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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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“I, Too, Can Sing”

“I, Too, Can Sing”

(p.25) Chapter 2 “I, Too, Can Sing”

Matthew Kennedy

Oxford University Press

Chapter two begins with background information on the making of the Broadway musical Camelot by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, the team behind My Fair Lady. Jack Warner, intent on repeating the great success of Warner Bros.’ film version of My Fair Lady, purchased film rights to Camelot for a huge $2 million. Warner hired Joshua Logan, with Broadway and Hollywood credentials, to direct. Richard Harris was cast as King Arthur, Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Guenevere, and Franco Nero as Sir Lancelot. None among the principal cast had significant musical accomplishments. John Truscott, who had never designed a film, was brought on as art director. He showed an attention to lavish detail that would skyrocket Camelot’s production budget. Camelot was partially shot among medieval castles in Spain, but the cast and crew came back with surprisingly little footage. The chapter finishes with 74-year-old Jack Warner selling his shares in Warner Bros., turning to studio over to a Canadian film distribution company.

Keywords:   Camelot, Joshua Logan, Jack Warner, Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Jay Lerner, Warner Bros, John Truscott

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