Robert Z. LeonardSaddling up for this song-filled sagebrusher are Jeanette MacDonald as Mary and Nelson Eddy as Ramerez, her gold-hearted desperado. But Sheriff Rance (Walter Pidgeon of Mrs. Miniver) turns the twosome into a triangle. He's got an eye for Mary and nothing would please him more than to hold a hanging for Ramerez. To its top-rate stars and songs, The Girl of the Golden West adds a buckboard of delights. Among them are Leo Carrillo as Eddy's sidekick and Buddy Ebsen (TV's The Beverly Hillbillies) singing "The West Ain't Wild Anymore." Maybe it ain't so wild anymore, but with MacDonald and Eddy it's a lot of fun!
Robert WiseJean Simmons, Paul Douglas and Anthony Franciosa star in producer Joe Pasternak's delightful production which was called "the kind of movie audiences hunger for but all too infrequently get". Anne Leeds (Simmons) is a schoolteacher looking for part-time work. She lands a job as a secretary at a nightclub, working for two partners: Rocco (Douglas), a nice, decent type of guy who has Anne's best interests at heart, and Tony (Franciosa), a handsome swinger for whom Anne falls, much to Rocco's chagrin. Adding a bit of spice – and some musical entertainment – to the story are Joan Blondell, Julie Wilson, J. Carrol Naish, ZaSu Pitts and more in supporting roles.
John Francis DillonCafe hostess Sally (Marilyn Miller) aspires to leave her humble beginnings in an orphanage to become a dancer. She is loved by Blair Farell, of an aristocratic family, but his father has arranged a match with another woman. Forced to leave the cafe when she spills food on the suit of Otis Hooper, a booking agent, Sally gets a job at the Balkan Tavern. Encouraged to dance for the customers, Sally is a sensation. Now she's on her way to a big Broadway show...but can she still land her true love, Blair?
Charles VidorIn the story, Hans Christian Andersen, a shoemaker, is booted out of his own village by the Town Council at the request of the local schoolmaster, who would rather the children of the village attend school than listen to Hans's fairy tales. Not wishing Hans to undergo any humiliation, his apprentice Peter convinces him to go to Copenhagen, before Hans can find out what the Town Council has decided. Peter goes with him. In the final scene, we see the now celebrated Hans, surrounded by the children and all the adults (including the schoolmaster) , having even more success than before telling stories.
John RichThe year was 1967. It's Packers vs. Chiefs in the first Super Bowl. Twiggy is a supermodel sensation. America's 100,000,000th telephone is installed. And Elvis dives for dollars in Easy Come, Easy Go. On his last day in the Navy, frogman Elvis discovers a sunken treasure ship. On his first day as a civilian, Elvis starts his new job-self-employed treasure hunter! Fans will dig these treasures, too: Rockin' tunes, romance with a go-go dancer, underwater action, and The King twisted like a human pretzel at a groovy '60's yogafest! Costarring Elsa Lanchester (Bride of Frankenstein).
Norman TaurogRock'n'roll legend and screen star Elvis Presley ("Jailhouse Rock") stars as a photographer who accepts two lucrative jobs and manages to keep them both by bouncing back and forth between the two. Of course, he finds time to sing a few songs along the way! Co-starring pop crooner Rudy Vallee, Dick Sargent (TV's "Bewitched," "Operation Petticoat") and versatile character actor Sterling Holloway, who provided voices for many classic Disney characters. Directed by Oscar-winner Norman Taurog ("Boys Town," "Speedway").
Ken RussellThe star has injured an ankle, but the show and inexperienced stage assistant Polly Browne must go on. Break a leg, kid. And don't let the presence of Hollywood director and talent scout Mr. De Thrill add any pressure. And so begins this colorful tale of theater hopefuls with stars in their eyes and greasepaint in their veins, a work that, under the guidance of director Ken Russell, is not just an affectionate filmization of Sandy Wilson's London/Broadway stage hit but also an homage to the movie stagings of Busby Berkeley complete with imaginative use of kaleidoscopic top shots and rows of leggy chorines. Fashion icon Twiggy makes her screen debut as sweet-natured Polly, a role played earlier by Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut. Curtain up. Maybe someone will be discovered tonight.
Arther HillerThe 17th century…Arrested and thrown into a dungeon for having offended the Spanish Inquisition with his supposedly heretical writings, Miguel de Cervantes busies himself by writing the outlandish, delightful tale of knight Don Quixote. Based on the popular Broadway musical.
David SwiftA humble window washer at the New York offices of World Wide Wickets, J. Pierpont Finch applies the lessons he's learned from a book called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to scrabble his way up the corporate ladder. Though advised by the mailroom supervisor to keep a low profile and play things "The Company Way," Finch would rather play by his own set of rules and ethics, however skewed they may be. After all, two can play this game. Robert Morse stars. Directed by David Swift.
Herbert RossAcademy Award-honoree Peter O'Toole ("Venus," "Lawrence of Arabia") stars in this musical classic about a prim English schoolmaster who learns to show his compassion through the help of an outgoing showgirl. O'Toole, who received his fourth Oscar-nomination for this performance, is joined by '60s pop star Petula Clark ("Finian's Rainbow") and fellow Oscar-nominee Michael Redgrave ("The Lady Vanishes," "The Hill"). Directed by Oscar-nominee Herbert Ross ("The Vanishing Point," "Play it Again, Sam," "The Sunshine Boys").
Walter LangThe world-famous Three Stooges turn the classic fairy tale on it's ear, with their own personal send-up of the Snow White tale. The usual slap-shtick high jinks of the trio of kooks - Curly (Joe), Larry, and Moe - are wrapped around a not-so-close resemblance to the story about the lovely maiden and the wicked queen. Olympic champion figure skater Carol Heiss plays Snow White, and the Three Stooges take the place of the seven dwarfs.
