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Monday, August 25, 2008

Movie Musicals

Who doesn't love a movie musical? They are some of the most requested films here at the library! These are some of the most popular titles we have in our collection:

Chicago [DVD CHI].

Fiddler on the Roof [DVD FID].

Grease [DVD GRE].

My Fair Lady [DVD MYF].

The Sound of Music [DVD SOU].

West Side Story [DVD WES].

I'd like to mention that besides these more popular titles, we have many more classic musicals for you to enjoy! I've added annotations in case you're not familiar with these. (The annotations are borrowed from cataloging records, thus, I will take no responsibility for grammatical errors!)

Anchors Away [DVD ANC].
Stars Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Kathryn Grayson. Two sailors on shore leave in Hollywood attempt to win the heart of the same woman.

Bells are Ringing [DVD BEL].
Stars Judy Holliday and Dean Martin. Ella, a telephone switchboard operator who takes a rather large interest in the lives of her customers finds herself comically involved with a struggling playwright who believes she is an old woman.

Brigadoon [DVD BRI].
Stars Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, and Van Johnson. Two cynics from New York City on a hunting trip to the Scottish highlands stumble upon the ethereal village of Brigadoon, which materializes from the mists only one day each hundred years.

Can-Can [DVD CAN].
Stars Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, and Juliet Prowse. The owner of Montmartre's most notorious nightspot, the Café Le Bal Du Paradis, Simone Pistache spends a great deal of her time in court, thanks to the banning of that "lewd and lascivious" dance, the Can-Can. So when her nightlife-loving lawyer and boyfriend, François Durnais, refuses to settle down and marry her, Simone decides to play up to his rival in romance, Parisian judge Philipe Forrestier, a lovestruck young jurist who's determined to make an honest woman out of her-- one way or the other.

42d. Street [DVD FOR].
Look for the fabulous Busby Berkeley choreography. When the leading-lady of major Broadway production twists her ankle on opening night, a spunky chorus girl takes advantage of the opportunity to bolster her career.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers [DVD SEV].
Stars Jane Powell and Howard Keel. When Milly marries Adam and discovers that she has to keep house for his six brothers as well, she sends them out to find wives of their own. Includes the original theatrical trailer.

There's No Business Like Show Business [DVD THE].
Stars Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Johnnie Ray, and Mitzi Gaynor. The trials and triumphs of a veteran vaudeville family.

We have many more for the musical aficionado, and, if you know of any that we don't have, please let us know!

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