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Fun, Obscure Movie Musicals

We've talked about the greats - but I'm sitting here watching Jane Wyman do "The Zambezi Puberty Ritual Dance" in "Let's Do It Again" to win fucking Ray Milland back and it makes me want to watch every musical obscurity ever filmed.

What are your favorite oddities or off-the-A-list treats?


by Anonymousreply 8911/21/2012

I find the really old movie musicals difficult to get into. So many songs really are thrown in anywhere and staged similarly. Anything from the late-40s onward I can deal with.

I hated myself for it but I kind of love the latest Once Upon a Mattress with Jane Krakowski and Zooey Deschanel.

by Anonymousreply 111/11/2012

Solid Potato Salad!

by Anonymousreply 211/11/2012

Love Me Tonight owns this thread

Love Me Tonight is generally regarded as a great film, but it is little known by the general public. It really is amazing.

by Anonymousreply 311/11/2012

"Smashing Time"--Lynne Redgrave & Rita Tushingham take swinging London by--well, drizzle, but the songs are jaw droppingly bad & the screaming color scheme make it a blast to sit through

by Anonymousreply 411/11/2012

Dear God, R2, there must have been a lot of sticky popcorn at the end of that number!! That's practically pornography.

by Anonymousreply 511/11/2012

My favorite lesser movie musical number...

by Anonymousreply 611/11/2012

OK, let's get that on the right line...

by Anonymousreply 711/11/2012

The Phantom of the Paradise

by Anonymousreply 811/11/2012

r2 for the win!

by Anonymousreply 911/11/2012

Im not a Gene Kelly fan, but this is a fun lesser-known number of his.

by Anonymousreply 1011/11/2012

No musical with Judy Garland in it can be considered obscure. Not at DL.

by Anonymousreply 1111/11/2012

The Pirate Mvoie, with Kristiy McNichol and Christopher Atkins. A guilty pleasure.

by Anonymousreply 1211/11/2012

Colleen with Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler

I'm surprised so few know this wacky film

by Anonymousreply 1311/11/2012

RED, HOT AND BLUE! with Betty Hutton is my favorite obscure musical. Betty is the only person given any songs in this silly show-biz caper about an aggressively aspiring musical comedy star ("I don't wanna be Bernhardt, I wanna be ME with money!") and her "serious" dramatic director boyfriend, improbably played by Victor Mature.

In this wake 'em number Betty disturbs the peace of her roommates, including "Baby June" Havoc, who in one of several desperate attempts to upstage Hutton, is seen smoking in bed.

by Anonymousreply 1411/11/2012

BILLIE, with Patty Duke as a tomboy track star. It only has a few songs in it, but it still qualifies as a musical.

by Anonymousreply 1511/11/2012

Why, the 1950s movie musical adaptation of THE WOMEN certainly fits the bill... and how!



by Anonymousreply 1611/11/2012

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers was one of my favorite movies growing up. I watched it again recently and now I notice that 4 of the brothers are clearly gay, and the other 2 are at least bicurious. Only the oldest brother appears to be straight. Those poor brides...

by Anonymousreply 1711/11/2012

If you aren't, you should be familiar with the Canadian musical ZERO PATIENCE, about the beginnings of the AIDS crisis.

Here's a silly number NSFW called "When You Pop A Boner in the Shower"...

by Anonymousreply 1811/11/2012

The Opposite Sex is terrible! Leslie Nielsen and Dick Shawn. It could have been great- Dolores Gray, Joan Collins, Ann Miller!

by Anonymousreply 1911/11/2012

Rita Hayworth and Marc Platt (a Ballet de Russe de Monte Carlo dancer, and still alive!) in "People Have More Fun Anyone" from DOWN TO EARTH.

Anita Ellis sings for the peerless Rita.

by Anonymousreply 2011/11/2012

Uh... DUH, R19!

by Anonymousreply 2111/11/2012

Jane Wyman's number in "Let's Do It Again" that led me to start the thread. Yes, the "Zambezi Puberty Ritual Dance" she calls it just before this scene starts.

Seeing Wyman do this is set off a thrill-of-the-absurd giggles that is still underway. Let's just say Jane is not a natural talent one thinks of for such a scene. The movie ends with the male come-back-to-me song being sung, but it's Sinatra on the radio, because not even these crazies could fit Ray Milland into the task required.

It's a musical version of "The Awful Truth," so knowledgable DLers will get the context.

by Anonymousreply 2211/11/2012

I can't believe no one's mentioned The Apple, and no, it's not a Steve Jobs bio-musical

by Anonymousreply 2311/11/2012

Why the title song from "Pepe" of course! "That's MEEE!"

by Anonymousreply 2411/11/2012

Anything with Eddie Cantor.

by Anonymousreply 2511/11/2012

Absolutely love Jane Wyman and Bing Crosby in 1952's "Just For You". One of its songs "Zing a Little Zong for Me" was Oscar nominated that year. Bing's a broadway director/producer with a teenaged son who develops a crush on Wyman, the star of the show. Nice support from Ethel Barrymore and Natalie Wood, its a cute little underrated film.

by Anonymousreply 2611/12/2012

I agree with R15.

