The Band Wagon 1953

A washed-up movie star tries his luck on a faltering Broadway show and manages to turn it into a smash hit. Features a score of Schwartz-Dietz songs like 'Dancing In The Dark', 'Louisianna Hayride' and 'That's Entertainment'. Music by Adolph Deutsch. Songs by…
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A washed-up movie star tries his luck on a faltering Broadway show and manages to turn it into a smash hit. Features a score of Schwartz-Dietz songs like 'Dancing In The Dark', 'Louisianna Hayride' and 'That's Entertainment'. Music by Adolph Deutsch. Songs by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz.

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  • Love and have seen all Hollywood Musicals, but this one is the worst!. Seems they took a lot of bad songs and dances that were not used in other films (the triplets, Louisanna Hayride, private eye) and put them all together in this one for a tax break.. None of the sequences matched. Liza Minelli is not in this film (reviewed by Derek) If other reviewers gave this 4 stars, I suggest they take a look at the really good musicals and then compare

  • It's rather slow in getting started but once you are into it, this movie is a delight to watch. The Technicolor restoration is gorgeous. It is interesting to see Fred Astaire update his dancing from his 1940s style to this more jazz influenced style in the 1950s. The commentary soundtrack (in Features) is interesting although Liza Minelli is rather gushing. However you will find out how they did the Triplets number and that Cyd Charisse's voice was dubbed by India Stephens.

  • One of THE great musicals from one of the world's most elegant periods. The fifties was a time of simple but beautiful styles for women - modern stars take note. This film has everything, great music, great photography and a strong, romantic story line. An excellent cast provide superb entertainment. Cleverly paced, the film just gets better and better concluding with the brilliantly choreographed jazz/ private eye ballet. And, unlike modern soundtracks, you can hear every spoken word and lyric. And as if this is not enough there's Cyd Charise - enough said.

  • When I first watched this movie, I felt quite disappointed. It seemed to be filled with second-rate songs and that particularly dopey dancing that was all the rage on the 1950's TV variety shows. But after a while, I found myself humming the tunes, and thinking that maybe the dancing wasn't quite so dopey after all. So I watched it again, and decided it could stay.

  • Weird casting of oddballs. Some bizarre songs. Mix and match set-design (some really great). A thread of absurdity lining an otherwise corny plot with some cringeworthy moments. Some relatively mesmerizing dancing, some less interesting.

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