Thirty years of MGM's magic musical moments, from 1929's "The Broadway Melody" through the 1950's.
A class act in every respect, Tony Bennett deserves the same in a documentary tribute, and The Music Never Ends is just that, an 87-minute compilation of music and words that's as likably modest as the octogenarian singer himself. Born in New York in 1926, the former Anthony Benedetto grew up during the Depression, served in World War II, hit the big time in the 1950s, marched in Selma, Alabama with Martin Luther King, Jr., faded from the scene during the rock-dominated '60s, became an estimable painter, and then, with son Danny as his manager, staged a revival that earned him many young fans and continues to this day. All of that is detailed (by celeb talking heads like Harry Belafonte, Martin Scorsese, Mel Brooks, and Alec Baldwin, as well as various critics and pundits) in the film, but the most entertaining content, of course, is the music. There are concert and television performances spanning more than half a century, from "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" in '53 to Monterey in '05 (his gig at that year's Jazz Festival occupies a second disc, with bits and pieces scattered throughout the main documentary); we see Bennett at the Grand Ol' Opry in '55 (singing Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart"), on several TV talk fests (including a wonderful, if too short, clip with the great jazz pianist Bill Evans on The Tonight Show), and even on Saturday Night Live, in an amusing bit with Baldwin impersonating Bennett and "Anthony Benedetto" as one of his talk show guests. The presentation is pretty impressive, too: the composers and lyricists of every song are identified, Clint Eastwood co-produced (the principal bonus feature is an informal conversation between the two), Anthony Hopkins narrates, and medleys of several songs (including the inevitable "I Left My Heart in San Francisco") combine Bennett performances from different eras; two especially delightful sequences intersperse Bennett's versions of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "I Got Rhythm" with clips from films featuring Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, respectively. Hot stuff. --Sam Graham
An American football hero falls for a beautiful fashion model in Paris. Jerome Kern score, including "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"!
A rich playboy falls for a Salvation Army singer in the Big Apple during the gay '90's. The light story is just a stage for some snazzy dance sequences, and Astaire and Vera-Ellen are a suave duo.
Astaire plays a gambler with a fiancee back home...but one look at Ginger and all bets are off!
Terrific musical about a declining movie star who takes another shot at stardom via Broadway.
A con artist sets out to make a wealthy but innocent South American girl believe that he is her guardian angel.
Finian's Rainbow movie trailer - starring Fred Astaire, Keenan Wynn, Don Francks, Tommy Steele, Petula Clark, Barbara Hancock. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Genre: Musical
Classic Irving Berlin musical about a young woman who mistakenly believes that the American dancer romancing her is married to her best friend. Academy Award Best Picture nominee!
The Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle movie trailer - starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Walter Brennan, Edna May Oliver, Lew Fields. Directed by H.C. Potter. Genre: Drama
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From heaven, Flo Ziegfeld envisions a revue with every major star playing a part. Star-studded MGM musical!
After his partner dumps him, a resourceful dancer turns a chorus girl into a star. Includes Oscar winning Irving Berlin score!
After losing his fiancee, an entertainer teams up with his professional rival to convert his Connecticut farm into an inn. Academy Award winning song, "White Christmas"!
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