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Children's Live-Action Musical Films: A Critical Survey and Filmography

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The Wizard of Oz (1939), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), Tom Thumb (1958), Babes in Toyland (1961), Mary Poppins (1964), Dr. Dolittle (1967), The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)—these are some of the fifteen enchanting features covered in this study. While discussing the origins of the films and aesthetic and thematic similarities, this book illuminates the heretofore neglected contributions of such creative talents as Moss Hart, Charles Vidor, George Pal, and Bryan Forbes. Sprinkled throughout the text are ...
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Overview

The Wizard of Oz (1939), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), Tom Thumb (1958), Babes in Toyland (1961), Mary Poppins (1964), Dr. Dolittle (1967), The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)—these are some of the fifteen enchanting features covered in this study. While discussing the origins of the films and aesthetic and thematic similarities, this book illuminates the heretofore neglected contributions of such creative talents as Moss Hart, Charles Vidor, George Pal, and Bryan Forbes. Sprinkled throughout the text are provocative comments garnered form interviews with most of the above artists.

Author Biography: Thomas J. Harris is a screenwriter living in Summit, New Jersey.

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Editorial Reviews

Back Stage
An enduring genre.
Choice
Enlightening analysis...clear, well-reasoned and important reading.
Film Review Annual
Lively and hard-hitting book...well illustrated.
Neil Barron
The only book to cover this once-popular category of films.
Booknews
The 17 feature-films surveyed in this reference reflect the major efforts in this field since the advent of sound. All the expected entries are here (Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, etc.) along with less well-known items such as The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. All of the films are described and discussed in relation to one another. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786411801
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2001
  • Edition description: ALTERNATE
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Wizard of Oz 1
Hans Christian Andersen 25
The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T 51
tom thumb 66
Babes in Toyland 73
Mary Poppins 81
Doctor Dolittle 93
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 109
Pufnstuf 127
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 136
Bedknobs and Broomsticks 154
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 160
The Little Prince 165
The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella 171
Pete's Dragon 177
Bibliography 183
Videography 185
Index 187
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