August 22, 2011

4 Top 70 Musicals Countdown Begins

Today the Top 70 Musicals Countdown begins at Wonders in the Dark. The countdown will continue through early November, with posts on one movie a day appearing daily except Saturday. Fifteen writers will be participating in the countdown. I'll be writing on two Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movies, Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936). So head on over to Wonders in the Dark to see which musical came in at #70, and be sure to check back every day for the next movie in the countdown!


  1. This is the first chance I got to head on over here to THE MOVIE PROJECTOR, R.D., but I salute you ten times over for your incomparable support, promotion and inspiration in the just-launched musical countdown. Your own vast knowledge and appreciation is one thing, but your brilliant comments and solicitation in the blogging community has opened up new avanues.

    You have been truly magnificent, my friend!

  2. The pleasure was all mine, Sam. Congratulations on doing such a great job on the countdown--a tremendous feat of inspiration and organization.

  3. R. D. - I'm looking forward to your posts on two of the very best - and my favorite - Astaire/Rogers movies (though I have a soft spot for "The Gay Divorcee," the film that awakened me to the great charms of Hollywood's 'golden age' movies when I first saw it on TV a few decades ago).

  4. Eve, I've seen the comments you left at WitD, and you seem to be enjoying the countdown as much as I am. I saw "The Gay Divorcee" not long ago, the last of the Astaire-Rogers movies I'd never seen, and liked it a lot. "Night and Day" is one of the best songs ever from their movies as well as one of Cole Porter's best ever. I noticed certain resemblances between its plot and that of "Top Hat." I'd place it just behind "Top Hat" and "Swing Time" and about on a par with "Follow the Fleet" and "Shall We Dance."

    I should also mention how much I enjoyed and admired your follow-up to the Leatrice Gilbert Fountain profile from last year. How fortunate you are (and how enterprising) to have access to a primary source of information, and such a fascinating one at that!