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Highlights from the great musicals of the 1940s. Stars featured include Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Danny Kaye, Jimmy Durante and Frank Sinatra. The DVD also features the WWII revue feature, ‘Hollywood Victory Caravan’, which saw the likes of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Humphrey Bogart doing their bit to entertain the troops.
In the 1940s, America was just emerging from The Great Depression. War engulfed half the world, and the future looked uncertain. The Hollywood Musical had the recipe to make things better. Because of the Hollywood Musical people still believed that dreams really do come true. Glamour spread across the screen. In glorious colour, even in black and white, the screen glittered.
Join Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Jeanette MacDonald, Fred Astaire, Alice Faye, Gene Kelly, Betty Grable, John Payne, Ann Miller, George Murphy, Maragret O’Brien, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Danny Kaye, Carmen Miranda, Frank Sinatra, Martha Raye, Jimmy Durante, Lena Horne, Tony Martin, and a host of others as we celebrate the great musicals of the 1940s, when Hollywood put its best feet forward – dancing feet. From nostalgia to contemporary jazz, the Hollywood Musical had it all in the 1940s.
Hollywood Vicory Caravan is typical of the War Bond promotions of the second World War. Musical comedy stars Bing Crosby, Betty Hutton, Carmen Cavallero, Bob Hope and Olga San Juan strut their stuff in this musical short. Barbara Stanwyck, Alan Ladd, Humphrey Bogart and Robert Benchley make cameo appearances. Rare behind-the-scenes views of the Paramount studio highlight this gem from the 1940s. This is a real treat for fans of the musical!