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Dangerous RhythmWhy Movie Musicals Matter$
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Richard Barrios

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199973842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.001.0001

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People From Jolson to Justin in Eighty-Five Years

People From Jolson to Justin in Eighty-Five Years

(p.79) Chapter 4 People From Jolson to Justin in Eighty-Five Years
Dangerous Rhythm

Richard Barrios

Oxford University Press

The chapter starts with an examination of the performers in musical films—the successes, surprises, and failures. It considers this from the ego of Al Jolson to the generous partnering of Fred Astaire. It also looks at the tense magnetism of Judy Garland and the deceptive sunniness of Doris Day. This chapter looks at the stars of “vehicles”—Bing Crosby, Betty Grable, Elvis Presley and the failures of Kate Smith and Mariah Carey, and the frustrations of Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, and Kate Smith. Guys and Dolls (1955) as an example of four varieties of musical performance: stardom (Brando), miscasting (Sinatra), unspontaneous professionalism (Blaine), unexpected glory (Simmons).

Keywords:   musical stars, Al Jolson, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Doris Day, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Betty Grable, Guys and Dolls

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