCS ARE DVD-R FORMAT.
QUALITY AVERAGES A 7.5 TO 8 OF 10.
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Alan Freed was the top DJ, back in the 50's and 60's. Competing with the American Bandstand, Freed brought in all the top Rock n Roll artists and produced a TV show that spanned 2 decades. I have compiled a 6 DVD set of artists who entertained on the Alan Freed Show. These DVD's have a INTERACTIVE MENU and SCENE SELECTION and the quality of these performances are 9.0 out of 10. Remember, these videos are over 50 years old. These DVD's are shipped in protective sleeves. No illustrations. Here is the list of performances on each DVD:
1. FIVE SATINS- In The Still Of The Night
2. JERRY LEE LEWIS Great Balls Of Fire 3. FIVE KEYS-My Saddest Hour
4. SANDY STEWART-Heavenly Father
5. PLATTERS-He's Mine
6. BOBBY HELMS-My Special Angel
7. CLOVERS-Fool Fool Fool
8. BROOK BENTON-Just A Matter Of Time
9. CRESTS -Trouble In Paradise
10. JACKIE WILSON-Night
11. DELLS- Oh What A Night
12. CHUBBY CHECKER-The Twist/Let's Twist Again
13. FRANKIE LYMON & THE TEENAGERS -I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent
14. BOBBY DAY -Rockin' Robin
15. GAR U.S. BONDS/JIVE 5-Seven Day Weekend
16. CHUCK BERRY Oh Baby Doll
17. LARKS-Without A Song
18. DION -Runaround Sue
19. FIVE STARS -Juanita
20. DRIFTERS-Saturday Night At The Movies
1. PLATTERS-Remember When
2. JACKIE WILSON-Lonely Teardrops
3. FLAMINGOS-Jump Children
4. PAUL ANKA-Lonely Boy
5. MOONGLOWS-I Knew From The Start
6. RUTH BROWN-Oh What A Dream
7. CLOVERS-Little Mama
8. HARVEY FUQUA-Don't Be Afraid To Love
9. CATS & THE FIDDLE-Chillin'
10. LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS-Tears On My Pillow
11. JAY & THE AMERICANS-Cara Mia
12. SAM COOKE-Sentimental Reasons
13. CRESTS-Six Nights A Week
14. CHUCK BERRY-You Can't Catch Me
16. JACKIE WILSON-I'm Coming Back To You
17. DANNY & THE JUNIORS-R&R Is Here To Stay
18. JOE TURNER-Shake, Rattle & Roll
19. FRANKIE LYMON & TEENAGERS-Baby Baby
20. MANHATTAN TRANSFER-Heart's Desire
Disc 3 :
1. FRANKIE LYMON & TEENAGERS-Love Put Me Out Of My Head
2. RUTH BROWN-Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
3. MOONGLOWS-Barcelona Rock
4. SAM COOKE-You Send Me
5. CLOVERS-Miss Penny
6. CLYDE McPHATTER-Rock & Cry
7. PLATTERS-Only You
8. EVERLY BROTHERS-Cathy's Clown
9. TITANS-Rhythm N' Blues
10. AMOS MILBURN-Bad Bad Whiskey
11. DANNY & THE JUNIORS-At The Hop
12. JOE TURNER-Oke She Moke She Bob
13. FIVE STARS-Your Love Is All I Need 14. BIG BOPPER-Chantilly Lace
15. DOVELS-Bristol Stomp
Disc 4 :
1. MELLOW KINGS-Tonight Tonight
2. JAN & DEAN-Baby Talk
3. PLATTERS-Great Pretender
4. FIVE KEYS-Dream On
5. DION-The Wanderer
6. CRESTS-Step By Step
7. FATS DOMINO-Blueberry Hill
8. LITTLE RICHARD-Lucille
9. BUDDY HOLLY & CRICKETS-Peggy Sue
10. TITANS-So Hard To Laugh
11. DEL VIKINGS-Jitterbug Mary
12. INK SPOTS-In A Shanty
13. JACKIE WILSON-That's Why I Love You So
14. DIAMONDS-Little Darlin'
15. DUPREES-You Belong To Me
16. FRANKIE LYMON & TEENAGERS-Why Do Fools Fall In Love
17. DION-Somebody Nobody Wants
18. JOEY DEE & THE STARLIGHTERS-Peppermint Twist
19. JAY & THE AMERICANS-Let's Lock The Door
20. EVERLY BROTHERS-Walk Right Back
Disc 5 :
1. FRANKIE LYMON & TEENAGERS-Fortunate Fellow
2. ROY HAMILTON-The Secret path To Love
3. MOONGLOWS-Over & Over Again
4. ROYAL TEENS-Short Shorts
5. FIVE STARS-Polly Molly
6. FLAMINGOS-Would I Be Crying
7. CHUCK BERRY Memphis
8. DION & THE BELMONTS-Teenager In Love
9. SAM COOKE-Ain't That Good News
10. MARCELS-Merry Twistmas
11. JOANN CAMPBELL-Mama Can I Go Out Tonight
12. SILHOUETTES-Get A Job
13. LAVERNE BAKER-Humpty Dumpty Heart
14. DOVELS-Do The New Continental
15. BO DIDDLEY-Bo Diddley
16. INK SPOTS-If I Didn't Care
17. BUDDY HOLLY & CRICKETS-That'll Be The Day
18. GENE CHANDLER-Duke Of Earl
19. MANHATTAN TRANSFER-Gloria
20. CADILLACS-Jay Walker
Disc 6 :
1. DEKE WATSON-Just In Case You Change Your Mind
2. JIMMY RODGERS-Honeycomb 3. SPARKLETONES-Black Slacks
4. PAUL ANKA-Diana
5. CONNIE FRANCIS-Meet Me In St. Louis
6. ROY ORBISON-Pretty Woman
7. BILL HALEY & COMETS-Crazy Man Crazy
8. CREW CUTS-Crazy About You
9. EDD 'KOOKIE' BYRNES-Kookie Lend Me Your Comb
10. CRESTS-A Year Ago Today
12. CONNIE STEVENS- Seventeen Reasons
13. BILL HALEY & COMETS-Straight Jacket
14. CONNIE FRANCIS-After You've Gone
15. PLATTERS-Wish It Were Me
16. ANGELS-My Boyfriend's Back
17. LAVERNE BAKER-Twidlee Dee
19. JIMMY RODGERS-Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
20. PAUL ANKA-Put Your Head On My Shoulder 21. BOBBY DARIN-Mack The Knife
A notorious gambler who is short of money want his daughter to marry a British young man, who has plenty of money. At first she obeys, but then she falls in love to a poor, young American.
Director: Aubrey Scotto
Stars: Frances Langford, Guy Standing, Ernest Cossart
COLLEGE RHYTHM 1934 (DVD) Feature film debut of radio persosnalities JOE PENNER, JACK OAKIE, LYDA ROBERTI, LANNY ROSS. Directed by Norman Taurog
Stage Door Canteen (1943)
"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war. Dakota meets a pretty young hostess, Eileen, and they enjoy the many entertainers and a growing romance. Judith Anderson Henry Armetta Kenny Baker (featured performer+) Tallulah Bankhead Ralph Bellamy Jack Benny Edgar Bergen (with Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd) (featured performer+) Ray Bolger (featured performer+) Helen Broderick Ina Claire Katharine Cornell (featured performer - her only film appearance++) Lloyd Corrigan Jane Darwell William Demarest Gracie Fields (featured performer+) Arlene Francis Virginia Grey Helen Hayes Katharine Hepburn (featured performer; Hepburn's only co-starring effort in a musical, even though she doesn't sing++) Hugh Herbert Jean Hersholt Sam Jaffe Allen Jenkins George Jessel (featured performer+) Otto Kruger Gertrude Lawrence Gypsy Rose Lee (featured performer+) Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne Bert Lytell Aline MacMahon Harpo Marx Elsa Maxwell Helen Menken Yehudi Menuhin (featured performer+) Ethel Merman (featured performer+) Peggy Moran Alan Mowbray Paul Muni Merle Oberon Franklin Pangborn Brock Pemberton George Raft Selena Royle (featured performer++) Lanny Ross Martha Scott Cornelia Otis Skinner Ned Sparks Bill Stern Ethel Waters (featured performer+) Johnny Weissmuller Dame May Whitty Ed Wynn (featured performer+) Orchestras: (all featured performers) Count Basie (with Ethel Waters as featured vocalist+) Xavier Cugat (with Lina Romay as featured vocalist+) Benny Goodman (with Peggy Lee as featured vocalist+) Kay Kyser + Guy Lombardo + Freddy Martin +
Rhythm and Blues Revue (1955) Directed by Joseph Kohn and Leonard Reed
Cast: Willie Bryant .... Freddie Robinson Lionel Hampton .... Count Basie Faye Adams .... Bill Bailey Herb Jeffries .... Amos Milburn Sarah Vaughan .... Nipsey Russell Big Joe Turner .... Martha Davis Little Buck .... Nat 'King' Cole Mantan Moreland .... Cab Calloway Ruth Brown
This is a collection of exciting R&B performances from the mid 1950's, filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City. Every performance is a gem. The genial host, Willie Bryant, keeps things moving and the lowbrow comedy from Nipsey Russell and Mantan Moreland helps create a wonderful "revue" feel for the show.
Basin Street Revue (1956) Directed by Joseph Kohn and Leonard Reed
More R&B performances from the mid 1950's, filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City.
Maurice Rocco, Bob Howard, Noble Sissle, Artie Young, Frances Grey, Doris Ake, Avanel and Mildred and Bow.
This RARE 1935 musical-comedy B&W sound movie dvd release is titled... FOLIES BERGERE
aka Folies Bergère de Paris
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Maurice Chevalier Triumphs in a Duo Role!
An entertainer impersonates a look-alike banker, causing comic confusion for both wife and girlfriend.
This is the kind of movie musical that typifies the 1930s: mistaken identity, comical character actors, lavish sets, and production numbers in the Busby Berkeley manner. Starring Maurice Chevalier, it offers the legendary French entertainer the opportunity to play two separate characters that bear a close resemblance to one another, one being a music hall headliner with a clean-cut image whose trademark is his straw hat (like Chevalier), while the other sports a mustache, monacle and a touch of gray hair along his temple. Chevalier even gets to perform opposite two leading ladies, one his theatrical partner, the other, his wife. FOLIES BERGERE goes on record as Chevalier's last Hollywood musical for two decades, closing the chapter to this era in his career. Quite popular since his Hollywood debut in 1929, Chevalier returned to Europe where he occasionally appeared in movies abroad before beginning a new chapter in his career in 1957 when he returned to Hollywood once again where he would remain for another decade.
A gem of a movie with a bright score, interesting story, grand scale production numbers and Chevalier's masquerade as the Baron with a definite comedic flair!
OSCAR WINNER for Best Dance Direction - Dave Gould for "Straw Hat"
CAST: Maurice Chevalier - Eugene Charlier Ann Sothern - Mimi Merle Oberon - Baroness Genevieve Cassini Eric Blore - Francois Ferdinand Munier - Morizet Walter Byron - Rene Lumsden Hare - Gustave Ferdinand Gottschalk - Perishot Halliwell Hobbes - Paulet Georges Renavent - Premier Philip Dare - Victor Frank McGlynn, Sr. - Joseph Barbara Leonard - Josephine Olin Howland - Stage Manager
Porgy (Sidney Poitier) is a crippled man living in the shantytown of Catfish Row who has fallen in love with Bess (Dorothy Dandridge), a beautiful but troubled woman addicted to drugs. Bess is already being courted by several men, including Crown (Brock Peters), a muscular laborer, and Sportin' Life (Sammy Davis, Jr.), a sharp-suited hipster who deals narcotics. Life in search of the bright lights of New York City. Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, Ivan Dixon, and Clarence Muse also highlight the cast; Robert McFerrin provided the singing voice of Porgy, and Adele Addison dubbed in Bess' musical numbers. Starring: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis, Jr.
