Hollywood Singing and Dancing

Hollywood Singing and Dancing

The 1930s, Dancing Away the Great Depression

DVD - 2009
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Examines the history of Hollywood musical films. This program covers the 1930s, including the magic of director/choreographer Busby Berkeley; the screen partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; musical child stars such as Jane Withers, Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and Shirley Temple; the musical ladies of 20th-Century Fox including Sonja Henie, Betty Grable, and Alice Faye; dancers such as Eleanor Powell, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers, and James Gagney; and singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.
Publisher: [North Hollywood, Calif.?] : Great Musical Treasures, c2009
Edition: Full screen
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.436578 HOLLYWOOD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 150 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in

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garycornell
Jul 03, 2014

It is always hard to believe they don't make something as good as they once did. In the case of musicals with singing and dancing, we might never again see the like of such talented performers and dance arrangers as those of the 1930's. All the proof is in Hollywood Singing and Dancing, the 1930's: Dancing Away the Depression. The leader of these fabulous musicals was Busby Berkeley. He literally created the dance productions that were shot both straight on and from ceiling cameras. Just look at Astaire and Rogers on the cover. Could anyone today dance these two? We are lucky that these movies have been preserved and now can be enjoyed by another generation.

EuSei Aug 04, 2013

With the exception of a few idiotic comments (*) by Shirley Jones (the narrator), an exceptional documentary of the time when movies did not really on nudity, sex and profanity. (*) The description of Blacks in the 30’s as “African-Americans; I almost gagged! The assertion that FDR’s recovery plans were helping the economy, and immediately stating audiences were going to the theater to basically forget the bad economic times! So, what is it: was he helping or fixing the economy? (We now know the answer is they made the Depression actually longer.)

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