"Billie" has the beat!!

My first soundtrack- I played it to death.

by Anonymousreply 2711/12/2012

From mod '60's musical "The Ghost Goes Gear", The Three Bells perform "No One Home." Girls in pink satin!

by Anonymousreply 2811/12/2012

R23 Then it's about Gwynnie's offspring?

by Anonymousreply 2911/12/2012

R2, I couldn't believe my eyes!

by Anonymousreply 3011/12/2012

Starstruck - 1982 Australian New Wave musical.

by Anonymousreply 3111/12/2012

Sadly, I'd have to nominate most of Alice Faye's numbers in ner many musicals for Fox. She is all but forgotten today even though she was a bigger musical star than JUdy Garland in the 1940s.

The charming Slumming on Park Avenue from On the Avenue and the heartbreaking You'll Never Know from Hello, Frisco Hello should be required viewing.

by Anonymousreply 3211/12/2012

More from Starstruck: I Want to Live in a House!

by Anonymousreply 3311/12/2012

R32, just for ya

by Anonymousreply 3411/12/2012

Why, thank you r34!

You are a true gentleman.

by Anonymousreply 3511/12/2012

well, R32, thank you for pointing this song out. I love the musical number!

by Anonymousreply 3611/12/2012

R33, that is some interesting choreography at 1.38 - 1.42. Are they cradling invisible balls & singing "I want my own litter box!"?

by Anonymousreply 3711/12/2012

r34, if you care to look for it there's another great clip of Alice Faye singing This Year's Kisses on youtube. Very different from Slumming...

Sorry, I'm not good at linking.

by Anonymousreply 3811/12/2012

Here's This Year's Kisses

by Anonymousreply 3911/12/2012

Love Love Love Alice Faye. Thank you for posting these!!!

by Anonymousreply 4011/13/2012

Once seen, never forgotten...

by Anonymousreply 4111/13/2012

Rare Carmen Miranda (in black and white) in the delightful "Chico Chico from Porto Rico" from DOLL FACE (1945).

"When he rhumba or bolero, he do better job than Ceasar Romero!"

by Anonymousreply 4211/13/2012

Thanks again, r34!

by Anonymousreply 4311/13/2012

R41, was that filmed at MichFest?

by Anonymousreply 4411/13/2012

R41, that must have sent the Catholic clergy into spasms of righteous indignation!

If you ever wondered how the Legion of Decency and the Hayes Office gained the power to censor Hollywood once the talkies came in, look no further.

by Anonymousreply 4511/13/2012

r 41: One of the greatest musical numbers EVER. And just think..that number was originally in color!!

by Anonymousreply 4611/13/2012

Arlene Judge, musical superstar, knocks 'em dead with "If It Aint One Man, It's Another"

by Anonymousreply 4711/13/2012

One of my favorite Alice Faye numbers ever: "Romance and Rhumba."

by Anonymousreply 4811/13/2012

One of my favorite MGM numbers ever--done extremely simply, with Arene Dahl in glorious Technicolor:

by Anonymousreply 4911/13/2012

"The Night is Young" with Ramon Novarro and Evelyn Laye is a forgotten masterpiece. Novarro was near the end of his career as the successor to Rudolph Velentino. He sings surprisingly well. Eveleyn Laye could have been a huge star in Hollywood musicals but she returned to the UK for a long and brilliant stage career instead.

Link goes to a poor copy of the movie's title number, a simple duet by its stars. The clip scarcely does justice to the movie which is sophisticated, funny and sad.

by Anonymousreply 5011/13/2012

Back in the 80s there was a movie called "It Came From Hollywood" featuring clips from obscure, schlocky mostly sci-fi and horror movies. But Gilda Radner hosted a segment on Hollywood Musicals that featured some doozies. Not all of the clips are from actual musicals but stick with it for the black-face Heaven number complete with tap-dancing and giant watermelon slices. Also, anyone know the movie with the dancing girl arousing a bunch of bananas?

by Anonymousreply 5111/13/2012

Damn, I didn't see r41's link before posting. That's actually an impressive production number, the lousy dancing notwithstanding. Would love to see the color version.

by Anonymousreply 5211/13/2012

OP my favorite part of the film is just before the party when Jane is walking down the hallway all tarted up and someone asks her what she is doing here. Her reply in a deep whiskey voice is "I'm here to separate the men from the boys". I can't tell you how many times I have felt like that going into a party.

by Anonymousreply 5311/13/2012

Didn't Jane Wyman suddenly make sveral big movie musicals in the early 1950s? I think the Oscar-winning song In the Cool. Cool, Cool of the Evening was introduced by her (and maybe Bing Crosby?) in one of them.