This RARE and entertaining 1943 wartime musical-comedy B&W movie dvd release is titled... HI'YA SAILOR
Director: Jean Yarbrough
Donald Woods plays Bob Jackson, a song-writing sailor who is taken to the cleaners by a crooked song-publishing racket. Left in the cold, Bob and his buddies make the rounds of the legit publishers in hopes of making a sale. Along the way, he falls in love with perky Pat Roger (Elyse Knox). The plotline is merely a thread to tie together such musical guest stars as bandleaders Ray Eberle and Wingy Manone, The Delta Rhythm Boys, the Lou Diamond Quartet, Mayria Chaney and her Dance Trio and the Nilsson Sisters. It's full of great 40's big band - swing - jazz music and song!
CAST: Donald Woods - Bob Jackson Elyse Knox - Pat Rogers Eddie Quillan - Corky Mills Frank Jenks - Deadpan Weaver Phyllis Brooks - Nanette Jerome Cowan - Lou Asher Matt Willis - Bull Rogan Florence Lake - Secretary Charles Coleman - Doorman Mantan Moreland - Sam Jack Mulhall - Police Lieutenant
PLUS: Ray Eberle & Orchestra The Delta Rhythm Boys George Beatty Hacker Duo Nilsson Sisters Leo Diamond Quintet Wingy Manone & Orchestra
This high quality DVD is "All Region" so it will play Anywhere in the USA and the World!
Director: Lothar Mendes
Runtime: 85 minutes
Shortly before his desultory political career, famed Polish concert pianist Jan Paderewski starred as himself in the British romantic drama Moonlight Sonata. The bulk of the film is set in Sweden, where Eric Molander (Charles Farrell) professes his love for beautiful young baroness Lindenborg (Marie Tempest). Nearby, a plane carrying Paderewski and several other passengers is forced to land due to bad weather. The travelers take refuge on Lindenborg's estate; one of them, worldly Mario de la Costa (Eric Portman), sweeps Lindenborg off her feet. With Paderewski's implicit assistance, Molander proves that de la Costa is a fortune hunter, paving the way for a fade-out clinch for the hero and heroine.
In addition to the title song, we are treated to such Paderewski "standards" as Chopin's Polonaise and the pianist's own composition Minuet in G Major.
CAST: Ignace Jan Paderewski - Himself Charles Farrell - Eric Molander Marie Tempest - Baroness Lindenborg Barbara Greene - Ingrid Eric Portman - Mario de la Costa Graham Browne - Dr. Broman Queenie Leonard - Margit, His Niece Lawrence Hanray - Bishop J. Fisher White - Club Member H.G. Stoker - Club Member Bryan Powley - Nils the Butler Sybil Brooke - Anna the Housekeeper Binkie Stuart - Child
This high quality DVD is "All Region" so it will play Anywhere in the USA and the World!
his RARE and entertaining 1938 musical-comedy B&W movie dvd release is titled... ROMANCE IN THE DARK
Director: H.C. Potter
Runtime: 78 minutes
Herman Bahr's German play The Yellow Nightingale from 1907 became this popular operetta delight. Gladys Swarthout, formerly of the Met, stars as Ilona Boros, a peasant girl with a magnificent voice who becomes a pawn in the rivalry between opera tenor Tony Kovach (John Boles) and his business manager Zoltan Jason (John Barrymore). Both men are infatuated with the beautiful, but cold, Countess Foldessy (Claire Dodd), and Tony plans to make Ilona a star so that Jason will be attracted to her instead. The scheme backfires, of course, and soon both men are fighting over Ilona, the outraged countess left to instead pursue Jason's butler, Von Hemisch (Curt Bois).
In between the comedy, Swarthout, Boles, and company perform such well-known selections as "Because," from the opera Jocelyn; "Habanera," from Carmen; "La Ci Darem la Nano," from Don Giovanni; and Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin's "Tonight We Love."
CAST: Gladys Swarthout - Ilona Boros John Boles - Antal Kovach John Barrymore - Zolton Jason Claire Dodd - Countess Monica Foldessy Fritz Feld - Fritz Curt Bois - Von Hemisch Carlos de Valdez - Ballot Torben Meyer - Prof. Jacobsen Ferdinand Gottschalk - Pianist Margaret Randall - Kovach's Maid Esther Muir - Prima Donna Eddy Conrad - Barber Lois Verner - Fat Girl Singer Otto Hoffman - Stage Doorman Fortunio Bonanova - Tenor
This high quality DVD is "All Region" so it will play Anywhere in the USA and around the world!
Several of Hollywood's brightest stars make cameo appearances in this very entertaining comedy set in "Duffy's Tavern," a favorite watering hole from old time radio shows. The trouble begins when the neighborhood bar is in danger of closing. The trouble begins when the proprietor, Archie, discovers that one of his regulars, Michael O'Malley, owner of a record company is going broke. This means that many veterans will soon be unemployed and therefore, unable to pay their tab at the tavern. Archie immediately begins recruiting famous stars to donate their services and help. They do, the record company is saved and so is the tavern.
CAST: Bing Crosby - Himself Betty Hutton - Herself Paulette Goddard - Herself Alan Ladd - Himself Dorothy Lamour - Herself Eddie Bracken - Guest Brian Donlevy - Himself Sonny Tufts - Himself Veronica Lake - Guest Arturo de Cordova - Himself Barry Fitzgerald - Bing Crosby's father Cass Daley - Herself Diana Lynn - Guest Victor Moore - Michael O'Malley Marjorie Reynolds - Peggy O'Malley Barry Sullivan - Danny Murphy Ed Gardner - Archie Charles Cantor - Finnegan Eddie Green - Eddie the waiter Ann Thomas - Miss Duffy Robert Benchley - Himself William Demarest - Himself Howard Da Silva - Heavy Billy De Wolfe - Doctor Walter Abel - Director Gary Crosby - Himself Phillip Crosby - Himself Dennis Crosby - Himself Jerry Maren - Midget Helen Walker - Herself James Brown - Himself Barney Dean - Himself Frank Faylen - Customer Jean Heather - Herself William Bendix - Guest Joan Caulfield - Guest Gail Russell - Guest Maurice Rocco - Himself
Ed Gardner, creator and star of popular radio show Duffy's Tavern took the act to the silver screen at the end of World War II with an all star cast in support.
A young British woman, tricked into believing she was used during a whirlwind romance, marries a gentle widowed Italian opera star, whose songs she and her first love shared. A chance to hear Gigli! London Film Productions Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Beniamino Gigli, Joan Gardner, Ivan Brandt.
The final installment of the hit series stars W.C. Fields as an ocean liner owner who pits his ship (S.S. Gigantic) against another vessel (S.S. Colossal) in a high-speed, trans-Atlantic race. While on the journey, a host of musical and comedy stars do their acts, including Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour, Kirsten Flagstad, and Bob Hope (his first feature film), who sings his signature tune, the Oscar-winning "Thanks for the Memory."
Produced by: Harlan Thompson Directed by: Mitchell Leisen Screen Play by: Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin and Ken Englund Based on an adaptation by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse Of a story by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan Music and Lyrics by: Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin Musical Direction: Boris Morros Musical Adviser: Arthur Franklin Dances Staged by: LeRoy Prinz Art Direction by: Hans Dreier and Ernst Fegté Interior Decoration: A. E. Freudeman Costumes: Edith Head Sound Recording: Gene Merritt, Don Johnson and Charles Althouse Photographed by: Harry Fischbeck Special Photographic Effects by: Gordon Jennings Cartoon Sequence: Leon Schlesinger Edited by: Eda Warren and Chandler House
Awards: Academy Award Won Best Song Academy Award for 1938 ("Thanks for the Memory")
Cast: W. C. Fields [T. Frothingill Bellows / S. B. Bellows], Martha Raye [Martha Bellows], Dorothy Lamour [Dorothy Wyndham], Shirley Ross [Cleo Fielding], Lynne Overman [Scoop McPhail], Bob Hope [Buzz Fielding], Ben Blue [Mike], Leif Erickson [Bob Hayes], Patricia Wilder [Honey Chile], Grace Bradley [Grace Fielding], Rufe Davis [Turnkey], Lionel Pape [Lord Droopy], Dorothy Howe (aka Virginia Vale) [Joan Fielding], Russell Hicks [Captain Stafford], Kirsten Flagstad of the Metropolitan Opera Company, Wilfred Pelletier Conductor, Tito Guizar, Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra [Specialties]
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Cast: Virginia Bruce, Tito Guizar, Robert Livingston, Edward Everett Horton, Veloz and Yolanda Director: Joseph Santley Rating: NR Running Time: 91 min. Synopsis: Brazil is perhaps the best of the handful of American films made by Mexican singing sensation Tito Guizar. In typical screwball-comedy fashion, the plot is set in motion by authoress Nicky Henderson (Virginia Bruce), who has hit the best-seller charts with her latest tome, Why Marry a Latin? While researching her next book in Rio De Janeiro, she finds out "why" when she meets handsome songwriter Miguel Soares (Guizar). Upon learning about Nicky's book, Miguel decides to teach her a few lessons in affairs of the heart. Edward Everett Horton is also on hand, twittering his way through the role of a well-meaning buttinsky. Thanks to the "Good Neighbor" policy of the 1940s, South American musicals were a glut on the market, but Brazil was good enough on its own merits to pay its way at the box office.
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IF I HAD MY WAY DVD BING CROSBY GLORIA JEAN 1940
A construction worker becomes the guardian of a 12-year old girl after one of his buddies is killed. She and he head to New York to look for her uncle, a vaudevillian. With the help of a good pal, they soon find the uncle. The three searchers encounter trouble when the pal uses all their money to buy a ramshackle restaurant. Fortunately, the construction worker saves them by turning the dump into a red hot night spot. Songs include: "I Haven't The Time To Be A Millionaire", "Meet The Sun Halfway", "April Played The Fiddle", "The Pessimistic Character (With The Crab Apple Face)", "If I Had My Way", "Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider", and "Rings On My Fingers".
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TITO GUIZAR AMERICAN MOVIES COLLECTION:
1 - THE GAY RANCHERO - ROY ROGERS, TITO GUIZAR, ESTELITA RODRIGUEZ
2 - BRAZIL - (AKA: STARS AND GUITARS) - 1944 - VIRGINIA BRUCE, TITO GUIZAR, JAMES E. HORTON
3 - ON THE OLD SPANISH TRAIL - ROY ROGERS, TITO GUIZAR
4 - BLONDIE GOES LATIN - 1941 - TITO GUIZAR
5 - THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938 - TITO GUIZAR - W.C. FIELDS, DOROTHY LAMOUR
6 - ST. LOUIS BLUES - (AKA:BEST OF THE BLUES) - DOROTHY LAMOUR, TITO GUIZAR, LLOYD NOLAN
7 - TROPIC HOLIDAY-1938 - TITO GUIZAR / DOROTY LAMOUR / RAY MILLAND
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THE GREAT VICTOR HERBERT 1939 (DVD) ALLAN JONES, MARY MARTIN, WALTER CONNOLLY, LEE BOWMAN, SUSANNA FOSTER, JUDITH BARRETT, JEROME COWAN, PIERRE WATKIN, JOHN GARRICK, RICHARD TUCKER.
MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT 1943 (DVD) GLORIA JEAN, RAY MALONE, GEORGE DOLENZ, FAY HELM, VIVIAN AUSTIN, VIRGINIA BRISSAC, RUTH LEE, RUSSELL SIMPSON.
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A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN 1940 (DVD) GLORIA JEAN, ROBERT STACK, HUGH HERBERT, C. AUBREY SMITH, STUART ERWIN, NAN GREY, EUGENE PALLETTE, BILLY GILBERT, NANA BRYANT.
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RIVER GANG 1944 (DVD) GLORIA JEAN, JOHN QUALEN, SHELDON LEONARD, GUS SCHILLING, VINCE BARNETT.
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Young society man John Cromwell is summering at the fashionable resort of Southampton, while department store worker Molly Carr lives in an East Side tenement. Each locale is introduced at a Fourth of July party. Molly tries to make Cromwell's flapper girl friend jealous, and her plan works. Cromwell realizes at length that he loves Molly--all of which provides opportunities for singing and dancing numbers. 1929
TIN PAN ALLEY 1940 DVD ALICE FAYE BETTY GRABLE JACK OAKIE JOHN PAYNE
In New York, in 1915, 46th Street and 8th Avenue was known as Tin Pan Alley, the headquarters of shoestring song publishers. Among those struggling to be recognized are ex-vaudevillian Harry Calhoun and his tunesmith partner, Skeets Harrigan. The existence of Calhoun and Harrigan is so tenuous that Skeets must participate in periodic bouts in the boxing ring in order to pay the rent. In desperation, they recruit the singing Blane sisters to plug their songs, and when Katie Blane and Skeets fall in love, Katie loans Skeets the money to buy the tune that makes them a success. However, Skeets's first love is his business, and when he gives a well-known singer the song that he had promised to Katie, Katie leaves in despair to join her sister Lily in her London act. In London, the sisters become the toast of the town while back in New York, Skeets and Calhoun's business hits the skids and Skeets is forced to return to the boxing ring to pay their bills. When war is declared, the partners, disgusted for having rejected the next hit tune, enlist in the army and are sent overseas to London. On the day that they are to ship out to France, Skeets and Katie rekindle their romance, and when Armistice is declared, they are all happily reunited in New York. 1940
SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES 1942 DVD BETTY GRABLE JOHN PAYNE CARMEN MIRANDA
During the thirty-fourth week of their hit Broadway show, dancer Vicky Lane awaits the arrival of her partner, Dan Christy, but as usual, he is late. Vicky thinks that Dan is buying her an engagement ring and is infuriated to discover that he has been on a date with socialite Marilyn Crothers. Fed up with Dan's womanizing and insensitivity, Vicky quits the show and returns to her former dancing partner and beau, Victor Prince, who is still in love with her. Three months pass as Dan sinks into a depression and cannot find a backer for his new show. His agent, the Commissioner, tells him that businessmen Bickel and Brown will back his show, but only if he can get Vicky to return. Dan is pessimistic, for Vicky and Victor are beginning a new engagement with Harry James and His Music Makers at a Lake Louise resort in the Canadian Rockies. The Commissioner tells Dan to romance Vicky so that she will come back, and not tell her about Bickel and Brown until she arrives in New York. He then asks bartender McTavish to get the drunken Dan on the next plane to Lake Louise. When Dan awakens sometime later, he finds himself at the Canadian resort and learns that he has hired McTavish as his valet and Rosita Murphy, who was working in a Detroit souvenir shop, as his secretary. He then confronts Vicky, who happily shows off the engagement ring given to her by Victor. Dan is discouraged but hits upon the scheme of making Vicky jealous by romancing Rosita.
Opera prima donna leaves the Metropolitan to form her own company with Tibbett as leading man. She leaves this company too which means Tibbett and company must carry on without her.
Stars: Lawrence Tibbett, Virginia Bruce, Alice Brady
Director: Richard Boleslawski
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The 1948 classic by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a romantic fantasy about a doomed ballerina and widely deemed the most famous ballet film ever made. Loosely taken from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, the film follows Vicky (Shearer) from her first determined steps in the corps to stardom in Lermontov’s company. Lermontov (Anton Walbrook) drives Vicky toward perfection, insisting that she sacrifice everything for art, even her heart. But she falls in love with Julian Craster (Goring), the composer of the work that makes her a star, succumbing to him as she rehearses the ballet. Enraged by her supposed betrayal, Lermontov fires Julian, and Vicky quits, only to later and fatally return.
Moira Shearer Marius Goring 1948 Drama 133 min Color
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The 1932 Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein Broadway hit Music in the Air was brought to the screen two years later by Fox Studios. Temperamental Bavarian prima donna Frieda (Gloria Swanson) and equally volatile lyricist Bruno (John Boles) spend half their time quarrelling and the other half making love. To arouse each other's jealousy, Frieda and Bruno pair off respectively with music teacher Lessing's (Al Shean) virginal daughter Sieglinde (June Lang) and her schoolmaster fiancee Karl (Douglass Montgomery). The impressionable young couple respond to the attentions heaped upon them until they realize they're being used, whereupon the tables are turned upon the main characters. Though boasting such lilting tunes as "The Song is You" and "I've Told Every Evening Star" and the stylish direction of Joe May (perhaps his best American film), audiences didn't respond to Music in the Air; as a result, star Gloria Swanson vowed for the millionth time to "permanently" retire from pictures, a promise she kept to herself for a whole seven years. Incidentally, one of the screenwriters of Music in the Air was Billy Wilder, who later co-wrote and directed Swanson's 1949 "comeback" feature Sunset Boulevard. 1934
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In 1876, Philadelphia is celebrating the birth of the United States with the opening of the Centennial Exposition. Jesse Rogers, his wife Harriet and four children, older daughters, Julia and Edith, and two younger children, Susanna and Dudley, hope to attend several of the events, but their plans are threatened when Jesse spends the family savings on an invention. Jesse, who works for a railroad company, is designing a collection of clocks which indicate all the different time zones and intends to present his invention to the railroad's president, Mr. Trowbridge, as an aid to running the company more efficiently. The family receives an urgent carrier letter from Aunt Zenia, Harriet's sister, announcing that she is coming from France to visit. Zenia, whom Jesse meets for the first time at the railroad station, is accompanied by her nephew Philippe, who is in charge of the French government's pavilion at the Exposition. While waiting for her father outside railroad superintendent Snodgrass' office, Julia overhears Snodgrass criticizing Jesse for bypassing him and trying to ship his clock invention directly to Trowbridge. Snodgrass then demotes Jesse to the night shift. Later, Jesse tells Harriet that he has deliberately changed his work schedule in order to accompany the family and guests to the Exposition. While there, they all visit the French pavilion, which is in great disarray and not yet open. As Philippe is distraught, Julia, who like Edith is attracted to him, speaks French and offers to work for him. 1946
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Silver Skates ~ 1943 ~ Musical
Rare: This title is not available commercially on VHS or DVD
Claire ( Patricia Morison ), owner of an ice-show, faces bankruptcy because Belita ( Belita ), star of the show, is about to leave and marry her sweetheart Tom ( Henry Wadsworth ).
Danny ( Kenny Baker ), singer with the show, and Claire are in love but Claire refuses to wed until she can get the show back on its feet.
Katrina ( Irene Dare ), 10-year-old orphaned refugee from Holland, comes to the show looking for her uncle, now in the service.
Claire wants to adopt the girl but has to be married, so she decides to accept Danny's proposal. He, however, has been making a play for Belita, hoping to keep her with the show. Belita quarrels with her fiancee and Danny soon, and unintentionally, finds himself engaged to both Claire and Belita.
Run time: 78m
B&W / Color: B&W
Within its brisk 78 minutes, Jam Session manages to accommodate the singing, dancing and acting talents of Ann Miller, a romantic main plot, a comic subplot-and no fewer than six big-name orchestras. The story is the old saw about a small-town girl named Terry Baxter (Miller), who wins a trip to Hollywood. Unable to impress any of the tinseltown bigwigs, Terry is about to pack it in and head home until she meets go-getting screenwriter George Carter Haven (Jess Barker). Several mishaps and setbacks later, Terry not only lands a studio contract, but Haven as well. In addition to the terpsichorean talents of Ann Miller, the film spotlights such major big-band names as Charlie Barnet (playing "Cherokee," of course!), Louis Armstrong, Alvino Ray, Jan Garber, Glen Gray and Teddy Powell, along with vocalists Nan Wynn and the Pied Pipers. A tantalizingly brief clip of Jam Session was featured (wildly out of context!) in the 1968 Monkees film vehicle Head. 1944
ANN MILLER JESS BARKER CHARLES BROWN EDDIE KANE
MOONLIGHT AND CACTUS DVD THE ANDREWS SISTERS 1944 The swinging Andrews Sisters provide the musical interludes and romance in this western. They play a trio of WW II era ranchers. That they are so good at running it proves terrible surprise for a ranch hand who has just returned home after serving in the Navy. 1944 B/W THE ANDREWS SISTERS
A musical Italian biopic starring Ermanno Randi, Young Caruso chronicles the life of Enrico Caruso, the world-famous tenor of the early 20th Century. But before Caruso was singing his heart out in opera houses all over the world, he grew up underprivileged in Naples, Italy. This biopic dramatizes the singer's early years, following his poverished youth as he chases his dream of being a singer. Maurizio di Nardo plays famed tenor Caruso as an awkward young choir boy, while Ermanno Randi takes over the role in adulthood. A young Gina Lollobrigida (destined to be called The Most Beautiful Woman in the World ) co-stars as Stella. This DVD includes over 30 minutes of rare Caruso recordings from 1907 to 1916. Also included is a special narrative for the blind. This is truly a DVD for all to cherish. Bonus Features Scene Selection, Trailers, Narrative for the Blind, 30 minutes of Original Music by Enrico Caruso with historical facts Product Specs DVD5; Dolby Digital; 77 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA NR; Year 1951
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BROADWAY THRU A KEYHOLE 1934 (DVD) RUSS COLUMBO
BROADWAY THRU A KEYHOLE 1934 (DVD) RUSS COLUMBO, CONSTANCE CUMMINGS, PAUL KELLY, BLOSSOM SEELEY.
"Almost Angels" is the only color movie which has a boychoir as its entire theme. Except for being made available on 16mm rental copies, it was not heard from much again until being released on VHS in April of 1986. The real tragedy is that "Almost Angels" videos were never placed on public sale but were sold only to rental outlets. It has RARELY been shown! SYNOPSIS: Tony comes into the Vienna Choir Boys despite the objections of his 'practical' father who is afraid there will be no future for him in music. The talented boy is seen as a serious rival to be dealt with by Peter, a leader in his choir. Peter captures the moment when the director informs him that Tony had insisted that only he was responsible for having to make a dangerous 'window entrance' for a children's hospital concert from which they have just returned. Having failed twice to get the newcomer into trouble, Peter now realizes that Tony does not hold grudges and is not going to inform on him. Thus begins a friendship which grows stronger and endures to the end of the film.
Billed on the film s original release as 'the female Alfie , seventeen-year-old Joanna is cool, stylish, and determined to start a new life as an art student in swinging London. Played with gusto by Geneviève Waïte, Joanna indulges in the pleasures of casual sexual encounters, colourful daydreams, and an impromptu trip to Morocco with the wise and debonair Lord Peter Sanderson (wonderfully played by Donald Sutherland). But when Joanna falls in love with Gordon, from Sierra Leone, her life begins to get complicated.
Actors: Geneviève Waïte, Donald Sutherland, Calvin Lockhart, Christian Doermer Directors: Michael Sarne
EXCEPTIONAL SONGS BY ROD MCKUEN
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1955 (Drama/Biography) Yvonne De Carlo, Carlos Thompson, Rita Gam, Peter Cushing, Hans Quest. “The life and career of German composer Richard Wagner”. In color. Never released commercially.
