- Oct 20, 2016
- Real Name
- David N. Heathman
Betty Hutton won Photoplay award the year before for “Annie Get Your Gun”...
When I was about ten years old I was looking through my parents' record collection and I came across a box set of 45 RPM Christmas carols by Mario Lanza, who I had never heard before. When he reached the finale of "The Lord's Prayer" his voice sent a shiver down my spine, the first time that ever happened to me.Mario Lanza won the Photoplay Gold Medal Award for 1951 for The Great Caruso. The same year Show Boat won for Best Picture.
I think 'On The Town' could use a re-do. Great movie, great songs, great fun, but I was disappointed in the blu-ray.I’ve been thinking that I wish they’d redo Easter Parade (again). The Blu-ray is beautiful but the saturation seems to be really high- everyone looks as though they spent a little too much time in the sun. It’s a little harsh, especially when you compare it to the newer three-strip releases, which look beautifully balanced.
I have the live version with Comden & Green, Tyle Daly, et al which I feel is a splendid presentation of the original score. The MGM version is just that. It would have been interesting to see them take the darker approach but that would have been very unFreed-like. I'm fond of both readings of On the Town.On the Town could use a re-do period. As a movie. Those Roger Edens' songs are painful to the ear. Problem is there would be no director, choreographer and cast available to do the material justice.
And the one cast replacement is the astoundingly effective tenor John Reardon whose renditions of Gabey's songs send shivers down my spine.If you haven't heard it the studio recording using most of the original cast from the early 60s conducted by Bernstein gives you an idea of what might have been.
Just watched it on TCM. It looked pretty good. The audio on the DVD is excellent however, true stereo. The student choruses are full and Lanza & Blyth sound great.I'm waiting for The Student Prince as the DVD is a horror.
Like with its version of SHOWBOAT, I guess MGM didn't want to make a musical with darker elements, so they made major changes. In the case of ON THE TOWN, they ditched almost all of the songs by that unknown hack Leonard Bernstein.On the Town could use a re-do period. As a movie. Those Roger Edens' songs are painful to the ear. Problem is there would be no director, choreographer and cast available to do the material justice.