Mill Creek Musings: Second Chorus (1940)

Danny O’Neill (Fred Astaire) and Hank Taylor (Burgess Meredith) are what today’s youth would call “frenemies.” They’re friends and roommates, but also rivals. Both play the trumpet in a college band, “O’Neill’s Perennials.” Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard) works for a debt collector and has hunted the men down to serve them a collection notice. When … More Mill Creek Musings: Second Chorus (1940)

Dancing Lady (1933)

Young dancer Janie Barlow (Joan Crawford) works at a burlesque show since she can’t find work on a “respectable” stage. When she and some of her fellow dancers are arrested for indecent exposure after a performance, Janie is bailed out by a millionaire named Tod (Franchot Tone) who took a liking to her after seeing … More Dancing Lady (1933)

Royal Wedding (1951)

Tom (Fred Astaire) and Ellen Bowen (Jane Powell) are a singing, dancing brother-sister stage duo. When their show in New York City closes, their agent books them in London, where preparations are being made for Elizabeth II’s quickly approaching Royal Wedding. On the ship to England, Ellen meets and falls for Lord John Brindle (Peter … More Royal Wedding (1951)

Roberta (1935)

Roberta (1935): 4.5/5 Roberta is a great mid-30s musical, complete with confirmation (in the form of a title card at the very beginning) that it has passed the production code’s standards. Whereas in many 1935 films it’s blatantly obvious that the code took out a lot of the film’s wit, Roberta doesn’t suffer at all. … More Roberta (1935)