Small-town Indiana girl Lily Mars dreams to be a stage actress. She begs visiting Broadway producer John Thornway for a role but he dismisses her as an amateur. She follows him to New York and worms her way into his show, and his heart.
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Don Pedro Vargas:
[comes up to the Serafin's stage, angrily]
Don Pedro Vargas:
I've had enough of this! This marionette strutting around for pretending to be the black Macoco, you think a runt like that could handle a crew of cutthroats? You think real men would risk their necks to serve under him? If you want to worship Macoco, then worship me! It was I, who was the terror of the caribbean, the most feared and hated men who ever sailed a ship! At the mere mention of my name, armed fleets who slinked into harbors, whole ...
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The first 20mins of this movie are a bit slow but once Judy launches into 'Mack The Black' it takes off at an incredible speed. Garland and Kelly are wonderful with their tongue-in-cheek characters,especially funny is the scene where they have a huge row, judy throwing things at gene.
I find it a bit hard to believe that judy is this Spanish/Caribbean woman, could they not have used a little self tan? Most of the numbers are excellent although Minnelli gets a little self indulgent with his style at times.
This is enjoyable as it is rather satirical and doesn't contain any corny well used plots like many musicals of the time, however this is not as good as judy and gene's first outing 'for me and my gal'.
It's a pity the first take of 'voodoo' isn't available, the one that made LB Mayer burn the film and gave gene a massive lecture on how to behave whilst dancing, it probably wouldn't be so shocking today.
Not as good as classics such as 'meet me in st louis' and 'singin in the rain' but still ***** 5 stars.
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