Greatest Classic Films Collection

Greatest Classic Films Collection

Broadway Musicals

DVD - 2009
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Annie get your gun (1950, 107 min.): Annie Oakley is an incredible shot who meets Frank Butler. Frank is the star sharpshoot in Colonel Buffalo Bill's show. He finds himself falling for Annie, but feels that she is not marriage material. In the end, they both discover that love is wonderful.
Show boat (1951, 108 min.): When Julie La Verne and her husband Steve Baker are forced to leave the showboat Cotton Blossom, they are replaced by the Captain's daughter, Magnolia, and Gaylord Ravenal, a notorious gambler. Magnolia and Ravenal fall in love, marry, leave the boat and move to Chicago. They live off Ravenal's earnings from gambling. After they go broke, Gaylord feels guilty and leaves Magnolia, not knowing she is pregnant.
Kiss me Kate (1953, 110 min.): Fred is a director and Lilly is an actress who are divorced. They are brought back together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The couple seem to act a great deal like the characters they play. A fight on the opening night threatens the production, not to mention the two thugs who have the mistaken idea that Fred owes their boss money and insist on staying next to him all night.
Seven brides for seven brothers (1954, 102 min.): Adam is the eldest of seven brothers who goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home where she discover he has six brothers - all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Adam reads about the Roman capture of the Sabine women and develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness.

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ThomasJWhiting
Apr 29, 2016

GREAT set of 4 DVDs of 1950's Hollywood film versions of Broadway musicals.
In last couple days I watched Show Boat and then Annie Get Your Gun. Both are interesting early 50's film versions of how show biz evolved from vaudeville into travelling shows by boat, railroad, etc.
Annie was particularly interesting in how the Betty Hutton character changed from funky country girl to showbiz beauty.
Also interesting to learn how Judy Garland was originally filming the Annie role - and then was replaced. The special features even includes two songs Judy had already filmed before being replaced. Fun to see how the songs/staging (by fabulous Robert Alton) changed between versions. It is apparently a little historically unclear as to exactly why Judy was replaced.

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