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01.16.2013 | | Posted at 11:42 AM

The Movie that Spoofed the King

By David Luhrssen
  There really was a generation gap—a gaping chasm—between the rock’n’rollers and the old school entertainers of the previous era. Nowhere was this more evident than in the 1963 movie Bye Bye Birdie, adapted from a recent Broadway hit. The musical comedy was a spoof of the younger generation inspired by Elvis Presley’s induction into the army and the fan circus surroundin...
09.15.2012 | | Posted at 08:33 AM
By David Luhrssen
  The Howard Hawks-directed film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) became a showcase for the rapidly rising Marilyn Monroe, but was also part of a well-established Hollywood trend. In those years, successful Broadway musicals were turned into movies. Nowadays, it’s usually the other way around. The stage musical of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, with a book by playwright-novelist-bon vi...