One of my favourite movies (on YouTube, unfortunately never shown on TCM even here) is the earliest film version of The Desert Song , starring John Boles and Carlotta King, with Myrna Loy, Marie Wells, Johnny Arthur and Louise Fazenda. It has dancing, singing and melodramatic acting, combined with wonderful Orientalist backdrops.
I also really like the version of Show Boat with Paul Robeson.
Anyone else like old Hollywood musical movies from the 20s-40s?
It's been a long time since I was into the 30s/40s oldies, but I had the impression that the "repeat pairing" thing started with Nelson Eddy and Jeannette Mc Donald.
IIRC both that and the Astaire/Rogers teamup came from a situation where the male star was considered a big gun in his field (singing for Eddy and dancing for Astaire) and the emphasis on duets (whether singing or dancing) meant that they needed a female lead who could keep up.
Tam: Allowing for the caveat that I'm not sure she could have pulled off some of Astaire's solo numbers, I agree with Rogers. She was a very talented and dedicated person who literally danced her feet bloody for at least one of their dance numbers, and got rather little credit for it at the time, because as I said, the men in these partnerships were seen, rightly or wrongly, as the main attraction.
I started out only watching Anchors Aweigh because of the scene where Gene Kelly dances with Jerry, but to my surprise I found the rest of the film quite enjoyable as well. I was never much for musicals before.
Oh brother, not that!
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