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Song and Dance Scenes From Classic Films

I need some wonderful dance numbers to cheer me up, DLers. Please share some great song and dance scenes from classic films!

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by Anonymousreply 122January 24, 2022 6:23 PM


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by Anonymousreply 1January 7, 2022 1:23 AM

The one with that old bitch who spread her labia open

by Anonymousreply 2January 7, 2022 1:24 AM
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by Anonymousreply 3January 7, 2022 1:27 AM

Not a movie scene, but a great number

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by Anonymousreply 4January 7, 2022 1:30 AM

r4 I've recently started listening to Peggy Lee. Love her stuff.

by Anonymousreply 5January 7, 2022 1:31 AM

R5 check out her version of “Mohair Sam”

by Anonymousreply 6January 7, 2022 1:35 AM

This always brings a smile to my face.

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by Anonymousreply 7January 7, 2022 1:39 AM


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by Anonymousreply 8January 7, 2022 1:42 AM


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by Anonymousreply 9January 7, 2022 1:52 AM

“Singin’ in the Rain” - Gene dancing with water

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by Anonymousreply 10January 7, 2022 1:56 AM

Jumping Jive with the Nicholas Brothers, with Cab Calloway singing.

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by Anonymousreply 11January 7, 2022 1:57 AM

The other Gene -- Gene Nelson, the under-rated and even more athletic one, who could do gymnastics like an Olympic champ and who had a more pleasant singing voice.

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by Anonymousreply 12January 7, 2022 1:58 AM

Someone posted this recently and I loved it!

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by Anonymousreply 13January 7, 2022 2:00 AM

Here's another version of Fever by Peggy Lee in a Cocteau-esque background, a very muddy copy but I guess the only one available from the George Gobel show 1948.

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by Anonymousreply 14January 7, 2022 2:05 AM

26 minutes of bliss.

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by Anonymousreply 15January 7, 2022 2:06 AM

Those flesh-colored leotards on the dancers in the first FEVER number are bizarre in the extreme and horribly unflattering. WTF were they thinking??

by Anonymousreply 16January 7, 2022 2:07 AM

Let me entertain you.

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by Anonymousreply 17January 7, 2022 2:11 AM

Paula Kelly, Shirley MacLaine, and Chita Rivera. Paula, in my opinion, was better than the other two stars, but the whole performance is excellent.

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by Anonymousreply 18January 7, 2022 2:12 AM

R18. NO ONE is better than Our Chita! Period!

by Anonymousreply 19January 7, 2022 2:20 AM

One oif my all-time favorites in any movie.

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by Anonymousreply 20January 7, 2022 2:21 AM

The wonderful Vera-Ellen, who was great at tap, acrobatics, jazz, partnering, etc. in dance tapping en pointe with the fastest nerve taps (incredibly hard to do) in her debut movie in "Wonder Man". After this, Astaire, Kelly and Donald O'Connor longed to dance with her on-screen. She really starts going around 3:00 or so, but then you'd miss the Goldwyn Girls and the set up in gorgeous Technicolor.

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by Anonymousreply 21January 7, 2022 2:49 AM

A To Wong Foo dance classic =

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by Anonymousreply 22January 7, 2022 3:52 AM

The prequel =

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by Anonymousreply 23January 7, 2022 3:58 AM

Wesley Snipes is so good in those scenes. So funny.

by Anonymousreply 24January 7, 2022 4:01 AM

Also this little number =

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by Anonymousreply 25January 7, 2022 4:12 AM

For me, it begins and ends here. Fred, Eleanor, and Cole.

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by Anonymousreply 26January 7, 2022 4:31 AM

Or here. Ann Miller, of course.

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by Anonymousreply 27January 7, 2022 4:33 AM

Judy & Jack...

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by Anonymousreply 28January 7, 2022 4:35 AM

Steppin Out

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by Anonymousreply 29January 7, 2022 4:42 AM

Cyd and James

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by Anonymousreply 30January 7, 2022 4:50 AM
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by Anonymousreply 31January 7, 2022 10:47 AM

Ra ra re boom de aye!

