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3 things about Charles Walters’ TORCH SONG

Torch Song [1953] 1. Comparing her legs to those on the cardboard cutout. 2. Joan, in blackface, tears off her wig in a rage, revealing her flaming orange hair. 3. A most tortured rendition of “Tenderly.”

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3 things about Busby Berkeley’s THE GANG’S ALL HERE

The Gang’s All Here [1943] 1. “How are you?” “I’m very well to do, thank you.” “Ah, you do very well, what you do do.” 2. Ketchup from a Brazilian tomato. 3. Neon-like curtain of water foreshadows the neon hoops. … Continue reading

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3 things about Vincente Minnelli’s THE PIRATE

The Pirate [1948] 1. Cigarette kiss. 2. “He’s not a lump or a pumpkin!” 3. Double ear wriggle.

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3 things about Anthony Mann’s THE GLENN MILLER STORY

The Glenn Miller Story [1954] 1. A film from the 50s with two sympathetic Jewish characters! 2. Multicolored lights at Connie’s Inn. Psychedelic Louis Armstrong. 3. Slow dissolve from her face to the foggy runway.

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3 things about Irving Cumming’s DOWN ARGENTINE WAY

Down Argentine Way [1940] 1. “I’ll go all right! I wouldn’t stay if you threw a barbecue in my honor!” 2. Charlotte Greenwood’s Pac-Man hands during “Sing to Your Señorita.” 3. Betty Grable’s aggressively stripy jacket.

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3 things about Roy Rowland’s THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. [1953] 1. Pointing pink and red gloves. 2. “You talk a lot but I don’t know how much you say.” 3. Flatbed plumber truck with A. ZABLADOWSKI painted across the side. 3 other things.

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3 things about Robert Altman’s A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION

A Prairie Home Companion [2006] 1. “I’ll Show You My Moonshine If You Show Me Your Jugs.” 2. A bust of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 3. “The death of an old man is not a tragedy.”

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