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 and with Ginger Rogers

Fred Astaire ca. 1935. 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 – […]

Ron Moody: From Dickens to Disney (But No Harry Potter)

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: “Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.”) Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along […]

Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91

Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' 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 and weirdos, from the title […]

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 […]

Claudette Colbert Movies

Claudette Colbert movies on Turner Classic Movies: From 'The Smiling Lieutenant' to TCM premiere 'Skylark' (image: Claudette Colbert and Maurice Chevalier in 'The Smiling Lieutenant') Claudette Colbert, the studio era's perky, independent-minded – and French-born – “all-American” girlfriend (and later all-American wife and mother), is Turner Classic Movies' star of […]

'Jersey Boys' Movie Review: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' Boring Story

'Jersey Boy's movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical (image: John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in 'Jersey Boys') Clint Eastwood's semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the […]

Mickey Rooney Dead: Longest Movie Career Ever?

Mickey Rooney ca. 1940 Mickey Rooney dead at 93: Four-time Oscar nominee & frequent Judy Garland co-star may have had the longest film career ever Mickey Rooney, four-time Academy Award nominee and one of the biggest domestic box office draws during the studio era, died of “natural causes” on Sunday, […]

Marta Eggerth Dead at 101: The Jeanette MacDonald of German Operettas

Marta Eggerth. Operetta and film star Marta Eggerth dead at 101: The Jeanette MacDonald of Central European cinema Marta Eggerth, an international star in film and stage operettas who frequently performed opposite husband Jan Kiepura, died on December 26, 2013, at her home in Rye, New York. The Budapest-born Eggerth […]

'Inside Llewyn Davis' Review: Effortless Oscar Isaac Is 'Last Folk Singer Who Didn't Make It'

Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac as “the last folk singer who didn't make it.” Written and directed by veterans Joel and Ethan Coen (Blood Simple, Raising Arizona), Inside Llewyn Davis offers “their deepest dive into characterization since their inward-looking masterpiece A Serious Man.” 'Inside Llewyn Davis' review: Effortless Oscar […]

'This Is Us' Trailer + One Direction Movie Has Solid First Day But Soon Plummets

One Direction members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson 'One Direction: This Is Us' movie weekend box office: One of steepest Friday-to-Saturday drops ever The 3D concert movie One Direction: This Is Us failed to get even close to the $20 million mark at the […]

Ann Blyth Today

Ann Blyth today on TCM Ann Blyth today: Light songs and heavy drama on TCM Ann Blyth, a 1940s Universal leading lady best remembered for her Oscar-nominated performance as Joan Crawford's cute-but-sociopathic teenage daughter in Warner Bros.' Mildred Pierce, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star on Friday, […]

Doris Day Movies: 'Calamity Jane' Gay or Straight?

Doris Day movies: TCM's 'Summer Under the Stars 2013' lineup continues (image: Doris Day in 'Calamity Jane' publicity shot) Doris Day, who turned 89 last April 3, is Turner Classic Movies' 2013 “Summer Under the Stars” star on Friday, August 2. (Doris Day, by the way, still looks great. Check […]

Esther Williams: 'Swimming '40s' Movie Star Dead at 91

Esther Williams. Esther Williams: Swimwear-garbed star of MGM Technicolor musicals dead at 91 Esther Williams, known for her swimming skills and ability to smile and keep her make-up and coiffure intact underwater in several MGM Technicolor aqua-musicals of the '40s and '50s, died in her sleep earlier today at her […]

Deanna Durbin Movies: Remembering One of Hollywood's Biggest Stars & Universal Savior

Deanna Durbin in 'I'll Be Yours.' Deanna Durbin dies at 91: One of the top stars of Hollywood's studio era According to Hollywood lore, teen star Deanna Durbin saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy in the mid-'30s, when her movies earned the Great Depression-hit studio some much-needed millions. The story may […]

Seth MacFarlane Shows Kristin Chenoweth How It's Done + Kristen Stewart & Jane Fonda Oscar Presenters

