Category: Musical

Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Louis Calhern in High Society

High Society

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     9 June   Cole Porter born, 1891 On this day in 1891, the songwriter Cole Porter was born. The only child of wealthy parents – his mother was the daughter of “the richest man in

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Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan in the Triplets sequence

The Band Wagon

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     3 May   Betty Comden born, 1917 On this day in 1917, lyricist, librettist and screenwriter Betty Comden was born, as Basya Cohen, in Brooklyn, New York. After finishing high school she studied drama at

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Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 April   Anita Loos born, 1889 On this day in 1889, or possibly 1888, Corinne Anita Loos was born. Always cagey about her true age, Anita became best known for her comic novel Gentlemen

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Natasza Urbanska and Borys Szyc in Battle of Warsaw

Battle of Warsaw

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     17 January     Soviet forces liberate/capture Warsaw, 1945 On this day in 1945, the Poles swapped one overlord for another as the Germans were finally flushed out of Warsaw by the Soviet Red Army,

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Wilfrid Hyde White and Audrey Hepburn, plus hat.

My Fair Lady

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     14 January     Cecil Beaton born, 1904 On this day in 1904, Cecil Hardy Beaton was born, in Hampstead, London. This son of a timber merchant was only interested in art from a very

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James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     6 January     FD Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, 1941 On this day in 1941, the president of the USA, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, delivered what has become known as the Four Freedoms Speech. Addressing the

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Timothy Spall as The Mikado in Topsy-Turvy

Topsy-Turvy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 November     WS Gilbert born, 1836 On this day in 1936, William Schwenk Gilbert, writer and librettist, was born on the Strand, London, a short distance from the Savoy Theatre, where he would

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Saddam Hussein and Satan get cosy in South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut

South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     2 November     Lady Chatterley Trial verdict, 1960 On this day in 1960, a jury in the trial of Regina versus Penguin Books found the UK publisher not guilt of obscenity. The trial against

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Isabella Rossellini in The Saddest Music in the World

The Saddest Music in the World

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     17 October     The London Beer Flood, 1814 On this day in 1814, a huge vat containing the equivalent of one million imperial pints of porter ruptured in central London, causing a tidal wave

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Groucho Marx in Duck Soup

Duck Soup

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     2 October     Groucho Mark born, 1890 On this day in 1890, Julius Henry Marx, one of the 20th century’s most distinctive comedians was born, in New York City. He started off in a

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