Sight & Sound TheatresFrom the big stage to the big screen, Sight & Sound Theatres® presents: Moses, a spectacular entertainment experience for your whole family! Set adrift as a baby and now wandering in the wilderness, Moses is one unlikely hero—until God calls him into action. From the Nile River to the Red Sea, journey with Moses as he leads God’s people on an amazing adventure toward the Promised Land. Filmed in front of a live audience at Sight & Sound in Lancaster, PA, Moses is an original stage production experienced by nearly two million people.
George SidneyPal Joey stars Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak in a sophisticated musical comedy. Sinatra plays Joey Evans, a cabaret singer who romances wealthy socialite Hayworth into financing his own nightclub, but then falls for voluptuous chorine Novak. Pal Joey took 17 years to get to the screen. Based on a series of stories written as letters by John O'Hara for The New Yorker, the letters were all signed "Your Pal Joey" by a mythical dancer. O'Hara later adapted the stories as a book for the Broadway musical which starred Gene Kelly. When Columbia bought the film rights, studio chief Harry Cohn wanted Kelly for the lead and Hayworth for the younger role of Linda. But Kelly was already contracted to MGM and the project was shelved. At one time, Billy Wilder was interested in doing the picture with Marlon Brando and Mae West but the studio passed. It finally took the combined talents of Hayworth, Sinatra and newcomer Kim Novak to bring Pal Joey to the screen. The gossip columns were f
Christiaan OlwagenA coming-of-age war musical about a small town boy serving his compulsory two year military training in the South African Defense Force Choir and Concert group - known as the 'Canaries'- during the height of the Apartheid regime.
George SidneyOscar-winners Gene Kelly ("Singin' in the Rain," "An American in Paris") and Frank Sinatra ("From Here to Eternity," "The Manchurian Candidate") star as two sailors on leave in Hollywood who sneak into a movie studio so they can win an audition for aspiring singer Kathryn Grayson ("Kiss Me Kate," "Show Boat"). Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, it won for Best Score. Kelly received a nomination for his outstanding performance, including a wonderful dancing duet with "Jerry," the cartoon mouse. Great songs from legendary Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne. With Oscar-nominee Dean Stockwell ("Married to the Mob," TV's "Quantum Leap"). Directed by the acclaimed George Sidney ("Bye Bye Birdie," "Show Boat," "The Three Musketeers").
Norman TaurogThe eighth pairing of Oscar-winners Judy Garland ("The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis") and Mickey Rooney ("Babes in Toyland," "National Velvet") follows the exploits of a womanizing playboy who finds true love when he is sent to a remote college. Fun-filled musical featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin.
Michael CurtizAfter leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
Edwin L. MarinYoung Pinkie Wingate (Judy Garland) and her pal Buzz (Freddie Bartholomew) will do anything to stop Pinkie's widowed mother (Mary Astor) from entering into a loveless marriage with the town's fuddy-duddy banker (Gene Lockhart) – including kidnapping! They stow mom in a travel trailer and hit the road, looking for one good man to say "I do." In the best romantic-comedy fashion, they find two: a carefree amateur photographer (Walter Pidgeon) and a wealthy businessman (Alan Hale). Garland, whose next film would be the beloved The Wizard of Oz, and Bartholomew (David Copperfield, Captains Courageous) make a winning pair as they take aim with Cupid's bow in Listen, Darling. Garland sings "On the Bumpy Road to Love," "Ten Pins in the Sky" and "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," a tune she reprised to the audience's cheers in her legendary 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall.
H.C. PotterAward-winning dancers Fred Astaire ("Top Hat," "Easter Parade") and Ginger Rogers ("Top Hat," "Stage Door") star in the true story of the ballroom dancing team who rose to international acclaim at the turn of the century. Fun-filled musical featuring outstanding Rogers and Astaire song and dance numbers.
Stanley DonenWhen a temperamental star walks out of a big Broadway show, it's time to Give a Girl a Break. But which of the hopefuls will land the lead? Suzy (Debbie Reynolds) brings pizzazz. Joanna (Helen Wood) offers swellegant sophistication. And lovely Madelyn (Marge Champion) is the director's former dance partner and former love. This breezy backstager is memorable for its Burton Lane-Ira Gershwin score and for the once-in-a-lifetime collaboration of three legendary musical-world directors: Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain) behind the camera and Gower Champion and Bob Fosse (future directors of, respectively, Broadway's Hello, Dolly and Chicago) bringing dazzling dance grace and physicality to the other side of the lens.
Michael CurtizElvis Presley delivers one of his finest early performances in King Creole. Elvis plays a teenager named Danny Fisher, who is forced to drop out of school to help support his ineffective father (Dean Jagger). Drawn to trouble like a magnet, Danny is saved from a jail term by New Orleans saloon-keeper Charlie Le Grand (Paul Stewart), who gives the boy a job as a singer. It isn't long, however, before local gang boss Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau), a shadowy figure from Danny's criminal past, puts the muscle on the boy, insisting that Danny sing at his establishment. To lure Danny to his side of the fence, Maxie relies upon the seductive charms of his gun moll Ronnie (Carolyn Jones), while Danny's true love Nellie (Dolores Hart) suffers on the sidelines. In addition to the expected musical numbers (which are cleverly integrated into the storyline), the film's highlight is a brief exchange of fisticuffs between Elvis and Walter Matthau. Together with Jailhouse Rock, King Creole is one of t
Stephen Daldry & Brett SullivanBased on the beloved film and winner of 10 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Billy Elliot: The Musical Live from London’s West End is a celebration of one of the world’s most popular and successful stage shows. A modern-day fairy tale of a young boy who exchanges boxing gloves for ballet shoes, Billy’s story is set during the 1980’s miner’s strike in northern England, where his determination inspires an entire community. From the creative team behind the original film and music legend Elton John, this story of self-discovery, determination, love and hope is brought to life in this funny, uplifting and spectacular experience that you’ll want to experience again and again!
