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The Band Wagon [DVD Boxset] [2 Disc Special Edition]

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  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • THE BAND WAGON was was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1995. In 1931, Fred Astaire appeared in the Broadway musical revue THE BAND WAGON, which also featured songs by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz. The film borrows four songs ("Dancing in the Dark," "I Love Louisa," "Beggar's Waltz," and "New Sun in the Sky") from that production but not the plot. The film features 12 songs borrowed from various Broadway productions as well as two band-new musical numbers. "A Shine on Your Shoes" first appeared in FLYING COLORS; "Triplets" appeared in BETWEEN THE DEVIL; "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" appeared in THE LITTLE SHOWS; and "Louisiana Hayride" appeared in COLORS. Clifton Webb was first approached about playing Jeffrey Cordova, the role that eventually went to Jack Buchanan. The inspiration for that character was Jos Ferrer, who produced four concurrent Broadway shows while acting in a fifth in the early 1950s. Shot in three-strip Technicolor.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 67534

  • Credits
    Fred Astaire, Frederick Austerlitz, Cyd Charisse, Tula Ellice Finklea, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan, James Mitchell, Robert Gist, Thurston Hall, Ava Gardner, Ava Lavinia Gardner
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Astaire called it his favorite film..."
    USA Today

    "...Hollywood's last great musical tribute to Broadway....Deliriously colorful..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "THE BAND WAGON has a note of melancholy along with its smiles."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Fred Astaire is very amusing....Former stage designer Minnelli nails every theatreland joke..."
    Sight and Sound

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