History Film / TheBandWagon

8th Jul '17 10:39:06 PM ecuvulle6267
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* {{Oktoberfest}}: The song "I Love Louisa".
13th Jun '17 6:05:26 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Band Wagon'' (1953) is a MetroGoldwynMayer film based on the Broadway revue from 1931, which also starred Creator/FredAstaire. Astaire plays Tony Hunter, a nearly washed-up hoofer who hopes to revitalize his career by doing a new Broadway musical. The going soon gets rough. The director, Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan), has megalomaniacal ambitions to stage a show based on Goethe's ''Theatre/{{Faust}}''; the choreographer, Paul Byrd, is a ballet snob; and Gabrielle Gerard (Cyd Charisse), Paul's girlfriend, barely condescends to dance with Tony. After everything goes to hell--so to speak--Tony and Jeffrey manage to salvage the show by going back to the original concept (onscreen, this means turning it into a series of spectacular, and apparently unconnected, production numbers). "That's Entertainment" ensues, along with romance between Tony and Gaby.

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''The Band Wagon'' (1953) is a MetroGoldwynMayer film based on the Broadway revue from 1931, which also starred Creator/FredAstaire.

Astaire plays Tony Hunter, a nearly washed-up hoofer who hopes to revitalize his career by doing a new Broadway musical. The going soon gets rough. The director, Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan), has megalomaniacal ambitions to stage a show based on Goethe's ''Theatre/{{Faust}}''; the choreographer, Paul Byrd, is a ballet snob; and Gabrielle Gerard (Cyd Charisse), Paul's girlfriend, barely condescends to dance with Tony. After everything goes to hell--so to speak--Tony and Jeffrey manage to salvage the show by going back to the original concept (onscreen, this means turning it into a series of spectacular, and apparently unconnected, production numbers). "That's Entertainment" ensues, along with romance between Tony and Gaby.
2nd Apr '17 10:01:27 PM Eilevgmyhren
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* MindScrew: We don´t ''see'' anything of the "faustian" production, only a couple of images. This, and the reaction from the audience, implies that the show ended up as a (rather disappointing) work of art, which nobody actually understood.
11th Jan '17 6:32:15 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* PostModernism: The movie makes a point of it, especially in the "Tnat´s entertainment" number.


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** The final scene of ''Theatre/OedipusRex'' is actually shown, and the next show number of the movie is performed on that production set. Even a brief allusion to ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'', when Tony and Cordova put on bowler hats and fast tracks a conversation before pulling them off.
10th Jan '17 12:38:09 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* ShoutOut: ''That´s Entertainment'' has shout outs to ''Theatre/OedipusRex'', named in the song, and later to ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. "Entertainment" indeed.

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* ShoutOut: ''That´s Entertainment'' has shout outs to ''Theatre/OedipusRex'', named in the song, and later to ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. "Entertainment" indeed."Entertainment"? [[{{Irony}} Indeed]].
10th Jan '17 12:33:15 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** Of course, the line [[Theatre/AsYouLikeIt "The world is a stage]]. Shakespeare is also mentioned.

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** Of course, the line [[Theatre/AsYouLikeIt "The "[[Theatre/AsYouLikeIt The world is a stage]].stage]]". Shakespeare is also mentioned.
10th Jan '17 12:32:45 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** Of course, the line [[Theatre/AsYouLikeIt "The world is a stage]]. Shakespeare is also mentioned.
10th Jan '17 12:28:14 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* ShoutOut: ''That´s Entertainment'' has shout outs to ''Theatre/OedipusRex'', named in the song, and later to ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. "Entertainment" indeed.
23rd Aug '16 10:22:33 PM jamespolk
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* TheCameo: Ava Gardner.
** Also, Douglas Fowley, who played the beleaguered director in SinginInTheRain, plays the auctioneer at the beginning of the film.

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* TheCameo: Ava Gardner.
Creator/AvaGardner.
** Also, Douglas Fowley, who played the beleaguered director in SinginInTheRain, ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', plays the auctioneer at the beginning of the film.



* HaveAGayOldTime: "That's Entertainment" includes in its list of plots "A gay divorcee who is after her ex". This is also a ShoutOut to Astaire's 1934 film ''TheGayDivorcee''.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: "That's Entertainment" includes in its list of plots "A gay divorcee who is after her ex". This is also a ShoutOut to Astaire's 1934 film ''TheGayDivorcee''.''Film/TheGayDivorcee''.



* LargeHam: Jeffrey Cordova.

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* LargeHam: Jeffrey Cordova. Various people open the door when Jeffrey is acting out the plot of the new show for the money men, only to close the door in horror.



* MsFanService: Gaby.

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* MsFanService: MsFanservice: Gaby. Lots of lots of flattering costumes for Cyd Charisse.



* SpiritualSuccessor: To SinginInTheRain; the movie shares the same writers, and is to Fred Astaire what that movie was to Gene Kelly.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To SinginInTheRain; ''Film/SinginInTheRain''; the movie shares the same writers, and is to Fred Astaire what that movie was to Gene Kelly.
11th Mar '16 5:23:29 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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'''''The Band Wagon''''' (1953) is a MetroGoldwynMayer film based on the Broadway revue from 1931, which also starred Creator/FredAstaire. Astaire plays Tony Hunter, a nearly washed-up hoofer who hopes to revitalize his career by doing a new Broadway musical. The going soon gets rough. The director, Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan), has megalomaniacal ambitions to stage a show based on Goethe's ''Theatre/{{Faust}}''; the choreographer, Paul Byrd, is a ballet snob; and Gabrielle Gerard (Cyd Charisse), Paul's girlfriend, barely condescends to dance with Tony. After everything goes to hell--so to speak--Tony and Jeffrey manage to salvage the show by going back to the original concept (onscreen, this means turning it into a series of spectacular, and apparently unconnected, production numbers). "That's Entertainment" ensues, along with romance between Tony and Gaby.

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'''''The ''The Band Wagon''''' Wagon'' (1953) is a MetroGoldwynMayer film based on the Broadway revue from 1931, which also starred Creator/FredAstaire. Astaire plays Tony Hunter, a nearly washed-up hoofer who hopes to revitalize his career by doing a new Broadway musical. The going soon gets rough. The director, Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan), has megalomaniacal ambitions to stage a show based on Goethe's ''Theatre/{{Faust}}''; the choreographer, Paul Byrd, is a ballet snob; and Gabrielle Gerard (Cyd Charisse), Paul's girlfriend, barely condescends to dance with Tony. After everything goes to hell--so to speak--Tony and Jeffrey manage to salvage the show by going back to the original concept (onscreen, this means turning it into a series of spectacular, and apparently unconnected, production numbers). "That's Entertainment" ensues, along with romance between Tony and Gaby.
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