Norman Z. McLeod"Lady Be Good" tells the story of Dixie Donegan and Eddie Crane, once-married songwriting partners who, although now divorced, are still in love with each other. As they work together on a new collaboration, their friend tries to convince them to remarry in this musical comedy. Starring Academy Award, Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Ann Sothern (the "Maisie" film series) as Dixie, Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Robert Young (TV's "Marcus Welby, M.D.") as Eddie, and Eleanor Powell ("Born to Dance") as the friend who tries to get the couple back together. Also starring Hollywood legends including Academy Award-winner Lionel Barrymore ("It's a Wonderful Life"), Emmy Award-winner Red Skelton ("Around the World in Eighty Days"), and Emmy-winning comedian Phil Silvers ("It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"). Contains timeless musical classics such as "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Lady Be Good," and the Academy Award-winning song "The Last Time I Saw Paris."
Michael CurtizThe entertaining true story of songwriter Gus Kahn, tracing his life from Chicago roots to his New York rise with Ziegfeld. Terrific score performed by Doris Day and Danny Thomas. Includes songs: "It Had to Be You," "Ain't We Got Fun." From Michael Curtiz, the director of "Casablanca" and "Angels With Dirty Faces."
Edward BuzzellShip Ahoy, a patriotic musical comedy of the WWII era, swings to the tempo of its big-band times. Eleanor Powell plays a leggy lead dancer on a cruise ship who is asked to transport a mine to Puerto Rico. Neither she nor her pulp-fiction-author beau (Red Skelton) knows she's actually working for spies –who got the idea from one of his potboiler novels! The supporting cast includes Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz) and Virginia O'Brien (Till the Clouds Roll By). All of the festivities are set to the swing of Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra featuring a very young Frank Sinatra as vocalist.
Mervyn LeRoyEsther Williams stars in this dramatic true musical romance of turn-of-the century swimming champion Annette Kellerman, better known as the Million Dollar Mermaid. As a child in Australia, Kellerman learns to swim to overcome a potentially crippling physical handicap and develops into a champion. As a young woman, she travels with her father to London and dreams of a career as a dancer. But when her father falls on hard times, Kellerman resorts to her aquatic talents: swimming 30 miles of the Thames in a famous publicity stunt, then shocking Boston by appearing in a one-piece suit.
Norman TaurogJudy Garland stars as a small-town girl with big-city dreams who heads to Broadway and--despite many disappointments and much hard work--stardom in Presenting Lily Mars. After years of struggling in New York, Lily Mars (Garland) finally lands and job as understudy to the star of a Broadway show produced by the man she has come to love, John Thornway (Academy Award winner Van Heflin). Yet, when the star can't go on and Lily triumphs on stage, Thornway refuses to give her the leading role, afraid that he will be accused of favoring his girlfriend. But nothing is going to stop Lily Mars from reaching the stardom she seeks in this delightful musical.
Gene NelsonSuperstar Elvis Presley ("Jailhouse Rock") stars in this fun-filled romp as an American film star who is kidnapped while touring the Middle East. Aided by a couple of locals, he fights -- and sings -- his way to romance and freedom. Great soundtrack includes "Hey Little Girl."
Norman TaurogSuperstar Elvis Presley ("Jailhouse Rock") stars as an American rock singer who becomes involved with a European teen heiress. Featuring a collection of the King's classics, including "Long Legged Girl." With John Williams (TV's "Family Affair").
Don WeisMelvin Hoover is a bumbler (except when he's dancing on skates), a workaday go-fer for Look magazine (except when he fakes being a big-time photog) and in love (without exception) with Broadway chorine Judy LeRoy. Melvin convinces Judy he can send her star aloft by putting her on the cover of Look. Now he has to make it happen! Singin' in the Rain's Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor dazzle again like July 4 sparklers in I Love Melvin. Highlights include glorious Manhattan locales, Debbie portraying the tossed-about football in a gridiron stage piece and Donald romping through the delirious Make 'Em Laugh-styled I Wanna Wander. There's lots to love here.
Charles WaltersMusical splash stars Golden Globe-winner Esther Williams ("Million Dollar Mermaid") as a spritely member of a fitness-obsessed family who sets out to swim the English Channel and finds romance along the way. Co-starring Fernando Lamas ("The Merry Widow"), Jack Carson ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof") and Oscar-nominee William Demarest ("The Lady Eve"). Featuring an underwater sequence with the animated Tom and Jerry.
Robert AltonSwimming superstar Esther Williams plays an American vacationing in Tahiti, and celebrity baritone Howard Keel stars as the clueless American who mistakes her as an island native, falls in love with her and woos her with the Pagan Love Song. When Ohio schoolteacher Hazard Endicott (Keel--Kiss Me Kate, "Dallas") moves to Tahiti to live on an island plantation he has inherited, he soon realizes that he loves Mimi Bennett (Williams--Million Dollar Mermaid, Dangerous When Wet)... and that he has no idea how to farm the land he owns. Somehow, during tropical-island water ballets and love songs crooned by Endicott, and with the help of islanders Tavae (Charles Mauu--Road to Bali) and Terru (Academy Award winner Rita Moreno--West Side Story, "Oz"), both the plantation and love blossom in this musical romance.
