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The Band Wagon (1953)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  7 August 1953 (USA)
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A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition.

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Tony Hunter, a famous singer/dancer movie star, is feeling washed up and old hat (old top hat, tie and tails to be exact). The reporters are out for Ava Gardner, not him. But his old friends Lily and Les Martin have an idea for a funny little Broadway show and he agrees to do it. But things begin to get out of hand, when bigshot "artistic" director/producer/star Jeffrey Cordova joins the production, proclaims it's a modernistic Faust and insists on hiring a prima ballerina, Gabrielle Gerard, to star opposite Tony, and it's hate at first sight. And her jealous choreographer isn't helping to ease the tension. The show is doomed by pretentiousness. But romance, a "let's put on a show" epiphany, and a triumphant opening are waiting in the wings. After all, this is a musical comedy! Written by Kathy Li

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Also Known As:

I Love Louisa  »

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$2,169,120 (estimated)
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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

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Three other Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz numbers, which can be heard on the Rhino soundtrack CD, were deleted from the movie: "Sweet Music," sung by Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant (NOTE: the melody is played in the background); "You Have Everything," danced by Fred Astaire; and "Got a Bran' New Suit," performed by Astaire and Nanette Fabray (with Oscar Levant on piano). See more »

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When Tony Hunter sings the song "A Shine On Your Shoes" the shadow of the camera/cameraman is clearly visible on the "electricity machine". See more »

Quotes

Lester Marton: I can stand anything but pain!
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Soundtracks

The Beggars Waltz
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Danced by Cyd Charisse, James Mitchell and The Corps de Ballet
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Obvious candidate for best Hollywood musical of all.
26 July 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Ignore some rather dim comments above about the film's supposed failings, "The Bandwagon" is one of the definitive products of the MGM Freed unit, the last wholly great musical of its era. The score is outstanding, the pace brisk, the numbers - "By Myself", "Shine On Your Shoes", "Triplets", "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan" and the marvelous "Girl Hunt Ballet" - a delight. Don't quibble people, it was all downhill from here!


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