There are many who regard the 50s as the greatest decade of the Hollywood Musical.
[font="georgia, serif;"]Let's not forget that there were also many wonderful and memorable Musicals produced in 30s and 40s as well.[/font]
I'm not sure why the musicals of the fifties are held in such high esteem.
Was it the star power, the music talents, Widescreen and other technical advances?
My guess is all of those, plus more.
For me it could well be the fact that I grew up during that decade.
Yes I love all musicals, especially those from the fifties.
There are still a number of these memorable Musicals that are missing on DVD or Blu-ray.
Will we see any of these? Some maybe, but probably not all, which is most regrettable.
Here are some Hollywood Musicals from the 50s that deserve, at the very least, a DVD release.
"The Merry Widow"
"Porgy and Bess"
"The Vagabond King"
"The Desert Song"
"You Can't Run Away From It"
"St Louis Blues"
"The Farmer Takes a Wife"
"Aaron Slick From Punkin Crick"
"Somebody Loves Me"
"The Stars Are Singing"
"The French Line" (European cut in 3D)
"Here Come The Girls"
"Those Redheads From Seattle"(3D)
"So This Is Paris"
"Walking My Baby Back Home"
"Gentlemen Marry Brunettes" (filmed in the UK)
Frankie Laine and Dick Haymes made a few musicals for Columbia and any of those would be most welcome.
and please give us new studio releases of these two PD titles. "The Seven Little Foys"
and "New Faces" ( although Fox archives would probably dish up a pan and scan disaster)
Notice the number of Paramount titles on that list. Does that say something?
There were a small number of entertaining British Musicals produced in the fifties and most of these have found their way onto DVD.(in the UK at least)
The latest one just announced features Errol Flynn no less. ( he made a couple of British musicals and was dubbed of course, although he did do his own singing in Warner's "Thank Your Lucky Stars"
British company Network video has been releasing many of these rare British Musicals and the DVD quality so far has been excellent.
[font="georgia, serif;"]Bottom line to the Studios: Please give us these Musicals.[/font]