Leslie KardosJane Powell, Farley Granger, Ann Miller, Billie Burke, Fay Wray, and Nat "King" Cole (as himself) star in this joyous musical comedy romance about a small town that suddenly becomes a hotbed when a judge's daughter falls for a wealthy bachelor. When playboy Rick Livingston (Granger) is arrested for speeding, Judge Kimbell (Robert Keith) sentences the arrogant young guy to 30 days in jail to teach him a lesson. Kimbell's daughter Cindy (Powell) decides to "reform" Rick by tricking him into marriage--and then the fun begins. The renowned Busby Berkeley staged the dance numbers, including two famous sequences: an instrumental version of "Take Me to Broadway," in which Bobby Van hops through town in what appears to be one continuous tracking shot, and "I've Gotta Hear That Beat," in which Ann Miller dances on a Broadway stage accompanied by an orchestra of disembodied musicians whose instruments are played by hands that emerge from the floor and wall. The film was nominated for an Academy
Michael CurtizJames Cagney ("White Heat," "Angels With Dirty Faces") danced and sang his way to a well-deserved Academy Award for his outstanding portrayal of vaudeville composer and performer George M. Cohan in this Oscar-nominated biography. Recently selected as one of the top American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute and directed by Academy Award-winner Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca"), this joyous musical tribute to one of America's most popular entertainers was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Writing and won for Best Score and Best Sound. Oscar-winner Walter Huston ("The Treasure of the Sierra Madre") received his third Oscar-nomination as Cohan's show business father. Contains some of Cohan's finest songs, including, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Over There," and "Give My Regards to Broadway". A "must-see" American classic, Leonard Maltin awards it four stars. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Henry KosterDeanna Durbin was introduced as "Universal's New Discovery" in this delightful debut which launched the teenage singing sensation. The adventure begins when three lovely, high-spirited girls (Durbin, Nan Grey and Barbara Read) attempt to reunite their mother and father who divorced a decade ago. The girls decide to pay their millionaire father (Charles Winninger) a surprise visit in New York when they learn of his intentions to remarry. The object of his current affections (Binnie Barnes) is headed for disaster when the girls arrive to break up the romance and bring their father home. Wonderful songs punctuate the action, including the hits "My Heart is Singing" and "Someone to Care for Me," rendered by Durbin in star-making style. The girls let nothing stand in the way of their success, and their hilarious high jinks prove irresistible. Don't miss the film that made Deanna Durbin a household name and endeared her to millions of movie-going fans.
Vincente MinnelliThe greatest showman on earth is now the greatest showman in heaven as Flo Ziegfeld looks down from paradise on a revue of musical and comedy acts like no other ever before when the world famous Ziegfeld girls star with the biggest stars of the time in the Ziegfeld Follies.
UnknownA modern-day version of the gospels, opening with John the Baptist calling a disparate group of young New Yorkers from their workaday lives to follow and learn from Jesus. They form a roving acting troupe that enacts the parables through song and dance, comedy, and mime. Jesus' ministry ends with a last supper, his Crucifixion in a junkyard, and, the following morning, his body being carried aloft by his apostles back into the world of the living on the streets of New York.
Mark SandrichIn one of their best loved, most charming song-and-dance comedies, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers demonstrate just how they became best known as America's greatest dance team. Includes the Academy Award winning hit "The Continental."
Sidney LanfieldThree women, three different situations: Whitney (Williams), a rich girl who leaves her groom at the altar; Una (Vivian Blaine), a shopgirl whose desire to marry is continually thwarted by the duty assignments of her sailor boyfriend; Mary Kate (Joan Evans), who was left at the altar by a hesitant fiancé. Soon, all three women report for induction at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station and end up roommates. What follows is a frothy and fun musical buoyed by a chipper cast and seven tunes by Ralph Blane and Harry Warren. Skirts Ahoy! features two swim numbers with Williams and a star turn by Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van, who sparkle in a special song-and-dance routine to "Oh By Jingo!" Ahoy, indeed!
David E. TalbertSexy salon owner Tyme Prentice (Terry Dexter) has a problem that any woman would envy... choosing between her on-again-off-again jazz musician boyfriend Marcelles Wynters (Morris Chestnut) and the charmingly handsome neighborhood delivery man Harvey (Andre Pitre). With show-stopping new songs written by R&B songstress Vivian Green, this record-breaking musical features electrifying performances by R&B star Avant, American Idol finalist Trenyce Cobbins and beloved actress Ellia English (The Jamie Foxx Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm). For an evening filled with passion, romance and inspiration, make time for DAVID E. TALBERT'S LOVE IN THE NICK OF TYME!
Henry KosterThe women of a touring symphonic orchestra are a tightly knit group, and they're not about to let the secret they hold slip through the knitting. They'll wait until fragile, pregnant bassist, Barbara Ainsworth (June Allyson), has her baby before letting her know about a War Dept. telegram that says her husband is missing in action in the WWII Pacific. But Barbara begins to notice differences in the way the women are acting around her. The all-star Music for Millions is part weepie, part comedy, part morale booster and, all in all, a stirring showcase of works by Chopin, Debussy, Grieg and others. José Iturbi adds his gifted screen presence and talents as the orchestra's conductor. Jimmy Durante provides warmth and comedy relief that includes his nightclub favorite "Umbriago." And Margaret O'Brien's endearing performance as "Mike" capped a year that resulted in a special Academy Award for Outstanding Child Actress of 1944.
Gordon DouglasForget her string of Broadway successes. Forget even the flowers-and-candlelight ardor of handsome bachelors. There's only one great passion in Grace Moore's life: to star at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. Flowing with songs popularized by Moore and excerpts from three classic operas, So This Is Love is a polished gem about how the stage and screen star (a Best Actress Oscar nominee for 1934's One Night of Love) sang her dream into reality. It's a perfect match of star and role: Kathryn Grayson (Show Boat, Kiss Me Kate), who also had an enduring ambition to perform on the operatic stage, portrays Moore. A colorful supporting cast plays the Who's Who roles of other show-biz greats, and in only his second movie is an entertainer who'd score big on the home screen: Merv Griffin.