Strange brief detour in her career if you ask me.

by Anonymousreply 5411/13/2012

Jane Wyman was second choice for JUST FOR YOU. Crosby wanted Judy Garland, but Paramount refused to hire her (she had just been canned by MGM) as she was considered nothing but trouble.

by Anonymousreply 5511/13/2012

Best shower stalls ever: "Clean as A Whistle" from MGM's "MEET THE BARON", choreographed by Seymour Felix, the genius behind "Turn on The Heat".

by Anonymousreply 5611/13/2012

Eddie Cantor from Roman Scandals. Offensive on so many levels but still well mounted musical bit.

by Anonymousreply 5711/13/2012

YouTube seems to have removed the clip of "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" from Road House, as performed by Violet Lorraine.

by Anonymousreply 5811/13/2012

R57, perhaps I was being hyperbolic when I said *anything* with Eddie Cantor. This one is much better:

by Anonymousreply 5911/13/2012

Who can forget "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort'" the last movie Gene Kelly danced in. Wonderful Michel LeGrand score. And I agree with "Love Me Tonight."

by Anonymousreply 6011/13/2012

In a similar vein to R51, here's Kate Smith's cringe-worthy "Pickaninny Heaven" from [italic]Hello, Everybody![/italic] (1933), the vehicle that was intended to make her a movie star.

by Anonymousreply 6111/13/2012

R57 Wasn't Lucille Ball one of the "Goldwyn Girls" in that movie?

by Anonymousreply 6211/13/2012

R62, yes. Try to find her. I still can't.

by Anonymousreply 6311/13/2012

It's from SUNNY SIDE UP, R51.

by Anonymousreply 6411/13/2012

Gloria DeHaven - Who's Sorry Now?

by Anonymousreply 6511/13/2012

Oh, if only one were able to put thought balloons over the kids' heads as they listen to Kate Smith in r61's clip!

by Anonymousreply 6611/13/2012

And "Footlight Parade" is a masterpiece!

by Anonymousreply 6711/13/2012

I know I'll get shredded for this, but I like Camp. A somewhat surprising 68% audience like on Rotten Tomatoes, and there are some fun songs. Much of the acting is forgettable, but there's some decent eye candy between Daniel Letterle & Vince Rimoldi.

by Anonymousreply 6811/13/2012

Rita Hayworth performing "You Excite Me" from Tonight and Every Night.

by Anonymousreply 6911/13/2012

R68, I love "Camp" too!

by Anonymousreply 7011/13/2012

TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT has some terrific elements: lovely Styne-Cahn songs and great Jack Cole choreography and a better than average story. Rita is divine, Janet Blair is tolerable and I like Marc Platt pretending to be heterosexual. But the film is hampered badly by charmless leading man Lee Bowman.

by Anonymousreply 7111/13/2012

[quote]Who can forget "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort'" the last movie Gene Kelly danced in.

He danced a little bit in "Xanadu."

by Anonymousreply 7211/13/2012

I love that movie, r50. There's a riot in Havana!

by Anonymousreply 7311/13/2012

WEHT Daniel Letterle?

by Anonymousreply 7411/13/2012

Hitler and Mussolini never stood a chance when our side had Ann Miller tapping her way through the patriotic and fiery Finale of REVEILLE WITH BEVERLY.

by Anonymousreply 7511/14/2012


by Anonymousreply 7611/14/2012

My favorite part of "Camp" is the "All About Eve"-esque subplot with (now Oscar nominee) Anna Kendrick - climaxing with the perfectly chosen song, "The Ladies Who Lunch"...

by Anonymousreply 7711/14/2012

Now, THAT'S Entertainment: Glenn Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, Six Hits and A Miss, Eddie Durant and his Rhumba Band, Joan Merrill, and a furiously tapping Ann Miller wearing the ugliest dress in film history.

by Anonymousreply 7811/14/2012

Pennies from Heaven

by Anonymousreply 7911/14/2012

r77, that's a really funny scene & a great song. Also love Turkey Lurkey Time, Century Plant, and The Want of a Nail. Letterle also does a nice rendition of Wild Horses for his "audition." One of the main themes, for gay, artistic youth to simply be themselves, is wonderful. Should be required viewing during the coming out process for all gay youth.

by Anonymousreply 8011/14/2012

R78, surprising cameo in your clip of the Three Stooges!

by Anonymousreply 8111/14/2012

R79, Pennies from Heaven was the most rotten, pretentious piece of shit ever put on the screen. Only you, I , and that silly cunt who wrote for the New Yorker went to see it. Never mind that it was made from a New Yorker story - that's why she praised it.

by Anonymousreply 8211/14/2012

Ann Miller, Lucille Ball and Katharine Hepburn must have been thrilled to leave dreary RKO and join the A-listers at Metro.

by Anonymousreply 8311/14/2012

R83 add Fred Astaire.

by Anonymousreply 8411/14/2012

R78, I thought you were exaggerating until I clicked on that link. That might be the ugliest costume I have ever seen. It makes Ann look like a cross between a cheap party favor and a turkey.

by Anonymousreply 8511/15/2012

Mama Cass-

by Anonymousreply 8611/15/2012

From The Awful Truth

by Anonymousreply 8711/15/2012

Perfectly described, r85! You made me laugh out loud with that.

by Anonymousreply 8811/15/2012


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