Kristen Stewart and Senator Al Franken. Jane Fonda & Kristen Stewart + Jennifer Garner & Kerry Washington: Oscar presenters Jane Fonda, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Garner, and Kerry Washington have been added as Oscar 2013 ceremony presenters, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced. (Image: Kristen Stewart and Al Franken […]

'Les Misérables' Reviews: Mixed Opinions About Maximalist Approach to Killer Pipes

Les Misérables with Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried. In Tom Hooper's film version of the international stage musical hit based on Victor Hugo's early-19th-century-set classic novel about the long & demented arm of the Law, Amanda Seyfried, of Mamma Mia! and Dear John fame, plays the ill-fated factory worker-turned-sex worker Fantine's out-of-wedlock daughter […]

Tony Martin Singer Dead at 98

Actor-singer Tony Martin, once married to Fox singing star Alice Faye and the widower of MGM dancer-actress Cyd Charisse, died of “natural causes” at his West Los Angeles home on Friday, July 27. Martin was 98. Tony Martin movies Though never quite a movie star, Tony Martin (born Alvin Morris […]

'Les Misérables' Trailer: Anne Hathaway Show-Stopper

Les Misérables trailer is out. (Please scroll down.) You can hear Anne Hathaway's miserable Fantine singing “I dreamed that love would never die … I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I'm living.” All the while, dialogue-less bits from the film are shown featuring […]

'Porgy and Bess': National Film Registry Selects Controversial & Hard-to-Find Black Musical

Porgy and Bess with Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge: one of this year's additions to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Samuel Goldwyn's final production, the Otto Preminger-directed 1959 film version of George and Ira Gershwin, and DuBose Heyward's 1935 Broadway opera Porgy and Bess was a box office […]

Robert Wise-Jerome Robbins/'West Side Story' Back on the Big Screen

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' West Side Story, NCM Fathom and Turner Classic Movies will present a one-night screening of the multiple Oscar winner in movie theaters nationwide at 7:00 pm (local time) on November 9. The West Side Story presentation includes a new Turner […]

Howard Keel Movies: 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,' 'Show Boat'

Howard Keel, best remembered for MGM musicals such as Show Boat, Kiss Me Kate, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is Turner Classic Movies' next-to-last “Summer Under the Stars” star. On Tuesday, August 30, TCM will be presenting 14 Howard Keel movies, including one TCM premiere – Charles Crichton's British […]

'Festival' of Legends: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez in Oscar-Nominated Folk Music Documentary

Bob Dylan: Young days in 'Festival': Classic music documentary. 'Festival' of Legends: Folk music fest featuring a young Bob Dylan, Joan Baez showcased in Oscar-nominated documentary Before Woodstock and Monterey Pop there was … Murray Lerner's Festival. Set at the annual Newport Folk Festival and featuring the likes of Bob […]

'Bye Bye Birdie' Restored: Ann-Margret & Bobby Rydell at Academy Screening

Bye Bye Birdie lobby card (top); Bobby Rydell, Ann-Margret, Bye Bye Birdie (bottom) A digitally restored print of George Sidney's 1963 Elvis Presley-inspired satirical musical Bye Bye Birdie, starring Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Bobby Rydell, Maureen Stapleton, Jesse Pearson, and an explosive Ann-Margret, will have its premiere on Wednesday, […]

'The Merry Widow': Jeanette MacDonald & Maurice Chevalier Movie Magic

Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, The Merry Widow The Merry Widow is neither one of Ernst Lubitsch's most discussed nor best-liked films. Film critics and historians generally tend to focus on a couple of his early, pre-Code Paramount talkies, One Hour with You (co-directed with George Cukor) and Trouble in Paradise, […]

'The Gang's All Here': Best Carmen Miranda Musical?

