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May 24, 2011 > Classic Movie Musicals Come to Town

Classic Movie Musicals Come to Town

What do Fred Astaire, Ruby Keeler, James Cagney and Frank Sinatra have in common? They, along with Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers and other top stars of classic American film can be seen this summer in a series of musicals being shown at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont.

Each film in the series showcases a different era in movie musicals; they will be presented in the order in which they were released. "We're very excited about being able to offer these movies they way they were meant to be seen - on a big screen and using vintage film projectors," says museum president Dorothy Bradley.

May 27: 42nd Street
The Busby Berkeley film that set a standard for visual extravagance that rivals the eye candy of modern films - all of it done without computer-generated graphics. The film stars Ruby Keeler, Warner Baxter, George Brent and Ginger Rogers, and features classic songs such as "Shuffle Off to Buffalo."

June 10: Top Hat
Starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This film was their third on-screen pairing, and fans regard it as the best of the 10 films they made together. Its strong score features "Cheek to Cheek," "No Strings" and other songs by Irving Berlin.

July 1: Yankee Doodle Dandy
Starring James Cagney in his greatest performance, as the all-American showman George M. Cohan, the film is packed with song and dance, including Cohan tunes such as "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Give My Regards to Broadway,"

July 22: On the Town
A more modern musical "On The Town" stars singing heartthrob Frank Sinatra and consummate song and dance man Gene Kelly as a couple of sailors on 24-hour leave in New York City. Filmed in color and partly on location in Manhattan (a rarity for musicals at that time).

Dirk Lorenz, proprietor of Fremont Flowers, one of the local businesses sponsoring the series says, "This is a chance to bring fun, family-friendly entertainment to Fremont at a family-friendly price. I'm looking forward to watching Fred and Ginger dance across the screen."

Popcorn and other snacks will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Andrew MacRae at (510) 589-5003 or the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum at (510) 494-1411 or online at

Classic Movie Musicals
Friday, May 27; June 10; July 1, 22
7:30 p.m.
$5 suggested donation
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 494-1411 or (510) 589-5003

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