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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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7 August 1953 (USA)  »

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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title is from an original 1931 Broadway musical, by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, which starred Fred Astaire and his sister, Adele Astaire. Only the title and some of the songs were borrowed for this film, and the stories are entirely different. The exact same thing occurred later with Fred Astaire in Funny Face (1957), in which Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire had originally appeared on Broadway in 1927. The only opportunity Astaire had to recreate a role on film that he had originated on Broadway was in The Gay Divorcee (1934), from Broadway's "Gay Divorce". 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 »

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Gabrielle Gerard: That's an early Degas, isn't it?
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Gabrielle Gerard: 1877...
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Soundtracks

Louisiana Hayride
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Performed by Nanette Fabray and chorus
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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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