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by Anonymousreply 32January 7, 2022 12:21 PM

Wonder how many Marys were in this group......

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by Anonymousreply 33January 7, 2022 12:50 PM

Always works for me!

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by Anonymousreply 34January 7, 2022 12:51 PM

don't know about marys but lots of budding moobs in the clip at r33

by Anonymousreply 35January 7, 2022 12:52 PM

This does it as well....

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by Anonymousreply 36January 7, 2022 12:55 PM

Are compilations okay? Someone posted this classic movie mashup the other day.

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by Anonymousreply 37January 7, 2022 1:00 PM

Correction to R14, it's 1958 not 1948.

by Anonymousreply 38January 7, 2022 4:09 PM

This one always makes me laugh.

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by Anonymousreply 39January 7, 2022 6:02 PM

Yikes r39

by Anonymousreply 40January 7, 2022 11:01 PM

Swing Time!

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by Anonymousreply 41January 7, 2022 11:44 PM

Gene Nelson is an example of what happened to all those "hoofers" who once easily found work in Hollywood of 1940's and 1950's (if not before) when movie musicals were still a big thing.

By 1970's times and tastes had changed in Hollywood, not to mention end of studio system, all combined to send all those dancers in search of other employment.

George Chakiris and others lucked out with West Side Story (1961), and of course there were other movie musicals such as Can-Can (1960), but as decade wore on handwriting was on the wall.

Could be wrong but don't think that dry spell ended until "All That Jazz", and film versions of musicals All That Jazz, A Chorus Line and Chicago hit the screens.

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by Anonymousreply 42January 8, 2022 3:16 AM

Jane Russell did another ship board dance number in film "The French Line", and it caused censors to have fits.

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by Anonymousreply 43January 8, 2022 3:19 AM

Don't forget DL fave Debbie Reynolds

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by Anonymousreply 44January 8, 2022 3:23 AM

Charles Durning busting a move.....

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by Anonymousreply 45January 8, 2022 3:26 AM

Give a Girl a Break

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by Anonymousreply 46January 8, 2022 3:27 AM

Judy and Gene in "The Portland Fancy" from Summer Stock.

I love it.

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by Anonymousreply 47January 8, 2022 3:29 AM

Donald O'Connor and Vera-Ellen dancing to "It's A Lovely Day" from "Call Me Madam" after the end of Ethel Merman's number is on par with the best Astaire and Rogers dances. Vera's dress is absolutely gorgeous and Donald's partnering just wonderful. Donald was going to star opposite Vera again in "White Christmas" but he was sick at the time and replaced by Danny Kaye, who then had to be replaced in some difficult partnering in a couple of numbers in that film by John Brescia, who could keep up with Vera's incredible dancing.

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by Anonymousreply 48January 8, 2022 3:58 AM

Got A Feelin You're Fooling

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by Anonymousreply 49January 8, 2022 4:08 AM

Alison Jiear - I Just Wanna Dance. Lots of research, time and effort by a college musical theatre major to find an edit these clips. Always bring me a smile.

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by Anonymousreply 50January 8, 2022 4:53 AM

Tommy Rall:

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by Anonymousreply 51January 8, 2022 5:06 AM

I ❤️ Mr. Beebe

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by Anonymousreply 52January 8, 2022 5:18 AM

The fabulous Kessler Sisters!

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by Anonymousreply 53January 8, 2022 5:26 AM

Christopher Walken - Pennies from Heaven

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by Anonymousreply 54January 8, 2022 5:41 AM

No Dames

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by Anonymousreply 55January 9, 2022 2:01 AM

Blondie Bumstead lets loose...

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by Anonymousreply 56January 9, 2022 4:10 AM

Russ Tamblyns shovel dance in Fastest Gun Alive

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by Anonymousreply 57January 9, 2022 4:38 AM

Russ Tamblyns shovel dance in Fastest Gun Alive

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by Anonymousreply 58January 9, 2022 4:38 AM

This is Stella Deems???

