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Where's Charley? (1952)

From the popular Broadway show, a musical adaptation Brandon Thomas's 1890's farce about an Oxford undergraduate posing as a classmate's aunt from Brazil--"where the nuts come from." ... See full summary »

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From the popular Broadway show, a musical adaptation Brandon Thomas's 1890's farce about an Oxford undergraduate posing as a classmate's aunt from Brazil--"where the nuts come from." Notable mainly for Frank Loesser's score and Ray Bolger's spectacular dance to "Once in Love with Amy."

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The stars, the songs, the gags and gals of the stage play burst on the screen in a riot of fun and color by TECHNICOLOR See more »

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24 October 1952 (Finland)  »

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Despite the film's obvious appeal, it has not (as of 2010) been released on video or DVD. It was last aired on US Broadcast TV in the 1970s. See more »

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Version of De tante van Charlie (2006) See more »

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BETTER GET OUT OF HERE
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Ray Bolger, Allyn Ann McLerie, Robert Shackleton and Mary Germaine
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Accept the staginess, and enjoy
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Ray Bolger gets to re-create his most famous stage role, right down to the audience-participation gimmick in "Once In Love With Amy." The George Abbott-Frank Loesser stage hit was a little ramshackle to begin with, and there's plenty to complain about in this adaptation, if you're ornery: It's stagy, with too-elaborate choreography. (The opening number, with the stylized dance steps played against the natural setting, looks terribly stilted.) Bolger, great as he is, isn't remotely convincing as an Oxford undergrad -- twice the right age, and with an accent that goes in and out. Some good songs from the stage version are missing, notably "Lovelier Than Ever." David Butler directs with his usual dull competence.

But there's Bolger's eccentric dancing, not only wonderful itself but a valuable historical link to a theatrical style that was old by the time Bolger appropriated it (think Montgomery and Stone, and all their imitators). There's a fun, unpretentious "dream ballet" set in Brazil, sort of like MGM's "The Pirate" as reimagined with a Warners-cartoon sensibility. The old "Charley's Aunt" plot still plays, the Technicolor is pretty, the production is handsome. And one mystery: How does someone as pretty, charming, unaffected, talented, and spirited as Allyn McLerie not get to be a movie star?


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