CLASSIC MUSICALS: Song and Dance Icons

Sometimes you feel like you just have to sing or dance! And this week is featuring four musicals with both singing and dancing by amazing stars in some pretty well-noted classic films. Sit back and enjoy as we present Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming in 1949’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Jane Frazee and Kenny Baker in 1947’s Calendar Girl, Fred Astaire and Jane Powell in 1951’s Royal Wedding, and June Allyson, Judy Garland and Lena Horne in 1946’s Till the Clouds Roll By.

These four wonderful classic musicals are guaranteed to have your toes tapping in no time!

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is the 1949 black & white Tay Garnett musical comedy starring Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming and tells the story of a blacksmith who, thrown from his horse in Connecticut circa 1912, wakes up in Arthurian Briton where he helps Camelot’s King Arthur save his kingdom from the evil wizard Merlin. There are also some terrific performances by Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Rhonda Fleming and William Bendix.

Calendar Girl

Calendar Girl is the 1947 black and white Allen Dwan musical romance starring Jane Frazee, Kenny Baker and William Marshall and tells the story of two best friends from Boston who come to Greenwich Village in 1900, one to become a famous artist, the other to become a famous composer. The composer falls in love with the girl next door, but unfortunately, she is charmed by his friend who has secrets he is reluctant to share with her.

Royal Wedding

Love and royalty are in the air with 1951’s Royal Wedding that is another Stanley Donen directed RomCom Musical that stars Fred Astaire and Jane Powell. Astaire and Powell play an American sibling song-and-dance team in London in 1947 when all of England is in a tizzy over the impending nuptials of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Powell’s character falls for the dashing Lord John Brindale played by Peter Lawford while Astaire’s character is equally smitten with the elegant and lovely Anne Ashmond played by Sarah Churchill. This film features Astaire’s iconic scene of dancing across the ceiling of a hotel room.

Till The Clouds Roll By

Till the Clouds Roll By is the 1946 Richard Whorf and Vincent Minnelli musical comedy starring Robert Walker, Van Heflin, June Allyson, Lena Horne and Judy Garland telling the story of famed songwriter Jerome Kern’s charmed life leading up to his Broadway opening of “Show Boat.” Consisting of many musical numbers, the all-star cast includes a bevy of Hollywood talent including Kathryn Grayson, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore, among many others.