Let’s start the New Year off with legs – Musicals that show a lot of legs! For this week’s featured selections, MovieZoot is proud to exhibit some of the best legs in Hollywood history with the beautiful gams of Cyd Charisse in Black Tights, Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel, and Doris Day in The Pajama Game. These dames really know how to help us ring in another New Year with their high-kicks and long, sleek beautiful movie-star legs!
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Black Tights is a 1961 Terence Young directed black & white musical drama starring Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer and Roland Petit that is a mash-up of four outstanding ballet dance performances choreographed by Roland Petit – Carmen, La croqueuse de diamants, Deuil en 24 heures and Cyrano de Bergerac. Also known as “Un Deux Trois Quatre!” in France, this film inspired many mid-century young women to pursue a career in dance. C’est Magnifique!
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is the 1953 Howard Hawks rom/com musical starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe playing tow showgirls that are best friends on a quest for finding a rich husband. Ah, the 50’s – where anything was possible in America!
The Blue Angel
The Blue Angel is a 1931 Josef von Sternberg black & white musical drama starring Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron and Emil Jannings telling the story of an educator so smitten by a cabaret dancer that he loses everything in the name of love, eventually losing his very life! Eyes up boys – it’s dangerous down there!
The Pajama Game
The Pajama Game is an iconic 1957 rom/com musical directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen and starring Doris Day and John Raitt. The Pajama Game tells the story of conflict between management and labor as worker’s demand a 7 and ½ cent raise in their hourly wages. Although a comedy, this film paved the way for a later films, including Norma Rae, starring Sally Field, that explore the many contributions of women in the American labor movement. Also worth noting, John Raitt, playing the male lead, is the father of famed country singer Bonnie Raitt’.