The orchestras and singers are some of the best I've encountered in an opera movie. Music is of course what Wagner is all about, the political stuff having no significance for his role in history. The opulent scenery is nice and perhaps the argument can be made that opulent surroundings inspire opulent music. In that vein, we could say that few people enjoy such opulence today, and (as a consequence?) little opulent music is being composed today. Also, I don't know how accurate the depiction of Liszt is, or whether his portrayal is simply based on the commendatore in Mozart's Don Giovanni - there are suspiciously many parallels. All in all, a better use of time than most alternatives. Suspend disbelief if you must, perhaps because you know more about Wagner than I do, but enjoy a sincere attempt to depict musical composition at its most sublime.
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A Hollywood screenwriter looking for inspiration for his next film goes to Mexico, where he runs into a beautiful Mexican girl who sets her sights on him.
BOB BURNS, DOROTHY LAMOUR, RAY MILLAND, MARTHA RAYE, BINNIE BARNES, TITO GUIZAR!
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CAST: Lanny Ross, Lydia Roberti, Helen Mack 1934 The story deals with the college rivalry of a piccolo player and an All-American halfback on the football team who both love the same co-ed. After graduation they carry their their feud and collegiate ideas over into the department store business. (Film debut of radio-comedian Joe "Wanna buy a duck" Penner and singer Lanny Ross.)
CAST: Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Ruby Dee. Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the streets and workers. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer, convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from his father for many years while he writes and publishes many blues songs. At last the family is reunited when Gogo brings them to New York to see Will's music played by a symphony orchestra.
CAST: Dorothy Lamour, Fred MacMurray,Diana Lynn, Mimi Chandler, Raymond Walburn.
The singing/dancing Angel sisters, Nancy, Bobby, Josie and Patti, aren't interested in performing together, and this plays havoc with the plans of Pop Angel to buy a soy bean farm. They do accept an offer of ten dollars to sing at a dubious night club on the edge of town where a band led by Happy Marshall is playing. Bobby takes the ten dollars and runs it up to $190 at the dice table. Happy hits on Nancy but she rebuffs him. He doesn't have the money to pay his band and borrows the gambling winnings from Bobby on the pretext that he will give her a job with his band. Bobby discovers the next day that Happy has hastily departed for New York. The girls follow to a night club where he is working and, after an audition, the manager is willing to give Happy a contract if the girls will sing with his band.
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(AKA: HIT PARADE OF 1941) CAST: Hugh Herbert, Mary Boland, Ann Miller, Patsy Kelly 1940 A small radio station is saved of getting bankrupt by a backer, who invests money for a TV equipment, if the owner allows, that his dancing daughter Annabelle can dance and sing on the screen, but due to her voice, her singing had to be dubbed by the owner's girl friend Pat Abbott.But problems start, when the owner starts dating Annabelle.
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A remake of an Argentine film 'the Gay Senorita , YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER was a follow-up to the 1942 hit You'll Never Get Rich , and marked the last screen pairing of Astaire and Hayworth. In YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER, she proves once again to be a stunning dancer, especially in 'shorty George and I m Old Fashioned, a sensuous moonlit duet with Astaire that is the high point of the film. LikeAstaire, Hayworth was a perfectionist and they spent days going over each number. It was difficult to find sufficient rehearsal space on Columbia's stages, so the studio rented a funeral parlor at a nearby Hollywood cemetery. Every time a funeral came through, rehearsals would stop until the last of the mourners had left! Their perfectionism paid off, however, in elegant and precise dance sequences. The score received an Academy Award(r) nomination, along with nominations for Best Sound and BestSong ( Dearly Beloved ) by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer.
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Talent agent Lionel Devereaux sells his girlfriend/client Carmen Novarro to New York City's famous Copacabana nightclub as a Latin-American singer/dancer and, pressed for another act, he sells her again, this time with a blonde wig and Moroccan veil, as a French singer...for the same presentation.
The wear and tear on Carmen, changing back-and-forth between numbers, leaves to a heated exchange of words between the performer and her fiancé agent. This leads to the disappearance of Carmen's alter ego, which arouses suspicions by the management...and the police.
Groucho Marx Carmen Miranda Steve Cochran Andy Russell The De Castro Sisters Abigail Adams - Copa Girl - Uncredited The Carioca Boys - Musical Ensemble - Uncredited
The beautiful Anna Neagle stars as a circus performer who falls in love with a rich car dealer's son, against her family's wishes. Features some spirited dance numbers with Ray Bolger.
Writers: Oscar Hammerstein II (play), Otto A. Harbach (play)
Stars: Anna Neagle, Ray Bolger, John Carroll.
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Rags-to-riches-to-rags story features Benny Goodman vocalist Martha Tilton as an unemployed big band singer who takes a job as an operator at a jukebox company. After falling in love with a bandleader, she gets a chance to get back in the limelight by singing for his group.
Director: Sam Newfield Writers: Louise Rousseau (original story), Gail Davenport (original story)
Stars: Martha Tilton, Iris Adrian, Charles Collins
Joan Terry, a girl from the country wants to become a Broadway Star, but this proves to be not so easy.
Director: Wallace Fox
Writers: David Silverstein (story), Stanley Rauh
Stars: Frances Langford, Edward Norris, Iris Adrian.
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J.Newport Bates is a single millionaire who finds it very difficult finding a girl who will love him, not just his money. He joins the navy hoping to hide his identity, and just be one of the boys. His lawyers tell him he must have a fellow with him, to keep a watch out for gold-diggers. He reluctantly agrees and Phil also joins the navy. One night on leave, he meets a beautiful cigarette girl named Teddy, at a nightclub. She knows who he is and strings him along. Meanwhile Teddy runs into old flame Phil and the fickle girl soon drops Bates. Heartbroken, and about to give up on women entirely, Bates meets Sue the nightclub singer. She is a nice girl who's father is a banker, the two discover they have much in common and fall in love.
Starring: Sonny Tufts, Eddie Bracken, Veronica Lake, Marjorie Reynolds
Details the life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.
Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Clifton Davis, Margaret Avery.
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Biopic about the musical career and life of American singer-songwriter John Denver.
Director: Jerry London
Stars: Chad Lowe, Kristin Davis, Gerald McRaney
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In the early 1900s, song plugger Larry Kelly chances to meet Alfred Breitenbach, poor opera composer...and his lovely daughter Doris, who falls for Larry. To improve their acquaintance, Doris conspires with Larry to turn her father's opera melodies into popular songs. Alfred, reluctant but needing cash, adopts the pen name Fred Fisher. Affluence results, but when Alfred realizes his opera is vanishing bit by bit, he wants to bring the career of "Fred Fisher" to a halt...
Director: John M. Stahl Writers: Albert Lewis, Arthur Lewis Stars: Mark Stevens, June Haver, S.Z. Sakall
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ICE CAPADES REVUE - AKA - RHYTHM HITS THE ICE - 1942 *** ICE CAPADES - 1941 *** SONJA HENIE: QUEEN OF THE ICE - DOCUMENTARY *** LAKE PLACID SERENADE *** BREAKING THE ICE - 1938 *** MAGIC MEMORIES ON ICE - 1990
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1 - DVD AL JOLSON - LIVE IN CONCERT. Chicago 1949. Rare!
During August/September 1949 Al Jolson went out on personal tour of major Cities to promote his 2nd Biopix movie "Jolson Sings Again", In Chicago he was invited to sing at the Chicagolands Musici Festival held at Soldier Field. Newsreel film was shot of part of Jolson's performance and believed telecast. This is the most complete version of Jolson's performance and was transferred to DVD from the original newsreel film, it has been re-edited and remastered for DVD quality. This is probably the only sound film of Jolson performing live in existence. This is Jolson at his very best, appearing live before a huge audience, songs are "California here I come", April Showers" and "My Mammy", running time is about 8 minutes only, but in that time you experience a real live Jolson Performance, this one you will not forget in a hurry!! To anyone who has any doubts about Jolson, you will be in no doubt whatsoever that he was as he claimed "The worlds greatest entertainer", and this was in 1949, a year before he died!!!!..Highly recommended- Not to be missed!!!! Special Limited Edition only. DVD is non region coded - will play on any DVD worldwide.
2 - AL JOLSON - THE MILLENNIUM DVD SPECIAL! Fabulous Rare Al Jolson DVD Compilation lasting approx 3 hours!...Includes "The Winter Garden Story" actually filmed inside The Winter Garden Theatre in colour..rare Kraft TV Anniversary show narrated by Bob Hope includes rare footage of Jolson rehearsing for a radio broadcast along with other Kraft stars, Bing, Perry Como,etc..Jolson's Chicago Concert of 1949 at Soldiersfield 1949. The Early Years special compilation. Collectors sheet music & posters.. Broadway Highlights Film Short with Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Paul Whiteman 1935..Jolson interviews from George Jessel, Harry Richman, Irving Ceasar, Feature on Jolson & Keeler. Jolson appearing at a film premiere in 1942 with Irving Berlin & Jack Warner. Jolson out-takes from various movies..including "Hallelujah I'm a bum", "Rose of Washington Square", "Making of "The Jolson Story" with Stephen Longstreet..Film Trailers and shorts + great feature of Al in Korea with new footage of Al entertaining the troops, some in colour!...Jolson collectors item..great picture and sound.
3 - AL JOLSON - "50th Anniversary Video", approx 3 hours in length, includes very rare film footage including many previously unseen newsreel items, Home movies in colour!. The Jolson/Keeler Story (Colour documentary),Jolson entertaining the troops in England, Italy with the USO in 1942. The USO Story (Rare Documentary film), Jolson and Ruby Keeler appear together in a promotional film short of 1937, lots of newsreel footage, rare colour interview with Jolson's last wife (Erle Galbraith) in 1986, Interviews with Evelyn Keyes and others who worked with Jolson. Jolson in Korea 1950 entertaining US troops in September 1950 + Much Much More. DVD is Non Region Coded.Will play in any DVD player worldwide!!
4 - AL JOLSON - BY REQUEST (Collectors Item) Fascinating rare glimpse in to Al Jolson's fabulous career with some incredibly rare footage of this legendary figure who billed himself The Worlds Greatest Entertainer and no one ever questioned it. Unique but brief colour footage of Jolson in his last big Broadway show in the 1940;s. Jolson's rare cameo role from "The Will Rogers Story" in colour in an extract with Eddie Cantor. One Full hour Jolson Documentary filmed in colour. Previously unseen footage taken in Korea with Nancy Kim. Early Blackface performances with Eddie Cantor also a rare TV show from Eddie Cantor + Hollywood film footage taken inside the studio.Jolson minstrel extracts in colour and home movies taken of Jolson on set of one of Jolson's movies of the thirties. This & much more. Approx 2 hours.
5 - THE REAL AL JOLSON STORY - SOUTH BANK SHOW - DOCUMENTARY
6 - AL JOLSON TRIBUTE: A) DEAN MARTIN & BING CROSBY B) THE KOPYKATS - FRANK GORSHIN & MARILYN MICHAELS IN A SENSATIONAL JUDY GARLAND-AL JOLSON DUET SHOWSTOPPING NUMBER!
7 - RUBY KEELER, THE QUEEN OF NOSTALGIA - THE STORY OF RUBY KEELER, HER LIFE WITH FIRST HUSBAND AL JOLSON AND HER CAREER IN FRONT AND BEHIND THE MOVIE CAMERAS!
8 - Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933) movie.
A New York tramp (Jolson) falls in love with the mayor's amnesiac girlfriend after rescuing her from a suicide attempt.
