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A Song in the DarkThe Birth of the Musical Film$
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Richard Barrios

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.001.0001

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“With All Its Original Stage Enchantment”

“With All Its Original Stage Enchantment”

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(p.215) 9 “With All Its Original Stage Enchantment”
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A Song in the Dark
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Richard Barrios

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0010

Broadway musicals were a ready source for the early musicals, and RKO's smash Rio Rita led the way. Some of the adaptations were close, while others strayed wildly from the originals. Among the Broadway stars repeating their stage roles were Irene Bordoni in Paris, and Ziegfeld diva Marilyn Miller in Sally. Such films as No, No Nanette bore less resemblance to the stage success than it did to the thriving backstage genre. Composers DeSylva, Brown and Henderson found their works transferred more successfully than did Rodgers and Hart or Cole Porter. By the time of the most lavish Broadway adaptation, Whoopee!, musicals were in decline, yet with Eddie Cantor, Busby Berkeley, and Technicolor it scored a notable success.

Keywords:   Broadway, Rio Rita, Bebe Daniels, Marilyn Miller, Technicolor, DeSylva, Brown and Henderson, Whoopee, Eddie Cantor, Goldwyn, Busby Berkeley

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