- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 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, Janis Paige, Debbie Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Arlene Dahl, and Barry Bostwick
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Hosted by Academy Award winner Shirley Jones, the HOLLYWOOD SINGING AND DANCING series celebrates America's grand tradition of movie musicals. This volume looks back at the war-torn 1940s, showcasing the best of the decade's patriotic productions and recalling the stars--including Rita Hayworth, Dorothy Dandridge, and Frank Sinatra--who lit up the screen with their legendary talent. THE 1940s includes clips from COVER GIRL, THE HARVEY GIRLS, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, and many more.
Description by Koch Entertainment Distribution:
Over 550 movie musicals were produced during the 1940s, quite an accomplishment for a country caught in the turmoil of World War II. Through revealing interviews and dozens of clips, these two episodes rediscover a golden age of the movies. MGM emerged as the leader in musical entertainment with producers like Arthur Freed and directors like Vincente Minnelli and Stanley Donen putting a unique stamp of distinction upon their works. Highlights of this 2-part program include: A young Frank Sinatra creates a furor among bobbysoxers, pin-up girls like Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Betty Hutton and June Haver remind the boys overseas what they were fighting for, musical acts like The Andrews Sisters and The Jivin' Jacks & Jills boost morale with their jam sessions and jitterbugging, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope hit the road with a series of musical-comedy confections and Hollywood experiments with bringing black performers like Lena Horne to main screen fare in such films as "Stormy Weather" and "Cabin in the Sky."