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by Anonymousreply 59January 9, 2022 4:52 AM

Somebody did a spectacular job editing this all together, I can’t even imagine all the hours to sync and hit to the beat all these clips that it must have taken.

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by Anonymousreply 60January 9, 2022 4:57 AM


No, it's Mary McCarty.

You see her in first clip posted above from "the French Line" asking if Jane Russell's character is ready to do her number, then gives band leader heads up.

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by Anonymousreply 61January 9, 2022 5:01 AM


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by Anonymousreply 62January 9, 2022 5:03 AM

So, r61, it *is* Stella Deems.

by Anonymousreply 63January 9, 2022 5:05 AM

I still think this is one of the most spectacular and impressive dance sequences ever caught on film.

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by Anonymousreply 64January 9, 2022 5:06 AM


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by Anonymousreply 65January 9, 2022 5:07 AM


Forgive me, am young and had no idea who "Stella Deems" was, but now I know.....

by Anonymousreply 66January 9, 2022 5:24 AM

Hallelujah From "Hit the Deck"

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by Anonymousreply 67January 9, 2022 5:32 AM

"Stereophonic Sound" from Silk Stockings.

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by Anonymousreply 68January 9, 2022 5:39 AM

Jane and Bing Zing a Little Zong

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by Anonymousreply 69January 9, 2022 5:40 AM

See if you can spot everyone's favorite Catwoman Julie Newmar in the chorus of Zing.

by Anonymousreply 70January 9, 2022 5:57 AM

r70 - That's Miss Newmeyer to you, bub.

by Anonymousreply 71January 9, 2022 3:48 PM

That's also Miss Julie Newmar, or Newmeyer, if you prefer, as one of the 7 Brides in the famous barn dance with DL Fave Ruta Lee as another Bride. Julie is paired with the best-looking, if non-dancing 7 Brothers Jeff Richards, "Buck Winston" of The Opposite Sex.

by Anonymousreply 72January 9, 2022 6:08 PM

Since we're on a Jane Russell roll.....

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by Anonymousreply 73January 11, 2022 10:44 AM

No more feelin' uptight!

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by Anonymousreply 74January 11, 2022 10:48 AM
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by Anonymousreply 75January 11, 2022 10:59 AM

I always like to post this is these kind of threads. Bob Fosse choreography.

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by Anonymousreply 76January 11, 2022 11:00 AM

Mitzi Gaynor dancing Jack Cole choreography.

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by Anonymousreply 77January 11, 2022 11:11 AM

[quote]Could be wrong but don't think that dry spell ended until "All That Jazz", and film versions of musicals All That Jazz, A Chorus Line and Chicago hit the screens.

GREASE (1978) was an even bigger hit than any of those, combined. In fact, it was a blockbuster and a phenomenon! The #1 film of 1978, even besting SUPERMAN, which had to settle for second place. Needless to say, it also became the highest-grossing movie musical at the time, breaking SOUND OF MUSIC's decade-old record.

by Anonymousreply 78January 11, 2022 11:12 AM

Hope this wasn't already posted...James Cagney, a song and dance man long before he became Mr. Tough Guy...

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by Anonymousreply 79January 11, 2022 12:45 PM
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by Anonymousreply 80January 11, 2022 6:25 PM

R79 He was already famous as Mr. Tough Guy, but he had musical roots, having performed starting out in, among other places, Yiddish theater and I believe also sometimes in drag. "The Public Enemy" in 1931 made him a star, with him famously pushing half a grapefruit into co-star Mae Clarke's face. He was a very popular winner in 1943 for "Yankee Doodle Dandy", and his theretofore hidden talents as a hoofer was a wonderful surprise to moviegoers.

by Anonymousreply 81January 11, 2022 6:48 PM

Wasn't Cagney that cutie who did those impressive flips with his vaudeville partner during the finale of GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY, one of the first movie musicals?

by Anonymousreply 82January 11, 2022 7:00 PM

And here we have the inimitable Groucho Marx, with his Captain Spaulding routine, and yes, it does contain a dance (of sorts.)

