2 hrs. 5 mins.
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This salute to the Hollywood musicals of the 1950s includes excerpts from ‘An American in Paris’, ‘Kismet’, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, ‘Kiss Me Kate’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, ‘The Band Wagon’ and ‘Oklahoma!’, amongst others. Stars include Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, and there are interviews with former hoofers Ann Miller, Shirley Jones and Gwen Verdon.
Relive the excitment of opening night as the curtain is raised on the Hollywood Musicals of the 50s. All the music, the dancing, the exotic locales, the comedy, and the drama are included in a salute to the greatest musicals ever to grace the motion picture screen> Form the artistry of the ballet in An Americam in Paris to the Arabian Nights fantasy of Kismet, there are stars shining in all their glory. Gene Kelly, Howard Keel, Fred Astaire, Donald O’Connor and Cyd Charisse are but a few of the luminaries included. Enjoy again the depiction of early days talking pictures in Singin In The Rain. Clap your hands to the songs and dances aboard the Show Boat. Watch as Shakespeare comes alive again in the musical comedy Kiss Me Kate. Thrill once more to the enchantment of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Band Wagon, and Damn Yankees. Fall in love again with the romance of Royal Wedding, Oklahoma! and Silk Stockings.
Every major musical film of the 1950s is represented in this program, and there are revealing interviews with such stars as Shirley Jones, Ann Miller and Gwen Verdon. Hollywood Musicals of the 50s has it all!