Norman TaurogElvis Presley, the rock'n'roll king, stars as a singing race-car driver who must choose among three beautiful and appealing females in this high-speed musical romp. Co-starring Emmy-nominee Shelley Fabares ("Coach").
Christophe HonoréChristophe Honoré cements his status as one of the most exciting filmmakers of our generation with the exuberant and tender LOVE SONGS, part of his loose “Parisian Youth” trilogy. Modern day musical told through songs sung entirely by its cast (Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni, Clothilde Hesme and Gregorie Le-Prince Ringuet). Has overjoyed audiences at the Cannes, Toronto and Chicago Film Festivals while earning recognition in France with four Cesár nominations. “Likely to inspire ardent love among its admirers.” – Scott, NY Times. "Not since I was a boy watching Cyd Charisse in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN has a musical made me feel so happy" -Cousins, Sight & Sound.
"Honoré's films aren't just films you like- you develop weird little crushes on them” - Olsen, Film Comment. "Occasionally a filmmaker comes along who truly remind us why we love cinema” -Dawson, Filmmaker."Exhilarating…blossoms from the inside out" -Edelstein, New York. From IFC Films.
Tom HooperOscar®-winning director Tom Hooper transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-shattering musical into a cinematic event. Starring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introducing Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward. With a world-class cast of dancers showcasing styles from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap, this film reimagines the stage musical for a new generation. You will believe in the fun and magic of Cats.
Andrew L. StoneFourteen musical numbers highlight this account of a dancer whose swift rise to fame threatens to destroy his marriage to a beautiful singer. A story of star-crossed lovers, Stormy Weather follows Bill Williamson (Bill "Bojangles" Robinson) - a dancing legend - and the love of his life Selina Rogers (Lena Horne). Co-stars jazz greats like Fats Waller and Cab Calloway, and dancing legends The Nicholas Brothers.
Vincente MinnelliDuring a bizarre dream in which God and Satan battle for his soul, a lazy gambling husband is guided towards redemption. Oscar-nominated musical stars an all-black cast and features actress/singer Lena Horne ("The Wiz"). With appearances by jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Directed by Oscar-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "An American in Paris"). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 best American films of all time.
Vincente MinnelliOscar-winner and legendary hoofer Fred Astaire ("Top Hat") stars in this fun-filled Oscar-nominated musical as a Hollywood celebrity who stumbles into trouble when he agrees to star in a Broadway show. Co-starring Cyd Charisse ("Singin' in the Rain") and featuring classic songs, including "Dancing in the Dark." Directed by Oscar-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "Meet Me in St. Louis"). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 best American films of all time. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
David ButlerThe screen version of "No, No, Nanette" in which an actress/heiress bets her uncle that she can say "no" to every question for the length of a weekend. If she wins, she gets the chance to star in her own Broadway show. Lively musical with film greats Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson and Eve Arden.
Richard LesterZero Mostel, Buster Keaton, Phil Silvers and an all-star cast scam their way through this boisterous romp amidst gorgeous girls, mistaken identities, stunning surprises, cunning disguises and great Sondheim songs.
Robert Z. LeonardDiscovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life, but not necessarily for the better. Three beautiful women soon discover this when they join the spectacle on Broadway. Susan (Academy Award and Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Judy Garland -- "The Wizard of Oz," "A Star is Born") plays a singer who must leave behind her aging vaudevillian father. Sheila (Academy Award-nominee Lana Turner -- "Peyton Place," "The Bad and the Beautiful") portrays a working girl who is pursued by both a millionaire and by her loyal boyfriend, Gil (Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Jimmy Stewart -- "It's Wonderful Life," "Vertigo," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"). The mysterious European beauty Sandra (Hedy Lamarr -- "Samson and Delilah," "Ecstasy) struggles with her concert violinist husband who cannot endure the thought of escaping poverty by his wife promenading her glamour in skimpy costumes.
Joshua LoganNominated for five Academy Awards and winner of three, including best score, this adaptation of the Lerner-Lowe musical is a majestic romance set in the days of yore. Academy Award-nominee Richard Harris ("Unforgiven") stars as King Arthur with Academy Award-winner Vanessa Redgrave ("Mission: Impossible," "Julia") as the beautiful Queen. Franco Nero co-stars as Lancelot, the classic knight in shining armor.
Gene KellyOscar-winners Gene Kelly ("Singin' In the Rain," "An American In Paris") and Frank Sinatra ("From Here to Eternity," "Guys and Dolls") star in this fun-filled spectacular musical about three sailors who wreak havoc as they search for love during a whirlwind 24-hour leave in New York. Oscar-winning score features "New York, New York."
Vincente MinnelliOscar-winner Gene Kelly ("Singin' in the Rain," "An American in Paris") stars as one of two American hunters in Scotland who discover a mystical village that only materializes once every century. Co-starring Van Johnson ("Battleground," "Plymouth Adventure") and Cyd Charisse ("An American in Paris," "Singin' in the Rain"). Directed by Oscar-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "Meet Me in St. Louis"). Featuring classic songs from Lerner and Loewe. Nominated for three Oscars.
Norman TaurogOscar-honoree and Golden Globe-winner Fred Astaire ("Top Hat," "The Towering Inferno") stars in this enjoyable musical about the friendship and rivalry between two dance partners. Problems arise when both men fall for the same gorgeous woman. Co-starring Oscar-honoree George Murphy ("Battleground") and Eleanor Powell ("That's Dancing"). An outstanding Cole Porter score, including "Begin the Beguine."
David ButlerDoris Day and Gordon MacRae star in an old fashioned musical salute to the small town American family. Inspired by the stories of Booth Tarkington ("The Magnificent Ambersons," "Alice Adams") and set at the end of WWI, it captures the travails of a returning soldier and his fiancee as family complications delay their inevitable wedding. Prequel to "On Moonlight Bay."
