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It's 1650 in New Amsterdam, and Brom Broeck, a young outspoken newspaper publisher is arrested for printing advanced opinions on the undemocratic rule of Govenor "Peg-Leg" Stuyvesant. While Brom is in prison, old "Peg-Leg" goes on the make for Brom's sweetheart. But, when "Peg-Leg" is forced to release Brom... Watch-out! Written by
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Entertaining adaptation of the Kurt Weill Broadway musical.
An odd combo for writing a Broadway musical - Kurt Weill and serious dramatist, Maxwell Anderson - but write it they did, amused by the NYC corruption that existed back in 1647 under the Dutch rule of Peter Stuyvesant and the then current 1940s political atmosphere. Charles Coburn, complete with pegleg, essays the role of Stuyvesant, played and sung on stage by Walter Huston - high point of the score is SEPTEMBER SONG. Nelson Eddy and Constance Dowling do well as the revolutionary firebrand against corruption and for a federation of the colonies under a democracy (horrors!) and his vivacious sweetheart. The plot takes turn poking political fun at the corrupt Dutch businessmen and guiding the effervescent Tina away from the grasp of the elderly Stuyvesant and into the arms of Brom (Nelson Eddy). The score consists of nine numbers that are all lively and well-written (the score combined parts of the Weill original and new songs written by Jule Styne and a quartet of lyricists and the background scoring is quite well done (Oscar nomination for Scoring). The sets and costumes are also very good and were deserving of similar recognition but failed to garner votes - in the latter case the category wasn't invented until 3 years later. Nothing extraordinary but very amusing and jolly and well done.
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