Unsung Hollywood Musicals of the Golden Era

Unsung Hollywood Musicals of the Golden Era

Author: Edwin M. Bradley

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476624006

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

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The most memorable Hollywood musicals of 1930s showcased the talents of stars like Fred Astaire, Jeanette MacDonald, Bing Crosby and Alice Faye. The less memorable ones didn't. This book takes a look at the unsung songfests of the '30s--secondary or forgotten features with short-lived or unlikely stars from major studios and Poverty Row. Through analysis of films such as Lord Byron of Broadway (1930), Shoot the Works (1934), Bottoms Up (1934), Moonlight and Pretzels (1933) and The Music Goes 'Round (1936), the author profiles such performers as Dorothy Dell, Lee Dixon, Peggy Fears, Lawrence Gray, Joe Morrison and the mother-daughter team of Myrt and Marge. Behind-the-scenes figures are discussed, like the infamously profligate producer Lou Brock, whose flops Down to Their Last Yacht (1934) and Top of the Town (1937) cost him his career. Filmographies and production information are included, with background on key participants.

Unsung Hollywood Musicals of the Golden Era

Unsung Hollywood Musicals of the Golden Era

Author: Edwin M. Bradley

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786498338

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

View: 963

The most memorable Hollywood musicals of 1930s showcased the talents of stars like Fred Astaire, Jeanette MacDonald, Bing Crosby and Alice Faye. The less memorable ones didn't. This book takes a look at the unsung songfests of the '30s--secondary or forgotten features with short-lived or unlikely stars from major studios and Poverty Row. Through analysis of films such as Lord Byron of Broadway (1930), Shoot the Works (1934), Bottoms Up (1934), Moonlight and Pretzels (1933) and The Music Goes 'Round (1936), the author profiles such performers as Dorothy Dell, Lee Dixon, Peggy Fears, Lawrence Gray, Joe Morrison and the mother-daughter team of Myrt and Marge. Behind-the-scenes figures are discussed, like the infamously profligate producer Lou Brock, whose flops Down to Their Last Yacht (1934) and Top of the Town (1937) cost him his career. Filmographies and production information are included, with background on key participants.

Hollywood Musicals You Missed

Hollywood Musicals You Missed

Author: Edwin M. Bradley

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476639932

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 306

View: 761

Pre-World War II Hollywood musicals weren't only about Astaire and Rogers, Mickey and Judy, Busby Berkeley, Bing Crosby, or Shirley Temple. The early musical developed through tangents that reflected larger trends in film and American culture at large. Here is a survey of select titles with a variety of influences: outsized songwriter personalities, hubbub over "hillbilly" and cowboy stereotypes, the emergence of swing, and the brief parade of opera stars to celluloid. Featured movies range from the smash hit Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938), to obscurities such as Are You There? (1930) and Swing, Sister, Swing (1938), to the high-grossing but now forgotten Mountain Music (1937), and It's Great to Be Alive (1933), a zesty pre-Code musical/science-fiction/comedy mishmash. Also included are some of the not-so-memorable pictures made by some of the decade's greatest musical stars.

Musicals in Film: A Guide to the Genre

Musicals in Film: A Guide to the Genre

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440844232

Category: Social Science

Page: 449

View: 218

This wide-ranging guide introduces (or reintroduces) readers to movie musicals past and present, enabling them to experience the development of this uniquely American art form—and discover films they'll love. • Shows how the genre developed over time, from the 1920s to the present • Shares fascinating insights about musicals with which the reader is already familiar • Offers information on many lesser-known musicals • Helps readers find film musicals that are similar to those they know and like • Introduces important performers, directors, and songwriters • Includes photographic stills from famous movie musicals

The Call of the Heart

The Call of the Heart

Author: Bruce Babington

Publisher: John Libbey Publishing

ISBN: 9780861969548

Category: Art

Page: 297

View: 467

The profusion of research on film history means that there are now few Hollywood filmmakers in the category of Neglected Master; John M Stahl (1886–1950) has been stuck in it for far too long. His strong association with melodrama and the womans film is a key to this neglect; those mainstays of popular cinema are no longer the object of critical scorn or indifference, but Stahl has until now hardly benefited from this welcome change in attitude. His remarkable silent melodramas were either lost, or buried in archives, while his major sound films such as Imitation of Life and Magnificent Obsession, equally successful in their time, have been overshadowed by the glamour of the 1950s remakes by Douglas Sirk. Sirk is a far from neglected figure; Stahls much longer Hollywood career deserves attention and celebration in its own right, as this book definitively shows. Drawing on a wide range of film and document archives, scholars from three continents come together to cover Stahls work, as director and also producer, from its beginnings during World War I to his death, as a still active filmmaker, in 1950. Between them they make a strong case for Stahl as an important figure in cinema history, and as author of many films that still have the power to move their audiences.

The Unsung Songwriters

The Unsung Songwriters

Author: Warren W. Vaché

Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press

ISBN: UOM:39015050107757

Category: Music

Page: 737

View: 416

Contrary to the widely held opinion that most of our hit and standard songs were composed by a handful of top writers—Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Rodgers—the fact is that the vast majority of them were written by relatively unknown composers.

At Last

At Last

Author: Stacia Raymond

Publisher:

ISBN: 1947431439

Category: Fiction

Page: 0

View: 177

The golden age of the Hollywood musical celebrated through the life of unsung hit-maker Harry Warren. Eliciting a swell of nostalgia, Harry Warren's jaunty melodies lift our spirits as much today as they did for Depression-era moviegoers. Navigating a business already known for its glamour, excess, and ruthless business practices, Warren quietly but resplendently helped create a new American art form. A self-taught musician, Warren was nominated for eleven best original song Academy Awards and took home three Oscars. He composed twenty musicals including 42nd Street and unforgettable American standards such as "We're in the Money," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," and "That's Amore." At Last brings readers on a journey through yesteryear's Tin Pan Alley, Busby Berkeley set pieces, cocktails with the Gershwins, and the creative and collaborative process of a prolific musical genius.

Unsung Genius

Unsung Genius

Author: Glenn Meredith Loney

Publisher: Franklin Watts

ISBN: STANFORD:36105037660920

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 394

View: 268

Traces the life and career of the American choreographer who trained with Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn and designed dance sequences for films and on Broadway

The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical

The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical

Author: Mark N. Grant

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015059572712

Category: Music

Page: 365

View: 905

A history of the American Broadway musical examines its formative years and golden age and describes the reasons why many famous musicals became cultural icons, as well as looking at the decline the genre has suffered in more recent years.

Show Music on Record

Show Music on Record

Author: Jack Raymond

Publisher: Washington, D.C. [i.e. Falls Church, VA] (3713 George Mason Dr. #1714, Falls Church 22041) : J. Raymond

ISBN: UOM:39015045698753

Category: Motion picture music Discography

Page: 586

View: 726

A comprehensive list of original cast and studio cast performances issued on commercial phonograph records, covering music of the American stage, screen, and television, with composer performances and other selected collateral recordings.