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by Anonymousreply 83January 11, 2022 10:13 PM

Jimmy Cagney sang and tap danced in 1933's FOOTLIGHT PARADE with Joan Blondell and Ruby Keeler so his musical talents in 1943's YANKEE DOODLE DANDY were no particular surprise to audiences. He may actually also sing and dance a bit in 1941's THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE with Rita Hayworth.,,,,can't remember.

What was (I believe) a singular achievement was winning a lead Oscar for a musical role that was not based on a prior Broadway performance (as Yul Brynner, Rex Harrison and Joel Grey did). Has any other actor or actress done that? Remember I said lead, so that would not include Rita Moreno or George Chakiris.

by Anonymousreply 84January 12, 2022 2:43 AM

I wasn't very clear but I was referring to Cagney's Oscar for YANKEE DOODLE DANDY.

by Anonymousreply 85January 12, 2022 2:45 AM

[quote]What was (I believe) a singular achievement was winning a lead Oscar for a musical role that was not based on a prior Broadway performance (as Yul Brynner, Rex Harrison and Joel Grey did). Has any other actor or actress done that?

Julie Andrews for MARY POPPINS

by Anonymousreply 86January 12, 2022 2:53 AM

Emma Stone in LA LA LAND

by Anonymousreply 87January 12, 2022 2:54 AM

That Gene Nelson number in the gym is (while not really a dance) absolutely incredible.

Other scenes that make me smile: Ann Miller and Fred Astaire in "Easter Parade", Bobby Van in "Small Town Girl, Ver-Ellen's INCREDIBLE dancing of "Mandy" in White Christmas, and Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John in Xanadu doing "Whenever You're Away From Me".

Speaking of James Cagney, has anyone seen his reprise of his George M Cohan character in a cameo in The Seven Little Foys. He and Bob Hope are great in their one scene together.

by Anonymousreply 88January 12, 2022 3:03 AM

Did Emma Stone really win an Oscar for that performance??


by Anonymousreply 89January 12, 2022 3:05 AM

Too few people know Joan McCracken except Fosse's ex. She was brilliant.

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by Anonymousreply 90January 12, 2022 3:50 AM

James Cagney danced as if someone was pulling a string up his backside.

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by Anonymousreply 91January 12, 2022 3:52 AM

That being said Cagney's soft shoe and tap dancing style was said to be an ode to Irish American style. What exactly is different about Irish American from say blacks or others I don't know....

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by Anonymousreply 92January 12, 2022 3:56 AM

Now for bit of history....

James Cagney got his start at Keith's Eighty-First Street Theatre, which still exists, though as a shell, at Broadway and 81st street in Manhattan, NYC.

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by Anonymousreply 93January 12, 2022 3:59 AM

I ain't seeing enough coloured folks mentioned in this here thread.

Hattie McDaniel & Willie Best from Thank Your Lucky Stars.

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by Anonymousreply 94January 12, 2022 4:04 AM

IIRC this was only song and dance number Bette Davis did on film. According to great La Davis, once was quite enough as she was slightly injured doing that jitter bug number. Oh and Bette Davis couldn't carry a note if it was in a handbag.

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by Anonymousreply 95January 12, 2022 4:06 AM

It's Sheree!

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by Anonymousreply 96January 12, 2022 4:09 AM

Not so much dancing as strutting, but Ann Sheridan did it in spades. Great set of pipes, and rocking body, pity studios didn't know what to do with Miss Sheridan...

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by Anonymousreply 97January 12, 2022 4:09 AM

Judy and Chuck Walters

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by Anonymousreply 98January 12, 2022 4:21 AM

Honestly, I think this is one of the most astonishing extended sequences in cinematic history. From the beginning with the singers head slowly becoming larger (then turning into the island of Manhattan), to the Busby Berkley dance sequences, it’s an Expressionism morality play like you’ll never see again.

