The Band Wagon

The Band Wagon

Fred Astaire
Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
, Cyd Charisse
Cyd Charisse
, Oscar Levant
Oscar Levant
Vincente Minnelli


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One of the most subtle and sophisticated of the musical comedies that came out of MGM's Arthur Freed Unit in the '40s and '50s, The Band Wagon stars Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter, a movie star whose career is in a downturn. Looking for a boost, Tony decides to try starring in a Broadway musical. His friends Lester and Lily Marton (Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray) have written a show they feel would be just right for Tony, and the three team up with Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan), a self-styled "genius" director, who gets the idea to turn the play into a revised version of Faust. Cordova's more pretentious ideas don't always sit well with the Martons, and Tony isn't too happy with his leggy co-star, Gaby Gerard (Cyd Charisse), whom he's convinced is too tall (then again, she thinks he's too old). But when the show proves a disaster in out-of-town tryouts, everyone realizes they have to put aside their differences if they want a show that will be on Broadway for longer than four hours. The Band Wagon featured a rare American appearance for British musical star Jack Buchanan, who does a fine soft-shoe with Fred Astaire on "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan." Astaire also shines in the numbers "Shine on Your Shoes" and "The Girl Hunt," a witty Mickey Spillane parody.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2015
UPC: 0883929444885
Original Release: 1953
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 3,070

Special Features

Commentary by Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein; Theatrical trailer; Making-of documentary Get Aboard! The Band Wagon; Vintage documentary The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli; Musical short Jack Buchanan with the Glee Quartet; Cartoon The three little pigs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Tony Hunter
Cyd Charisse Gaby Gerard
Oscar Levant Lester Marton
Nanette Fabray Lily Marton
Jack Buchanan Jeffrey Cordova
James Mitchell Paul Byrd
Robert Gist Hal Benton
Richard Alexander Actor
Ernest Anderson Porter
Paul Bradley Dancer in Park/ Waiter
Roy Engel Reporter
Betty Farrington Fitter
Al Ferguson Stagehand
Bess Flowers Lady on Train
Sam Hearn Agent
Al Hill Shooting Gallery Operator
Judy Landon Girls in Troupe
John Lupton Jack, the promoter
Owen McGiveney Prop Man
Peggy Murray Actor
Emory Parnell Men on Train
Elynne Ray Actor
Frank Scannell Actor
Lotte Stein Chambermaid
Jack Tesler Ivan
Jimmy Thompson Actor
Dee Turnell Girls in Troupe
Herb Vigran Actor
Bobby Watson Bobby, the Dresser
Smoki Whitfield Chauffeur
Stuart Wilson Actor
Bert May Boys in Troupe
LeRoy Daniels Shoeshine Boy
Ava Gardner The Movie Star
Thurston Hall Col. Tripp
Julie Newmar Salon Model

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Albert Akst Editor
Preston Ames Art Director
Betty Comden Screenwriter
Alexander Courage Musical Arrangement
Adolph Deutsch Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard Dietz Score Composer,Songwriter
Roger Edens Associate Producer
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Adolph Green Screenwriter
Harry Jackson Cinematographer
Michael Kidd Choreography
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Mary Ann Nyberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Schwartz Score Composer,Songwriter
Oliver Smith Choreography
Jerry Thorpe Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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