Ken HughesIn her final film, 87-year-old Mae West portrays Marlo Manners, a movie star who has just married her sixth husband, a very young aristocrat. All Marlo wants to do is consummate the marriage. But her attempts are frequently thwarted, thanks to interruptions from her ex-husbands, the media, her fans, a gymnastic team, a group of diplomats, and even a few secret agents. And if that weren't enough, Marlo has another problem: an audio tape she's made of her steamy memoirs has mysteriously disappeared…
Raj KapoorSunder Khanna is an orphan and lives a poor lifestyle in India. He is friendly with wealthy Gopal Verma, the only child of Judge Verma and a wealthy girl named Radha, who is the daughter of an army Captain. The trio grows up and Sunder falls head-over-heels in love with Radha, but she as well as her parents reject him. Sunder decides to prove himself to be worthy of them and enrolls in the Indian Air Force but mysteriously disappears, and is believed to be dead. Is he actually dead or will he come back to his love Radha?
Edward BuzzellA witty masquerade, fabulous dancing and a gorgeous tropical locale give this land-inspired musical an exotic appeal. Handsome movie heartthrob Brooks Mason (Robert Young) is tired of being besieged by adoring fans. When he meets his exact double, a shy Hawaiian plantation owner named George Smith (also played by Young), they decide to switch for a month. While Mason blissfully sails off to Hawaii he meets and falls in love with a beautiful dancer (Eleanor Powell) – but when he arrives in Honolulu he finds Smith's fiancée Cecilia, who's ready to marry. Meanwhile, poor Smith has been sent to a New York hospital, thanks to overzealous fans. Two women and one crazy scheme add up to double trouble for Mason, and all of a sudden the game's no fun…until Smith's grinning houseboy, Wong, gets a bright idea. The unique comedy of George Burns and Gracie Allen add to the fun in this hilarious tale of mistaken identities and true love.
Rouben MamoulianYou'd think chilled borscht pulses in her veins. She's Nina Yoshenka, a lovely yet severe Soviet envoy sent to Paris to rescue wayward comrades from the perils of champagne and capitalism. But there may be a thaw in Nina's cold war. She meets Steve Canfield, a smoothly brash American who won't take nyet for an answer.
Sidney LanfieldAn eccentric New York theater owner has his eye on the beautiful chorus girl Sheila Winthrop (Rita Hayworth). His wife has her eye on him. Sheila has her eye on the show's choreographer Robert Curtis (Fred Astaire). Having been discovered, the boss throws Robert into the middle of a comedic cover-up that eventually forces Robert to flee into the Army. Robert will never get rich as a private, but at least he's out of his predicament - or is he? When Rita Hayworth was paired to star opposite Fred Astaire in the musical comedy "You'll Never Get Rich," the press speculated that the two might be mismatched. Then Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohen insisted on the pairing, and correctly so. All skeptics were silenced as Hayworth more than proved her dancing abilities, establishing her as one of the best partners Astaire ever had - Ginger Rodgers notwithstanding. She quite literally became Columbia's hottest property of the '40s with LIFE magazine quickly dubbing her the "Love Goddess" of Holl
Norman TaurogThe year was 1962. Teens twist at the Peppermint Lounge. John Glenn orbits Earth. Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a single game. And Elvis digs the possibilities of Girls! Girls! Girls! This time he's a charter-boat skipper who helps tourists land the big ones. Of course, plenty of beautiful girls (including Stella Stevens) want to land Elvis. But there's something Elvis likes almost as much as romance–a boat! He yearns for a sleek sailboat with a $10,000 price tag. Let's see, that makes him about $9,999 short.
William A. SeiterFun's in fashion when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (plus Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott) enter the ultrachic Parisian world of high fashion in Roberta. The third Astaire/Rogers film, a silky screen adaptation of the 1933 Broadway hit, has all that fans have come to expect from the pair's movies: a jaunty romantic plot, fabulous sets, memorable music and above all, incomparable dance magic to match the score. "The most pleasant moments in Roberta," Time reported, "arrive when Astaire and Rogers turn the story upside down and dance on it." Astaire may sing I Won't Dance. But his feet betray him.
George StevensThat dancin' duo - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - sweep the floor again in this Oscar-winning romantic musical comedy about a dancer who tries to make it big in order to prove himself worthy of his fiancee. His plans take a turn for the unexpected when he falls for his dance partner. Featuring wonderful song and dance numbers by Oscar-honoree Astaire ("Easter Parade," "The Gay Divorcee") and Oscar-winner Rogers ("Kitty Foyle," "Stage Door"). Directed by 12-time Oscar-nominee George Stevens ("Giant," "Shane"). Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time.
George SidneyIt's a high-spirited Oscar-nominated musical clash between respectable waitress Judy Garland and wicked dance-hall queen Angela Lansbury when a restaurant chain opens up along railroad lines in the wild west of 1880's New Mexico. Get on board for the Oscar-winning song, "On the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe." A lavish MGM production, based on a true story. Starring Academy Award-winners Garland ("The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis") and Lansbury (TV's "Murder, She Wrote," "Gaslight") with Ray Bolger ("The Wizard of Oz"), Marjorie Main ("Meet Me in St. Louis"), Academy Award-nominee Chill Wills ("The Alamo," TV's "Francis, The Talking Mule") and Cyd Charisse ("Singin' in the Rain"). Directed by the acclaimed George Sidney ("Bye Bye Birdie," "Show Boat," "The Three Musketeers") and produced by Oscar-winner Arthur Freed ("An American in Paris," "Gigi").