From the moment The Gang's All Here opens with a nightclub production number presented on a stage as big as a football field, Busby Berkeley's fast-paced Technicolor musical delivers the goods. There is dreamy-eyed Alice Faye, handsome eye-candy James Ellison, craggy-voiced Eugene Pallette, fussbudget Edward Everett Horton, Carmen Miranda at […]

Audrey Hepburn-Julie Andrews 'My Fair Lady': Biggest Oscar Snubs

Great singing in the clip above, huh? Well, that's probably why Audrey Hepburn didn't get a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for My Fair Lady. [See previous “Biggest Oscar Snubs” piece: Steven Spielberg Shocked When Not Oscar Nominated for JAWS.] Audrey Hepburn's landing the role of Eliza Doolittle in Warner […]

Christmas Films: Atypical Macho John Travolta + Whacked Sandra Dee Topples Family Tree

Christmas films: Grease with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John on TCM. Despite an array of mostly uninspired songs and dance numbers, the Randal Kleiser-directed, 1950s-set musical Grease was a gigantic box office hit. Olivia Newton-John has the more appealing screen presence, but the most notable element in this youth-oriented musical […]

Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers' 'Swing Time' Academy Screening

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Swing Time (top); Hermes Pan, Fred Astaire, George Stevens on the set of Swing Time (bottom) The George Stevens-directed Ginger Rogers-Fred Astaire musical Swing Time will be presented as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “George Stevens Lecture on Directing” series on […]

Kathryn Grayson Movies: 'Show Boat' & 'Kiss Me Kate'

Kathryn Grayson in George Sidney's Kiss Me Kate, with Howard Keel. Kathryn Grayson, who died at the age of 88 last February, is Turner Classic Movies' Tuesday, Aug. 10, star. Kathryn Grayson Day is part of TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” August series. Grayson's vehicles are frequently shown on TCM, […]

Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr: 'South Pacific' Academy Screening

Joshua Logan's South Pacific: John Kerr, Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi (top); John Kerr, France Nuyen (bottom) Tonight at 7:30 p.m., a recently restored 70mm print of the Joshua Logan-directed film version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical South Pacific will be screened at the Academy of Motion Picture […]

Ken Russell 'Tommy' Academy Screening: The Who Rock Opera 35th Anniversary

Ken Russell's Tommy: Roger Daltrey as the deaf/mute/blind pinball-playing Jesus figure and his freak followers Ken Russell's 1975 film from The Who's rock opera Tommy, starring Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, and featuring the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, and Tina Turner, will be screened at the […]

Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire Movies: From 'Flying Down to Rio' to 'The Barkleys of Broadway'

Ginger Rogers is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of March. Most of the films – perhaps all of them – have been shown on TCM before. So, don't expect hard-to-find titles such as The Confession, Forever Female, The Groom Wore Spurs, Young Man of Manhattan, Sitting Pretty (1933), […]

Esther Williams: Swimsuit Star's DVD Box Set Features Athletic Prowess & Parade of Cultural Aspirations

Esther Williams: swimsuit star. Following the release of George Sidney's 1944 comedy musical Bathing Beauty, former competitive swimmer Esther Williams briefly became one of MGM's top box office draws, starring in fluffy Technicolor fare like Easy to Wed, Neptune's Daughter, and Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Battered by […]

Elvis Presley Movies: 'Jailhouse Rock' & 'Girls! Girls! Girls!'

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas. I can only think of one Elvis Presley song I like: “Can't Help Falling in Love.” I don't know if he sings it in any of his films. In other words, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” day dedicated to Elvis […]

Judy Garland 'The Wizard of Oz' Screening

Starring Judy Garland and directed by Victor Fleming, the 1939 Best Picture nominee The Wizard of Oz will be screened, digitally from a new 4K restoration, as the final feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939” on […]

Michael Jackson Kids & Family + Mansion Images & 'This Is It' Rehearsal

Michael Jackson kids and friends at singer's Holmby Hills mansion. Michael Jackson kids and friends image Provided by real estate developer Mohamed Hadid (via, the above photo shows Hadid (left) and his children alongside Michael Jackson and his kids – Michael Joseph Jr. (far left), Paris Michael Katherine (center), […]

