Musical Posters WING


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Musical Posters

Musicals have always been a part of film. In the 1930’s Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers enthralled audiences with their musical movies. With talents like George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter musicals shone like bright diamonds. Add to this mix dancers like Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell and Ann Miller and one has to marvel at these wonderful musical movies which captured the hearts and mind of the world. They also helped the people cope with the Great Depression and later World War II.

1946’s The Red Shoes was a wonderful British film with a beautiful ballerina Moira Shearer. For those who remember this film, it truly is unforgettable. If you want to see a beautiful film with a dancer at the peak of her career, see The Red Shoes. In the meantime, you can appreciate these wonderful, rare, possibly one of a kind posters.

Kismet means “fate”. Do you believe in fate? In Kismet they did. And from this movie comes some of the most beautiful music in film history. Two of my favorite songs are Stranger in Paradise and Baubles, Bangles and Beads.

Love Me or Leave Me was a great film with Doris Day playing Ruth Etting and the one and only James Cagney playing her pursuer, Martin Snyder.

Gwen Verdon once sang, “Whatever Lola Wants”. She sang it on Broadway and she sang it in the movies and she sang it so well. Many actresses have played this part on stage. The story of Damn Yankees is timeless and it is about “time”. Can we travel back in time? Can we be somebody else? This is a great story with beautiful music. As a lyricist once wrote, “Who could ask for anything more?”

Lerner and Loewe were very prolific in the 1950’s on Broadway and in film. What extraordinary talents. For example: My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Brigadoon.

My Fair Lady brought little flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to Professor Henry Higgins for a makeover and Professor Higgins got more than he bargained for. Julie Andrews lit up the stage when she played the part. Audrey Hepburn played Eliza in the film. The play and the film were a major hit for all concerned.

Camelot is another favorite of mine. I have seen the play many times and I adore the poster. It is a beautiful work of art. I have always loved the story of King Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot. The music was wonderful. This was President Kennedy’s favorite musical.

In 1970 Alan J. Lerner and composer, Burton Lane, created the musical romantic fantasy, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. The story is about reincarnation. Barbra Streisand starred in the movie, and the beauty of her voice and the music itself was exquisite. It was also a thought provoking plot. It should be noted that a young Jack Nicholson appeared in this film before he became a screen icon.

For the teenager in all of us, every now and then, Grease is the word. This was an entertaining movie with great music and performances.

In 1983 a friend of mine said, “You just have to see this movie…Eddie and the Cruisers”. She said it was wonderful and, wow! She was right! I went on to see the movie 6 or 7 times. I recommended it to everyone.  It is a rock n’ roll mystery. Eddie and the Cruisers was a band in the 1960’s who were very successful. They should have gone on to greatness, but Eddie was in conflict with the music producers. They wanted the kind of music that was popular, but Eddie wanted to broaden his horizons; he wanted to expand his talents. (And I adored Season In Hell) Then one day Eddie just disappeared. Whatever happened to Eddie? They found his car, but they never found Eddie. The music was sung by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. The poster brings back wonderful memories.

The poster of The Carpenters speaks for itself. I love Karen and Richard.