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TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar: CMH Picks for Week One (Feb 1)

  Turner Classic Movies: 31 Days of Oscar CMH Picks: Week One ‘Tis the season to be jolly.  No, I am not talking about the Holidays… I’m talking about every movie lover’s favorite time of the year: Awards Season. Yes, … Continue reading

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Just for Fun! “Triplets”

“We do everything alike, we look alike, we dress alike, we walk alike, we talk alike…” Just for fun… a little ditty from The Band Wagon (1953, director Vincente Minnelli)… Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray and Jack Buchanan, singing “Triplets” (1937, music … Continue reading

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The MGM Blogathon – All Aboard The Band Wagon

  The MGM Blogathon  All Aboard The Band Wagon Nothing in this world fills me with more unadulterated joy than a well made musical. Every since I was a wee-little lady I wanted nothing more than to live in a … Continue reading

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TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar: CMH Picks for Week Three (Feb 15)

  Turner Classic Movies: 31 Days of Oscar CMH Picks: Week Two Saturday February 15:  Talk of the Town at 8:00AM 7 Nominations: Best Picture, Best Writing Original Story, Best Writing Screenplay, Best Cinematography Black-and-White, Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration Black-and-White, Best Film Editing, Best … Continue reading

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Musicals 101 (Part Seven): The Freed Unit

  The Freed Unit: MGM Musicals, the Evolution of Integration. There’s a saying you might know – it’s pretty popular among classic film buffs, and it goes a little something like this  “MGM has more stars than there are in heaven.” Well, I’m … Continue reading

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Musicals 101 (Part Six): Fred and Ginger

  Musical 101: Fred and Ginger, The Reigning Royalty of Dance Without a doubt, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are the king and queen of the movie musical. Although absolutely wonderful on their own, together the two add up to … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Mark Sandrich at Work

Born October 26, 1901 (?) Director Mark Sandrich! Director Mark Sandrich began his film career working in the prop department, then moved on to directing shorts, and finally to directing feature length films.  During his 20-year film career, he directed … Continue reading

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Musicals 101 (Part Three): Analyze the Dance, Part 1: Progression Integrated

Musicals 101: Analyze the Dance. Part 1: Progression Integrated. As I mentioned before, not all musicals are made the same. Although housed under the genre’s umbrella, the integrated musical and backstage musical evolved into very different creatures in relation to … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Irving Berlin

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Songwriting Legend, Irving Berlin, born May 11 in 1888! George Gershwin once said that Irving Berlin was “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived”.  That is no small compliment!!!  And how could I possible argue … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Fred Astaire

  Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Fred Astaire, born May 10th, 1899! Eleven. That is the number of Fred Astaire films I own. He manages to pop up in my film collection more than any other star. Sure, part of … Continue reading

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