Tuesday, April 24, 2012

beyond fred, ginger & gene

 A curiously neglected film musical, Frank's "Li'l Abner" was successfully stylized in ways that Mankiewicz's "Guys and Dolls" wasn't, as personified by the vivid "Sadie Hawkins Day Ballet," wisely lifted directly from Michael Kidd's Broadway original by Dee Dee Wood.

 The film: “Li’l Abner” (1959)

 The director: Melvin Frank

 The number: "Sadie Hawkins Day Ballet"

 The composer: Gene De Paul

 The choreograher: Michael Kidd, recreated by Dee Dee Wood

 The dancers: The ensemble

 The cinematographer: Daniel L. Fapp

 The editor: Arthur P. Schmidt

 The production designers: J. McMillan Johnson and Hal Pereira

1 comment:

Ben said...