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My Fair Lady

Warner Bros., 1964

‘MY FAIR LADY’ ON THE SCREEN
Witty, Stunning and ‘Loverly’


In making the movie version of a Broadway hit, Hollywood tends to tamper with the material far too often. Not so with Lerner & Loewe’s 1956 masterpiece, My Fair Lady. What you’ll see — and I’m betting you haven’t seen the film in a long time — is impressively loyal to the original. Alan Jay Lerner was allowed to write the screenplay, and no songs from the stage were cut. So what you’ll hear includes “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

Even the “look” of the film respects Lerner & Loewe, with Cecil Beaton’s production design recreating his eye-popping costumes. Remember the all black-and-white apparel for the “Ascot Gavotte” scene? Of course you do!

Producer Jack Warner did, however, tamper notoriously with the casting, passing over Julie Andrews in favor of a movie box-office name, Audrey Hepburn. And not many people know that Rex Harrison would not have had the chance to reprise his immortal Henry Higgins if Cary Grant had accepted Warner’s offer. But Stanley Holloway remains the one-and-only Alfred P. Doolittle, Harrison is once again magnificent, and Hepburn is aglow as Eliza, directed by George Cukor, known for his stellar and sensitive work with women.

When we get to the discussion, though, we’ll want to talk about how this story plays in our own Me Too era, since Prof. Higgins remains a misogynist, albeit a brilliant one. What do we make of this kinda/sorta romance today? As always, our “Let’s Go to the Movies” audience will share their strong opinions. We’ve come to depend on them…

She Done Him Wrong

Paramount, 1933

‘COME UP AND SEE ME…’
Mae West, that is, at TMTP’s “Let’s Go to the Movies”!

​Special Note for This Movie:

We decided to switch the movie to “She Done Him Wrong” as we just couldn’t find a reliable streaming source to view “I’m No Angel” in its entirety. However, our introduction video is still very much appropriate to any discussion of the fabulous Mae West.


By Bill Rudman

We’ve shared with you 25 classic film musicals so far in this series, but never anything like “She Done Him Wrong” (1933), co-starring two iconic performers: Mae West and Cary Grant. 

No need to talk about Cary at this late date, but Mae is another matter. She’s a star who truly invented her persona — in which she could take a line and fill it with sexual innuendo. This movie was her first major role, and it is a hoot. As one critic has observed, as Lady Lou, Mae proved that all you needed to become a sex goddess was “a suggestive strut and a nasal twang.”

You either embraced her hourglass figure or were offended by the whole package, and the following year, those who were offended made sure that a Hays Code was put in place to “censor” her when and where the Puritans thought it was necessary. Audiences kept coming for 11 of her films — and let’s remind ourselves that she didn’t even become a movie star until she was 40. In today’s Hollywood, many female actors are unmarketable by that age. Her determined liberation was something to celebrate.

But Mae took no prisoners on any level. Her sexuality was right out there, and if a man couldn’t deal with this strong woman, he was sent packing. Even the songs made her intentions clear. My favorite from this score is “A Guy What Takes His Time. No explanation necessary.

If you haven’t seen her in decades (Bette Midler channeling Mae is no substitute), she’s back. If this is a discovery, she will amaze you, even in our anything-goes era.

Released June 10, 2021  | Pre-Film Talk

​Filmed Live June 17, 2021 | Post-Film Discussion

Cabin in the Sky

MGM, 1943

Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Cabin in the Sky is one of only four film musicals made in the 1940s featuring an all-African American cast, and it’s an all-star company: Ethel Waters in her only major role in a movie musical, Louis Armstrong, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Duke Ellington’s orchestra and Lena Horne in her first acting assignment.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime and YouTube
(some fees may apply).

Released May 20, 2021  | Pre-Film Talk

​Filmed Live May 27, 2021 | Post-Film Discussion

Hans Christian Andersen

MGM, 1952

Directed by Charles Vidor, lyrics and music by Frank Loesser.
Starring Danny Kaye.

Hans Christian Andersen is probably Hollywood’s finest so-called children’s musical — second only to The Wizard of Oz. That means it’s as much fun for adults as kids. We think of Kaye as being constantly and hilariously over the top, but his performance as the immortal Danish storyteller is gentle, charming and understated. 

