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
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The Little Colonel (1935) and The Littlest Rebel (1935)

Shirley Temple's first costume picture featured her first tap-dance pairing between herself and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, in which they tapped side-by-side down and then up a staircase; this marvelous scene was reprised with their competitive tapping "challenge dance" between the two in The Littlest Rebel (1935) (also pictured here).






The Little Colonel

The Littlest Rebel

The Little Mermaid (1989)

This popular Disney animation featured Sebastian the Crab's (voice of Samuel E. Wright) Oscar-nominated and winning, show-stopping number Under the Sea; also memorable was Kiss the Girl as was Ariel's (voice of Jodi Benson) Part of Your World and villainess Ursula's (voice of Pat Carroll) Poor Unfortunate Souls.




Little Miss Broadway (1938)

In this storybook musical comedy from 20th Century Fox, a slightly older Shirley Temple (as Betsy Brown) sang Be Optimistic with the Brewster twins -- the song was a tonic for Depression-era audiences.

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

This satirical musical film, based upon Roger Corman's 1960 classic B-film black comedy of the same name and the off-Broadway stage hit musical in the early 80s, told about a timid florist shop clerk named Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) who discovered a carnivorous (and singing) venus flytrap plant from outerspace named Audrey II.

The film featured a trio of doo-wop singers (a girl group "Greek Chorus" comprised of Michelle Weeks, Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell) who sang the title song Little Shop of Horrors (pictured) and later The Meek Shall Inherit. One of the funniest numbers was Steve Martin's (as sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello) Elvis-like performance of Dentist! (pictured).

Also included was the the show-stopping rock-bop tune Downtown (Skid Row) (pictured) sung by the cast - the entire neighborhood of bums, drunks, prostitutes, and lower class apartment dwellers, and Seymour's heart-felt plea to his new-found plant Grow for Me.

There were three great songs by the giant Audrey II (voice of The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs) - Feed Me!, Suppertime and the Oscar-nominated song specially made for the film -- the show-stopping Mean Green Mother From Outer Space (pictured).

[Preview audiences did not like the nihilistic, downbeat conclusion of the original version of the film (a 23-minute alternate ending) - so the ending was re-shot to include the death of Audrey II and an upbeat 'Sandra Dee' conclusion, rather than keeping Audrey II's eating of Seymour and takeover of Earth. Three songs were eliminated by the reshoot: Audrey's tearjerking dying reprise of Somewhere That's Green, the Greek Chorus' foreboding Subsequently, and the awe-inspiring finale Don't Feed the Plants, as giant Audrey II's conquered the Earth.]





Love Actually (2003)

The recently-elected Prime Minister's (Hugh Grant) impromptu dance to the golden-oldie "Jump" by the Pointer Sisters, from his bedroom and down the stairs in his big mansion.


Love Me Tonight (1932)

This innovative musical masterpiece from Paramount and director Rouben Mamoulian, with a Rodgers and Hart score, set the pattern for future seamlessly integrated musicals. It starred Maurice Chevalier (as Parisian tailor mistaken for a baron Maurice Courtelin) and Jeanette MacDonald (as melancholy and frustrated noblewoman Princess Jeanette). The film opened with a 'symphony of noises' sequence, capturing the rhythms and sounds of Paris awakening -- (i.e., bell-ringing, pick-axing a cobblestone street, a man's snoring, broom-sweeping, smokestack-churning, a baby's crying, filing, rug-shaking and beating, boot-making, car-horns honking, etc.) while Chevalier sang That's the Song of Paree; he also was linked to MacDonald for their classic rendition of Isn't it Romantic? (pictured twice) - the catchy tune was passed through time and space (from Chevalier's 'Tailleur' shop to people in the street, and into the countryside on a train, and then into MacDonald's country chateau where she was singing on her open balcony) and linked together by different characters (a shop customer, a taxi driver and his composer customer, soldiers on the train that emerged marching, and a gypsy violinist). Of the nine staged musical numbers, other songs included the title song Love Me Tonight (pictured) with the song ending with the duo in split-screen - appearing as if they were in the same bed, the lilting Rodgers and Hart tune Lover (sung by MacDonald in her carriage to her horse) (pictured), and Chevalier's trademark impertinent serenade song to MacDonald titled Mimi ("You know I'd like to have a little son of a Mimi by and by!") (pictured).





The Love Parade (1929)

This Paramount film with six Oscar nominations was director Ernst Lubitsch's first musical (adapted from the little-known Hungarian play The Prince Consort), his first talkie with the studio, and the first pairing of French cabaret star Maurice Chevalier (in his second sound feature as roguish, disgruntled military attache Count Alfred Renard) and red-headed soprano Jeanette MacDonald (in her first film as frustrated and unmarried Queen Louise of the never-never land of Sylvania); the couple were married although unhappily with his powerless role as spouse, although he was persuaded not to divorce, and the couple eventually learned to compromise; this film combined Lubitsch's sophisticated touch, sexual innuendo, songs integrated into the storyline, and such delightful and lilting numbers as Dream Lover (sung by MacDonald as she drowsily awakened in a sleekly revealing negligee once more without a man), their duet of the title song My Love Parade (pictured), and Chevalier's singing of Anything to Please the Queen (pictured) and Nobody's Using It Now (about his tribulations after being married and finding himself virtually castrated as the Prince Consort).


Lucky Me (1954)

This musical (the first shot in Cinemascope) starred Doris Day (as traveling show singer/actress Candy Williams) and Robert Cummings (as NY songwriter Dick Carson), along with Phil Silvers, Nancy Walker, and Eddie Foy Jr. as troupers who were forced to work in a hotel after they ordered a large meal and were unable to pay the bill; Day's opening number sung on the streets of Miami was The Superstition Song; she also performed High Hopes with the ensemble ("Just what makes that little old ant, think he can move that rubber tree plant, Anyone knows an ant can't move a rubber tree plant...'Cause he had hi-i-igh hopes, he had hi-i-igh hopes, He had high apple pi-i-ie-in-the-sk-y-y hopes") and the hit song I Speak to the Stars; other popular tunes included I Wanna Sing Like an Angel and Love You, Dearly (a ballad between Day and Cummings).

 

Lullaby of Broadway (1951)

In this Technicolored Warners' musical romance drama, charming blonde-haired Doris Day (as young American singer/actress Melinda Howard) sang many hits (from a number of vintage Warners' tunes written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren, and others by George Gershwin and Cole Porter), including Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart (pictured) (a tour de force performed by Gene Nelson), the newly-written I Love the Way You Say Goodnight (pictured), the duet You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me, and the title song Lullaby of Broadway (first introduced in Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)) in the finale; in the opening, a tuxedoed Day -- looking like Eleanor Powell -- sang and danced Cole Porter's Just One of Those Things (pictured).




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