The Great Hollywood Musical Pictures

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In their newest "Great... Pictures" volume, the authors take a lively look at some 340 motion pictures from Hollywood's most distinctive genre, providing extensive cast, credits, character names, plot synopses, contemporary review quotes, and in-depth critical observations for each movie covered, including telefilms. Features discussed in detail range from The Hollywood Review of 1929 to such lavish Busby Berkeley musicals as Footlight Parade, the Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy operettas (Rose Marie), the Fred ...

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Overview

In their newest "Great... Pictures" volume, the authors take a lively look at some 340 motion pictures from Hollywood's most distinctive genre, providing extensive cast, credits, character names, plot synopses, contemporary review quotes, and in-depth critical observations for each movie covered, including telefilms. Features discussed in detail range from The Hollywood Review of 1929 to such lavish Busby Berkeley musicals as Footlight Parade, the Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy operettas (Rose Marie), the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers teamings (Carefree), the Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland entertainments (Strike Up the Band), Doris Day's excursions (My Dream Is Yours), and finally such contemporary genre examples as Body Rock and School Daze.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
...will be welcome at libraries with musical fans.
CHOICE
Recommended for all academic and public libraries.
American Reference Books Annual
...a splendid source for the curious film lover...
Public Library Quarterly
This is a must for every major public library reference collection.
Classic Images
Recommended
Reference and Research Book News
Fine for reference or liesure reading.
Film Review Annual
This 800-page reference book in the 'Great' series by the indefatigable Parish/Pitts partnership is fully up to standard...
B'nai B'rith Magazine
... highly readable...
Communication Booknotes
...a lively look at some of 300 Hollywood movies of this enduring genre, complete with cast, credits, character names, plots, reviews, and come critical commentary from the film fan authors....
Choice
Recommended for all academic and public libraries.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...a splendid source for the curious film lover...
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
...a lively look at some of 300 Hollywood movies of this enduring genre, complete with cast, credits, character names, plots, reviews, and come critical commentary from the film fan authors....
Choice
Recommended for all academic and public libraries..
Reference Books Bulletin
...will be welcome at libraries with musical fans..
Zom Zoms
Following on the heels of last year's "Hollywood Songsters" ["RBB" Ap 15 91], Parish and Pitts introduce "The Great Hollywood Musical Picture", the latest in the "Great Picture" series. This book covers both the classics and newer musicals up to 1988. It is an "Annie" to "Ziegfield" compilation of about 340 musical films The essays range in length from two to more than three pages, depending on the importance of the film. Entries open with year, studio, and running time, followed by a comprehensive list of the behind-the-scenes staff, songs with performers, and cast list. The essays give the story line, any interesting history surrounding the film, and brief criticism. The book includes live-action and animated musicals, but a few are missing. For example, the animated "An American Tale" 1986 is omitted. The text is accompanied by 112 black-and-white photographs The authors' enthusiasm for musicals is evident, but they are critical of poor films and cite opinions from other sources about the films. For example, several sources are cited for "Night and Day", including "The Melody Lingers On" by Roy Hemming and "Commonweal". However, complete citations are not given in the text, and the book lacks a bibliography The book closes with a chronology of the movies included. An index by personal name or song would have been useful While the era of the musical has faded because of high production costs, this popular treatment will be welcome at libraries with musical fans, especially with cable movie channels reviving interest in the genre. The lengthy essays and comprehensive lists of credits will be helpful if the reader knows the name of the musical. Libraries owning works like the "Motion Picture Guide and "Encyclopedia of the Musical Film by Stanley Green may not need a book with entries on this scale.
Booknews
In their latest "Great . . . Pictures" volume, the authors examine some 340 musical movies from Hollywood, with coverage running the gamut from the best to some of the least enticing genre productions, and from the beginning of the sound era to the present. For each movie covered, including telefilms, they provide cast, credits, character names, plot synopsis, contemporary review quotes, and their own in- depth observations. Includes a number of captioned stills. Fine for reference or leisure reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810825291
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael R. Pitts (MA, journalism) has written many books on entertainment, including Horror Film Stars (two editions), Western Movies, Hollywood and American History, Kate Smith: A Bio-Bibliography, Famous Movie Detectives I and II, and Radio Soundtracks (two editions). James Robert Parish, a direct marketing consultant, has published over 74 books, including Prison Pictures from Hollywood, The Great Cop Pictures, The RKO Gals, and The Elvis Presley Scrapbook. He and Michael Pitts have co-authored Hollywood Songsters, Hollywood on Hollywood, and the Great... Picture series.

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