Musicals: Articles


Roy Rogers & 'Under Western Stars': Remembering Singing Cowboy's 'Socialist' Western

Roy Rogers, Singing Cowboy of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood. Known for his affable characterizations and, both on and off screen, “traditional values” stance, the King of the Cowboys – step aside, John Wayne & Gene Autry – toplined the “subversive” 1938 musical Western Under Western Stars. Sound bites: Remembering Roy […]


Fred Astaire Movies: Dancing in the Dark & on the Ceiling

Fred Astaire. Fred Astaire movies: Dancing in the dark & on the ceiling on TCM Aug. 5, '15, is Fred Astaire Day on Turner Classic Movies, as TCM continues with its “Summer Under the Stars” series. Just don't expect any rare Astaire movies, as the actor-singer-dancer's star vehicles – mostly […]


Ron Moody: 'Oliver Twist' & Walt Disney But No 'Harry Potter'

Ron Moody Oliver Twist characterization: As Fagin in Carol Reed's 1968 musical Oliver!, based on Charles Dickens' classic novel. Ron Moody 'Oliver Twist' effort: Fagin in 1968 box office and critical hit 'Oliver!' (See previous post: “Ron Moody: Oliver! Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.”) Although British made, Oliver! turned out […]


Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor & Oscar Nominee

Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor played Fagin in 1968 movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains […]


Martha Stewart Not Dead Despite Reports to the Contrary

Martha Stewart in 'Doll Face,' with Perry Como. Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox […]