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This short, released as part of the publicity campaign for The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), tells the story of the red dress worn by Debbie Reynolds in the film's dance number finale. It begins with costume designer Morton Haack, director Charles Walters, and producer Lawrence Weingarten going over preliminary designs. We next see studio seamstresses cutting patterns and making the dress, which includes the hand sewing of sequins. In the final scene, Reynolds and costar Harve Presnell perform a test-dance to make sure that the costume will look its best when the scene is filmed. Written by
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The MGM costume department is shown hard at work working on the red velvet dress that DEBBIE REYNOLDS will be wearing in their upcoming THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN.We then see producer Lawrence Weingarten conferring with his staff about the costume sketches which are given their final approval by Debbie Reynolds herself who seems pleased with the costume design.Then we see Miss Reynolds arriving for her early make-up appointment and later emerging from the building in her Molly Brown costume, heading for the set where the filming will begin.Finally, we see Miss Reynolds and co-star HARVE PRESNELL twirling around the dance floor in what appears to be a test shot for the costume's effectiveness.Too bad the entire short is filmed in B&W. It would be nice to see what effect the dress has in color.
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