Summer 2012 Movie Series:
June 25, 2012 - August 27, 2012
"Forget your troubles, c'mon get happy," Judy Garland memorably urged in Summer Stock (1950). The lyric was specific to the storyline of that particular movie but it echoes through any number of Hollywood musicals made before or since.For audiences, the spell cast by the combination of buoyant songs, dancing, comedy, romance, and lavish colour is a beguiling one, thus making it easy to heed Judy's advice early on and remain in good spirits throughout the movie. As a bonus, those sunny dispositions are often maintained long after the screen goes dark. Such is the power of the well-crafted musical. To 'get happy' (or if you already are and seek even greater happiness), Hollywood Musicals is prescribed.
All films are shown in the Royal Alberta Museum.
Memberships:$30.00 for all eight films
$6.00 (single) single membership (one film only)
$5.00 (seniors) single membership (one film only)
$5.00 (students) single membership (one film only)
$3.00 (children) single membership (one film only)
(1953, 112 min., colour, PG)
Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse
Numbered among the ten greatest musicals ever made, Band Wagon soars with wonderful tunes, eye-popping dances and plenty of satire. A fading Hollywood star decides to try his luck on stage, only to meet with a host of troubles. Best numbers: "Dancing in the Dark" and "Girl Hunt".
Director: Vincente Minnelli
(1955, 108 min., colour, PG)
Jack Lemmon, Janet Leigh, Bob Fosse
Two spirited Ohio girls take a bite of the Big Apple by moving into a grungy Greenwich Village basement apartment, then search for work while fending off unsuitable suitors. This charming 'big time or bust' success story is light on its toes thanks to a script by Blake Edwards and Bob Fosse's choreography.
Director: Richard Quine
(1948, 99 min., colour, PG)
Doris Day, Jack Carson
Day, in her first film, is a struggling nightclub singer who agrees to take a cruise posing as a wealthy socialite, who'd rather stay home and spy on her husband. But hubby hires a P.I. to spy on his vacationing wife. The screwball situation is untangled but not before a lot of fun and music occur.
Director: Michael Curtiz
(1938, 98 min., PG)
Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall
One of young Durbin's most popular comedies. She's a film star's daughter, shipped off to a Swiss boarding school. Prohibited from revealing her parentage, she concocts a fantasy father. When her bluff is endangered, she enlists the help of a bewildered vacationer to quickly masquerade as Dad.
Director: Norman Taurog
(1949, 110 min., colour, PG)
Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
The tenth and final teaming of the enchanting pair. They play a show biz couple who split over differences their careers should take. Among the memorable numbers: Fred's solo, performed in a shoe repair shop, with dozens of disembodied tapping shoes.
Director: Charles Walters
(1955, 116 min., colour, PG)
Steve Allen, Donna Reed
The beginnings of the Swing Era, as embodied in the life story of one of its master musicians. The clarinet great himself supplied the sounds. The film follows Goodman from a rag-tag upbringing in Chicago to the historic concert at Carnegie Hall. Harry James and Gene Krupa make cameo appearances.
Director: Valentine Davies
(1964, 140 min., colour, PG)
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
The Disney version of P.L. Travers's classic about a flying governess who takes over the house of a turn-of-the-century London banker and wins the hearts of his two children thanks to her performance of a number of sprightly numbers. Andrews makes her screen debut and wins an Oscar.
Director: Robert Stevenson
(1948, 102 min., colour, PG)
Judy Garland, Gene Kelly
A dazzling Caribbean swashbuckler of a musical. A wandering actor woos a sheltered but romantic girl by posing as a notorious pirate while thinking of her family's riches. He promises romance and adventure. Cole Porter songs, lively comic performances, and the seductive décor are highlights.
Director: Vincente Minnelli