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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Road To Morocco (1942)

This Arabian Nights comedy farce, the third Road film with Bob Hope-Bing Crosby-Dorothy Lamour teaming together (and probably the best of the lot), included the song (We're Off On The) Road To Morocco (pictured) sung by Hope and Crosby, and the hit romantic ballad Moonlight Becomes You - first performed by Crosby (to Dorothy) and then reprised by the trio in a mirage sequence in which they lip-synched to each other's voices.


Roberta (1935)

This film was the third teaming of Fred Astaire (as bandleader Huck Haines) and Ginger Rogers (in one of her greatest roles as Astaire's boyhood girlfriend and cafe singer Countess Scharwenka), in the least familiar film of the dance series, and one in which they took supporting roles; in this Broadway adaptation, they danced briefly in a reprise of Jerome Kern's Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (pictured) (also sung by co-star Irene Dunne) - their first formal dance (with graceful dips by Rogers); they also performed the role-reversed I Won't Dance song (written specifically for the film and sung by Astaire and Rogers) in which a gold-lamé-gowned Rogers was the one to coax Astaire into a tap dancing solo; the film's best number was Fred and Ginger's dance I'll Be Hard to Handle.


Rock & Rule (1983)

The many catchy rock tunes in this post-apocalyptic rock & roll animated fantasy that was populated by anthropomorphic dogs, cats and mice, including keyboardist/singer Angel's (voice of Susan Roman, singing voice of Deborah 'Blondie' Harry) innocently sensuous Angel's Song ("Now I have revealed exactly why I'm here / I'll be your angel if you want to see / How perfect sharing love with an angel can be"), Mick Jagger-like rock musician star Mok Swagger's (voice of Don Francks, singing voice of Lou Reed) egotistical My Name Is Mok ("My name is Mok, thanks a lot!... Why, I'm the biggest thing since World War III!"), and the power duet Send Love Through by Angel and her lover - punk-rock lead singer-guitarist Omar (voice of Paul Le Mat, singing voice of Robin Zander) to send an all-consuming, blue-eyed, long-toothed demon from another dimension back to where it came from; the film also included performances by Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, and Earth, Wind and Fire.



The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

There were many wild, energetic song-and-dance numbers in this notorious midnight movie audience participation cult film which spoofed sci-fi and horror B-movies, including the opening song Science Fiction/Double Feature sung by a giant pair of disembodied blood-red lips (voice of Richard O'Brien) - a tribute to Hollywood's B-horror films; straight-laced Brad Majors (Barry Bostick) proposed marriage in song to fiancee Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) with Dammit Janet; their expectant number before entering a gothic mansion on a rainy night after their car broke down was Over at the Frankenstein Place; and of course, the film was highlighted by the famous Time Warp ("It's just a jump to the left...") song-and-dance with unconventional dancers of all races and sizes and crazed transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter's (Tim Curry) campy introduction Sweet Transvestite; Janet was sexually-awakened while wearing nothing but a white bra and panties as she seduced idealized love machine Rocky (Peter Hinwood) with the song Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me - as Frank's incestuous sister Magenta (Patricia Quinn) and Columbia ("Little" Nell Campbell) spied on them; the film climaxed with an entire "floor show" medley, first with Brad, Janet, Rocky, Columbia and Dr. Scott, all wearing garters and a feather boa like Frank, singing his praises and how they were sexually liberated in Rose Tint My World, followed by Frank's appearance at the RKO Picture logo, crooning: "Whatever happened to Fay Wray? That delicate, satin-draped frame..."



Roman Scandals (1933)

This elaborate Samuel Goldwyn production (the last film Berkeley directed for the studio before his incredibly-successful run with Warner Brothers), one of the racier movie musicals, it featured notable Harry Warren/Al Dubin songs sung by Eddie Cantor, in a fantasy daydream in ancient Rome; the best of the lot were Keep Young and Beautiful, No More Love, and Build a Little Home; it featured Cantor’s infamous blackface performances and a slave-market auction sequence in which Busby Berkeley convinced a number of the chorus girls to appear scantily-clad and some were completely nude (wearing strategically-placed long blonde wigs) while chained to a round wall.

The Rose (1979)

Bette Midler (in her film debut) gave a powerfully-electric Oscar-nominated performance as Mary Rose "The Rose" Foster - a bisexual, drug-abusing, alcoholic Janis Joplin-like singer; she delivered a sweet, melancholic performance of The Rose (pictured), as well as other performances of show-stopping, rousing defiantly-sung numbers: When a Man Loves a Woman, Sold My Soul To Rock 'N' Roll, Keep On Rockin', and the two numbers Stay With Me and Let Me Call You Sweetheart she sang before tragically collapsing and dying on stage of exhaustion and a drug overdose.



Rose Marie (1936)

This was the second screen version of the popular operetta, and the second screen partnering of Jeanette MacDonald (as popular opera singer Marie de Flor whose brother - James Stewart in his second film role - was a fugitive in the Canadian wilderness) and Nelson Eddy (as a handsome Canadian Mountie in pursuit), with their best-remembered duet of their heartfelt love song together Indian Love Call ("When I'm calling you-ou-ou-ou").


Rose of Washington Square (1939)

This Fox Studios film, loosely fictionalized and based on the difficult marriage between Fanny Brice and Nick Arnstein, headlined contralto singing star Alice Faye as musical singing star Rose Sargent; she sang the torch song My Man for her straying crook/con-man husband (Tyrone Power); one of the film's other attractions was Al Jolson reprising his hit standards, including Mammy, Toot-Toot Tootsie, Rockabye Your Baby and California Here I Come; the most famous song of the film, however, was one that was deleted before the film's release: Al Jolson's blackface rendition of April Showers (pictured).

Royal Wedding (1951)

This musical from the Freed unit at MGM was directed by Stanley Donen in his first solo assignment; it contained many song-and-dance numbers with Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, who took the parts of a famed sister/brother dance/song team (Tom and Ellen Bowen) who found romance during a sojourn to London for Princess Elizabeth II's wedding; this is the film with the most-remembered Astaire dance number: his famous walk-dance on the walls and ceiling of his London hotel room during the song You're All the World To Me (pictured); Stanley Donen also co-produced and directed the music video for Lionel Richie's "Dancing on the Ceiling," which paid homage to the 1951 film with its own "dancing on the walls and ceiling" motif; Astaire also performed in a lavish Caribbean production number to the tune of I Left My Hat in Haiti (pictured); both Powell and Astaire danced to the impossibly-titled How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been a Liar All My Life, and Every Night at Seven (pictured); in another incredible dance number titled Sunday Jumps (pictured), Astaire danced to a metronome beat with a clothes-horse (or hat-rack) and gym equipment in the ship's workout room (with an inserted body-building segment to mock and parody his dancing rival/friend Gene Kelly).





Greatest Song and Dance Musical Movie Moments and Scenes
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