Musical

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) Michael O’Herlihy, Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Lesley Ann Warren, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical, Western

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The Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the urging of a suitor to their eldest daughter. There, Grampa Bower causes trouble with his pro-Cleveland ideas, as Dakota residents are overwhelmingly Republican, and hope to get the territory admitted as two states (North and South Dakota) rather than one in order to send four Republican senators to Washington. Cleveland opposed this plan, refusing to refer to Congress the plan to organize the Dakotas this way. When Cleveland wins the popular vote, but Harrison the presidency due to the electoral college votes, the Dakotans (particularly the feuding young couple) resolve to live together in peace, and Cleveland grants statehood to the two Dakotas before he leaves office (along with two Democrat-voting states, evening the gains for both parties).

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The Firefly (1937) Robert Z. Leonard, Jeanette MacDonald, Allan Jones, Warren William, History, Musical, Romance

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Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers, in order for them to reveal Napolean’s intentions toward Spain. She is sent to Bayonne, France to gather military secrets. Prior to this, she meets, Don Diego while performing at a club. Unknown to her, Don Diego is actually Captain Andre, who is sent to Spain to spy on her. While in France, Nina discovers Diego’s true identity, only after she has fallen in love with him. Nina Maria outwits her potential captors and returns to Spain, and goes into hiding. Napoleon’s troops invade Spain, resulting in Nina’s capture. In a strange twist of fate, Nina and Captain Andre are reunited, but, the 2 nations are now at war…

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Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) Charles Walters, Doris Day, Jimmy Durante, Stephen Boyd, Comedy, Musical, Romance

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It’s the early 1900’s. The Wonder Circus is a traveling circus owned and operated by Anthony Wonder – who performs as a clown – and his daughter Kitty Wonder – who performs as an aerialist and trick rider. Although Kitty loves her Pop as she and all the other circus performers call her father, she hates his gambling addiction which is placing the circus deep in debt. They and their employees treat the circus like one big family, especially Lulu the fortune teller who wants to be Mrs. Wonder, but the employees may only be so loyal if they aren’t getting paid. As such, many of the performers leave or threaten to leave to join the Wonder Circus’ main competitor, the Noble Circus owned by the power and money hungry John Noble. Although Pop and Kitty don’t want anyone to leave their employ, the only act that they will never let go is Jumbo, their trained elephant, who Noble had tried to buy in the past. As many performers leave, into their midst comes circus Jack-of-all-trades Sam Rawlins…

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L’Effrontée (1985) Claude Miller, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Clothilde Baudon, Julie Glenn, Comedy, Drama, Music

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For Charlotte, a 13 year old girl living in a rural village in France, adolescence is proving to be a traumatic experience. Her father has little time for her and she no longer sees eye to eye with her maid, Léone, whom she regards as a poor substitute for the mother who died some years ago. Add to that a vulgar brother and an immature younger friend, Lulu, who is always whinging about her illness, and it is not hard to see why Charlotte wants to get away and start a new life. Her chance of escape appears to come when she makes contact with a star child pianist, Clara Baumann. Clara seems to be so taken by Charlotte that she offers her a job as her impresario after her next concert. Scarcely able to believe her good fortune, Charlotte packs her suitcase and awaits the fated day of the concert with impatience. In the meantime, she allows a young sailor, Jean, to flirt with her…

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