Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM

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This lucid, lively and informative account of the lyricist-turned-producer who transformed the movie musical (from revue fare with contemporary hits and tap-dancing chorines, to lavish stories in which songs and dance furthered plot and characterisation) features terrific clips from all his hits and a raft of revealing interviews. Rare highlights include footage from the abandoned version of Annie Get Your Gun starring a less than capable Garland, and of the Broadway version of On the Town, with songs cut from the film. Best clip: the amazingly erotic blues section of the American in Paris ballet.

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Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Thompson
Screenwriter: David Thompson
Cast: Leslie Caron
Cyd Charisse
Betty Comden
Stanley Donen
Adolph Green
Michael Kidd
Ann Miller
Andre Previn
Mickey Rooney
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