- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: March 10, 2009
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Great Musical Treasu
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Interviews: Extended Interviews and Stories from Liza Minnelli, Debbie Reynolds, Tommy Tune, Rob Marshall, and Allan Arkush
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Award winner Shirley Jones hosts this fabulous entry in the HOLLYWOOD SINGING AND DANCING series, a documentary program dedicated to the history of the movie musical. This volume looks back at the 1950s, a decade long considered to be the musical's golden age. Featuring clips from AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, OKLAHOMA!, GIGI, and many more, the retrospective covers every major studio and every major star, including Gene Kelly, Jane Russell, and Marilyn Monroe.
Description by Koch Entertainment Distribution:
During the 1950s, musical masterpieces that have yet to be equaled were produced in Cinemascope with stereophonic sound. These two episodes explore how the post-war years were alive with bold experimentation in musical film. Later in the decade, Rock & Roll became the musical choice of the younger generation and movie musicals followed suit. Highlights of this 2-part program include: Films based on smash Broadway musicals become the rage with hits like "The King and I," "Oklahoma!," "Carousel," and "South Pacific," a pretty starlet with no musical training named Marilyn Monroe takes the country by storm in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,' favorites from the previous decade continue to delight audiences in films starring the likes of Betty Grable, Esther Williams and Jane Powell, Judy Garland makes a comeback in "A Star is Born," while the fresh faces of Mitzi Gaynor, Leslie Caron, Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds capture the hearts of America, Rock & Roll films starring Elvis Presley are rolled out, while Pat Boone becomes one of the last stars to be put under contract to a major studio.