Stars: Al Jolson, Madge Evans, Frank Morgan
Tagline: The sun was his! And the sky was his! The Moon and the stars---All his!
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In her second film appearance, Marilyn Monroe stars as Peggy Martin, a second-generation showgirl who begins a romance with a rich young man (Randy Brooks), an action that strains her relationship with her mother (Adele Jurgens).
Director: Phil Karlson Writers: Harry Sauber, Joseph Carole (screenplay)
Stars: Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks, Nana Bryant, Eddie Garr, The Bobby True Trio
Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy Written by Lester Lee and Allan Roberts Sung by Marilyn Monroe
Anyone Can Tell I Love You Written by Lester Lee and Allan Roberts Sung by Marilyn Monroe
I'm So Crazy for You Written by Lester Lee and Allan Roberts Sung and Danced by Adele Jergens (dubbed by Virginia Rees)
The Ladies of the Chorus Written by Lester Lee and Allan Roberts Sung by Marilyn Monroe and Adele Jergens (dubbed by Virginia Rees) and others
You're Never Too Old Written by Lester Lee and Allan Roberts Sung by Nana Bryant
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Radio sensation Kay Kyser and his band are lured to Hollywood to make a movie, but the screenwriters assigned to the project have difficulty tailoring a script to Kyser's persona. Director: David Butler
Stars: Kay Kyser, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson.
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Ray Henderson joins Buddy De Sylva and Lew Brown to form a successful 1920s musical show writing team. They soon have several hits on Broadway but De Sylva's personal ambition leads to friction as the other two increasingly feel left out of things.
WITH: Gordon MacRae, Dan Dailey, Ernest Borgnine
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When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller
Rare punk rock documentary featuring great live footage of The Sex Pistols, Sham 69, Generation X, Rich Kids and X Ray Specs. Plus the infamous footage of Sid and Nancy in their hotel room fighting, smoking and nodding out, which is really amazing and a must see! The documentary only aired once on UK TV back in the 1990's, and has not been seen since. Currently it has only ever been released in Japan, but NEVER in the UK or the US..!
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An English valet brought to the American west assimilates into the American way of life.
Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles
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A group of concerned adults try to ban rock and roll music in their town because they think that the music promotes juvenile delinquency. It's now up to a disc jockey and a hipster to defend the music in a televised trial. The movie also features several rock and roll performances, most notably from Fats Domino.
Stars: Mike Connors, Lisa Gaye, Sterling Holloway
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Donald Elwood meets after the war his former USO partner, Kitty McNeil, who is now a rich widow with a little child. She tries to evade her paternal grandmother, who wants her to live in a way according to the customs of her dead husband’s class.
Betty Hutton, Fred Astaire, Roland Young
In the 1890s, Sgt. Major John Philip Sousa, leader of the Marine Corps Band, meets Private Willie Little, inventor of an instrument he calls the Sousaphone…and Little’s girlfriend, shapely showgirl Lily. To support his growing family, Sousa leaves the Marines and forms his own band; Willie and Lily go along. Though he’d rather write ballads, Sousa’s marches bring him increasing fame; from their debut in 1892 the band is a great success. But Sousa’s ‘no wives’ rule threatens the romance of Willie and Lily…as does the Spanish-American War.
Clifton Webb, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget
Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic choreographies, all by Roland Petit: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).
Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer, Zizi Jeanmaire
Sisters Kay and Barbara arrive in Miami from Texas looking for rich husbands.
Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Robert Cummings
Disc 1: THE GREAT AMERICAN BROADCAST Additional Release Material: Featurette: "Radio Waves: The Real History of the Great American Broadcast"
Disc 2: FOUR JILLS IN A JEEP Additional Release Material: Deleted Scenes Featurette: "The Real Four Jills" Additional Audio Material: Isolated Score Track
Disc 3: ROSE OF WASHINGTON SQUARE Additional Release Material: Deleted Scenes Trailers Featurette: "Funny Girl, Funny Man" Additional Audio Material: Isolated Score Track
Disc 4: HOLLYWOOD CAVALCADE Additional Release Material: Trailers: Fox Movietonews: The HOLLYWOOD CAVALCADE Premiere Bonus Footage: Outtakes Featurette: "HOLLYWOOD CAVALCADE: The Silent Dream" "Buster Keaton: Head Over Heels In Hollywood' "Hello Roscoe: The Fate Of Fatty Arbuckle"
Disc 5: HELLO, FRISCO, HELLO Additional Release Material: Trailers Featurette: "Hello Again: The Re-Making Of Alice Faye" Additional Audio Material: Isolated Score Track
DISC 6 - LILIAN RUSSELL Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.
DISC 7 ON THE AVENUE Broadway producer satirizes an important New York family. The family sues but their daughter falls in love with producer. Director: Roy Del Ruth Stars: Dick Powell, Madeleine Carroll, Alice Faye |
DISC 8 - THAT NIGHT IN RIO An entertainer in Rio impersonates a wealthy aristocrat. When the aristocrat's wife asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue. Director: Irving Cummings Stars: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda
DISC 9 - THE GANG'S ALL HERE A soldier falls for a chorus girl and then experiences trouble when he is posted to the Pacific. Director: Busby Berkeley Stars: Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker
DISC 10 - TIN PAN ALLEY From the late 19th century into the 20th century, an area of New York City nicknamed Tin Pan Alley was the heart of the American popular music scene. In this hotbed of creativity, singing sisters Katie and Lily Blane team up with musicians Harry Calhoun and Skeets Harrigan to find their fame and fortune. Romance soon follows, but the rocky road to success and the looming World War I threaten to tear the couples apart.
Director: Walter Lang Stars: Alice Faye, Betty Grable, Jack Oakie
DISC 11 - HOLLYWOOD PALACE - BING CROSBY, ELLA FITZGERALD, DON DELUISE, ALICE FAYE, PHIL HARRIS - 1967
RARE DVD WITH MANY CLIPS FROM DEANNA DURBIN'S MUSICAL MOMENTS AND SONGS FROM HER MOVIES!
Young Sherry Williams dreams of having a singing career, and she idolizes her older sister Josephine, who has gone to New York to perform on the stage. When Sherry is distraught just before performing at her school, a visiting Broadway producer encourages her by telling her positive things about her sister. Soon afterwards, Sherry decides to make a surprise trip to New York to visit Josephine - but what she finds there is not at all what she expected.
Director: Arthur Lubin Writers: Frank Tashlin (story), Edward Verdier (screenplay) Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Constance Moore, Jane Powell
Diana Borden (Doris Lloyd, a bleeding-heart rich-girl, returns from a trip to Russia filled with sympathy for the "little" people of the slums and wants to do "something" artistic and socially significant for them...so she opens up a nightclub atop a 100-story skyscraper. For her, that means acts such as opera singers, extracts from "Hamlet" and three sailors imitating a giraffe. Bandleader Ted Lane (George Murphy)thinks hot-music, burlesque-acts and the old razzle-dazzle is just the ticket. Her programming leads to early exits and no-returns.Film debut for 12-year-old Peggy Ryan.
Directors: Ralph Murphy, Sam White
Stars: Doris Nolan, George Murphy, Ella Logan
Husky Stone (Ray Mayer), strongest man in the Navy, and as short on brains as he is as long on muscle, has an urge to get married, as his enlistment is up. The object of his affection is Myrtle Montrose (Isabal Jewell), a typical "Sweetheart of the Navy." Seeking to discourage Husky's plans is his pal, Pete Kelly (Wallace Ford), who uses Husky to fight his battles and do his work. Pete frames Husky and he is confined to the brig, as their ship docks in San Francisco. Pete goes ashore, courts the fickle and ever-ready Myrtle and makes her forget Husky. The latter, when he finds out, knocks Pete out cold and refuses to have anything to do with him. Pete and Husky are sent on a working party during aerial bombing practice. They board a floating target to repair it and, unknown to the others, Husky is knocked out by a loose timber. Heading back to the ship, Pete discovers that Husky is missing, jumps overboard from the launch and swims back to the target to rescue Husky. Black and White. Runtime: 57 minutes.
Owner of a failing club seeks infamous Irish singer Josef Locke in order to bring business and success to his club. Color. Runtime: 104 minutes.
Heidi leaves the mountains of Switzerland for a trip to New York City.
Director: Ralph Senensky. Stars: Burl Ives, Katy Kurtzman, John Gavin.
Color. Runtime: 98 minutes.
THE UNDER-PUP (1939) Musical. A prize gives a girl from the wrong side of the tracks a vacation amid a snobbish group of debutantes. With Gloria Jean, Robert Cummings, Nan Grey, and C. Aubrey Smith.
TWO BLONDES AND A REDHEAD (1947) Musical Comedy. Socialite is working in the chorus of a Broadway show instead of being enrolled at an exclusive girl's school as her parents think. With Jean Porter, Jimmy Lloyd, June Preisser, and Judy Clark.
MOULIN ROUGE (1934) Comedy. When twin French entertainers (Constance Bennett) switch places, the husband of one sister thinks he is in love with the other. With Constance Bennett, Franchot Tone, Tullio Carminati, and Helen Westley.
SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT (1943) Musical. A press agent, a composer and a landlord of a theatrical boardinghouse revive vaudeville on Broadway. With Don Ameche, Janet Blair, Jack Oakie, and William Gaxton.
HI, BUDDY (1943) Musical. A soldier on furlough helps a youngster raise money for his club's activities. With Dick Foran, Harriet Hilliard, Robert Paige, Marjorie Lord.
CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK (1944) Comedy. A naval-academy student (Donald O'Connor) woos a girl (Ann Blyth) whose mother and grandmother were wooed by his father and grandfather. With Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Ann Blyth, and Helen Vinson.
JOHNNY DOUGHBOY (1942) Musical. A teenage actress hopes that a romance with an older man will help her break out of the "kiddie picture" mold. With Jane Withers, Henry Wilcoxon, Patrick Brook, and William Demarest.
KISS THE BOYS GOODBYE (1941) Musical. A Broadway director and composer search for talent down South and find a star for their show. With Don Ameche, Mary Martin, Oscar Levant, and Virginia Dale.
SWEETHEARTS ON PARADE (1953) Musical. A medicine-show man stops in the town where his ex-wife lives with their daughter. With Ray Middleton, Lucille Norman, Eileen Christy, and Bill Shirley.
YOUTH WILL BE SERVED (1940) Musical. A precocious youngster organizes a show to save a government youth camp from a local entrepreneur. With Jane Withers, Jane Darwell, Joe Brown Jr., and Robert Conway.
When a fellow bridge builder is killed in an accident, two of his co-workers bring his now orphaned daughter to New York to be adopted by relatives. Director: David Butler
Stars: Bing Crosby, Gloria Jean, Charles Winninger
The story of a Boston dance teacher who gets shanghaied by buccaneers who might make his next steps be off the plank!
Stars: Charles Collins, Frank Morgan, Steffi Duna, Rita Hayworth and The Royal Cansino Dancers!
Director: Chris Cohen.
Stars: Julie Andrews, Vivian Blaine, Yul Brynner.
The golden age of the annual Tony Awards ceremony lasted from 1967 to 1986 -- the period during which Alexander H. Cohen and his wife, Hildy Parks, were the producers of the show. This film offers a compilation of performances from Tony Award broadcasts during those years. They are presented with color-corrected footage and digitally re-mastered sound.
Director: Jeff Margolis.
Stars: Debbie Allen, Anita Baker, George Bush.
This is a special show that celebrates Sammy Davis Jr 's 60th anniversary in show business,including musical,comic and dancing performers.
Director: David Butler.
