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Work week got you down? Harness the mood-enhancing power of song and dance! Here are a half-dozen videos of Hollywood hoofers through which no sour disposition can possibly persist.

01. The Fastest Gun Alive is a 1956 western about a gunslinger trying to go straight. With challengers in every town eager to prove their guns are faster, how can he leave his reputation behind? Also, what in the world is this high-energy hoedown sequence doing in the middle of an otherwise bleak tale of the gunfighter's burden? I don't know, but it's great. I think Russ Tamblyn invents Parkour here:

02. Consider doing some stretches before you play this astonishing clip of the Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather from 1943 with Cab Calloway. You could easily get a vicarious groin pull just from watching.

03. Sure, that soggy umbrella routine of his is way more famous, but this scene from It's Always Fair Weather features something special: Gene Kelly on roller skates!

Embedding is disabled for these next three, but if these people can do such amazing things with their bodies, you can rouse your finger to click a few links, right?

04. Go ahead, try to stay down in the doldrums while watching this clip from Cabin in the Sky (1943), I dare you: John W. Bubbles performs "Shine" in a sequence reportedly directed by Busby Berkeley. (Vincente Minnelli got the credit.) Here's how influential Bubbles was: Fred Astaire took tap lessons from him in the '20s, and Michael Jackson named his chimp after him in the '80s. The Internet says so; it must be true. John W. Bubbles, "Shine"

05. Why, why, is the 1959 L'il Abner musical not available on Blu-ray? Even the DVD is out of print, so expect to cough up big money for an unused copy. There's some essential exposition at the beginning of this clip (including the introduction of Julie Newmar as "Stupefyin' Jones," perhaps her sexiest role, which is saying something). But viewers in some kind of a hurry may wish to skip to the three-minute mark, when the "Sadie Hawkins" production number really gets started. Sadie Hawkins sequence, LI'L ABNER

06. Finally, here's First Lady of the American stage, triple threat Rita Moreno, dancing a particularly savage tango with a man-sized Muppet. The YouTube clip is dubbed in French, but don't worry if you don't speak it -- Ms. Moreno communicates through the universal languages of dance, body slams, and trying to bite someone's ear off. That's entertainment! Rita Moreno on THE MUPPET SHOW .

Got any personal favorite song-and/or-dance film sequences? Share 'em in the comments!


quality posts: 0 Private Messages bleekii

Cheered up my evening. :-)


quality posts: 2 Private Messages klozitshoper

Great! Thanks for sharing.


quality posts: 25 Private Messages pooflady

I think there was a great one in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

I think my guardian angel drinks.


quality posts: 20 Private Messages matthew
pooflady wrote:I think there was a great one in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Another Russ Tamblyn joint!


quality posts: 5 Private Messages shover

LOL what was that
notice how nobody is clapping at the same time in the barn
so corny ... but impressive


quality posts: 0 Private Messages deniset

Gene Kelly has got to be the best dancer in the world! To do what he does on roller skates takes such strength and stamina! He truly loved what he did. I remember him in a movie called Brigadoon that I saw when I was a kid and It was amazing. It is great to be able to watch him even though he is not around. WOW!


quality posts: 0 Private Messages deniset

Nicholas Brothers have to have legs made of rubber.


quality posts: 75 Private Messages craigthom

Buddy Ebsen with his sister Vilma and the real first lady of dance, Eleanor Powell, from Broadway Melody of 1936: Sing Before Breakfast.

There's also this Lindy Hop demonstration from the movie Hellzapoppin.


quality posts: 20 Private Messages matthew
craigthom wrote:Buddy Ebsen with his sister Vilma

"Sing Before Breakfast?" I thought he barely kept his family fed! Also, that must be one of the first Mickey Mouse sweaters ever made.

craigthom wrote:Hellzapoppin



quality posts: 0 Private Messages drewk98

That Muppets one is insane. They could never do a number like that today, and I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.

Pay attention to where they used the laugh track, meaning what parts they thought were supposed to be funny. Kind of disturbing actually.


quality posts: 20 Private Messages matthew

Why, why do we never have parties like this at our house? (Oh yeah -- downstairs neighbors)



quality posts: 15 Private Messages dontwantaname

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matthew wrote:Why, why do we never have parties like this at our house? (Oh yeah -- downstairs neighbors)


Shouldn't they be in a barn? I would hate to see the floor when they were done.

Also, a pet peeve

I read once that Fred Astaire would only let them film his whole body when dancing.

What made people decide that we want to see just the dancers face, or some random body part?

I think dancing with the stars, and all these newer shows, should watch those old clips. It is so much nicer to see the entire body.

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