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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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The Paramount Bloodsuckers

The Paramount Bloodsuckers

(p.174) Chapter 13 The Paramount Bloodsuckers

Matthew Kennedy

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers the making of Darling Lili, a comedy-musical-adventure for Julie Andrews and directed by Blake Edwards, who were romantically linked at the time. It suffers from several misfortunes, including uncooperative weather on location in Ireland. Also in production at Paramount was On a Clear Day You Can See Forever for Barbra Streisand. The Academy Awards honored Oliver! as Best Picture and Funny Girl’s Barbra Streisand as Best Actress. Paramount’s Paint Your Wagon opened to some of the most scathing reviews ever given a roadshow musical. It coincides with the advent of the ratings system. Paramount attempted to get a G (general) rating, but it received an M (mature). Many pundits, among them the influential critic Pauline Kael, foretold the death of the roadshow musical.

Keywords:   Darling Lili, Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews, Paramount, Robert Evans, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Barbra Streisand, Vincente Minnelli, Paint Your Wagon, Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, ratings system

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