Stars: Bing Crosby, Joan Blondell, Mischa Auer.
Singer Denny Martin's marriage to telephone operator Mary Wilson has been postponed several times already and is delayed once again when he changes jobs from singing telegrams to being a singing cab driver. His friend Cyrus Barrett Jr. is the scion of an autocratic millionaire father who is determined to wrest custody of his grandson from his alcoholic son and wife Mona. After Cyrus goes into rehab to dry out on Denny's advice, Barrett Sr. legally moves against his daughter-in-law and tries to have her arrested on kidnapping charges. A desperate Mona leaves Denny in charge of her infant son until she can locate the younger Barrett, but this presents new complications for Denny and his Russisn roommate Nicky as fiancée Mary becomes suspicious that Denny may be seeing another woman.
Director: Rouben Mamoulian.
Stars: Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish Jr.
This early example of the "backstage" musical genre tells the story of Kitty Darling, a fading burlesque star who tries to save her convent-educated daughter April from following in Mom's footsteps.
Directors: Robert Abel, Sidney Levin.
Stars: Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino.
This lively documentary celebrates 1950s rock 'n' roll, both through archival clips of the era and concert footage filmed during the '70s. Although the musicians have aged, the performances are remarkably vibrant, with many acts in fine form. Among the many artists featured are Bill Haley and the Comets, Fats Domino, the Shirelles, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. In one of the film's highlights, Diddley and Berry take the stage together to the applause of a rapt audience.
The stage stars Wheeler and Woolsey play two soldiers who go absent without leave in Paris, during World War I.
Director: Paul Sloane.
Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee
In 1920 Paul Whiteman was leading the best dance bands in Atlantic City and New York City with a unique blend of jazz and classical tunes, and by 1930 was the top bandleader for the new 'swing' music that was sweeping the nation. In 1925 two college boys at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington who earned money by singing and dancing dropped out of college to try show business full time. In 1926 the two boys had a small act in a Vaudeville theater in Los Angeles and a couple of musicians for the Paul Whiteman orchestra were in the audience and mentioned to Whiteman that they were pretty good. Paul Whiteman met them and offered them a job with his band, and that is when the trouble started.
Director: Ray McCarey
Stars: Nat Carr, Thelma Hill, Edgar Dearing
Peyton Wells (Ben Lyon) rescues Judy Jones (Joan Marsh) from a very dull young man, at a sedate party given for her by her multi-millionaire grandfather Silas P. Jones (Purnell Pratt.) Judy refuses to accompany Peyton on a slumming trip to a cheap dance hall, and Peyton dances with several of the dowagers and tells them that Silas is practically dying of scarlet fever. The guests hastily depart and Joan joins Peyton at the Dreamland Dance Hall. She is mistaken by Jimmy Cassidy (Edward J. Nugent) as one of the hostesses and decides to dance with him as a lark. One thing follows another and Judy gets disinherited and takes a job at the dance hall through Jimmy and his friend Mabel(Isabel Jewell.) Jimmy confides to Judy his ambition to become a dance instructor over the radio and Judy decides to help him but can't get the needed financial backing.
Director: Joseph Santley
Stars: Ben Lyon, Joan Marsh, Edward J. Nugent
Director: Joseph Santley
Stars: Johnny Downs, Barbara Jo Allen, Jerry Colonna
RARE REP[UBLIC STUDIOS MUSICAL
The dance-team of Veloz and Yolanda recreate their versions of various dances covering about three decades of the 20th century including the tango, the Charleston, black-bottom, jitterbugging and the rhumba. Music heard and danced to was" "Victory Waltz," "Darktown Strutter's Ball," "Mi Hijo," "Lamento Esclavo," "Dengosa" and "Jeepers Creepers."
Connie Ward is in seventh heaven when Gene Morrison's band rolls into town. She is swept off her feet by trumpeter Bill Abbot. After marrying him, she joins the bands tour and learns about life as an orchestra wife, weathering the catty attacks of the other band wives.
Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Glenn Miller
In this surrealist entry, a fisherman deals with rebellious worms; a diver flirts with a Betty Boop-like mermaid who becomes Ethel Merman, singing the title song in live-action with a Bouncing Ball.
Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Ethel Merman, Mae Questel
Vaudeville performers, Dailey and Grable, have marital difficulties when he hits the "Big Time", which are compounded by his drinking problem.
Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Jack Oakie
In Ireland the little FitzSimons girl was an athletic 'tom-boy' with bright red hair. Her father was an owner of the famous football team The Shamrock Rovers (soccer for us Yanks). The FitzSimmons girl might have been a professional athlete if she had been born a generation later, but her acting abilities earned her a position at the prestigious Abbey Theater and acting would be her future, and thankfully so, because one of the greatest actors of the twentieth century was about to begin her career.
Director: Walter Forde
Stars: Bert Ambrose, Evelyn Dall, Harry Richman
Ali Baba discovers the treasure cave of robber-baron Abu Hasan, and tells his greedy brother, Kasim Baba, who is posing as a Chinese merchant and entertaining Hasan, where the cache is hidden. Zahrat, acting as a spy for Hasan, is blamed when the robber is almost caught, and Kasim is killed. Zahrat then decides to join Ali and his son, Nor-al-din, who is in love with the slave-girl, Marjanal. During a party, she kills the disguised Hasan, and his men are boiled in oil.
Director: Walter Forde
Stars: George Robey, Fritz Kortner, Anna May Wong
Alice Jeanne Leppert had blonde hair, deep blue eyes, and a deep contralto singing voice . . . . And she was only nineteen years old when she starred in this movie. As a teenager she got a singing job with Rudy Vallee’s band, and when he got the leading role in a musical romantic comedy, he managed to get Alice a small part.
The female romantic lead for that movie walked off the set, and Alice Faye became the leading lady in her first appearance on the big screen. That movie premiered in March of 1934, and this story starring the Jean Harlow lookalike was released in December of the same year.
Alice Faye’s movie career continued to bring her increasing fame until 1945 when she starred in a movie produced and directed by Otto Preminger. She felt that her performance was the best of her career, but Darryl F. Zanuck edited her best scenes out and promoted the scenes and close-ups of supporting actress Linda Darnell. Alice was so upset that she walked away from her contract and refused to act in any motion picture for seventeen years until appearing in the 1962 movie “State Fair.”
Alice Faye married musician and comedian Phil Harris, and they both performed for many years on the Jack Benny radio show during her off-camera years.
In this, her third appearance in motion pictures, nineteen-year-old Alice is a young girl from Peoria who goes to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. As she once said about many of her early movies, her singing voice was a bit deeper than the story plot. Two men chase Alice in this story, and Alice must decide between the down-and-out director or a suave and lecherous actor. Maybe they can fist-fight over Alice, . . . Maybe they will. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Director: George Marshall
Stars: James Dunn, Alice Faye, Frank Mitchell
Tommy Martin lives with mother Martha in a conservative religious community but dreams of a singing career. He leaves to join a traveling show where he befriends skating sensation Irene and performs lively tunes to make a living.
Director: Edward F. Cline
Stars: Bobby Breen, Charles Ruggles, Dolores Costello
After being nabbed while trying to stow away on board an ocean liner en route to Hawaii, young Bobby Breen sings for his travel fare and, along with sidekick Pua, turns detective to recover stolen naval documents from crooks
Director: Edward F. Cline
Stars: Bobby Breen, Ned Sparks, Irvin S. Cobb
A millionaire in London falls for a poor girl with a great singing voice, but his gold-digging past girlfriend tries her best to ruin the relationship.
Director: Walter Forde
Stars: Bert Ambrose, Evelyn Dall, Harry Richman
Tolen is after the Harkins ranch where his men have found gold. After they kill Harkins, Dorothy and Dick step in and discover that the gold actually washes down from Tolen's own ranch. When Harkins' brother arrives to take over they test Tolen by having the brother offer to swap ranches.
Director: Samuel Diege
Stars: Dorothy Page, Dave O'Brien, Vince Barnett
A pair of friends robs from a jewelry shop, and buries their loot in a field out in the country before they get caught. They spend ten years in prison, and when they're let out they go back to the burial ground, only to find out that it's no longer a bucolic pasture but the site of a large department store. Despite that setback, they're still determined to dig up their stash.
Director: Leslie S. Hiscott
Stars: Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Mary Lawson
Among the regular conventioneers, "Babe" LaVal is the most-in-demand "convention girl" among the Atlantic City hostesses, plying their trade on the famed Steel Pier or in the vicinity of the Ritz-Carlton Terrace. She is especially favored by Atlantic City casino-owner Dan Higgins, and Ward Hollister, a Philadelphia soap manufacturer, who isn't as squeaky clean as his product. She also has time to monitor the relationship between her weird-looking, tap-dancing nephew, Tommy LaVal, and sweet Daisy Miller who, may or may not, be pure as the driven snow. Tommy poses no threat to her purity.
Director: Luther Reed
Stars: Rose Hobart, Weldon Heyburn, Sally O'Neil
The life and loves of composer Stephen Foster, from his early success through his decline, degradation, and death from alcoholism.
Director: Joseph Santley
Stars: Douglass Montgomery, Evelyn Venable, Adrienne Ames
British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930's rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles with gun-runners and slavers with the aid of a loyal native chief.
Directors: Zoltan Korda, Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Paul Robeson, Leslie Banks, Nina Mae McKinney
Army training Sgt. Gray makes a bet that he can get himself invited to breakfast with his commanding officer, General Markley. But he gets into an unhappy tangle with a couple of enemy spies (and a happy tangle with the general's daughter) before the bet is finally decided.
Director: John G. Blystone
Stars: James Ellison, Terry Walker, Morgan Hill
Opera singer Elanda Lee gets so filled with herself, bordering on rude and snooty, that she finds herself out of work. Radio singer 'Sewanee' Collier takers her under his wing, and she becomes America's most popular radio star and is soon back on top.
Director: Clifford Sanforth
Stars: Frank Luther, Dorothy Dare, Lona Andre
Agent Pete Garland is fired by society singer Monica Barrett after he got her a new radio contract, because she thinks her lawyer friend Teddy Leeds fits in better with her social status. To get even, Pete wants to make an unknown singer into a star. He finds Ruth Allison, drives her hard through rehearsals and makes her a star. But she is worried about her past, something she hasn't told Pete: She's an ex-convict and jumped bail in order to keep her partners in crime out of it. Further she's in love with Pete, but feels that he's still carrying a torch for Monica. When Monica's popularity is decreasing, Pete is able to get Ruth a stint on the program, the result is Monica is fired and Ruth get her job, but Monica takes revenge by revealing Ruth's past. Ruth considers it is best for her to disappear before being arrested, but she has become a star in public opinion. Will she get Pete or will she go to prison again ?
Director: Gus Meins
Stars: Frances Langford, Phil Regan, Max Terhune
While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his widowed singer mother and Rathbone.
Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Bobby Breen, Basil Rathbone, Marion Claire
Gangsters take control of a record company and use toughguy tactics on unwilling performers.
Director: Charles Reisner
Stars: Phil Regan, Leo Carrillo, Ann Dvorak
Struggling songwriter Judy Walker talks her way into the apartment of a famous composer, and finds that he's on vacation. Homeless and without any money, she decides to stay at his place until his return, making use of all his belongings, and spreading the word that she is the composer's collaborator. She writes a song, wtih the composer listed as the co-writer, which becomes a big radio hit. The famous composer returns, and screwball comedy ensues.
Director: John H. Auer
Stars: Patricia Ellis, Warren Hull, William Newell
Singer struggles to make her new nightclub succeed in a naval port after her partner leaves with the funds but not the bills.
