Sunday, November 30, 2014

Music on FXM Retro

Tomorrow is the first day of a new month, which in theory means that we should be getting some movies on FXM Retro that haven't been around for a while. I haven't been following the FXM schedule quite so closely as to recognize which movies haven't been on the channel in ages, but I notice that the December 1 schedule contains a bunch of music-themed movies that I haven't said very much about.

First, at 6:00 AM, Glenn Miller shows up in Orchestra Wives, which as you can probably guess is about the women who marry the members of the band.
Then, at 7:40 AM< we get Benny Goodman in Sweet and Low-Down, about a trombonist who joins his band and rises to stardom, facing obstacles along the way.
Fox liked to make musicals in the 1940s into the early 1950s, and we get a a Betty Grable musical. At 9:00 AM, you can watch Sweet Rosie O'Grady. This one is more or less a remake of Love Is News. (Fox would remake it again as That Wonderful Urge at the end of the 1940s. Some stories have staying power.)
Finally, at 11:50 AM, I'll mention The I Don't Care Girl at 11:50 AM. This one tells the fictionalized life story of vaudeville star Eva Tanguay, staring Mitzi Gaynor as Tanguay. The title comes from the name of a song Tanguay made popular.

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