The Band Wagon

The Band Wagon

Vincente Minnelli (1953)

107min
U Certificate
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Our Score
This clever and witty backstage musical has Fred Astaire playing a Broadway star who's out of step with the very modern musical he has been hired to headline. It boasts brilliant direction from Vincente Minnelli and fabulous production design, and to many marks the peak of Astaire's screen work. The star is stunning as he partners the gorgeous Cyd Charisse in Dancing in the Dark (Gene Kelly's own favourite Astaire number) and the Mickey Spillane parody The Girl Hunt ballet superbly choreographed by Michael Kidd and Oliver Smith. Its great Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz score is accompanied by an original screenplay from writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green (the Singin' in the Rain team), and in the movie Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray effectively play Green and Comden themselves. The result is as good as musicals get.

Summary

A has-been Hollywood dancer and a pretentious producer form an uneasy alliance to stage a song-and-dance spectacular. However, the latter's bizarre ideas soon spiral out of control, while the former loathes the ballerina cast opposite him. Musical comedy, starring Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan and Cyd Charisse. Songs include That's Entertainment and Dancing in the Dark.

Cast & Crew

Tony Hunter Fred Astaire
Gaby Berard Cyd Charisse
Jeffrey Cordova Jack Buchanan
Lester Marton Oscar Levant
Lily Marton Nanette Fabray
Paul Byrd James Mitchell
Hal Benton Robert Gist
Colonel Tripp Thurston Hall
Movie star Ava Gardner
Shoeshine boy LeRoy Daniels
Director Vincente Minnelli
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Available on: Available on video and DVD

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