I am still recuperating from my illness and now my poor hubby has it which makes me feel horrible. I don't want anyone to have this horrible cold. The good news is he is already feeling much better and I am back to work so let's hope next week I am all better. Thank you immensely for all your well wishes, it has truly touched my heart. This week it is all about high school competitions but can't be sports related so spelling bees, music, you name it. If you wish to join, head on over to Wandering Through the Shelves to sign up and see what the other have chosen for this week's topic. Here are my 3.....
1. STRIKE UP THE BAND-1940
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland made so many movies together from the famous Andy Hardy series to others that would showcase their amazing talents. This is where typical (HA) high school kids put their heads together to put on a show! Now we all have done this when we were in high school, right? .....HA! These wild and wacky kids decide to enter a competition to be on a show with Paul Whiteman's orchestra. The famous band leader shows up in the film and the sets and the talent is something you will never ever find in high school but who cares! This is a showcase of the young talent at MGM and what talents.
2. BYE, BYE BIRDIE-1963
We take a nice small town with a nice suburban family who have an innocent girl with a double D chest enter a competition to win one last kiss from Conrad Birdie a Rock N Roll singer (obviously based on Elvis) before he has to go into the army. Of course, double D (Ann Margaret) wins and the Elvis entourage with all the cameras and crew hunker down to this pretty little town and cause much mayhem. Dick Van Dyke plays a songwriter , with mother issues and Janet Leigh plays his gal who only wants to get married. Paul Lynde just about steals the show as the dad of double D. It is quite witty and a pretty good satire on the nutty ways teens reacted to their heart throbs back in the day. Gower Champion directed and choreographed the original musical play that won many Tony's and you can still see a little of his inventiveness in the Telephone scene.
3. TAKE THE LEAD- 2006
This is, to me, an under-rated gem and based on a true story. Antonio Banderas plays a dance teacher sent to an inner city school to deal with the worst delinquents. He decides to teach them...dance! They are, at first reluctant( no kidding) but soon, after seeing the teacher dance the tango with a sultry bitch, they realize there is more to this dance than they thought. The teacher has a regular dance class for the high class snoots and one girl doesn't feel like she fits in so she joins the inner city ruffians. These kids start enjoying their class and their teacher signs them up for a ballroom dance competition. What will they do? How will they react with all the stuffed shirts? You'll just have to watch and find out. This won't win any awards but it's fun and sweet even if the ending is a bit over the top.
So what films would you choose?