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The Great American Songbook
The Great American Songbook
Actors: June Allyson, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, The Andrews Sisters, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin
Director: Andrew J. Kuehn
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     2hr 55min

No Description Available. Genre: Documentary Rating: NR Release Date: 22-APR-2003 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: June Allyson, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, The Andrews Sisters, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin
Director: Andrew J. Kuehn
Creators: Andrew J. Kuehn, Frederick L. Greene, Joe Gilford, John Ardoin, Mary Cleere Haran, Scott McIsaac, Tracy Young
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musicals
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/22/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 55min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

One of the Best Doc's about the 40's Musicals
Kimberly S. Loeffler | Binghamton, New York USA | 05/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Great American Songbook is one of the best recent Documentaries about the songwriters and the music of America. Short Bio's of Porter, Berlin, Gershwin and a slew of others. The best parts of this program are the clips of stars Like Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman singing "Anything Goes", Ray Bolger, Fred Astaire, Sophie Tucker singing "Some Of These Days" from (Broadway Melody Of 1938) My favorite clips were of Judy Garland performing with Mickey Rooney "I Wish I Were In Love Again" from (Words And Music) "Easter Parade" with Fred Astaire and Singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" to little Margaret O'Brien in (Meet Me In St. Louis) special feature includes Judy's 1942 appearance in the MGM short film "We Must Have Music"
It was only disappointing that Deanna Durbin, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe were not featured as they sang songs from these great songwriters. also featured was Mel Torme, Dinah Shore, Ann Sothern, And the list is endless. Michael Fienstein hosts this 176 minute program. It is truly the best re-telling account of American popular song and the music EVERYONE loves."
The Greatest Era of Song is collected in a wonderful Program
Kimberly S. Loeffler | Binghamton, New York USA | 03/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just saw this wonderful PBS special last night on the "Great Performances" special and I must say that this is one of the best and well documented accounts of the most incredable music from the song writers and the stars who made these songs Unforgettable. This show pays tributes to Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter and countless other composers.
The Musicals of Astaire and Rogers, Rooney and Garland, Bing and Bob, Ethel Merman and many others. I really learned alot and enjoyed this DVD greatly. This show is hosted by Michael Finestein and full of the best pre-war, post-war and Big band music that movie lovers are acustomed too! If you love this era of popular song, Love Judy Garland who is featured 4 times or just enjoy musicals. This is the program to have in your collection. I can't wait to get my copy."
It's Great!!!
Gwendolyn Aughtry | Landover, MD United States | 05/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This wonderful DVD features songs written by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields just to name a few composers and lyricists. A big plus is that the entire musical numbers are shown, but not just short clips. If you love great American songs, this DVD is for you. Highly recommended."
Great American Songbook
Kurt Tostenson | Cambridge, Ohio United States | 03/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a wonderful trip down memory land with some of the best known songs and the preformers who made it Great. From Lena Horn to Judy Garland, Fred Astar, Gene Kelly, Frank Sanatra, and more this show is packed with clips of your favoriate songs. Kate Smith and God Bless America, Judy Garland and On the Atchicison & Topka and Santa Fay, Fred Astar dancing to putting on the Ritz, Have your self a Merry Little Christmas, The Last Time I saw Paris and others. This is one show you will watch over and over again. It is well put together and well narited."