Carmen Miranda Dances in 'That Night in Rio'

The more I see Carmen Miranda, the more I find her one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. In this clip from Fox's 1941 musical comedy That Night in Rio, Miranda sings and shakes to the rhythms of Roberto Martins' “Cai, Cai.” Now, what the heck is she […]

Marni Nixon Movies & Classic Film Noir (in Color): Film Forum Screenings

Marni Nixon. Marni Nixon, the voice behind, among others, Deborah Kerr in The King and I and An Affair to Remember, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, will be honored at New York City's Film Forum on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm. […]

'Were the World Mine': Shakespeare-Inspired Gay Musical Is Q&A Topic with Filmmaker Tom Gustafson

Were the World Mine: Gay romance between bullied, small-town gay adolescent Tanner Cohen (seated) and school rugby team captain Nathaniel David Becker in Tom Gustafson's mix of romantic yearning, music, humor, and fantasy: Were the World Mine. Based on both the Gustafson-directed 2003 short Fairies and William Shakespeare's A Midsummer […]

Leslie Caron Salute: 'Gigi' & 'Lili' Academy Screenings

Leslie Caron will be on hand for the premiere of a new digital restoration of Vincente Minnelli's 1958 Best Picture Oscar winner Gigi tomorrow, Oct. 10, '08, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Film critic Stephen Farber will […]

Anita Page & Bessie Love in 'The Broadway Melody': First Best Picture Talkie

The Broadway Melody was one of the biggest box office hits of the 1920s. Released by MGM in early 1929, the musical melodrama about two show-biz sisters in love with the same man, rode the wave of the all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing craze of the period. However pedestrian its storyline, The […]

'Dreamgirls' & 'There Will Be Blood': 'Second-Best' Oscar Nominees Revived

Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, a shoo-in for one of the five Best Picture slots in 2006 (a shoo-in that failed to make the cut), will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series on Monday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 […]

Sex and the Single Girl: The Escapades of Busby Berkeley

Carmen Miranda in The Gang's All Here “Sex and the Single Girl: The Escapades of Busby Berkeley” is a mini-retrospective currently being presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood. Busby Berkeley went from directing stiff military parades to directing spiffy civilian babes […]

'Repo! The Genetic Opera': 21st-Century 'Rocky Horror'

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) Dir.: Darren Lynn Bousman. Scr.: Terrance Zdunich and Darren Smith. Starring: Anthony Stewart Head, Alexa Vega, Terrance Zdunich, Sarah Brightman, Bill Moseley, Paris Hilton, Ogre, Paul Sorvino     The world premiere of Repo! The Genetic Opera took place at Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival on […]

'Repo! The Genetic Opera': Bill Moseley & Terrance Zdunich Interview

On Friday, July 18, I got to sit with horror-film acting legend Bill Moseley (photo, on the left) – Moseley was Chop Top from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Otis Driftwood from House of a 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects) – and writer/actor Terrance Zdunich (photo, on the […]

Dercy Gonçalves Dies at 101: Brazilian Cinema, Stage and TV Icon

Dercy Gonçalves dies at 101: Brazilian show business icon was a stage, film, and television star Dercy Gonçalves, a Brazilian stage, film, television, and carnival superstar for nearly eight decades, died of pneumonia earlier today at the São Lucas Hospital in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana district. Dercy – she was […]

'Fame' Screening

A new print of Alan Parker's 1980 musical Fame will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” series on Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in New York City. Two-time Academy Award-winning composer […]

Cyd Charisse Dies: 'Singin' in the Rain' Sensual Dancer

Cyd Charisse, the long-legged dancer of about a dozen MGM musicals, died today at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Charisse, who was 86 (or 87, depending on the source), had suffered an apparent heart attack yesterday. When most people think of Hollywood's greatest dancers, Fred Astaire and Gene […]

