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Get Aboard! The Band Wagon (2005)

Video  |   |  Documentary, Short  |  15 March 2005 (USA)
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By 1952, the Arthur Freed unit at MGM was on a roll, creating hit after hit. But, the making of the Howard Deitz/Arthur Schwartz catalogue musical The Band Wagon, everything that could go ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Schwartz ...
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Adolph Green ...
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Ava Astaire-McKenzie ...
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By 1952, the Arthur Freed unit at MGM was on a roll, creating hit after hit. But, the making of the Howard Deitz/Arthur Schwartz catalogue musical The Band Wagon, everything that could go wrong - did. Writer Betty Comden and Adolph Green crafted a witty screenplay about a struggling Broadway production, which was mirrored by the many difficulties encountered by the cast and crew making the picture, which has gone on to become a classic in the annals of movie musical history. Written by Peter Fitzgerald

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Tule mukaan! - Iskelmäkaruselli  »

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If you liked The Bandwagon...
7 July 2005 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

... and you want to know a bit more about it, watch this doc. It's got as many of the surviving cast and crew talking about their experiences while making the film. It's a bit like an after-dinner mint after a funny, satisfying meal- I watched this after seeing the movie on DVD.

It's very cool to see Nanette Fabray, Cyd Charisse, James Mitchell, and Comden & Green speaking about the times they had before, during, and after the movie shoot. Nanette even divulges her special "escorts" to the premiere of the movie- let's just say, it was a dream date for sure! Also included is the commentary by the son of one of the songwriters, whose songs are the basis of The Bandwagon, not unlike the songs of Singin' In The Rain. He gives much credit to the man who arranged the music for the movie, which is a generous thing to do.

Liza Minnelli, who was about six during the shoot, reminisces about being around her dad while he directed, and a couple of other sweet stories.

It isn't the most expansive documentary on a classic musical, but it's like the movie it was about, a feel-good look behind the scenes.


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