Available to stream on Amazon Prime and YouTube
(some fees may apply).

Released April 29, 2021  | Pre-Film Talk

​Filmed Live May 6, 2021 | Post-Film Discussion

Best Foot Forward

MGM, 1943

Directed by Edward Buzzell, starring Lucille BallWilliam GaxtonVirginia WeidlerJune AllysonGloria DeHaven, Nancy Walker, Tommy Dix and the Harry James Orchestra. Music by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin.

What was Lucille Ball like in her pre-“I Love Lucy” days? Here’s your chance to find out: By the time “Best Forward” was released in 1943, she was a Hollywood star. She plays herself in this breezy musical comedy about the complications that arise from a publicity stunt hatched by press agent William Gaxton — with Ball accepting an invitation to a prom at a military academy teeming with young men and their girlfriends.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime and YouTube
(some fees may apply).

Released April 8, 2021  | Pre-Film Talk

​Filmed Live April 15, 2021 | Post-Film Discussion

Funny Face

Paramount, 1957

Directed by Stanley Donen and starring Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson. It’s one of the most gorgeous movie musicals of all time, inspired by the photography of Richard Avedon. It’s the story of a fashion photographer (Astaire) and a Greenwich Villlage intellectual (Hepburn) whose heart melts under the romantic influence of Paris and, of course, Mr. Astaire.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime and YouTube
(some fees may apply).

Released March 17, 2021  | Pre-Film Talk

​Filmed Live March 25, 2021 | Post-Film Discussion

Girl Crazy

MGM, 1943

Girl Crazy showcases music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. Starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, and featuring Rags Ragland, Nancy Walker and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Directed by Norman Taurog, this was the fourth (and final) full-length film musical created for the dynamic duo. The classic songs by the Gershwin brothers include “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You” and “But Not for Me.” The story? New York playboy Mickey is sent by his father to an all-male college out West so he won’t be distracted by girls. Trouble is, he falls for the town’s postmistress — Judy, of course.

​Available to stream on Amazon Prime and YouTube (some fees may apply).

Released February 23, 2021  | Pre-Film Talk

​Filmed Live March 4, 2021 | Post-Film Discussion

The Music Man

This 1962 film directed by by Morton DaCosta is the story of con man (and traveling salesman) Harold Hill as he attacks a small town in Iowa in 1912. This fake “professor” can’t read a note of music, but that doesn’t stop him from selling a boys’ band everywhere he goes, complete with dazzling instruments and uniforms — then skips town with the money. Robert Preston reprises his Tony Award-winning Broadway role, and Shirley Jones is Marian the Librarian. She’s another part of the con — until he falls in love with her. 
​(151 min)

Available to stream on Amazon Prime and YouTube (some fees may apply).

​Released February 5, 2021 | Pre-Film Talk

​Filmed Live February 11, 2021 | Post-Film Discussion

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

This 1970 Vincente Minnelli film stars Barbra Streisand and Yves Montand and features a stunning score by Lerner & Lane. An unusual woman (Streisand) who hears phones before they ring, and does wonders with her flowers, wants to quit smoking to please her fiancé. She goes to a doctor of hypnosis to do it. But once she’s under, her doctor finds out that she can regress into past lives and different personalities, and he finds himself falling in love with one of them. (129 min.)

Available to stream on Amazon Prime and YouTube (some fees may apply).

​Released December 31, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live January 7, 2021 | Post-Film Discussion

Meet Me in St. Louis

It’s one of the greatest movie musicals of all-time. The 1944 Vincent Minnelli film take place in the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, where four daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. And it includes the moment Judy Garland introduced the world to the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” (113 min.)

Available to stream on: AmazonPrime and YouTube (some fees may apply).

​Released December 3, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live December 10, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Enjoy this clip from Bill Rudman’s interview with composer Hugh Martin for TMTP’s radio program Footlight Parade.

The Merry Widow

This 1934 movie musical is adapted from the Franz Lehar operetta of the same name. Playboy Captain Danilo (Maurice Chevalier) is ordered by King Achmet of Marshovia (George Barbier) to court and marry Madame Sonia (Jeanette MacDonald), a rich widow who owns a large portion of the kingdom. (99 min.)

