The Band Wagon Overview:

The Band Wagon (1953) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens.

The Band Wagon was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1995.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

Best Costume DesignMary Ann NybergNominated
Best Music - ScoringAdolph DeutschNominated
Best WritingBetty Comden, Adolph GreenNominated

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The Band Wagon (1953) with Fred & Cyd

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 18, 2020 From 4 Star Films

Some may recall the opening titles of Top Hat (1935). They play over a man’s hat only for the head under it to move as the names subside, and we find Fred Astaire under its brim in his coat and tails. Now, well nigh 20 years later, the same imagery is being called upon. There’s an auctio... Read full article

Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969) + The Band Wagon (1953) redux

By Beatrice on Apr 27, 2020 From Flickers in Time

Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (Du bei dao wang) Directed by Cheh Chang Written by Cheh Chang Hong Kong/1969 IMDb link First viewing/Amazon Prime Just a fun wuxia movie to distract nicely from Lockdown. This is a sequel to The One-Armed Swordsman (1967). ?At the end of that film, our hero (Jimm... Read full article

The Band Wagon (1953)

By Beatrice on Nov 1, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Band Wagon Directed by Vicente Minnelli Written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green 1953/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/from my DVD collection #266 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die I have loved this movie for decades. ?Yesterday’s viewing did nothing to change my opinio... Read full article

Why I never joined The Band Wagon...

By BG Voita on Jan 18, 2015 From Classic Reel Girl

When I signed up to write an anti-Band Wagon post, I was a little nervous. Images of angry dancing gods Down to Earth-style floated in my head. How dare I speak badly about the pairing of two dancing greats: Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire. I have revisited The Band Wagon (1953) many times ov... Read full article

The Band Wagon (1953)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 7, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Going into this film I must admit that despite hearing good things, I had zero expectations. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this Minnelli musical, because it was a deft and often beautiful production. Channeling the same vein as Singin’ in the Rain and The Red Shoes, this film is a s... Read full article

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Quotes from

Stagehand: You got more scenery in this show than there is in Yellowstone National Park!

Lily Marton: We're not fighting! We're in complete agreement! We hate each other!

Tony Hunter: She was bad. She was dangerous. I wouldn't trust her any farther than I could throw her. But... she was my kind of woman.

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Facts about

The title is from an original 1931 Broadway musical, by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, which starred Fred Astaire and his sister, Adele Astaire. Only the title and some of the songs were borrowed for this film, and the stories are entirely different. The exact same thing occurred later with Fred Astaire in Funny Face, in which Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire had originally appeared on Broadway in 1927. The only opportunity Astaire had to recreate a role on film that he had originated on Broadway was in The Gay Divorcee, from Broadway's "Gay Divorce".
After Les and Lilly have their fight in the alley, Les heads for the bar across the street. In the background you can see a poster for the play "Every Night At Seven". This was the title of the play that Fred Astaire and Jane Powell starred in in the movie Royal Wedding.
The full-skirted white dress worn by Cyd Charisse in "Dancing In The Dark" was actually copied from a dress worn by the film's costume designer Mary Ann Nyberg. Director Vincente Minnelli tried to buy it off the rack (it originally cost about $25), but no store carried exactly that type of frock. It was finally created from scratch for about $1,000.
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The Band Wagon

Released 1953
Inducted 1995

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