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Marvellous Classic Musicals Vol.2
My Fair Lady (1964) DVD
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Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison Lerner & Loewe's delightful musical originally adapted from playwright George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," "My Fair Lady" has become one of the most popular musicals of all time. Egotistical linguist Henry Higgins bets that he can transform a "lowly" Cockney flower girl into a lady in time for an important society ball. Soon the confused and amazed Eliza Doolittle's been washed and scrubbed, dressed in pretty clothes and tutored in speech until she's ready to fall in exhaustion. Henry Higgins' gamble may yet pay off, but... Order VHS
"This is Mrs. Norman Maine": Could these be the most heartbreaking words Judy Garland ever uttered? George Cukor directed and Moss Hart wrote this film, a musical remake of the 1937 original. The story is a show-biz classic: He (James Mason) is a major movie star who is past his prime and on the way down; she (Garland) is an aspiring singer who, with his help, becomes a bigger star than he was. Their marriage becomes a seesaw of success and failure, as he slowly drinks himself to death out of bitterness at the fickleness of fame, until his bad behavior begins to threaten the career of his long-suffering and loving wife. Mason and Garland are both terrific, with her singing "The Man That Got Away" among others. Remade in a 1976 Barbra Streisand vanity production. --Marshall Fine
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) DVD
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When Elvis-like rock & roll star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the military, the teen nation is united by a contest in which the winner bestows a farewell kiss upon their idol while on the Ed Sullivan Show. Ann-Margret (in her film debut) is the lucky little lady from Sweet Apple, Ohio, who wins the contest, much to the chagrin of her steady beau (Bobby Rydell) and miserable parents (Paul Lynde and Mary LaRoche). Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh are an older couple kept from marrying by his meddlesome mother, played to the hilt by Maureen Stapleton. Lightweight but fun, this features an exuberant soundtrack with such memorable ditties as "Put on a Happy Face" and "Kids" and the title track. --Rochelle O'Gorman
Funny Girl (1968) DVD
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif. Barbra's Oscar-winning film debut in a reprisal of her Broadway role as Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice in this highly fictionalized musical biopic. Brice, a poor Jewish girl from the lower east side, rose to fame and won audience's hearts everywhere with her comic antics and powerful singing. Unfortunately, she had far less success in her personal life, and the film focuses on her doomed romance with her first husband, gambler Nicky Arnstein.
Hello, Dolly! (1969) DVD
Starring: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau. Streisand directed by Kelly with a popular Herman score--this film is one of the last big, splashy Hollywood musicals. Playing widow Dolly Levi, a matchmaker, Streisand finally finds herself a match. Based on Wilder's successful Broadway play The Matchmaker, the film earned seven Academy Award Nominations, including Best Picture, and won three: Best Score of a Musical Picture, Art Direction and Sound. Order VHS
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) DVD
Released in 1964, The Unsinkable Molly Brown gave Debbie Reynolds one of her most memorable roles and earned her an Academy Award nomination (she lost to Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins). Order VHS
The Great Caruso (1951) VHS
On Moonlight Bay (1951) VHS
Show Boat (1951) DVD
Royal Wedding (1951) VHS
The Student Prince (1954) VHS
Pal Joey (1957) DVD
South Pacific (1958) DVD
The Sound of Music (1965) VHS
Camelot (1967) DVD
Oliver! (1968) DVD
Sweet Charity (1968) VHS
Fiddler on the Roof 
(1971) DVD
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Starring: Topol, Molly Picon, Leonard Frey
Norman Jewison's classic of a man struggling to preserve his Jewish heritage. Ukrainian milkman Tevye clings desperately to the old Jewish traditions while all around him the world changes, day by day. His three daughters marry men he considers more and more unacceptable, and the ruling Russian government's anti-Semitism threatens to drive him from his home. The music is excellent (it won Oscars for the scoring and the sound), with plenty of familiar songs such as "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I Were a Rich Man," which you'll be humming long after the movie is over. 
Kiss Me Kate
(1953) DVD
Fred and Lilly are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Of course, the couple seem to act a great deal like the characters they play. A fight on the opening night threatens the production, as well as two thugs who have the mistaken idea that Fred owes their boss money and insist on staying next to him all night.
Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964) DVD
Robin and the 7 Hoods mirthfully gives the Robin Hood legend a Depression-era, mobtown Chicago setting. There, North Side boss Robbo (Frank Sinatra) hopes to get a leg up in his power struggle with rival racketeer Guy Gisborne (Peter Falk). Robbo sets himself up as a latter-day Robin Hood with philanthropic fronts enabling him to scam the rich, take his cut, and then give to the poor.
Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, and Barbara Rush join in the giddy, gangsterish fun.
 
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