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The Band Wagon (1953)

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Starring (View all)
Fred Astaire Fred Astaire
Tony Hunter
Cyd Charisse Cyd Charisse
Gabrielle Gerard
Oscar Levant Oscar Levant
Lester Marton
Nanette Fabray Nanette Fabray
Lily Marton
Jack Buchanan Jack Buchanan
Jeffrey Cordova
James Mitchell James Mitchell
Paul Byrd
Robert Gist Robert Gist
Hal Benton
India Adams India Adams
Gabrielle Gerard


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Betty Comden Betty Comden
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Adolph Green Adolph Green
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Fred Astaire 1953!

12 years ago at Feb 11 1:34
4 votes
The Band Wagon is the film Fred Astaire’s career was culminating to: his best film in my view. Like Ninotchka with Greta Garbo or A Star Is Born with Judy Garland, this was the role he was born to play; one catered to his on-screen persona. Fred Astaire is Tony Hunter! An ageing hoofer who no longer is the star he once was. The Band Wagon contains little references to Astaire’s past: from Bill... read more

A classic

2 years, 2 months ago at Dec 8 11:32
1 vote
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was on the ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ list, I was quite eager to check it out. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of musicals but I have to admit that this one was actually pretty good. Indeed, what I enjoyed the most was that Fred Astaire was playing a different character than usual, some kind of washed-up inse... read more

The Band Wagon

10 years, 1 month ago at Jan 13 22:23
1 vote
Revisiting The Band Wagon only heightened some of my first and distinct impressions of the overall film. It is a series of glorious, isolated moments that rank among the best of the movie musical and MGM’s already hefty output during this era, but when strung together it does not add up to something truly great. The threadbare plot and hodgepodge ideas feel in search of a deeper function until t... read more
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Description: The Band Wagon (1953) marked the culmination of a series of near-autobiographical pictures Fred Astaire made for MGM following his return from premature retirement in the late '40s. Astaire plays Tony Hunter, a fading film star (his big hit: Flying Down to Panama) who decides to return to his former glory, the Broadway stage. (In 1931, Astaire had starred on Broadway with sister Adele in The Band Wagon, a revue that lent some of its songs to this film.) His playwright-songwriter friends (Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant) hook him up with Broadway's hottest director, Jeffrey Cordova (a nicely hammy Jack Buchanan), who proves that ... (more)
Release date: 7 August 1953
UPC: 012569698420
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A classic

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