The Band Wagon

Synopsis: Tony Hunter, a famous singer/dancer movie star, is feeling washed up and old hat (old top hat, tie and tails to be exact). The reporters are out for Ava Gardner, not him. But his old friends Lily and Les Martin have an idea for a funny little Broadway show and he agrees to do it. But things begin to get out of hand, when bigshot "artistic" director/producer/star Jeffrey Cordova joins the production, proclaims it's a modernistic Faust and insists on hiring a prima ballerina, Gabrielle Gerard, to star opposite Tony, and it's hate at first sight. And her jealous choreographer isn't helping to ease the tension. The show is doomed by pretentiousness. But romance, a "let's put on a show" epiphany, and a triumphant opening are waiting in the wings. After all, this is a musical comedy!
Director(s): Vincente Minnelli
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Those poor movie stars. People just

won't let them alone, will they?

No. I don't know how they stand it.

I'll go my way by myself

like walking under the clouds

I'll go my way by myself

all alone in a crowd

I'll try to apply myself

and teach my heart how to sing

I'll go my way by myself

like a bird on the wing

I'll face the unknown

I'll build a world of my own

No one knows better than I, myself

I'm by myself alone

Tony Hunter! There's Tony Hunter!



Did you kids paint those signs just for me?

That's cute. Piggy.

Let's get rid of this stuff.

This is the biggest surprise I've had.

- Mister, can I have your autograph?

- You certainly can, gal, come here!

That's my wife. Let go.

Don't worry.

I'll get around to you in a minute.

- Who's he?

- Never saw him before in my life.

- Hello, piggy!

- Hello, yourself, you two-headed creep!

Why didn't you say

when you were coming?

We had to ask your agent.

- Why didn't you send us a wire?

- I wanted to sneak in quietly.

Believe me, I didn't have any trouble.

I want to see if you've changed in a year.

No, Les, you haven't changed a bit.

You look desperately ill, as usual.

- What'd you have to say that for?

- Just kidding.

I've been feeling terrible all day.

Kind of faint, light-headed,

a lot of pressure here, queasy inside...

- my pulse...

- You look great.

As for you, that New York pallor

is like a breath of fresh air.

You're too pretty to be a successful writer

and much too pretty to be married to that.

That's the prettiest compliment

I've had all day!

Come on, you two-headed lovebirds,

there's work to be done!

- Now I have here a script of a show!

- Les, you didn't bring it.

It's great. It's the best thing

we've ever written.

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Betty Comden

Betty Comden (born Basya Cohen, May 3, 1917 – November 23, 2006) was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th century. Her writing partnership with Adolph Green, called "the longest running creative partnership in theatre history", lasted for six decades, during which time they collaborated with other leading entertainment figures such as the famed "Freed Unit" at MGM, Jule Styne and Leonard Bernstein, and wrote the musical comedy film Singin' in the Rain. more…

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