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Comedy In The 50’s

Hi dears!! I’m returning to the posts about the movies of each genre. Now it will be about the 50’s movies, in special, in these two genres: Comedy and Drama.

Today I will dedicate only to the Comedies, especially the Romantic ones, which I believe that is one of the favorite genres about the 50’s and about the American cinema in general…

To start, how we can talk about the 50’s comedies without remember the most known icon Marilyn Monroe? She initiated her carreer in the 40’s end, but was in the 50’s that she stood out, entering on pop culture’s history and keeping herself loved until today. Among the movies she acted in the 50’s are:

  • Gentleman Prefer Blondes”, also starring Jane Russell; and “How to Marry a Millionaire”, starring Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall (both movies of 1953);
  • The Seven Year Itch” (1955): directed by Billy Wilder, it’s considered one of the greatest comedies of all time in the cinema and it’s in this movie that happens the famous scene where Marilyn’s dress is raised in the street by the subway. Also by this movie, Marilyn is consolidated as the greatest sex symbol in that period;
The Seven Year Itch (1955)

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

  • Some Like It Hot”, also directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon (1959): this movie won the Academy Awards (1960) in the category “Best Costume – Black and White”; and the Golden Globe Awards (1960) in the categories “Best Movie – Comedy/Musical”, “Best Actor – Comedy/Musical” (Jack Lemmon) and “Best Actress – Comedy/Musical” (Marilyn Monroe).

 

– About the movie “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” give a look on the famous scene where Monroe sings “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend“, which has inspired several artists over time, as Madonna in her musical video “Material Girl” (1985) and Nicole Kidman in the movie “Moulin Rouge” (2001):

Another actress who stood out in the Romantic comedies in 50’s was Audrey Hepburn, but in the contrary side of Monroe, she acted in more behaved roles. Her first big movie was “Roman Holiday” (1953 – also starring Gregory Peck), which won the Academy Awards (1954) in the categories “Best Actress” (Audrey), “Best Costume – Black and White” and “Best Original Story”; and the Golden Globe Awards (1954), the BAFTA (1954 – UK) and the NYFCC Award (1953) in the category “Best Actress” (Audrey Hepburn). See the trailer:

Other Romantic comedies with Miss Hepburn in the 50’s:

  • Sabrina” (1954), directed by Billy Wilder and also starring Humphrey Bogart and William Holden;
  • Funny Face” (1957), directed by Stanley Donen and also starring Fred Astaire;
  • Love In The Afternoon” (1957), directed by Billy Wilder and also starring Gary Cooper.
Sabrina

Sabrina

Funny Face (scene)

Funny Face (scene)

I believe these two movies with Doris Day are also adorable: “Teacher’s Pet” (1958), also starring Clark Gable, and “Pillow Talk” (1959), also starring Rock Hudson.

 

 

Some movies that you also may like:

  • Born Yesterday“, starring Judy Holliday and William Holden, and “Harvey“, starring James Stewart (both of 1950);
  • Monkey Business“, starring Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers, also with Marilyn Monroe; “Pat and Mike“, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy (both of 1952);
  • The Barefoot Contessa” (1954), starring Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart, this movie is a co-production between USA and Italy;
  • The Court Jester” (1956), starring Danny Kaye;
  • Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” (1957), starring Jayne Mansfield and Tony Randall.

So I hope you enjoy these fabulous comedies and see you soon with some dramas in the next post! 😉

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Musical Movies In The 40’s

Hello dears!!

This week I decided to write about some movies of each genre. Today, I’ll talk about the Musical ones.

Like I said before, this genre had its peak in the 40’s, when some memorable movies were produced. Between 1940 and 1941, Disney, for example, produced three big classical animations: “Fantasia” and “Pinocchio” in 1940, and “Dumbo” in 1941. Here, you can see the Pinocchio’s making of:

 

In 1942, was produced “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, starring James Cagney and Joan Leslie in a plot that shows the George Cohan’s story, an important artist from Broadway. Also in 1942, Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth starred “You Were Never Lovelier”.

In 1945, was premiered “Anchors Aweigh”, starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson. This musical is, by far, my favorite by a logical reason: there were Sinatra singing and Gene dancing! Two of my favorite artists! Also in this movie, there is the famous scene where Gene dances with the little mouse Jerry. See the trailer:

In 1948,  it came out “Easter Parade”, with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Also in 1948, was made “The Three Musketeers”, was starring by Gene Kelly, Lara Turner and Vincent Price:

The Three Musketeers (1948)

The Three Musketeers (1948)

By the way, in 1949, there was another movie starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra: “On The Town“. Gene directed the movie too (with another director: Stanley Donen). The movie is also starring Bette Garrett and Ann Miller. Give a look:

For conclude, I will leave you with this little video where Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire are dancing and singing together (only time that both of them appeared on screen together). This video is part of a movie called “Ziegfeld Follies (1946), which is divided in 12 segments and directed by several directors. This segment, called “The Babbitt And The Bromide, was directed by Vincente Minnelli and all the choreography was made by Gene (sections one and two) and Fred Astaire (third section). Enjoy!!