Tagged: Fred Astaire

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Monday Movie: The Gay Divorcee, by David Bax

As evidenced by the name change from the stage play’s The Gay Divorce to The Gay Divorcee–reportedly because it was too immoral to treat divorce itself as happy–Mark Sandrich’s 1934 musical comedy is clearly not a true pre-Code Hollywood offering....

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Musical Notation: Top Hat

In this episode, West plays songs by Irving Berlin from the 1935 Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers musical Top Hat. Music in this episode includes: “No Strings (I’m Fancy Free)” “Isn’t This A Lovely Day” “Top Hat, White Tie And...

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The L.A. Rep-port: 4/28 to 5/5, by Scott Nye

UCLA concludes their spectacular series pairing silent and early sound Japanese and American films. On Friday they have Yasujiro Shimazu’s First Steps Ashore (1932, 35mm) alongside Josef von Sternberg’s life-changing The Docks of New York (1928, 35mm). Then on Sunday,...