Director: Duncan Mansfield
Stars: Eric Linden, Cecilia Parker, Roger Imhof
A music professor is fired from his job for not knowing enough about modern "swing" music. He goes to Chicago to learn more about the subject in hopes of getting his job back, but he winds up getting mixed up with gangsters.
Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Pinky Tomlin, Paula Stone, Milburn Stone
Homer Tompkins, a trusting young musician with aspirations of becoming a radio star, is installed in a fine set of offices in Reno by a quartet of "easy money" con artists who have bugged rooms and suites, with the title of "professional listener", and he passes off what he hears to his employers, Lulu, Trixie, Maurice and Champ and they use the information for blackmail purposes. They also so involve his sweetheart, Toots, that he can not withdraw even when he finally learns he is being used as a tool.
Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Pinky Tomlin, Maxine Doyle, Aileen Pringle
Jimmy, a bookie cum horse buying agent, meets a beautiful dance hall girl. After leading him on, and out of his money, she rejects him. Jimmy hatches a scheme to wreak revenge on her. He pretends to be a talent agent and that she is his new discovery. he promises to make her a stage star. He engages an out of work Gilbert & Sullivan troupe on a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado in order to convince the girl that he is for real. All goes well and his scheme works. The only problem is that the girl now loves him, as does the entire, previously down on their luck troupe of players.
Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Robert Armstrong, Irene Hervey, Paula Stone
An eccentric musical family is kept in order by a talented daughter with modest ambitions.
Director: Aubrey Scotto
Stars: Marion Talley, Michael Bartlett, Nigel Bruce
In Lucco everyone loves music, singing at any occasion, work can wait and so the state's debt. So the ruling princess bans music. Then singer Carlini returns home. Aided by a journalist and his daughter they fight the proclaim -with music.
Director: Walter Forde
Stars: Richard Tauber, Jimmy Durante, Diana Napier
Rival press agents Jimmy Maxwell and Jo Allen have both been assigned to stir up publicity for separate exhibitions at the 1936 Texas Centennial.
Director: Boris Petroff
Stars: Mae Clarke, John Payne, Helen Lynd
An orphan (Eight-year-old boy soprano Bobby Breen) gets a chance to sing opera in New York
Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Bobby Breen, Henry Armetta, George Houston
Actor Philippe Martin and his married date Yvonne plan to neck in a darkened cinema, but he gets the wrong seat and mistakenly kisses lovely Monique, a publisher's daughter. An absurd scandal results; to protect Yvonne, Philippe insists that he was simply overcome by Monique's beauty. This naturally intrigues Monique...but her nominal fiancée feels differently. French bureaucracy is broadly satirized.
Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Francis Lederer, Ida Lupino, Hugh Herbert
Young Phillip Ainsworth, (Bobby Breen), an orphan of the US Civil War, has been lovingly raised by Toinette, (Louise Beavers) a former slave. Toinette has big plans for the boy. She has saved her money to send him to a private school. But when the local priest, Father Josef, (Henry O'Neill) finds Phillip's family living in New York, the boy is sent north to live with people who refuse to accept him as their own. His only friend is the butler, Barrett, (Charles Butterworth). But his curmodgeon of a grandmother, (May Robson) is finally broken down by the boy's charm and good manners, and all ends happily. Along the way Breen has ample opportunity to show off his voice by singing several songs, including the title song three times.
Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Bobby Breen, May Robson, Charles Butterworth
Songwriter Danny (Pryor) believes that the only way to jump-start fading movie star Polly's (Bradley) career is to end his partnership with lyricist Mike (Newell). Polly's friend Mattie (Kelton) manages to comfort Mike in teh interim. Then, Mike concocts a plan to separate Danny from Polly: he sends blonde seductress Blossom (Compton) to pretend to be Mike's girlfriend. But all ill feeligns and misunderstandings are resolved by the climactic musical finale.
Director: Ralph Staub
Stars: Roger Pryor, Grace Bradley, William Newell
A naïve farmer writing songs tries his chances in New York. Unlucky, he is helped by a crooner who lusts after one of his songs. Ignoring the real value of his composition, he sold it for the money he owed to his friends: $200.
Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Pinky Tomlin, Toby Wing, Kane Richmond
Director: Bernard Vorhaus
Stars: John Garrick, Wally Patch, John Singer
1936. Musical. This 1936 Musical film shows a rare chance to see some of the greatest acts from the Music Hall Years. Starring Sam Barton, Mabel Constanduros, Horace Goldin and many more.
Directors: Oswald Mitchell, Challis Sanderson
Stars: Raymond Baird, Sam Barton, Mabel Constanduros
TV adaptation of the campy 1960s Broadway musical about the Man of Steel, his friends, his enemies, and his self-image problems.
Director: Jack Regas
Stars: Kenneth Mars, Loretta Swit, Lesley Ann Warren
Director: Oswald Mitchell
Stars: John Garrick, Jean Adrienne, Derek Blomfield
William Butler Reynolds is slated to inherit ten-million dollars on his 21st birthday, but his worldly uncle, F. Carstairs Reynolds, thinks the lad could use a bit of seasoning before that happens. He sends him to New York City with the purpose of the trip to acquaint him with the pitfalls and wicked ways of the big city, especially for young millionaires. The uncle, who believes there is safety in numbers, also assigns, and pays well, three Follies girls,Jacqueline, Maxine and Pauline, to oversee the lad's tutoring. In the interest of ensuring the boy is well-tutored, Alma McGRegor and Cleo Carewe volunteer their services. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that many experienced tutors on the job.
Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Kathryn Crawford, Josephine Dunn
Shy milkman Burleigh Sullivan accidentally knocks out drunken Speed McFarlane, a champion boxer who was flirting with Burleigh's sister. The newspapers get hold of the story and photographers even catch Burleigh knock out Speed again. Speed's crooked manager decides to turn Burleigh into a fighter. Burleigh doesn't realize that all of his opponents have been asked to take a dive. Thinking he really is a great fighter, Burleigh develops a swelled head which puts a crimp in his relationship with pretty nightclub singer Polly Pringle. He may finally get his comeuppance when he challenges Speed for the title.
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen
Young hopefuls trying to stage a Broadway show on a shoestring are sustained with food by expert shoplifter Harpo. They little suspect that his donations include the special sardine can hiding the Romanoff diamonds! Slinky Madame Egelichi and her henchmen will do anything to get them back, but the Marx Brothers lead them a merry chase.
Director: David Miller
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating the inspirations of one of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest legends.
Director: David Horn
Stars: Aurianna Angelique, Mary Bridget Davies, Ashley Tamar Davis
STARFEST - THE STARS SALUTE PUBLIC TELEVISION - DIAHANN CARROLL - PATTI LUPONE - RICH LITTLE - 1983 - RARE DVD
Director: Bob Henry
Stars: Steve Allen, Diahann Carroll, Richard Kiley
The life of Irish tenor Chauncey Olcott is chronicled from his childhood to his days as the toast of New York. In between, his rise to the top is complicated by romances with two women: his true love Rose Donovan and stage star Lillian Russell, who wants to make him a star.
Director: David Butler
Stars: Dennis Morgan, Andrea King, Arlene Dahl
Paul Hudson, leads a group of desert bandits against some Nazis, who want to use them as cheap labor for their railroad.
Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Dennis Morgan, Irene Manning, Bruce Cabot
Song-and-dance man Bert Kalmar can't continue his stage career after an injury for a while, so he has to earn his money as a lyricist. Perchance he meets composer Harry Ruby and their first song is a hit. Ruby gets Kalmar to marry is former partner Jessie Brown, and Kalmar and Jessie prevent Ruby from getting married to the wrong girls. But due to the fact that Ruby has caused a backer's withdrawal for a Kalmar play, they end their relation.
Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Red Skelton
A musical about a man who rides into a frontier town looking for his brother's killer, but is surprised to find everyone in the town is celebrating his kin's death and, for that matter, gunplay in general. He eventually discovers the murderer and each man swears to shoot down the other in a gunfight. However, their girlfriends team up to put an end to the bloodshed.
Director: George Marshall
Stars: Rosemary Clooney, Jack Carson, Guy Mitchell
Miss Hinklefink (Belle Mitchell) inherits a western ranch and, in order to spend the summer with Professor Owen Townley (Milton Kibbee), she invites students Freddie Trimball (Freddie Stewart), Dodie Rogers (June Preisser, Betty Rogers (Noel Neill), Lee Watson (Warren Mills) and Roy Donne (Frankie Darro( to spend their vacation on the ranch if Townley will help chaperon the kids. Real estate agent Tom Sneed (Hugh Prosser') tries to persuade her to send the kids home when desperadoes rob the bank. In the saloon, Sneed's henchman Charlie (Terry Frost) mistakes Freddie for a baby-faced killer, who was blamed for a murder actually committed by Sneed, and ranch foreman Big Jim (John Hart), also working for Sneed, tries to kill Freddie.
Director: Arthur Dreifuss
Stars: Freddie Stewart, June Preisser, Frankie Darro
"Howdy" Nelson believes there is no such think as real love and that romance can be cooked up between any eligible persons (of the opposite sex.) He is so imbued with the idea that he has established a summer camp for that reason,and has written a play on the subject. The Yacht Club Boys visit the camp, misrepresenting themselves as Broadway producers, and the talented guest of the camp put on Nelson's play...which all ends up with a lot of marriage mating; Judy and Skipper, Betty Jane and Stanley and...Gwen and "Howdy,' the guy who was positive there was no such thing as true love.
Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: James V. Kern, Charles Adler, George Kelly
Paul Merrick, a writer of hit musicals, prefers to lie in the sun or play golf. He does so until he goes broke and asks to borrow a large sum of money, against future earnings, from his producer, Alex Conway. They are invited to a university, Paul's alma mater, to see a college production that is using some of Paul's music, and meet Katherine Holbrook, a student. Alex makes out the loan-money check to Katherine and hires her as Paul's secretary with instructions to give him only so much money per week after he starts to work on a new show. Complications arise when Paul meets Lorna Marvis, a society woman whose company is more expensive than the allowance Katherine is doling out to him.
Director: Richard Haydn
Stars: Bing Crosby, Nancy Olson, Charles Coburn
Fashion photographer Dick Avery, in search for an intellectual backdrop for an air-headed model, expropriates a Greenwich Village bookstore. When the photo session is over the store is left in a shambles, much to salesgirl Jo Stockton's dismay. Avery stays behind to help her clean up. Later, he examines the photos taken there and sees Jo in the background of one shot. He is intrigued by her unique appearance, as is Maggie Prescott, the editor of a leading fashion magazine. They offer Jo a modeling contract, which she reluctantly accepts only because it includes a trip to Paris. Eventually, her snobbish attitude toward the job softens, and Jo begins to enjoy the work and the company of her handsome photographer.
Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson
Conrad Birdie is the biggest rock & roll star of the 60's ever to be drafted. Aspiring chemist and song writer Albert is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie if he gets Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss a high school girl goodbye. Albert's mother will do anything to break him up with Rosie. Kim and Hugo, the high school steadies, live in Sweet Apple, Ohio where most of the action takes place.
Director: George Sidney Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh
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Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.
Director: Carol Reed Stars: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis
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An old ballplayer, thrown out of baseball due to a bribery scandal, becomes friends with a young phenom. The younger player is at first tainted by his association with the oldtimer, but eventually the truth about the scandal is revealed.
Director: John Ford
Stars: Fred Astaire, James Stewart, Jack Warden
Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers - all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness.
Director Stanley Donen
Stars Jane PowellHoward KeelJeff Richards
An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue
Starring: Betty Grable, Marge and Gower Champion, Jack Lemmon Julie becomes a widow after her husband is killed in action. Shortly after she remarries but soon finds out her first husband is still alive!
Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is love with a poor dancer, but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May to marry him and she accepts even though she doesn't love him. Soon after, Louis has an accident and gets knocked on the head, where he dreams that he's King Louis XV pursuing the infamous Madame Du Barry.
Beautiful high society type Doris Worthington is entertaining guests on her yacht in the Pacific when it hits a reef and sinks. She makes her way to an island with the help of singing sailor Stephen Jones. Her friend Edith, Uncle Hubert, and Princes Michael and Alexander make it to the same island but all prove to be useless in the art of survival. The sailor is the only one with the practical knowhow to survive but Doris and the others snub his leadership offer. That is until he starts a clam bake and wafts the fumes in their starving faces. The group gradually gives into his leadership, the only question now is if Doris will give into his charms.
Adaptation of the Broadway musical. Magnolia Hawks is the lovely but protected, and thus very naive, daughter of Cap'n Andy Hawks, the genial proprietor of a show boat that cruises the Missisippi, and his nagging wife, Parthy. She is best friends with the show boat's star, Julie LaVerne, but Julie and her husband Steve are forced to leave when it is revealed that Julie has "Negro" blood in her, thereby breaking the state law by being married to the white Steve. Magnolia replaces Julie as the show boat's female star, and the show's new male star is the suave gambler Gaylord Ravenal. "Nola" and Gaylord fall in love and marry against Parthy's wishes. They and their young daughter lead the high life when Gaylord is lucky in gambling, but live like dirt when he's unlucky. During one such unlucky streak, a broken Gaylord leaves Nola, and she is forced to start over by returning to the stage. Like Old Man River, as the famous song from this show goes, she just keeps rollin' along.
Eight-year-old Heidi is orphaned and her selfish maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with Adolph Kramer, her grumpy, old, outcast, survivalist paternal grandfather. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society through her angelic ways, sheer love, and adorable personality. When Aunt Dete steals Heidi away to be the companion of a rich man's invalid daughter, the grandfather is enraged and sets out to get her back. Back in Frankfurt, loved and adored by everyone she touches except the villainous housekeeper, Fraulein Rottenmeier, she thrives but is inwardly very sad and lonely. No matter what anyone tells her, Heidi, with faith, hope, and the stubbornness she inherited from her grandfather, knows that some day she will be reunited with the him and the beloved people of the mountain's little village.
Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired orphan and her pretty older sister Mary and arranges to adopt both under the alias of "Mr. Jones." As he spends more time with them, he soon finds himself falling in love with Mary.
An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage
The "Cotton Blossom", owned by the Hawk family, is the show boat everyone goes to for great musical entertainment down south. Julie LaVerne and her husband are the stars of the show. After a someone tells the local police that Julie (who's half- African-American) is married to a white man, they are forced to leave the show boat because interracial marriages are forbidden. Magnolia Hawk, Captain Andy Hawks' daughter, becomes the new show boat attraction, and her leading man is Gaylord Ravenal, a gambler. The two instantly fall in love, and marry without Parthy Hawks approval. Magnolia and Gaylord leave the "Cotton Blossom" for a whirl-wind honeymoon. Soon after, Magnolia realizes that gambling means more to Gaylord than anything else. Magnolia confronts Gaylord, and after he gambles away their fortune he leaves her, not knowing she is pregnant. Magnolia, penniless and pregnant, and is left to fend for herself, and make a new start.
Rita Hayworth co-stars with famed recording artist Tony Martin in this musical comedy featuring the music of Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra. Following various comic misunderstandings, the two meet and fall for each other, but will lose their chance at happiness unless destiny calls.
Upset about a new Broadway musical's mockery of Greek mythology, the goddess Terpsichore comes down to earth and lands a part in the show. She works her charms on the show's producer and he incorporates her changes into the show. Unfortunately, her changes also produce a major flop.
In Philadelphia, the soprano Prudence Budell returns from Europe after a period of five years training in the best Europeans music schools. Her millionaire grandmother Abigail Trent Budell sponsors an opera company under the command of the famous maestro Jose Iturbi to give a chance to Prudence to lead an opera. They hire the also famous tenor Guido Russino Betelli, but Prudence does not feel comfortable with him on the stage. When Prudence accidentally sees the American-Italian truck driver Johnny Donnetti singing opera, she convinces Jose Iturbi to give a chance to Johnny. They fall in love for each other, but when Prudence visits his work to tell that he will be hired, she meets Mary and she believes Johnny is in love of his colleague.
Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to regret this rash decision when the singers fall in love.
A new Broadway show starring Gary Blake shamelessly lampoons the rich Carraway family. To get her own back, daughter Mimi sets out to ensnare Blake, but the courtship is soon for real, to the annoyance of his co-star, hoofing chanteuse Mona Merrick.
An entertainer in Rio impersonates a wealthy aristocrat. When the aristocrat's wife asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue
Playboy Andy Mason, on leave from the army, romances showgirl Eadie Allen overnight to such effect that she's starry-eyed when he leaves next morning for active duty in the Pacific. Only trouble is, he gave her the assumed name of Casey. Andy's eventual return with a medal is celebrated by his rich father with a benefit show featuring Eadie's show troupe, at which she's sure to learn his true identity...and meet Vivian, his 'family-arrangement' fiancée. Mostly song and dance.
New York city in the 1920s: a singer struggles to keep her boyfriend from trouble. When she makes it to Ziegfeld, he heads for five years in jail. Lots of Faye and Jolson singing. The story is so close to the true story of Fanny Brice and Nicky Arnstein (Jules W. Arndt Stein) that he sued the studio in a case that was quickly settled out of court in his favor.—
After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring everyone back together.
San Francisco's Barbary Coast is the hub of light and gaiety for a bustling young metropolis, while at Sharkey's Colosseum , Trudy Evans (Alice Faye), Johnnie Cornell (John Payne), Dan Daley (Jack Oakie) and Beulah (June Havoc) offer divertissement. Trying out a new number the group pulls the paying customers away from the bar, and they are promptly fired. True-blue Trudy begs Dan and Beulah to stick with Johnnie who is full of ideas, some of which, later cause Trudy much distress. When fast-talking Sam Weaver (Laird Cregar) happens upon Johnnie with another tale of a sure bonanza gold strike. Johnnie grubstakes him to the group's last $10. Coming upon an anti-drinking missionary group, Johnnie makes them a proposition which will benefit them all. He stages a series of street carnivals in front of the saloons which attracts the crowds, especially when Beulah performs cooch-dance, to the ruination of the juke-and-gin mills. Each proprietor offers $500, if Johnnie will keep away from their bars, but to Sharkey (Ward Bond) the price is $1000. With the money from his high-handed extortion Johnnie opens The Grizzly Bear and it becomes an overnight sensation with Trudy as the star of an elaborately-mounted show which even brings in the carriage trade from Nob Hill, including the haughty Bernice Crodt (Lynn Bari) and her pre-entourage days entourage. Johnnie is fascinated by her poise and social position. The Grizzly prospers and Johnnie soon opens three more saloons which makes him an early-day impresario , and Trudy the Toast of the Coast. Beulah is rather toasty herself. Ned (John Archer), a Trudy admirer, brings Cochran (Aubrey Mather), an English theatrical producer, slumming in the colonies, to see the show and offers a starring role in his next London production. Deeply in love with Johnnie, Trudy refuses, but cad Johnnie, eager for society prestige abruptly marries femme-fatale Bernice so he can climb up Nob Hill. Broken-hearted Trudy sails for England where as the star of "The Girl from Piccadilly" she is the darling of the London theatre crowds. Johnnie and Bernice go on a European honeymoon, during which time he sees Trudy's show. That's is Johnnie last highlight for a while. Back in gay old Frisco, Johnnie's fortunes decline rapidly when he becomes a sponsor of Grand Opera, long a pet project for money-drain Bernice. One by one he closes Barbary Coast saloons including the Grizzly Bear. Dan and Beulah go back to Sharkeys and Johnnie is a barker for a cooch-show on the carnival midway. Trudy returns and is distressed more than somewhat to find the familiar night spots shuttered and silent and Bernice had given Johnnie his walking papers when he ran out of money. So True-Blue Trudy quietly finances Sam, who in turn convinces Johnnie that he has at last struck a gold bonanza. With "his share" of the old grubstake Johnnie reopens the Grizzly but refuses to hire Trudy for his show since he now has a large case of remorse. Will they get together again?
Reenactments of actual USO experiences of its female stars entertaining troops overseas.
An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts. The name of the school in 1980 was Fiorello Laguardia High School.
Socialite Elvira Kent suspects her husband of fooling around with other women. When he announces he can't join her on their scheduled ocean voyage, she hires a nightclub singer, Georgia Garrett, to pose as her on the cruise. Elvira stays at a hotel near home so she can spy on her husband. She's unaware, however, that her husband has hired a detective, Peter Virgil, to keep an eye on her at sea. Of course, Peter doesn't realize that Georgia is not Mrs. Kent..
An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.
Live scenes of Paris and a continuity Narrator link together four dramatic re-enactments of original ballet creations by Roland Petit and his ensemble, Ballets de Paris: Carmen (1949), La croqueuse de diamants (1950), Deuil en 24 heures (1953), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1959).
Mr. Dingle is the popular music teacher in an English school, but when the headmaster threatens to close down the school band (partly because of Dingle's fondness of more modern music) then the pupils have to come to his assistance, using their musical skills to help.
A celebratory 25th anniversary concert performance of the hit musical at The O2 in London.
It's the early 20th-century American Midwest. A con man going by the assumed name Harold Hill has used several different schemes to bilk the unsuspecting, and now travels from town to town pretending to be a professor of music - from the Gary (Indiana) Conservatory of Music, class of '05 - who solves all the respective towns' youth problems by forming boys' marching bands. He takes money from the townsfolk to buy instruments, music, instructional materials, and uniforms for their sons. However, in reality, he has no degree and knows nothing about music, and after all the materials arrive and are distributed, he absconds with all the money, never to be seen again. Many of the traveling salesmen in the territory have been negatively impacted by him, as the townsfolk then become suspicious of any stranger trying to sell them something. For Harold's scheme to work, he must gain the trust of the local music teacher, usually by wooing her, regardless of her appearance. And if the town doesn't believe it has a youth problem needing to be fixed, he will manufacture one for them. That is the case when he arrives in River City, Iowa, population 2,212, where he will have some unexpected help from Marcellus Washburn, a friend and former grifter colleague who now lives in River City and has gone straight, but he still wants to make sure Harold survives his stay in town. River City's music teacher is spinster and town librarian Marian Paroo. He's able to impress all the other River Citizens with his fast-talking sales pitches, but not suspicious Marian, whose hard-as-nails exterior is unlike all the other River Citizens. Her exterior is partly due to her somewhat removed standing in the town, as all the gossipy housewives believe she is a smut peddler - encouraging the teenagers to read authors such as Chaucer and Balzac - and mistakenly believe that she got her position as librarian through less-than-scrupulous means. What Harold does not know is that one way to Marian is through her young adolescent brother, Winthrop Paroo, a sullen boy who has withdrawn from life since their father's death two years before, when he started to lisp. Harold starts to fall for Marian, something that never happened with any of the other music teachers. Further complications may ensue if any of those traveling salesmen who have been following his route through the territory catch up with and expose him
Lucky Jackson arrives in town with his car literally in tow ready for the first Las Vegas Grand Prix - once he has the money to buy an engine. He gets the cash easily enough but mislays it when the pretty swimming pool manageress takes his mind off things. It seems he will lose both race and girl, problems made more difficult by rivalry from Elmo Mancini, fellow racer and womaniser. Perhaps some singing will help.