The best part about this gig is when something you normally aren’t a fan of comes across your desk and you say, “Sure, I’ll give it a go.” When I was in high school, my wrestling drilling partner would always sing show tunes from classic movie musicals, like Something to Sing About or Private Buckaroo (both included in this box set). The idea of movie musicals always creeped me out, “Who the hell just breaks into song at random?” was always my mindset, but wouldn’t you know it, as annoyed as I was, the songs started to stick.
Well, 20 years later, The Golden Age of Musicals comes across my desk and songs from This is the Army like The Army’s Made a Man Out of Me, made me sit up and proclaim, “We made that guy (Lt. Ronald Reagan) president!”
What’s different for me about classical musicals like these is that they didn’t make me feel uncomfortable like the ones from the ’60s and ’70s that had two lines of dialogue followed four songs in a row. These were just Americana fun. You get to see the greatest generation at their best in entertainment. People think dancers and singers were not the most masculine of men, but then you realize that these were Renaissance Men. They could sing, act, dancing and even fight! Most of them severed in the military and boxing was part of physical education when they were in school.
Somehow we forgot our way regarding the arts and have compartmentalized what we expect from people, a fighter can only be a fighter, a dancer can only be a dancer, a singer can only be a singer. We forgot that generations before us did it all and did it well. This is a reminder of that time. Hell, it reminded me that my drilling partner and I would go from the choir room to the wrestling mats. He’s got three boys now and there’s zero doubt that they are going from singing class to Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well.
The Golden Age of Musical has 17 classics with 25 plus hours on five DVDs with countless stars that feature Dean Martin, Jerry Lewish, Danny Kaye, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Judy Garland and yes, that guy who became president, Ronald Reagan.
The Golden Age of Musicals (5 Discs)
Film Chest Media Group
Original Release: 1937 – 1957 (B&W and Color)
Running Time: Approx. 25 ¾ Hours
Suggested Retail Price: $19.98
Pre-Order Date: July 19, 2016
Street Date: August 9, 2016
Catalog #: FC-528
UPC Code: #874757052892
The Golden Age of Musicals
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With over 25 hours of classical musicals featuring some of the most talented all around entertainers of the 1940s and ’50s, you can’t miss.