The Band Wagon


Action / Comedy / Musical / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 8358


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Julie Newmar as Salon Model / Chorine in Girl Hunt Ballet
Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter
Ava Gardner as Herself
Cyd Charisse as Gabrielle Gerard
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Reviewed by bsmith5552 9 / 10

Now.....That's Entertainment!

"The Band Wagon" is essentially a movie in two parts.

In the first hour dancer Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire) is a washed up musical comedy star who has gone to New York to star in a play written by his friends Lester and Lily Morton (Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabres). The Mortons have arranged for egotistical producer/director/actor Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan) to helm the project. He decides to re-write the Morton's play as a modern day "Faust" and include ballerina Gabrielle Gerard (Cyd Charisse) in the cast. The play tanks.

In the second part, the cast borrows a phrase from the Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland films of the early 40s and decide to "Let's Put On a Show". The show is of course a big success and everyone lives happily ever after.

This was one of the best musicals of the 1950s. Produced by Arthur Freed and directed by Vincente Minelli, we are treated to several classic show topping tunes and dance sequences in glorious technicolor as only MGM could do it.

Astaire and Leroy Daniels kick things off with "There's a Shine on My Shoes". The beautiful Cyd Charisse dances a ballet sequence with her lovely legs in evidence. The Band Wagon tunes include "Dancing in the Dark" with Fred and Cyd, "Triplets" with Astaire, Fabray and Buchanan and the finale, "That's Entertainment". It should be noted that singer India Adams dubbed Charisse's singing voice.

Astaire and Charisse would re-team in "Silk Stockings" (1957). Fred Astaire would continue on well into his eighties, switching to dramatic parts starting with "On the Beach" (1959) although he did have several successful TV specials (with Barrie Chase). It was curious that Nanette Fabray didn't go on to bigger and better movies as she was a breath of fresh air in this film. Jack Buchanan had been on the British stage for many years and I think this was his only Hollywood film before his untimely death in 1957.

Others in the cast include James Mitchell as Paul Byrd Charisse;s manager, Robert Gist as the stage manager Hal Benton and Douglas Fowley as the auctioneer at the beginning of the film. And watch for Steve Forrest and cameo star Ava Gardner in the railway station sequence.

They sure don't make them like this any more.

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 5 / 10

Not the best Fred movie

While there are some famous songs in The Band Wagon, namely "That's Entertainment", it's not the best Fred Astaire movie in the world. This is one of those "let's make a movie about show business" movies, and those movies aren't usually very good.

At the start of the movie, Fred Astaire is playing a characterture of himself: he's a stage and screen musical star who's got a few miles on him and is thinking of retiring. The fans who once wanted his autograph now seek out Ava Gardner—I don't know why she was featured as a plot point and cameo in this movie, since she was never famous for her song and dance talents. In any case, Fred, Oscar Levante, Nanette Fabray, and Jack Buchanan create a musical version of Faust and want to put it on Broadway to revive Fred's career. When Cyd Charisse is brought in as his costar, arguments ensue.

If you're a Fred Astaire fan, like I am, you'll probably want to watch every movie he's ever made. By all means, rent The Band Wagon. "That's Entertainment" is a very famous song, and it's the title of the very famous documentary about film musicals that Fred co-hosted in 1974. If you're never seen a Fred Astaire movie before, or you're not too wild about movie musicals, this isn't the best one for you to start out with. There are some memorable songs, like "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," "Triplets," and the "Dancing in the Dark" dance with Fred and Cyd, but there are also some very silly songs, as well as songs that will make you want to walk out of the room for more popcorn without pressing pause.

There you have it; you've been warned. I absolutely love Fred, so even when a movie of his is a little bad, I forgive him. If you love him too, then hop on The Band Wagon!

Reviewed by Myriam Nys 9 / 10

enchanting and delightful

This is one of the best and funniest musicals I have ever seen.

I'm particularly fond of the plot line where inoffensive artists start out with a project and end up with a wholly different project : what is supposed to be a lighthearted variety show with lots of jolly, frothy numbers turns into a Faust-inspired tragedy with enough hell and damnation to stagger a televangelist. It is very recognizable because it taps into a near-universal fear of artists everywhere. You succeed in finding an ally - a backer, a publisher, a maecenas - and then the said ally begins to twist and bend your work beyond recognition. ("I read your manuscript and I love, love, love it ! It is the best psychological novel on the effects of political persecution ever written in this country ! But I'm a bit concerned about the hero's suicide - couldn't he just die of cancer ? And give him a wife and three daughters, that'll make him more human. And throw in a little poodle, rescued from a shelter. Could you include a bit about Cleopatra ? Make her a redhead, people like reading about sassy redheads.")

One of the most memorable highlights is the "Girl Hunt" sequence, both a parody of and an homage to the noir genre. Both Astaire and Charisse are beyond praise and their superbly choreographed mating dance in the Bones bar lights up the screen with a nuclear intensity. The text is excellent too. Who can forget pronouncements like "She came at me in sections - more curves than a scenic railway" ? The person who wrote this spoof spoke Noir like other people speak French or Spanish. I don't know how much he (or she ?) was paid, but it wasn't enough.

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