Hollywood: song & dance

United States, 1989

Film
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Narrated by Bob Sessions this is the story of the development of song and dance in the Hollywood film. Concentrating on the performances of the thirties and forties it explores how song and dance routines became more sophisticated with advancements in technology. Most of the emphasis is on the extensive range of clips selected from the films of those decades, featuring such greats as Al Jolson and including early performances by Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Peggy Lee…. Other more surprising performances include Laurel and Hardy, James Cagney and John Wayne! Legendary actresses such as Betty Grable and Yvonne De Carlo show the range of their skills, and Barbara Stanwyck’s early singing debut is recorded - in a costume that caused censorship problems in more than one country. The peerless Fred Astaire delights in an energetic orchestral number epitomising the golden era of song and dance. “Song and Dance” is a deserving tribute to some great performers.

Credits

director

Ray Selfe

producer

Derek Blades

production company

EPA

Language

English

Duration

00:55:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

39202

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion pictures - History

Music & Performing Arts → Dancing

Musicals

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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