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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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Smoke and Gold

Smoke and Gold

(p.70) Chapter 5 Smoke and Gold

Matthew Kennedy

Oxford University Press

Walt Disney Studios’ only entry into the 1960s roadshow market, The Happiest Millionaire, is covered in chapter five. Based on the life of an eccentric Philadelphian, the cast included seasoned veterans (Fred MacMurray, Greer Garson, Geraldine Page, Gladys Cooper) alongside newcomers (Lesley Ann Warren, John Davidson, Tommy Steele). With music by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), the results were uninspired. Millionaire was not a moneymaker for Disney. Warner Bros. was meanwhile preparing Camelot for release and planning to film the 1947 Broadway musical Finian’s Rainbow. It had a strange plot involving a leprechaun and race relations, but it was believed that neophyte director Francis Ford Coppola would give it a needed youthful sensibility. Cast as father-daughter were the elder Fred Astaire and current pop tune superstar Petula Clark.

Keywords:   Walt Disney, Fred MacMurray, The Happiest Millionaire, Finian’s Rainbow, Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Francis Ford Coppola

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