(Dancing in Part 2)

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by Anonymousreply 99January 12, 2022 4:33 AM

Busby appeared to be misogynistic. He has the Broadway baby above falling to her death and there's the dame getting shot in 42nd Street.

by Anonymousreply 100January 12, 2022 4:37 AM

Part 2

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by Anonymousreply 101January 12, 2022 4:42 AM

Part 3

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by Anonymousreply 102January 12, 2022 4:45 AM

Yes, the party girl meets an untimely end, but I was worried more about the cat at the end, R100

by Anonymousreply 103January 12, 2022 4:47 AM

I wanna know about the girl who falls at 4:30 . She falls, the crowd goes Ooh. She splat-lands on the wing below her, the crowd goes Yay. But is she o.k.?

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by Anonymousreply 104January 12, 2022 4:59 AM

It's misogynistic now to depict a woman being killed in a movie? 🙄

by Anonymousreply 105January 12, 2022 5:39 AM

Not classic but solid...

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by Anonymousreply 106January 12, 2022 5:49 AM

R8 OP said "classic film", otherwise I agree.

by Anonymousreply 107January 12, 2022 5:54 AM

R9 Oops. Was referring to Xanadu, R9

by Anonymousreply 108January 12, 2022 5:56 AM

Not a classic, but I've always thought this was great!

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by Anonymousreply 109January 12, 2022 5:59 AM

The reshot final of Judy Garland in "Presenting Lily Mars" again with dance partner Chuck Walters.

This replaced the original ending number called "Paging Mr. Greenbacks" which I'm pretty sure isn't extant. How could it be any better than this! Look at the choreography and the levitating orchestra. Judy is at her very peak and a pretty sensational dancer. It makes me wish she'd been well enough to complete "The Barkleys of Broadway" which would have been one of her best roles.

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by Anonymousreply 110January 12, 2022 7:27 AM

[quote]It's misogynistic now to depict a woman being killed in a movie? 🙄

Oh for chrissakes, r105, that generalization was your takeaway from my comment? I specifically mentioned Busby being misogynistic, not movies in general. Those three specific numbers feature a woman dying or being injured. In Lullaby and 42nd Street it's as if he's making a morality statement. Judy hated working for him. He almost killed Carmen Miranda ("Eef joo wanted to keel me, why doan joo use a gun?"). In my humble opinion, Busby appeared to be misogynistic.

by Anonymousreply 111January 12, 2022 5:02 PM

Ann Miller thought he was a beast too, refusing to let her rest when she had a blister.

by Anonymousreply 112January 13, 2022 8:39 AM

June Allyson was an underrated dancer.

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by Anonymousreply 113January 13, 2022 8:44 AM

Yes, r113, and she absolutely oozed carnality in slacks and a Peter Pan collar.

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by Anonymousreply 114January 13, 2022 5:09 PM

Does synchronized swimming count?

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by Anonymousreply 115January 13, 2022 7:39 PM

I remember the first time I really focused on Esther Williams and her aquacade musical numbers was in the original That's Entertainment which gave her a section all her own with many montages from several of her films. Back then in the 1970s, before CGI and other special effects these sequences seemed truly fantastical and almost surreal. Looking at them now, however, they strike me as rather clumsy, effortful and downright silly. Esther hasn't aged well.

by Anonymousreply 116January 13, 2022 10:25 PM

[quote]Esther hasn't aged well.

Neither have the skaters

by Anonymousreply 117January 14, 2022 7:50 PM

Judy sure rocked that Presenting Lily Mars finale . She also looked fantastic .

by Anonymousreply 118January 15, 2022 4:23 AM

Here’s some skaters

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by Anonymousreply 119January 15, 2022 8:33 PM


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by Anonymousreply 120January 16, 2022 4:47 AM

Another dance number you just know had a few Marys...

But those thighs must have been in fantastic shape.

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by Anonymousreply 121January 16, 2022 9:58 AM

Not from a movie, but fun to watch! C’est si bon!

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by Anonymousreply 122January 24, 2022 6:23 PM
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