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The Band Wagon [2 Discs] [DVD] [1953]

  • SKU: 14303522
  • Release Date: 03/15/2005
  • Rating: NR
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

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    The Band Wagon
    One of the most subtle and sophisticated of the musical comedies that came out of MGM's Arthur Freed Unit in the '40s and '50s, The Band Wagon stars Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter, a movie star whose career is in a downturn. Looking for a boost, Tony decides to try starring in a Broadway musical. His friends Lester and Lily Marton (Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray) have written a show they feel would be just right for Tony, and the three team up with Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan), a self-styled "genius" director, who gets the idea to turn the play into a revised version of Faust. Cordova's more pretentious ideas don't always sit well with the Martons, and Tony isn't too happy with his leggy co-star, Gaby Gerard (Cyd Charisse), whom he's convinced is too tall (then again, she thinks he's too old). But when the show proves a disaster in out-of-town tryouts, everyone realizes they have to put aside their differences if they want a show that will be on Broadway for longer than four hours. The Band Wagon featured a rare American appearance for British musical star Jack Buchanan, who does a fine soft-shoe with Fred Astaire on "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan." Astaire also shines in the numbers "Shine on Your Shoes" and "The Girl Hunt," a witty Mickey Spillane parody. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Fred Astaire
      Fred Astaire - Tony Hunter
    • Cyd Charisse
      Cyd Charisse - Gaby Gerard
    • Oscar Levant
      Oscar Levant - Lester Marton
    • Nanette Fabray
      Nanette Fabray - Lily Marton
    • Jack Buchanan
      Jack Buchanan - Jeffrey Cordova



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Fred Astaire's best movies.

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      hotrodhankny
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      An actor Tony Hunter played by Fred Astaire finds his career going downhill so he accepts a part in a musical and that's when all the fun or maybe I should say some problems arise. You will definitely enjoy this one because is also comical and that keeps you into the movie throughout.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An enjoyable movie

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      Hotrodhankny
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      I think this movie is a classic comedy but at the same time you can see how an actor whose career is going downhill tries to save it. A nice family movie

      I would recommend this to a friend



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