David ByrneThis comedic musical vision of contemporary life marks the directorial debut of Talking Heads leader David Byrne ("Stop Making Sense"). Written by Byrne and Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley ("Crimes of the Heart"), this film looks at everyday life and the unique qualities which make ordinary people special. Based on Byrne's collection of human interest pieces taken from tabloid newspapers, and starring multi-Emmy nominees John Goodman ("The Flintstones," "Roseanne") and Swoosie Kurtz (TV's "Sisters"). The music video "Wild Wild Life," performed by the Talking Heads, is available for promotion.
Joshua LoganRodgers and Hammerstein's Academy Award®-winning "South Pacific" is a towering musical masterpiece and the tender love story of a naive young Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) and an older French Plantation owner (Rossano Brazzi) on a U.S. occupied South Sea island. The breathtaking score is highlighted by some of the most romantic songs ever written: "Some Enchanted Evening," "There is Nothin' Like a Dame," "Younger Than Springtime" and more. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, South Pacific ranks among the most celebrated of Rodgers and Hammerstein's acclaimed musicals.
Charles WaltersThe last Astaire/Rogers movie, about a show-biz team divided by career ambitions, is also the duo's only color film. Highlights: Fred's Shoes with Wings on and the pair's They Can't Take That Away from Me.
Roy Del RuthA nightclub lackey dreams he's France's King Louis XVI in this amusing comedy starring Golden Globe-winner and multiple Emmy-winner Lucille Ball (TV's "I Love Lucy") and Oscar-honoree and Golden Globe-winner Gene Kelly ("Singin' in the Rain"). Co-starring Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Red Skelton ("Around the World in 80 Days"). An enjoyable film for the entire family.
George SidneyIt's an Oscar-nominated musical look at the lives and loves of a show boat theater troupe aboard an old-fashioned Mississippi riverboat. Featuring all-American classic songs by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, including "Ol' Man River." Starring Kathryn Grayson ("Kiss Me Kate"), Oscar-nominees Ava Gardner ("Mogambo," "The Night of the Iguana") and Agnus Moorehead (TV's "Bewitched," "Citizen Kane") and Howard Keel (TV's "Dallas"). Produced by Oscar-winner Arthur Freed ("An American in Paris," "Gigi").
Busby BerkeleyAcademy Award-winner Gene Kelly makes his film debut as a song and dance man who lures singer Judy Garland away from her vaudeville partner. When WWI breaks out, he intentionally injures his hand to avoid combat only to reform and become a gallant hero. Kelly ("Singin' in the Rain," "An American in Paris") and Oscar-winner Garland ("The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis") make a fabulous duo in this Oscar-nominated musical. With Academy Award-honoree George Murphy ("Battleground") and Keenan Wynn ("Mary Poppins," "Dr. Strangelove"). Directed by Oscar-nominated Broadway and screen director/choreographer Busby Berkeley ("Babes in Arms"). Produced by Oscar-winner Arthur Freed ("An American in Paris," "Gigi").
Otto PremingerPowered by Georges Bizet's grand music and Oscar Hammerstein II's magnificent lyrics, this Americanized all-black version of the classic opera Carmen is a dynamic superb show with a positively incandescent Carmen. Oscar® -nominee Dorothy Dandridge stars in the title role, a passionate, sexy creature who lures Joe (Harry Belafonte), a handsome soldier, away from his sweetheart (Olga James). Following a fatal brawl with his sergeant, Joe deserts his regiment with the sultry femme fatale. But Carmen soon tires of him and takes up with a heavyweight prize-fighter (Joe Adams), triggering Joe's tragic revenge. Helping to set the screen on fire are Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll, part of the sensational troupe that makes this jubilant musical film hard to beat.
Robert Z. LeonardAcademy Award-winner Judy Garland ("The Wizard of Oz," "Meet Me in St. Louis") stars as a Chicago music store salesgirl who corresponds with a man through a dating service. She falls in love only to discover he's a despised co-worker. A musical remake of the acclaimed "The Shop Around the Corner" co-stars Van Johnson ("Battleground," "State of the Union"), Oscar-nominee Spring Byington ("Angels in the Outfield") and Oscar-honoree Buster Keaton ("The General"). Look for the screen debut of Judy's Oscar-winning daughter Liza Minnelli ("Cabaret," "Arthur").
George SidneyLots of laughs and great songs have made this all-time favorite based on the hit Broadway show one of the most memorable musicals of all time. When rock star and teenage heart-throb Conrad Birdie gets drafted, the nation's teenagers go haywire and Conrad's manager, Albert (Dick Van Dyke), faces unemployment. So Albert and his girlfriend (Janet Leigh) organize a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss from Conrad on the Ed Sullivan Show. Kim McAfee (Ann-Margret) turns outto be the lucky teenager and Conrad's whole entourage moves into her quiet, Midwestern home much tothe chagrin of her ever irritable father (Paul Lynde) and her jealous boyfriend (Bobby Rydell). Theresult is chaos and a series of hilarious romantic complications.
Peter H. HuntYou'll be seeing stars and stripes as the most fascinating leaders in American history come to life in 1776, a musical about the birth of a nation! With the Boston Harbor still stained from over-taxed British tea, a revolution is brewing in the colonies! And now England has thousands of troops headed for America's shores to squelch her subjects' freedom-loving spirit! It's up to John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to convince a stubborn congress of British colonists to unite as American patriots and turn the inevitable war with England into a Declaration of Independence!
Rob MarshallWinner of 6 academy Awards, Chicago is a dazzling spectacle cheered by audiences and critics alike! At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) and spotlight seeking Roxie Hart (Zellweger) both find themselves sharing space on Chicago's famed Murderess Row! They also share Billy Flynn (Gere), the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. But in Chicago, there's only room for one legend!
