YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH
1941, Sony Repertory, 88 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lanfield

Rita Hayworth became a star playing a dancer wooed by choreographer Fred Astaire after he’s been drafted into the Army. Costar Robert Benchley provides laughs and composer Cole Porter provides the songs in this delightful wartime musical.


CAROUSEL
1956, 20th Century Fox, 128 min, USA, Dir: Henry King

Phoebe and Henry Ephron (Nora’s parents) adapted this unusually dark musical about a carousel barker and a mill worker whose love falls victim to jealous outsiders and hard times in 19th-century New England. OKLAHOMA! castmates Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones are superb singing and dancing to some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most distinctive songs, including “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Soliloquy” and “If I Loved You.” With Cameron Mitchell as the ne’er-do-well Jigger Craigin.


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME
1949, Park Circus/MGM, 93 min, USA, Dir: Busby Berkeley

This superbly crafted musical features an all-star team behind the camera - producer Arthur Freed, director Busby Berkeley and choreographer Stanley Donen - as well as in front. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly are baseball players (and off-season vaudeville performers) in 1908 whose team is taken over by a woman (Esther Williams). Costars Jules Munshin and Betty Garrett hit home runs with numbers like “O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg” and “It's Fate, Baby” (the two would soon join Sinatra and Kelly in ON THE TOWN).


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