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9/10
The best G&S yet
11 February 2001
Much was made of "Topsy Turvy" when it came out, but if it's G&S music you're interested in, there's no comparison. The Great G&S wins hands down. Wonderful Maurice Evans, even better Robert Morley, and plenty of operetta excerpts. Wish the film's color quality had held up better with time, and of course today's sound would be better, but this is still a joy to watch and listen to. Wish they had included Princess Ida and Utopia, Ltd., but you can't have everything.
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10/10
one of the great ones
9 September 1999
A choice movie, and an original. The writing is sharp, the characters well played. Highlight is Martin Balsam's defense of "getting along," climaxing in "I am the best possible Arnold Burns." Robards holds it all together, but the supporting cast, especially Daniels and Sax, deserve lots of credit. And of course young Barry Gordon was perfect. Movie makers everywhere take note: It's the script, stupid!
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Fanny (1961)
10/10
a feast for the eyes
9 September 1999
Two things (three, really) make this worth watching: the incredibly beautiful color photography and the memorable acting by Charles Boyer and Maurice Chevalier - a couple of old pro's in top form. Leslie Caron is exquisite as always. Not sure why they decided to use the excellent Harold Rome stage only for background. The movie would have made a marvelous musical
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9/10
A lot to like in this one
9 September 1999
Strong evidence of why Alice Faye was such a big star in the 40s. Good support from John Payne, Jack Oakie, and femme fatale Lynn Bari. Some critics, including Maltin, are down on this one, but they're wrong. It's a joy from end to end, and as easy on the eyes (in color) as Faye's voice is on the ears (especially in Academy Award winner "You'll Never Know"). Wish they gave Payne more songs to sing, but you can't have everything. Offhand, I don't know of a Fox musical of that era that's as enjoyable.
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