The Band Wagon
Fading movie musical star Tony Hunter, down and out in Hollywood, decides to try his luck on the Broadway stage. Unfortunately, the simple hoofer discovers that a pretentious director has control of the project, and that instead of good humor, happy songs and a tapping chorus line, there'll be lengthy speeches, heavy drama and lots of deep soul-searching. Even worse, Tony's expected to dance with a classical ballerina!
Thanks to the massive egos of everyone involved, the play, to no one's surprise, lays an egg. But now Tony takes charge, and he's out to prove the show must go on - his way!
Some of the amazing Astaire dance numbers include "Triplets," "Girl Hunt," "Dancing in the Dark" and "That's Entertainment."
WHAT CAN I SAY?
What a show! This is unquestionably the last of the great line of MGM and one of the last Hollywood musicals . the finest hour of Fred Astaire also the utterly wonderful Cyd Charisse comes into her own.in this most sophisticated musical ever made the scene in the ballet in which she appears on a bar stool and slips off her coat to reveal a dramatic red dress oozes with as much sex appeal.
This was a very smart musical comedy of the 50s, an era when New York adults still set pop trends there is Not a dull spot in the entire movie and tremendous style in Minnelli's direction.,After almost 60 years, The Band Wagon, like the MGM musicals before it, rings beautifully. A great cast, fine musical numbers, and a song that says it all...THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! And almost 60 years, it still is. it does it so brilliantly, thanks to the crackling top script.
it is One of MGM's best musical efforts one thing left to say?
When there's a shine on your shoes, there's a melody in your heart..