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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Give A Girl A Break (1953) & Time Out For Rhythm (1941)

Spintown News:
- Joe & Sammy uploaded a new podcast over at TMA. This time Kevin Savino-Riker joins them, and you can download the podcast HERE.

- Just another reminder that if you want to compete in Nur Ein 5 your entry song is due April 19 at 12AM (EST). The title of the song is "Time To Panic" & it has to include audible counting. You can find all the details you'll need by visiting the Song Fight Messageboard.

- Well I watched a couple more movies that I thought I'd give my opinion on. That's the main feature for today. Chelsea...you better be reading these.

Give A Girl A Break (1953)
I was shocked at how much I loved this movie. For a movie made during the golden age of musicals the plot is fairly typical, but the dance numbers were all stunning. Thanks to Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Debbie Reynolds, Bob Fosse & Helen Wood; each time music starts to play you're jaw will probably hit the floor. The acting was average at best (even for a musical), the music was perfect (provided by Burton Lane & Ira Gershwin) for whatever the mood of the scene & this is definately a fun musical you don't want to miss. It's unfortunate that I couldn't find most of the musical numbers online, but you can watch the trailer below.

Balloon Dance
This number is performed by Debbie Reynolds & Bob Fosse. It's one of those numbers that you just wish you could see some behind the scenes featurette about.

Nothing Is Impossible
This isn't one of the better numbers from the film, but it's not bad. Michael Jackson used to be a big fan of musicals, and you have to wonder if this clip gave him the inspiration to perform his own 'anti gravity lean'. I know MJ had speical shoes made to work with pegs in the stage floor to do his move. I'm not sure how they did it in this film.

Other dance routines in this film that are worth watching include: "In Our United State", "Applause, Applause", "It Happens Every Time" & "Puppet Master Dance".

Time Out For Rhythm (1941)
I watched this film because Ann Miller was in it, and that's almost the only reason to watch this really bad film. Ann does have a couple entertaining dance numbers like "Obviously The Gentleman Prefers To Dance", but nothing on par with the previous film. The film features some terrible acting (most from Rudy Vallee), a plot that's dull/uninspired & the 3 Stooges. The Stooges give a little life to this film by doing some of their classic routines like "Maharajah". Allen Jenkins is also in this film, and does a good job with the crap he's given....but it's hard to turn horse shit into anything of value.

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