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Roadshow!The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s$
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Matthew Kennedy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199925674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.001.0001

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Matthew Kennedy

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Chapter twelve begins with a brief overview of United Artist’s limited musical output of the 1960s, dominated by West Side Story. The studio produced Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with its Disneyesque story, songs by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), and starring Dick Van Dyke. Another musical, Oliver!, was produced and finances wholly in England, and was similarly high budgeted. Chitty was not a huge success, while Oliver!, based on a stage musical based on Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, found widespread praise and popularity. Universal produced another stage import with Sweet Charity, starring Shirley MacLaine and directed by first-timer Bob Fosse. The results were a few impressive production numbers wedged between a weak story and poorly executed dramatic scenes. Sweet Charity was a box office failure.

Keywords:   United Artists, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dick Van Dyke, Oliver, Shirley MacLaine, Bob Fosse, Sweet Charity

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