'Golden Dawn' Review: Politically Incorrect Musical Extravaganza

Ray Enright's early musical Golden Dawn should be filed under the “What Were They Thinking” department. Warner Bros. certainly wasn't expecting commercial or popular success with this demented story set in darkest East Africa during World War I. The plot goes as follows: the Germans are holding British prisoners. The […]

Martin Scorsese Rolling Stones Movie 'Shine a Light' Opens Berlin Film Festival

Martin Scorsese and The Rolling Stones (Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Ron Wood). Martin Scorsese The Rolling Stones movie 'Shine a Light' opens Berlin Film Festival Martin Scorsese's The Rolling Stones concert movie Shine a Light, featuring Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Ron Wood, opened the […]

'Woodstock': Monday Nights with Oscar

Roger Daltrey at Woodstock in Woodstock. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” series will present a special screening of Woodstock on Saturday, September 8, at 1 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. Following an extended break, the program will resume at […]

'All That Jazz': Bob Fosse Oscar-Nominated Musical Academy Screening

Bob Fosse's 1979 Best Picture nominee All That Jazz will be the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' next film in the “Great To Be Nominated” series on Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Several members of the cast and […]

B Musicals at Film Forum

New York City's Film Forum is presenting an unusual film series this spring 2007: B musicals from the 1930s to the early 1950s. In those films you won't find many expensive sets (though several cheap ones are made out to look pricey), mammoth production numbers (though miracles can happen even […]

Rudy Vallee & 'The Vagabond Lover': Rare Movies on TV

Turner Classic Movies Alert: For those living in the U.S., TCM will be showing three early talkies: The musical The Vagabond Lover, starring the Elvis Presley of the late 1920s – in terms of popularity, that is – Rudy Vallee (if Elvis suffered from paralysis, he would have sung the […]

'Fiddler on the Roof': Oscar-Nominated Blockbuster Musical

© A.M.P.A.S. Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – The 1971 Best Picture nominee Fiddler on the Roof will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated" series. Adapted from the stage musical which was based on the stories of […]

'Funny Girl' & 'Labyrinth': Barbra Streisand & David Bowie on Big Screen + Old Hollywood in New Jersey

Funny Girl Press Release: The 1968 Best Picture nominee Funny Girl will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. Director William Wyler's only musical will be shown on Monday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy's […]

'A Prairie Home Companion': Robert Altman All-Star Misfire

The sacred cows of the Hollywood firmament – or Hollywood barn, if you want to be really literal – will receive hosannas from certain quarters no matter how mediocre their output. Some believe that to say something negative about the likes of Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, or Clint Eastwood, for […]

Glenn Ford in Person + Early Hollywood Musicals' Fragments

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Glenn Ford (The Big Heat, 3:10 to Yuma) will make his first public appearance in 15 years at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, where the Canadian-born actor will be saluted on his 90th birthday on May 1. The event will include a screening of Fords film debut, the […]

Carmen Miranda Costume & Memorabilia Exhibition + Charlotte Rampling Heads Berlin

Carmen Miranda costume: the so-called “Brazilian Bombshell” in typical churchgoing garb of the period – subdued colors and only the most modest of accoutrements. The “Carmen Miranda Forever” exhibition at Rio de Janeiro's Museum of Modern Art will be showcasing all sorts of memorabilia relating to the “Mamãe Eu Quero” […]

June Haver Bio: Actress Who Became Nun Has Died

June Haver bio: Hollywood actress who briefly became a nun has died Actress June Haver, the blonde star of several popular 20th Century Fox musicals such as Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944), The Dolly Sisters (1945), and Three Little Girls in Blue (1946), and the widow of actor Fred MacMurray, […]

Howard Keel Movies: MGM Musicals 'Kiss Me Kate,' 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

Howard Keel ca. 1950. Howard Keel movies: 'Show Boat,' 'Kiss Me Kate' Howard Keel, an actor and singer best remembered for his series of Technicolor MGM musicals of the early 1950s, died of complications from colon cancer on Nov. 7, '04, in the Southern California town of Palm Desert. He […]