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captpenguin

Movie Buff - 172 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 4, 2019

Location: USA

Bio: Classic musicals lover and garage sale shopper.
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90 31% Lullaby of Broadway (1951) - May 06, 2020
"Let's be honest - we aren't here for the plot. We came to see young Doris Day and this film tries to serve us up a hearty helping of her in lovely costumes and enjoyable songs. The pieced together score has several recognizable standards, including the title song. (Busby Berkeley fans will enjoy the nod to his iconic original production number.) Gene Nelson is an enjoyable dancer and partners well with Doris Day here. Nice supporting cast of familiar faces. "
93 55% Waikiki Wedding (1937) - May 05, 2020
"A really cute little gem! Nice songs, including Blue Hawaii and Sweet Leilani, which won the Academy Award for Best Song. Bing is in fine form here, as is Martha Raye. Shirley Ross shines as the love interest. No, the plot is nothing special - think typical Elvis in Hawaii film - but it plays out nicely with some lovely visuals."
96 81% Hit the Deck (1955) - Apr 09, 2020
"Pasternak makes a delightful confection out of "3 sailors and their girls" fluff with splashy MGM flair. Vincent Youmans score (Sometimes I'm Happy, More Than You Know, Hallelujah). All star cast (Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller, Tony Martin, Vic Damone, Russ Tamblyn, Walter Pidgeon). And, if that's not enough, there's a number with a wind-up penguin!"
96 81% The Court Jester (1955) - Apr 09, 2020
91 42% Kismet (1955) - Jul 12, 2019
"I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining this was. I had always assumed that I would find this to be "just okay". It is the lavish, Technicolor feast that you would expect from Vincente Minnelli and the Freed Unit at MGM. Dolores Gray is great fun and Howard Keel gives one of his strongest performances. Vic Damone sings "Stranger in Paradise" so beautifully that you can ignore his acting in his brief dramatic scenes. Watch for Jamie Farr as an unbilled fruit vendor."
89 17% The Happiest Millionaire (1967) - Jul 12, 2019
"There are plenty of reasons to see this Disney spectacular. The cast is full of great performers. The production values are top notch. It is, however, exceedingly long and without justification. There are many places that need a trim, perhaps leaving room for a dash more Tommy Steele. You can't help but wish that Steele, Davidson & Warren might have started their careers at a time when there were still many musicals being filmed. Be sure to stretch during Intermission. There is one!"
96 81% Call Me by Your Name (2017) - Jun 25, 2019
90 31% Nancy Goes to Rio (1950) - Jun 25, 2019
"If you have no patience for lightweight musical comedies, this is not for you. The plot is slight. What we do have here to boost this film are three great ladies of musical film in fine form and glorious Technicolor. Ann Sothern is classy and delightful. Carmen Miranda has 2 fun numbers. Jane Powell sparkles and lets her glorious soprano soar. You'll be humming the haunting "Magic is the Moonlight" for some time after seeing this."
92 49% The Elephant Man (1980) - Jun 25, 2019