Howard HawksCelebrate 75 Years of Glamour from 20th Century Fox! Two glamorous showgirls have everything a girl could want – except engagement rings! In a quest for true love, Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and her gold digger pal Dorothy (Jane Russell) set sail on a luxury-liner for France. While on board, the pair hit rocky waters when a manipulative detective (Elliot Reid), an over-aged millionaire (Charles Coburn), and the entire men's Olympic Gymnastics team try to put an anchor in their marriage-minded mischief. It's a wild and joyous funny ride across the Atlantic as Lorelei and Dorothy plan and plot a way to land their men!
Gene KellyBarbara Streisand is a knockout as Dolly Levi, and Hello, Dolly!, is the blockbuster musical you'll want to see her in again and again. The famed plot involves Dolly, a young widow and professional matchmaker who sets her sights, and whatever else she can muster, on conquering tight-fisted Yonkers merchant, Horace Vandergeider, beautifully played by Walter Matthau.
Norman JewisonThis dazzling interpretation of the hit Tim Rice - Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera tells the story of Christ's (Ted Neeley) final weeks in a bold and epic production. Shot entirely on location in Israel, producer-director Norman Jewison creates a brilliant example of modern movie making with groundbreaking vision and the unforgettable songs of Rice and Webber. Nominated for several Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.
Charles WatersAn all-star musical romp finds Grace Kelly ("Rear Window," "Mogambo," "High Noon") about to remarry when wealthy ex-husband Bing Crosby ("The Bells of St. Mary's," "Going My Way," "White Christmas") pops back into her life and tries to win her back. Oscar-winners Frank Sinatra ("From Here to Eternity," "The Manchurian Candidate") and Celeste Holm ("Gentleman's Agreement") snoop around as reporters in this Cole Porter-penned musical remake of "The Philadelphia Story". Featuring jazz great Louis Armstrong ("Hello, Dolly!") in a duet with Crosby. Nominated for Best Story, Song and Original Score.
Vincente MinnelliThis delightful, multi-Oscar winner (including Best Picture) features a turn-of-the-century Parisian tomboy (Leslie Caron) who falls for her guardian, Louis Jordan, while being groomed as a courtesan. Maurice Chevalier co-stars.
Alan ParkerFew times in the history of Hollywood has a film been released with the scope and daring of Evita! Now, experience this landmark achievement as entertainment megastar Madonna -- in the role of a lifetime -- joins Antonio Banderas (Assassins, Desperado) for the year's most talked about motion picture event! Directed by award-winning filmmaker Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning), Evita is the riveting true-life story of Eva Peron (Madonna), who rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve unimaginable fortune and fame. Despite widespread controversy, her passion changed a nation forever! Winner of the coveted Academy Award for Best Song (1996) and 3 Golden Globe Awards (Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Song) -- critics nationwide hailed Evita as a triumphant must-see masterpiece -- and so will you!
Vincente MinnelliIt's a fun-filled and musical case of mistaken identity when lonely Judy Garland ("The Wizard of Oz," "A Star is Born," "Meet Me in St. Louis") mistakes traveling clown Gene Kelly ("An American in Paris," "Singin' In the Rain") for a famed Caribbean pirate. With songs by the great Cole Porter, Oscar-winners Garland and Kelly light up the screen. Nominated for Best Score. Directed by Oscar-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "An American in Paris"). With Tony-winner Walter Slezak ("The Inspector General" and father of soap-queen, Erika Slezak).
Gene SaksLegendary Lucille Ball heads an all-star cast in her final feature film appearance. This lush screen adaptation of the Broadway musical hit "Auntie Mame" continues the story of the eccentric Mame who believes that "life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." Co-starring Oscar-nominee Robert Preston ("Victor/Victoria") and TV's "Golden Girl" Beatrice Arthur.
Rob MarshallIn a mischievous, musical adventure, an adorable orphan named Annie escapes a run-down orphanage and the dastardly Miss Hannigan and her no-good brother. Annie charms the pants off of big-hearted billionaire Oliver Warbucks along with the President of the United States!
UnknownA baker and his wife journey into the woods in search of a cow, a red cape, a pair of golden slippers and some magic beans to lift a curse that has kept them childless. Tony Award winners Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason and the rest of the original Broadway cast weave their magic spell over you in Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece, directed by James Lapine, a seamless fusion of fairy tale characters and what happens after "happily ever after." With oft-recorded songs such as "Children Will Listen" and "No One is Alone," "Into the Woods" is a music lover's delight from start to finish--and will forever cement Stephen Sondheim's unparalleled position as the giant of the American musical theater.
UnknownA Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat is one of the great paintings of the world, and in "Sunday in the Park with George," book writer James Lapine and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim bring a story based on the work brilliantly to life. While the painting depicts people gathered on an island in the Seine, the musical goes beyond simply describing their lives. It is an exploration of art, of love, of commitment. Seurat connected dots to create images; Lapine and Sondheim use connection as the heart of all our relationships. Winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Robert WiseRodgers & Hammerstein's® cinematic treasure, “The Sound of Music” is the winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young Austrian woman who leaves the convent to become a governess for Captain von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven unruly children. Her charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children – and their father. But when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, Maria is forced to attempt a daring escape with her new family.
Phyllida LloydSophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now she just has to find out who he is... Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming Mamma Mia! The Movie. Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast, including Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth - as well as up-andcomers Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper, in this musical celebration of mothers, daughters and fathers, and true loves lost and new ones found. Based on the Broadway smash-hit and filled with the ABBA songs you know and love, it's the feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing over and over again.
Joshua LoganA raucous musical comedy, set in the Wild West, Paint Your Wagon is punctuated with a classic Lerner and Loewe musical score (from the original Broadway production), including "They Call The Wind Maria" and "I Talk To Trees." The story of a goldmining boom town full of brawny men centers on the work-and-play partnership of Ben and Pardner (Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood) alongside the rebellious Elizabeth (Jean Seberg).