In this musical short, a condensed version of Cole Porter's "Fifty Million Frenchmen" (1929), a wealthy young American meets the girl of his dreams and makes a bet that they will be engaged without her knowing of his riches.
A timid British Army officer has quit and burns his last day summons to a war in Egypt. Calling him a coward, his girl friend and 3 officer friends give him a white feather. In redemption, he shadows his friends in war to save their lives.
C. Aubrey Smith
Won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short of 1954. The subject deals with the children at The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent. The hearing-handicapped children are ... See full summary »
While vacationing in Mexico, fashion model Bette Ford attends a bullfight and a bull breeding ranch event. She becomes intrigued with the art of bullfighting and gets training leading to her first professional appearance in the bullring.
In the red-paneled M-G-M Concert Hall, the M-G-M Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Johnny Green, plays polkas and waltzes from "gay, romantic, 19th-century Vienna" composed by Johann Strauss Sr., Johann Strauss Jr., and Josef Strauss. A voice-over narration introduces the program, which includes "On the Beautiful Blue Danube," "Pizzicato Polka," "Tales from the Vienna Woods," "Thunder and Lightning Polka," "Artist's Life," "Vienna Life," "High Spirits Polka," "Emperor Waltz," "Radetzky Waltz," and "Overture to the Bat." At least 70 musicians comprise the orchestra.Written by
Oscar-nominated short from MGM has their Symphony Orchestra, led by Johnny Green, plays various waltzes composed by three members of the Strauss family. "Pizzicato Polka," "Tales from the Vienna Woods," "Vienna Life," and "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" are among the songs performed here in an edited form. I must admit that I wasn't too familiar with the Strauss family or their work but I did enjoy this brief, ten-minute concert that shows off some of their highlights.
La Gazza Ladra Overture (1954)
*** (out of 4)
MGM's Symphony Orchestra, led by Johnny Green, go through Rossini's overture "La Gazza Ladra", just as the title says. Once again I'm new to this series of shorts with Green but so far I'm very impressed with their quality. The 1.85:1 aspect ratio, new to the shorts format as well, is nicely used here and makes for a very pretty picture to look at as well as listen to. I'm not overly familiar with the overture here but Green does a very good job with his 80-man orchestra and makes for an entertaining 10-minutes.
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