Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, starring MGM soprano Jane Powell and handsome baritone Howard Keel, has retained a remarkably loyal following among fans of the musical film ever since its release in 1954. Although it was filmed in state-of-the-art CinemaScope, Stanley Donen was obliged to direct much of the film on Metro's sound stages, where the artificial sets and painted backdrops don't inevitably live up to the scenes shot on location in Oregon. Viewers coming fresh to the picture may find this visual discrepancy jarring and some too may find Miss Powell's singing a shade plummy. The screenplay, by husband and wife team Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich with Dorothy Kingsley, tells the story of seven brothers living in the Oregon hills and their adventures to find themselves wives. The casting of each brother with his rugged, masculine looks and ability to dance with grace and athleticism, presided over by an authoritative Howard Keel, gives the film a dynamic impetus second to none in an MGM musical. The lengthy barn-raising episode under choreographer Michael Kidd's intrepid direction, where the music and the incredibly agile and energetic male and female dance ensemble unite as one, produces a square dance without parallel. The music and lyrics by Gene De Paul and Johnny Mercer--including the mating chorus, "Spring, Spring, Spring", the rollicking "Bless You're Beautiful Hide", the rousing "Sobbin' Women" and the visually enchanting "June Bride"--are both tuneful and mindful of the plot's exposition. Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin won the Academy Award in 1954 for their arrangements and conducting. On the DVD: The digital remastering has created a clearer picture of what had been a faintly muddy Ansco colour system on the original print while the polish and attack with which the MGM Studio Orchestra play the music on this full-bodied stereophonic soundtrack remains a thing of wonder. Howard Keel, standing tall and erect in his 80s, hosts the "making of" documentary. Director Donen, choreographer Kidd, Jane Powell and several of the dancers recall how the film was considered a "sleeper" during production and wasn't expected to do as well as Brigadoon, in production at the same time. The documentary also highlights the care taken over the casting of the brothers, two of whom including Keel were not dancers and their often brave and brilliant feats of acrobatic dancing executed on precarious planks and other props. When Howard Keel takes his farewell walk down the main street lot at MGM, breaking into a few brief dance steps, it's impossible not to feel a moment of regret that the curtain had to come down on MGM's most treasured possession. --Adrian Edwards
Titles Comprise: Second Chorus stars Fred Astaire Burgess Meredith Paulette Goddard Artie Shaw and Charles Butterworth with music by Artie Shaw Bernie Hanighen Hal Borne and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Danny (Astaire) and Hank (Meredith) are surprised when Artie Shaw hires competent manager Ellen (Goddard) away from their college band. The two trumpet players scheme to get into Shaw's band themselves each trying to trump the other's plays. Featured songs & dance routines include: Sugar Everything's Jumping I Ain't Hep To That Step But I'll Dig It Sweet Sue Love Of My Life Russian Caf Number Poor Mr. Chisholm Concerto For Clarinet Hoe Down The Bayou.
Starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel this musical showcase of spectacular love songs and dazzling dance numbers garnered a 1954 Academy Award for Best Score (Musical) and received four additional nominations including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Featuring such memorable tunes as ""Bless Yore Beautiful Hide"" and ""Goin' Co'tin "" When rugged frontiersman Adam (Keel) sweeps local beauty Milly (Powell) off her feet the whole town is turned upside-down. But no one's more shocked than Milly who discovers that she's now expected to cook and clean not only for Adam but for his six rowdy brothers too! Well Milly's no pushover and soon she has those boisterous boys whipped into ""groomhood"" and dancing for joy over six brides of their own!
Brother and sister dance act Tom and Ellen Bowen finish an engagement in New York and journey to London at around the same time as a Royal wedding. On board the cruise ship Ellen meets and falls in love with Lord John Brindale with the result she pays less attention to her dancing. Upon arrival in London Tom auditions for a new partner and meets Anne Ashmond but romance starts to threaten the act...
Starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel this musical showcase of spectacular love songs and dazzling dance numbers garnered a 1954 Academy Award for Best Score (Musical) and received four additional nominations including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Featuring such memorable tunes as ""Bless Yore Beautiful Hide"" and ""Goin' Co'tin "" Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is ""an unending source of enjoyment - the best in every way "" --Los Angeles Times! When rugged frontiersman Adam (Keel)
The Royal Wedding: A brother-and-sister dance team enthrall their New York audiences but when their show is requested in London they jump at the chance and hop on board the next ship crossing the pond. Love blossoms on the unruly seas and in lovely London as the romance of the royal English wedding fills the air. Featuring some of Fred Astaire's most famous and entertaining numbers - including his dancing on the ceiling - and bubbly songstress Jane Powell 'Royal Wedding' glo
Royal Wedding (Dir. Stanley Donen 1951): Brother and sister dance act Tom and Ellen Bowen finish an engagement in New York and journey to London at around the same time as a Royal wedding. On board the cruise ship Ellen meets and falls in love with Lord John Brindale with the result she pays less attention to her dancing. Upon arrival in London Tom auditions for a new partner and meets Anne Ashmond but romance starts to threaten the act... Second Chorus (Dir. H.C. Potte
Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987) was an American film and Broadway stage dancer choreographer singer and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of seventy-six years during which he made thirty-one musical films. Second Chorus the 1941 Hollywood musical comedy film starring Astaire Burgess Meredith Paulette Goddard Artie Shaw and Charles Butterworth with music by Artie Shaw Bernie Hanighen Hal Borne and lyrics by Johnny Mercer sees Danny O'Neill (Astaire) and Hank Taylor (Meredith) as rival trumpeters with college band the Perennials. Both men find themselves competing for the affections of Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard) while trying to get the other one fired. Danny successfully secures Ellen's affections!
