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The Story of a Dress (1964)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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 David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Not exactly a must-see.
28 November 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Supposedly this short was about the wardrobe department at MGM studio, however, the focus is almost exclusively on Debbie Reynolds and her upcoming film. It's a shame this was made in black & white, though, as the dresses looked pretty flat--whereas in the feature they were gorgeous in full color. If you are looking to learn more about costuming, however, the short is scant on information.

This short promotional film was included on the DVD for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown". This makes sense, as the film was mostly just publicity for the upcoming feature. However, it's very short and very short on content and so if you do rent or buy the DVD, it's NOT at all imperative that you watch this special feature. In fact, none on the disc are particularly good--which is unusual for a Warner Brothers DVD.


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