Available to stream on: AmazonPrime and iTunes (some fees may apply).

​Released November 17, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live November 24, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Viva Las Vegas

Lucky Jackson (Elvis Presley) arrives in town with his car literally in tow ready for the first Las Vegas Grand Prix – once he has the money to buy an engine. Working as a waiter, he still finds time to court the young swimming pool manageress, Rusty Martin (Ann-Margret). Can he win both the race and the girl? (85 min)

Available to stream on: Amazon PrimeiTunes, and YouTube (some fees may apply).

*Due to technical difficulties, the Q&A for Viva Las Vegas was not recorded on Thursday, November 12, 2020. We do apologize for any inconvenience!

​Released November 5, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Road to Morocco

Bing Crosby and Bob Hope star as two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar (Dorothy Lamour) and must contend with a villain played by Anthony Quinn! This was the third Hope and Crosby “Road” picture (1942) — the funniest, zaniest, craziest movie-musical series ever made, and the Jimmy Van Heusen-Johnny Burke score includes “Moonlight Becomes You,” one of the most best ballads of the decade. (82 min)

Available to stream on:  Amazon PrimeiTunes, and YouTube (some fees may apply).

​Released October 22, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live October 29, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Damsel in Distress

This 1937 English-themed Hollywood musical comedy film stars Fred AstaireJoan FontaineGeorge Burns, and Gracie Allen. Loosely based upon the P.G. Wodehouse 1919 novel of the same name, and the 1928 stage play written by Wodehouse and Ian Hay, it has music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. (101 min)

Available to stream on:  Amazon PrimeiTunes, and YouTube (some fees may apply).

​Released October 8, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live October 15, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Bye Bye Birdie

Conrad Birdie is the biggest rock & roll star of the 60’s ever to be drafted. The unsuccessful songwriter Albert is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie if he writes Conrad’s farewell song and gets him to perform it with “one last kiss” to a lucky girl chosen at random on the Ed Sullivan show The town of Sweet Apple, Ohio is turned upside down when one of their own is selected for the honor. (112 min)

Available to stream on:  Amazon PrimeiTunes, and YouTube (some fees may apply).

​Released September 24, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live October 1, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Stormy Weather

The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a story of great African American entertainers that takes place between 1918 and the swing era. Lena Horne leads this cast featuring some of the finest acts of the era including Fats WallerThe Nicholas Brothers and Cab Calloway and His Band. (78 min)

Available to stream on:  Amazon PrimeiTunes, and YouTube (some fees may apply).

​Released September 10, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live September 17, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

State Fair

1945

Farm family Frake, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day, both Margy and brother Wayne meet attractive new flames; so does father’s prize hog, Blue Boy. As the fair proceeds, so do the romances; must lovers separate when the fair closes? It’s Rodgers & Hammerstein’s only made-for-film musical and features the tunes “It Might as Well Be Spring,” “That’s for Me” and “It’s a Grand Night for Singing.” (100 min)

Available to stream on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, and YouTube (some fees may apply). Please make sure it’s the 1945 version and not the 1962 remake!

​Released August 27, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live September 3, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Fiddler On The Roof

It’s the film adaptation of one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village. With a beloved score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock and adapted from the stories of the Sholom Aleichem, this one is not to be missed! (3h 1m)

Available to stream on: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, and YouTube (some fees may apply).

A Few Words from Bill Before You See the Film:

If you’ve never seen it, I think you’re going to be surprised by what director Norman Jewison (who had never directed a musical before) did with it. I ran into copyright issues that kept me from taping the intro I wanted to create, so you won’t see me until the Q&A. But here’s a link to a conversation between Jewison and lyricist Sheldon Harnick. Harnick’s story about writing “Sunrise, Sunset” is interesting, but even MORE interesting to me is Jewison’s obsession with getting world-renowned violinist Isaac Stern to dub the fiddler’s theme. It’s just one indication of the details that Jewison poured into telling this story. So as you watch a film that I for one believe to be a masterwork, here are some things to think about:

