Category Archives: Musical

1776 (1972)

Easily the most thoroughgoing War of Independence film ever made in Hollywood—there aren’t many competitors, which says something about how interested Americans truly have been about their own history—this silly anachronism is also an eager-to-please Broadway musical put on film. Still, it has its devotees, and besides, the facts are there, a good deal of the dialogue consists of historically accurate attributed quotes, the cast is game, and the anticonservative number “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men” is included on video versions of the film, after having been initially cut by studio chief Jack Warner at the behest of President Richard Nixon.

A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Wash...
A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Washington Monument. Location: WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

As much as the saga of the bustling Smith family of 1903 St. Louis might seem, in many ways, to crest during the unforgettable Halloween sequence, the famous Sally Benson tale reaches its yesteryear climax with its Christmas scenes, and Judy Garland’s inimitable warbling of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” That ultra-gingerbread Victorian house never seems as at home as it does in the snowy, gaslit evening.