Wednesday, April 21, 2010

You see, if you think nice things, all doors open to you.

5. Jane Powell

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Favorite dance: "How Could You Believe Me" from Royal Wedding

I realize that Jane Powell is a little more well known for her singing than for her dancing but, frankly, I prefer watching her dance to hearing her sing. This scene has long been one of my favorites, but I'm often forgetting Royal Wedding. I seem to have this strange, lingering memory that it was a boring movie so I never think to watch it, despite the fact that all of the musical numbers are fantastic (even the dance following the ballad is funny). I like her fiery temper in this scene, and, ironically, how cool she is (I used to try and imitate her all the time when I was a kid), and how much fun she seems to have when dancing. I've heard that when Fred would dance, he'd sometimes mutter, "Now you're dancing!" to his partner. It could well be that it's in the script or something, but when he shouts, "Hey!" during this dance, I like to imagine that we're finally getting to witness that enthusiasm. It's so exciting! I suppose there are many dances of which I wish I could learn the choreography, but this is definitely one of them. It looks so fun. I also love her dress, but that's for another day..

By the way, I discovered this photo in my search. How cute is she?
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  1. Haha, she's cute. I love the crazy outfits in the clip!

  2. Woohoo!!! I say that quote almost every time a door opens that I thought was locked! Unfortunately, no one ever gets it.... : )

    Royal Wedding is one of my favorite musicals (definitely in the top 10), and Jane Powell is probably my favorite of Fred's leading ladies - MAYBE she's tied with Ginger.

    lol. My brother and I used to do that number (minus the tap-dancing) when we were little! Years later, my mom finally realized what we were imitating when he crawled backwards and I pointed at him yelling, "Dirty rotten liar!" : D


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