|Always Leave Them Laughing 1949 N/R, 116 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Cast: Milton Berle, Virginia Mayo, Ruth Roman, Bert Lahr, Alan Hale, Jerome Cowan, Lloyd Gough, Max Showalter, Iris Adrian, Wally Vernon, Grace Hayes, Ransom M. Sherman, Kit Guard, Stuart Holmes, Sid Melton
Comedian Kip Cooper's (Milton Berle) career has endured as many highs as lows. This story was remade as "Mr. Saturday Night" with Billy Crystal as the star.
|Just Around the Corner 1938 N/R, 70 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical
Director: Irving Cummings
Cast: Shirley Temple, Joan Davis, Charles Farrell, Amanda Duff, Bill Robinson, Bert Lahr, Franklin Pangborn, Claude Gillingwater
When Jeff Hale (Charles Farrell) loses his fortune during 1929's Great Depression, his daughter Penny (Shirley Temple) must return home from boarding school. Temple's dance routines with Bill Robinson are highlights of many of her films, and this one is no exception.
|The Night They Raided Minsky's 1968 PG, 99 min.|
Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Norman Wisdom, Forrest Tucker, Harry Andrews, Joseph Wiseman, Denholm Elliott, Elliott Gould, Bert Lahr, Richard Libertini, Gloria LeRoy, Eddie Lawrence
Set in the 1920s, this is a tale about a young Amish woman, Rachel Schpitendavel (Britt Ekland) heads for New York with her father Jacob (Harry Andrews) on her trail. She seeks employment as a dancer on Broadway but ends up working as a stripper at Minsky's burlesque house where she stars as "Mme. Fifi" along with comedians Raymond and Chick (Jason Robards and Norman Wisdom). All goes well–until the burlesque house is raided.
|Rose Marie 1954 N/R, 115 min.|
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Cast: Ann Blyth, Howard Keel, Fernando Lamas, Bert Lahr, Marjorie Main, Joan Taylor, Ray Collins, Chief Yowlachie, James Logan, Thurl Ravenscroft
This is another remake of the 1924 Rudolf Friml operetta and is the first musical to use the CinemaScope format, which it does to good advantage. Rose Marie (Ann Blyth) is a lovely French-Canadian lass who is after trapper James Duval (Fernando Lamas). James, in turn, is being pursued by mountie Mike Malone (Howard Keel). Mike uses Rose to help him get James and, in the process, falls in love with her.
|Ship Ahoy 1942 N/R, 95 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy / Romance
Director: Edward Buzzell
Cast: Eleanor Powell, Red Skelton, Bert Lahr, Virginia O'Brien, William Post Jr., Jimmy Cross, Philip Ahn, Stuart Crawford, John Emery, Bernard Nedell, Eddie Hartman, John Huddleston, Chuck Lowry, William Tannen, John Raitt
An ocean liner is on its way to Puerto Rico and enemies of the U.S. are onboard to steal plans for a new mine. The lame plot is really a vehicle for the band of Tommy Dorsey (with Buddy Rich on the drums, Ziggy Elman on the trumpet, and Frank Sinatra singing), the dancing of Eleanor Powell, and the comic routines of Red Skelton.
|The Wizard of Oz 1939 N/R, 101 min.|
Genre: Family / Adventure / Musical / Fantasy
Director: Victor Fleming
Cast: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick, Pat Walshe, Terry, Singer Midgets, Rolfe Sedan, Oliver Smith, Harry Wilson
This is the classic movie of Frank Baum's allegory about the plight of the farmers and the question of whether the U.S. should use the gold or silver standard. It is the story of the adventures of Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, who are blown by a tornado from dry, dusty Kansas to the beautiful world of Oz with its yellow brick road (gold) and wise wizard (Federal Government). The fine music was rewarded by Oscars for "Over The Rainbow" as Best Song and for Best Musical Score. The film was nominated for Best Picture, and Judy Garland received an Honorary Award (Miniature Statuette) for Outstanding Juvenile Performance.
|1. Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)|
2. Just Around the Corner (1938)
3. The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
4. Rose Marie (1954)
5. Ship Ahoy (1942)
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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