Greatest Song and Dance
Musical Moments and Scenes

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Greatest Song and Dance Musical Moments and Scenes
Film Title/Year and Brief Musical Scenes Description

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Disney's first Cinemascope animated feature starred two anthropomorphic creatures - pampered female cocker spaniel Lady and wrong-side-of-the-tracks mutt named Tramp; all of the songs were written (with Sonny Burke) and mostly sung by Peggy Lee, including The Siamese Cat Song (pictured) ("We are Siameeiz if you pleeiz"), He's a Tramp (pictured) and the Spaghetti for Two song Bella Notte.

The Last Waltz (1978)

Director Martin Scorsese's documentary of the final performance of The Band in 1976 (at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco) has generally been considered one of the greatest rock concert films ever made - it featured the music of the legendary The Band (The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and Old Time Religion), and performances by Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan (Baby Let Me Follow You Down), Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison (performing Caravan), Muddy Waters (singing Mannish Boy), Ronnie Wood, and Neil Young, and studio-set sequences with Emmy Lou Harris and The Staple Singers.

The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

This early 50's Paramount film with Bob Hope (as the title character named Sidney Milburn, a small-time racetrack hustler) was most notable for Marilyn Maxwell's debut singing of the enduring Yuletide hit ballad Silver Bells ("Silver Bells, Silver Bells, It's Christmas time in the city, Ring-a-ling, hear them sing, Soon it will be Christmas day...") (first sung in the film by William Frawley, better known in the I Love Lucy TV show), with words and music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.


Let It Be (1970)

This biopic documentary was originally made to show the 'live' making of the Beatles' next album Let It Be in early 1969 in the studio, but became more of a record of their contentious friction and impending breakup; the film included their studio performances of Let It Be and Two of Us, and the sad The Long and Winding Road with singer Paul McCartney's beseeching, moving look toward the camera at the conclusion: "Don't leave me standing here, lead me to your door..."; it also poignantly captured the final public appearance of the band in their archetypal live, mid-day rooftop concert performance at their Abbey Road studio (concluding with Get Back) with the crowd below on the sidewalk and the ensuing traffic jam.

Let's Make Love (1960)

In this backstage musical comedy film (from director George Cukor) that featured Marilyn Monroe, the blonde star (as aspiring actress Amanda Dell) sang and danced her penultimate song My Heart Belongs to Daddy as the opening number in the film's off-Broadway musical production, while wearing a long purple sweater and sheer black tights.

(Monty Python's) Life of Brian (1979)

This Terry Jones-directed irreverent satire of religious films and religious intolerance featured the incongruously upbeat song (Always Look on the) Bright Side of Life that was performed during reluctant Messiah Brian's (Graham Chapman) crucifixion that ended the film.

Lili (1953)

MGM's film production was about a wistful French orphan named Lili (Oscar-nominated Leslie Caron) who worked with a carnival puppet show (featuring Carrot Top and Reynardo) run by a sad puppeteer (Mel Ferrer); one of the film's few songs was the memorable Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo sung by Caron with Carrot Top.

The Lion King (1994)

There were many memorable songs and sequences in this Disney Pictures animation from Tim Rice and Elton John, including the opening song Circle of Life, the Devil-may-care song Hakuna Matata (meaning "no cares" in Swahili), sung by sly Timon the Meerkat (voice of Nathan Lane), Pumbaa the Warthog (voice of Ernie Sabella) and the adolescent-adult lion Simba (voice of Matthew Broderick); also the young lion prince's exuberant I Just Can't Wait to Be King song; and the villainous Scar's (voice of Jeremy Irons) song Be Prepared; also there was the Oscar-winning love song Can You Feel the Love Tonight and The Lion Sleeps Tonight (also sung by Timon and Pumbaa); all the songs (save the last one mentioned) were written by Elton John and Tim Rice. Contrary to the usual pattern, The Lion King went from the screen to the stage in 1997.

Greatest Song and Dance Musical Movie Moments and Scenes
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