- Actors: James Cagney, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell
- Directors: Busby Berkeley
- Format: NTSC, Black & White, Anamorphic
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Warner Bros
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000FPDD86
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Busby Berkeley disc (The Musical Numbers) 1933 - 1937
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Not a documentary but 163 mins of musical numbers staged by Busby Berkeley at Warner Bros in the 30s. numbers include 42nd Street, My Forgotten Man, Honeymoon Hotel, By a Waterfall, Shadow Waltz, Lullaby of Broadway and many many more.
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It's the visual spectacle that captures the imagination but don't forget the amazing melodies from Harry Warren who wrote all this music, except 'By a waterfall' which was written by Sammy Fain. These melodies have been American standards for decades.
You'll no doubt have your favourites, mine are: 'By a waterfall', where, for almost eleven minutes, Sammy Fain repeats the melody over and over using different orchestration each time; 'Spin a little web of dreams' with Verree Teasdale singing the intro to the number in a rather haughty voice but looking very seductive in a figure hugging Lurex-type gown; 'Dames' with a hundred chorines tap-dancing away; 'Lullaby of Broadway' for completely over-the-top tap-dancing sequence with two hundred dancers. Pure magic!
Incidentally the actual music from these movies is available as a 'best of BB' two-CD box set and 'The Busby Berkeley Book' (1973) by Tony Thomas and Jim Terry is a pictorial record of all his movies.
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One thing always puzzled me though:What was the deal with Ruby Keeler? I mean sure she was pretty but her singing was less than adequate and her tap dancing skills paled in comparison to even Shirley Temple!(Ok,i may be exagerating here,but the fact is...she wasn't very good.)
But i do see that she really had great chemistry with both Cagney and Powell.
I really liked Joan Blondell , she was ver expressive in her 3 numbers.
Dick Powell could certainly belt out a tune and he always seemed to enjoy himself being surrounded by an army of beautiful women,can't blame him really!
My favourite has to be "By a waterfall",no doubt a fore runner to the Esther Williams' extravaganza that were to come from MGM in later years.How'd they do that!!??!!
did was delete "Goin' to Heaven on a Mule" (thank goodness!). What you
have left are thirteen lavish Busby Berkeley numbers..cutting edge stuff
for the 1930's. Every one of them is delicious and there to be enjoyed
without the need to deal with those pesky plots. "The Shadow Waltz" would have to by my all time favorite. All those neon violins and only one
extension cord have I spotted in nearly sixty years. However...this is a true treasure...and you can put it on and watch your own favorite when you need a 'pick me up". If you are really hooked...you can also get
"The Gang's All Here" and have two great Busby Berkeley numbers IN COLOR.
Yes, one of them is "The Lady in the Tutti Fruity Hat" with Carmen Miranda and a lot of ladies with BIG bananas. So, there you have it,
a way to satisfy your Busby Berkeley cravings quietly, at home, on the sly. You'll be glad you did.
good - or well acted plot getting in the way.
It's a little long, and a bit repetitive to watch all 135 minutes in one sitting, but the beauty
is, there's no need to.
A few of the numbers are flatter than others but most of the 21 here are at least stupefying
and surreal, and the very best transcend the cliche's of Hollywood production numbers and
showcase Berkeley's ability to use song, dance and spectacular camera work to create a very
unique, visual way of telling some pretty dark and/or out there (for their time) sexual stories.