Fred Astaire and Jane Powell play a brother and sister dance team who go to London during the Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip and find their own romances. Notable for inspiring songs and Astaires incredible dancing on the ceiling and walls. A must for dancers of all ages and to see once again the greatest dancer of all time.
Collection of documentaries, features and television episodes that examine the lives and careers of four of the best-loved crooners. Frank Sinatra hosts two episodes of 'The Frank Sinatra Show' (1950), a variety show featuring the talents of Stump and Stumpy, Peggy Lee, Bob Hope and Kim Novak. 'Second Chorus' (1941) is a musical comedy starring Fred Astaire and Hank Taylor as competitive trumpet players in a college band. 'Royal Wedding' (1951) sees Astaire star alongside Jane Powell as a brother and sister song and dance duo. 'Road to Hollywood' (1946) is a documentary that looks at the work of Bing Crosby. Selling over half a billion records in the first half of the 20th century, Crosby quickly became a popular influence within the music and film industries, dominating the box office throughout the 1940s. 'Reaching for the Moon' (1930) is a black and white musical featuring the vocal talents of Crosby singing Irving Berlin's famous 'Lower Than Lowdown'. Dean Martin hosts an episode of the popular American show 'The Colgate Comedy Hour' with Jerry Lewis, featuring Janis Paige, Danny Arnold and The Johnny Conrad Dancers. 'At War With the Army' (1950) is a musical comedy that sees Martin and Lewis team up again as Sergeant Puccinelli and Private Korwin, two soldiers with very different agends.
Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling in this 1951 Alan Jay Lerner musical for MGM, directed by Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain). The appealing story finds Astaire as part of a brother-and-sister act (along with Jane Powell) that travels to London at the time of Queen Elizabeth II's wedding. Astaire and Powell each find romances that threaten to break up the act, but that's mostly fun window dressing in a movie better known for some truly creative sequences made vivid by Donen, including Astaire's famous dance with a hat rack and his duet with Powell, "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You (When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life)?" --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers: When rugged frontiersman Adam (Howard Keel) sweeps local beauty Milly (Jane Powell) off her feet the whole town is turned upside-down. But no one's more shocked than Milly who discovers that she's now expected to cook and clean not only for Adam but for his six rowdy brothers too! Well Milly's no pushover and soon she has those boisterous boys whipped into groomhood and dancing for joy over six brides of their own! Wizard Of Oz: We click our heels in anticipation. There's no place like home and no movie like this one. From generation to generation The Wizard Of Oz brings us together - kids grown-ups families friends. The dazzling land of Oz a dream-come--true world of enchanted forests dancing scarecrows and singing lions wraps us in its magic with one great song-filled adventure after another. Annie Get Your Gun: Betty Hutton (as Annie Oakley) and Howard Keel (as Frank Butler) star in this sharpshootin' funfest based on the 1 147-performance Broadway smash boasting Irving Berlin's beloved score including Doin' What Comes Natur'lly I Got the Sun in the Morning and the anthemic There's No Business like Show Business. As produced by Arthur Freed directed by George Sidney and seen and heard in a new digital transfer from restored elements. This lavish spirited production showcases songs and performances with bull's-eye precision earning an Oscar for adaptation scoring. The story is brawling boy-meets-girl-meets-buckshot rivalry. But love finally triumphs when Annie proves that yes you can get a man with a gun!
SINGIN'IN THE RAIN:; With fame, fortune and fans galore, silent screen idol Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) thought he had it all. But one look at aspiring actress Kathy Seldon (Debbie Reynolds), and he knew exactly what he was missing. Now he's swinging from lampposts, singing in the raindrops and ready for love. With talking pictures on the rise, Don sets out to make musicals with the woman of his dreams...but one thing stands in his way: his jealous co-star (Jean Hagen), who wants Don--and the l...
This fantastic box set features some of the most iconic actresses like Monroe Judy Garland and Shirley Temple in some of their most revered films. Featuring: 1.The Outlaw 2.Home Town Story 3.The Last Time I Saw Paris 4.'Till The Clouds Roll By 5.The Little Princess 6.Royal Wedding 7.Rain 8.Smash Up 9.Of Human Bondage 10.Lady Of Burlesque For individual synopses' please refer to the individual products.
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