Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
FOLLOW THE FLEET
Dir: Mark Sandrich
A Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers European opus, this time with Astaire as a sailor on shore leave and Rogers as the dance hall hostess he romances. The great songs include "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and "Let Yourself Go," and the great supporting cast includes Randolph Scott and Betty Grable.
Dir: George Stevens
One of the best loved of the Astaire-Rogers musicals and Depression-era escapism at its most fizzy and delightful. Fred Astaire plays "Lucky" Garnett, a bandleader who swears off the life of a hoofer for a more "respectable" future with his girl-next-door fiancée (Betty Furness) and her overbearing father-in-law (Landers Stevens, the father of the film's director, George Stevens). After his band-mate buddies sabotage the wedding, Fred heads for the Big Apple to make a cool $25,000 and prove himself responsible to his girl back home. Once there, he meets cute with Ginger Rogers, playing a no-nonsense dance instructor named "Penny" Carroll, and soon these two are dancing their way to movie musical heaven. Featuring several classic song-and-dance numbers including "Pick Yourself Up," "The Way You Look Tonight," "A Fine Romance" (with lyrics by Jerome Kern) and a charmingly offbeat turn from Victor Moore as Astaire's loopy pal with sticky fingers.
Dir: Randal Kleiser
Pompadoured tough-guy John Travolta learns the meaning of true love, 1950s style, from summertime sweetheart Olivia Newton-John, with help from a fantastic supporting cast including Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Eve Arden and Frankie Avalon. A soundtrack of wall-to-wall hits ("You’re the One That I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee") punctuates director Randal Kleiser’s irresistible teen-dream of a movie musical.