  • Why do you think the director chose Topol instead of Zero Mostel as his Tevye?
  • Why are there no stars in this film?
  • Just about every film musical I can think of — with the exception of much of Cabaret and Dreamgirls — is not done realistically. Why do you think Jewison wanted to go with realism?
  • What are some signs in the film of realism?
  • Why do you think Jewison — who’s been called the “relentless renegade” deserves that title?
  • Those who don’t like the film version find it too serious. Do you? Why or why not?
  • Which character — or characters — did you relate to most strongly, and why?
  • What does this film have to say to us in 2020?​

Filmed Live August 20, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Summer Stock

MGM brings on the show with music, dancing and technicolor in Summer Stock! As a favor to her actress sister Abigail, New England farmer Jane Falbury (Judy Garland) allows a group of actors to use her barn as a theater for their play. In return, the cast and crew have to help her with the farm chores. During rehearsals, Jane finds herself falling for the show’s director, Joe Ross (Gene Kelly), who also happens to be engaged to the show’s leading lady — Abigail. (108 min.)

Available to stream on: Amazon Prime, iTunes
 and YouTube (some fees may apply)

​Released July 30, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live August 7, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Damn Yankees

It’s the 1958 film adaptation of George Abbott‘s Broadway musical about a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball team win the league pennant. With original star Gwen Verdon and choreographer Bob Fosse on hand, the film captures nearly every move of Verdon’s legendary Tony Award-winning performance. (111 min.)

Available to stream on: Amazon PrimeiTunes
 and YouTube (some fees may apply)

Released July 17, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live July 23, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Top Hat

​An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. It’s considered one of the best Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers features in their ten-film partnership. (101 min.)

Available to stream on: Amazon PrimeiTunes
 and YouTube (some fees may apply)

Released July 3, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live July 10, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

1776

The original American Revolution musical blockbuster takes plays on the days leading up to July 4, 1776 when John Adams leads a heated debate among the American colonies to support a resolution on independence. The 1972 film features original Broadway cast members William DanielsHoward Da Silva and Ken Howard. (141 min.)

Available to stream on: Amazon PrimeiTunes
 and YouTube (some fees may apply)

Released June 19, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live June 26, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Guys and Dolls

In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game. Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls is one of the most beloved musicals of all time and the 1955 film adaptation features Marlon BrandoJean SimmonsFrank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. (150 minutes)

Available to stream on: Amazon PrimeiTunes
 and YouTube (some fees may apply)

Released May 22, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live May 29, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

An American in Paris

Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and falls for the gamine charms of Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron). However, his paintings come to the attention of a rich American heiress, who is interested in more than just art. Vincente Minnelli‘s 1951 masterpiece features a knock out score by George and Ira Gershwin. (116 minutes)

Available to stream on: Amazon PrimeiTunes
GooglePlay and YouTube (some fees may apply)

Released May 8, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live May 15, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

42nd Street

​See the original 1933 Warner Bros. picture featuring Warner BaxterBebe DanielsGeorge BrentRuby KeelerDick Powell and Ginger Rogers! A bigtime producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star. Hilarity and romance ensue amidst dazzling choreography with songs including “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and of course, “42nd Street.” (89 minutes)

Available to stream on: Amazon PrimeiTunes
GooglePlay and YouTube (some fees may apply)

Released April 24, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live May 1, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Easter Parade

This 1948 MGM favorite features Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford and Ann Miller. The film that delighted the world with Irving Berlin‘s “I Love a Piano,” “Shakin’ the Blues Away” and “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” centers around a nightclub performer who hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star. (93 minutes)

Available to stream on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, GooglePlay and YouTube (some fees may apply).

Released April 10, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live April 17, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion

Royal Wedding

This 1951 MGM movie musical features Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford and Keenan Wynn. It’s a romp about a brother-sister dance act that encounters challenges and romance when booked in London during the Royal Wedding. Score by Lerner & Lane. (93 minutes)

Available to stream on: Amazon Prime, iTunes, GooglePlay, YouTube (some fees may apply) or FREE with most local library cards on Kanopy.

Released March 27, 2020 | Pre-Film Talk

Filmed Live April 3, 2020 | Post-Film Discussion