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

Paint Your Wagon (1969)

When brought to the big screen by heavy-handed director Joshua Logan, Lerner and Loewe's western stage musical from 1951 (with adaptation by Paddy Chayefsky and additional tunes by Andre Previn) was mostly criticized for its love triangle plot and for featuring non-singers (Jean Seberg with voice of Rita Gordon) and Western rowdy tough-guy prospectors Clint Eastwood (I Still See Elisa, and I Talk to the Trees!) and Lee Marvin (Wand'rin' Star) in singing roles during the 1849 California Gold Rush; the musical also featured a rendition of one of the stage show's best songs - the most recognized They Call the Wind Maria sung by Harve Presnell.

The Pajama Game (1957)

Stanley Donen and Broadway director George Abbott co-directed this late 50s musical, based upon the 1953 novel 7 1/2 Cents by Richard Bissell and the earlier Tony Award-winning Broadway show in 1954, which told about a romance (during a 7.5 cents an hour pay dispute in the Sleeptite Pajama Factory) between feisty union representative Catherine "Babe" Williams (Doris Day) and new factory shop superintendent Sid Sorokin (John Raitt); over a third of the cast were retained from the original Broadway show, including eleven of the fifteen songs; the dancing sequences were staged by legendary choreographer Bob Fosse; the film opened with the title song Pajama Game sung over the credits, soon followed by Babe's I'm Not At All in Love (pictured) sung to her sweatshop colleagues; the best numbers were Sid's Hey, There (You With the Stars in Your Eyes) sung into a dictaphone which was reprised later by Babe in her room while bathed in red and green light (pictured), and the high-spirited Once-a-Year Day performed at the company picnic by Sid and Babe; two of the most exciting numbers were Fosse's spectacularly jazzy and syncopated Steam Heat (pictured) performed at a union rally (by Gladys Hotchkiss (Carol Haney) and two other union members dressed in tight-fitting men's black suits and derby hats), and the showstopper Hernando's Hideaway (pictured) performed at the riverside hot spot, first between Gladys and Sid, and then by the whole cast with faces lit by match lights.

The Paleface (1948)

This B comedy-western's Oscar-winning theme song Buttons and Bows was sung by Bob Hope, who was featured as cowardly dentist "Painless" Peter Potter, co-starring with Jane Russell (as Calamity Jane) who duped him into becoming his quickie marriage partner.

Paramount on Parade (1930)

This stylish black and white Paramount production (one of the best examples of an all-star revue of songs and sketches by current and upcoming stars in a studio) was directed by eleven directors; it starred - among others, Maurice Chevalier (singing All I Want is Just One Girl as a Paris gendarme, and the Technicolored finale Rainbow Revels with Chevalier as a chimney sweep and chorus girls singing Sweepin' the Clouds Away (pictured)), Ruth Chatterton (singing My Marine), and Clara Bow (singing I'm True to the Navy Now).

The Parent Trap (1961)

This Disney comedy farce was most memorable for the Let's Get Together duet - in early split-screen - by separated-at-birth twins Sharon McKendrick (Hayley Mills) and Susan Evers (also Mills), in a plot where they schemed to reunite their biological parents (Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith).

Pennies from Heaven (1981)

Christopher Walken, in a short role as slick pimp Tom, performed a seductive, almost-lewd striptease/tap-dance (to the tune of "Let's Misbehave") on top of a bar in a sleazy joint to entice shy schoolteacher Eileen, aka "Lulu" (Bernadette Peters), in this MGM film based on the critically acclaimed six-part British TV mini-series by Dennis Potter - it was set not in London but in Depression-era Chicago.

Persepolis (2007, Iran/USA/Fr.)

In the dark autobiographical film about the 1979 Islamic revolution, a montage featured a humorous, heavily-accented rendition of Frank Stallone's Eye of the Tiger (from Rocky III (1982)) ("Risin' up, Back on the street...") by defiant Iranian political dissident Marjane Satrapi (voice of Chiara Mastroianni) - beginning with her punching fists in the mode of Bruce Lee - after she returned to a repressive Iran and was freed from heavy medication (after being mis-diagnosed as "depressed")

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

On stage in an English tavern (the Two Turtles pub) in the East End slum area of 19th century London, beautiful Sibyl Vane (Angela Lansbury) performed by singing a plaintive Good-bye, Little Yellow Bird. She then reprised the song by walking amongst the patrons, as the manager threw fake snow onto her. One of the customers, young, wealthy and handsome Victorian aristocrat Dorian Gray (Hurd Hatfield) was entranced by her innocence and her singing, and soon fell in love with her and proposed engagement. However, he shortly thereafter cruelly broke off the engagement, causing her to commit suicide.

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

Alan Parker's re-imagining of the Pink Floyd musical album incorporated memorable adult-themed animated sequences by cartoonist Gerald Scarfe in illustrating a descent into madness by a burned-out rock singer named Pink (Bob Geldorf) in a Los Angeles hotel room - through a series of rambling music video segments; memorable scenes included the ugly vision in Another Brick in the Wall (part 2) in which doomed children on an assembly line were turned into faceless zombies and being fed into an approaching meat-grinder, and the animated and nightmarish Goodbye Blue Sky in which a dove morphed into a monstrous bird of prey - a fighter plane bomber over London; in In the Flesh, Pink envisioned himself as an eyebrowless, racist, fascist Hitler-like leader of a Nuremberg-like rally, and in the musical Waiting for the Worms scene, a Fascist-style Pink commanded a rally on the streets (with a skinhead chorus) as cartoon hammers rhythmically marched down bombed out streets.

Pinocchio (1940)

# 7 "When You Wish Upon a Star"

This masterful Disney animation contained the reknowned scene of small Jiminy Cricket (voice of Cliff Edwards) singing the advisory Give a Little Whistle (pictured) to become Pinocchio's conscience; also the scene of Pinocchio being led astray by wily Honest John with the delightful song Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me) (pictured), and the scene of human-like puppet Pinocchio (voice of Dickie Jones) singing I've Got No Strings when performing for Stromboli (voice of Charles Judels); the film was most noted for its Oscar-winning Best Song When You Wish Upon a Star sung by Jiminy during the opening credits.

Greatest Song and Dance Musical Movie Moments and Scenes
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