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Biggest crowd of people in one place ever
I forgot to mention, how at the end of Rosalie's number dancing on the different sized drums, that there was that overhead shot of maybe somewhere between 300 and 500 dancers sitting in that well formed patterned shape, many of them I remember seeing from the dancing parts before Eleanor's drums dance (including those girls in those big, wide authentic looking dresses). Then there were a few hundred more extras running up and crowding in front of them, I'm sure those extras were probably simply called up just to show up there and did not need any sort of training and rehearsing like all those dancers did I'm sure
Another great 1930s film
Rosalie was another film in the same style of the Broadway melody films, The Busby Berkeley films such as Gold diggers, Dames, etc., and others such as Everybody sing, The great Ziegfeld, etc. All great. Rosalie has Eleanor Powell teamed with Nelson Eddie, who is a talented opera singer who's friends with rubber legged Ray Bolger. Eleanor shows more of her beauty and dancing talent, and is a royal princess daughter of King and Queen parents Frank Morgan and Edna May Oliver. I loved the romance between Eleanor and Nelson, and I loved the big extravaganza dancing festival in the middle of the film with all those different sets of girls in fancy costume dresses dancing beautifully in patterns, that beautiful row of fountains, other girls in nice dresses singing, Eleanor being carried out on a stand surrounded by many costumed marchers holding torches, Eleanor doing her dance moves down a row of big to little kettle drums. It was an amazing escape to an exquisite fantasy world. And that was not even the only extravagant set sequence.
Leonard Maltin (whom I usually agree with) writes: "Living proof that money alone can't make a good movie." True, the stars lack chemistry and Powell's big tap dance on drums & through hoops of plastic is preposterous. Thatbeingsaid, Eleanor has a marvelous dance in drag with soldiers; the sidekick is the ever-delightful Ray Bolger (I swear he has more lines than Eddy); tubby Billy Gilbert is superb just trying to suppress a sneeze; and who wouldn't want to be a subject in a kingdom ruled by Frank Morgan and Edna May Oliver?
Powell a Power House
- Maria Ramos
Wow, Eleanor Powell is mesmerizing to watch. She takes you away in her fantasy in dance and you wish you could do THAT! She is a phenomena. I set TCM reminders for all of her films to watch. Thank you TCM.
Rosalie, A Forgotten Classic
- Robert Lee
This film needs to be remembered and viewed by all those movie aficionadoes who appreciate great singing and dancing. In his day, Nelson Eddy embodied the finest baritone voice that the movies could offer and Eleanor Powell danced with a beauty and grace that has never been matched in the cinema. The storyline for this film is pure fantasy with a generous dose of schmaltz but it works in its own mysterious and wondeful way. It is a fun film with great comic moments provided by film actors who starred in numerous films of the 20's and 40's. Billy Gilbert, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, and Jerry Colonna provide the laughs and with Nelson and Eleanor providing the romance and spectacle, it is a fun movie experience. Put this one at the top of you must-see list.