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Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance 7 editions

Cover of: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance | John Kobal
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Jacket Description: Movies learned to sing and dance even before they learned to talk. For years before the arrival of sound, Joan Crawford and other flappers had been dancing the Charleston on the silent screen. Then musical soundtracks were adopted, providing the first 'sounds' of sound films. Later still, and some say by accident, came the talkies. It is said that Al Jolson, while doing the song recording for The Jazz Singer, cried out in a burst of enthusiasm 'You ain't heard nothing yet, folks! Listen to this!' And talking pictures were born.

Purists will limit the film musical genre to the half dozen or so that finally fulfilled the highest criteria of cinematic art. But John Kobal is no purist. He is interested in all the torch songs by femmes fatales, the high kicks and shuffles of the chorus cuties, the extravagant set-pieces which relied more on spectacle than on musical talent. He is also more interested than anyone in the great personalities of the musical, such as Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Jeanette MacDonald, Busby Berkeley.

But his most valuable contributions to cinema lore are the special interviews with, among others, Rene Clair, Vincente Minnelli, Rouben Mamouhan, Charles Walters, Kathryn Grayson, Bebe Daniels, Bessie Love, Joan Blondell, Mae West and Jessie Matthews.

This unique and highly entertaining book is illustrated with over 670 photographs from the author's collection. Most of these will be new to the reader and many are rare and unknown even to the most knowledgeable students of the genre. The photographs speak —even dance—for themselves. If there is a book anywhere that can do justice to the exhilarating spirit of the musical then this is it.

7 editions First published in 1970

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Gotta Sing Gotta Dance
January 29, 1990, Random House Value Publishing
Hardcover in English
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Cover of: A History of Movie Musicals (Gotta Sing Gotta Dance)
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Cover of: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance
Cover of: Gotta sing, gotta dance
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