Sunday, December 25, 2011

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

Disney / Buena Vista, 1968, Color, 110 minutes, ****

Released March, 1968

A really fun film, based on a true story and featuring some incomparable talent. Just may be Disney's best live-action musical. The "West o' the Wide Missouri" dance number is one of the best ever filmed, ranking right up there (well, almost) with the Barn Dance in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" in Carousel; made all the more fun today by a very early screen appearance of a high-stepping dancer who was yet to become a major star: Goldie Hawn!

Produced by: Bill Anderson

Directed by: Michael O'Herlihy

Screen Story and Screenplay by: Lowell S. Hawley

From a book by: by Laura Bower Van Nuys (The family band: from the Missouri to the Black Hills, 1881-1900)

Music and Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Music Supervised, Arranged and Conducted by: Jack Elliott

Music Editor: Evelyn Kennedy

Choreography by: Hugh Lambert

Art Directors: Carroll Clark, Herman Allen Blumenthal

Set Decorators: Emile Kuri, Hal Gausman

Matte Artist: Alan Maley

Costumes Designed by: Bill Thomas

Make-Up: Gordon Hubbard

Hair Stylist: La Rue Matheron

Sound Supervisor: Robert O. Cook

Director of Photography: Frank Phillips

Color by Technicolor

Film Editor: Cotton Warburton

Cast: Starring: Walter Brennan [Grandpa Bower], Buddy Ebsen [Calvin Bower], Lesley Ann Warren [Alice Bower], John Davidson [Joe Carder], Janet Blair [Katie Bower], Co-Starring: The Bower Children: Kurt Russell [Sidney], Bobby Rhia [Mayo], John Walmsley [Quinn], Smitty Wordes [Nettie], Heidi Rook [Rose], Debbie Smith [Lulu], Pamelyn Ferdin [Laura], and: Wally Cox [Mr. Wampler], Richard Deacon [Charlie Wrenn], With: Steve Harmon [Ernie Stubbins], Goldie Jean Hawn [Giggly Girl], John Craig [Frank], Jonathan Kidd [Telegrapher]

Musical Program: [0:00] The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (sung and marched by the Bower Family); [0:04] The Happiest Girl Alive (sung by Lesley Ann Warren); [0:15] Let's Put It Over with Grover (sung and danced by the Bower Family, reprised throughout film); [0:22] Ten Feet Off the Ground (sung and danced by the Bower Family); [0:32] Dakota (sung by John Davidson and Chorus); [0:38] Dakota (reprised by the Bower family and Chorus); [0:45] Let's Put It Over with Grover (reprised by the Bower family); [0:54] 'Bout Time (sung by John Davidson and Lesley Ann Warren); [1:04] Drummin' Drummin' Drummin' (sung and marched by Walter Brennan and School Children); [1:27] West o' the Wide Missouri (big production number sung and danced by Ensemble and Chorus, including Walter Brennan, Janet Blair, John Davidson, Buddy Ebsen, Lesley Ann Warren, and a cute young gal named Goldie Jeanne Hawn); [1:34] Let's Put It Over with Grover (reprised by Mens Chorus); [1:25] Oh, Benjamin Harrison (sung by John Davidson and Mens Chorus); [1:45] 'Bout Time (reprised by John Davidson and Lesley Ann Warren); [1:48] The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (played by Orchestra and sung by Chorus, marched by the Company behind end credits)

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