Musical

Musical

High Society

Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Louis Calhern in 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 Indiana” – Porter showed early …

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The Band Wagon

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

  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 New York University, where she …

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in 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 Prefer Blondes. She grew up …

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Battle of Warsaw

Natasza Urbanska and Borys Szyc in 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, which promptly took over. The …

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My Fair Lady

Wilfrid Hyde White and Audrey Hepburn, plus hat.

  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 early age. Young Beaton was …

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Yankee Doodle Dandy

James Cagney in 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 US Congress in the annual …

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Topsy-Turvy

Timothy Spall as The Mikado in 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 have the greatest triumphs of …

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Duck Soup

Groucho Marx in 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 vaudeville singing troupe with various …

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