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re: Try "Love Me Tonight" - it's incredibly witty, funny, tuneful and delightful nm
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 06:02 pm EDT 08/25/21
In reply to: re: Try "Love Me Tonight" - it's incredibly witty, funny, tuneful and delightful nm - PlayWiz 02:11 pm EDT 08/25/21

I agree with every word in your post. I think when it comes to discussing the greatest musicals of all time, it's important to put film musicals into categories. Love Me Tonight is a 30's book musical based on a play with a completely original score composed specifically for the film. I would compare it to other 30's musicals like Top Hat, Follow the Fleet, Swing Time, and The Wizard of Oz. In that group I would rate it pretty highly.

I don't think it makes much sense to compare Love Me Tonight to a film like Singin' in the Rain, which doesn't have an original score, or Oklahoma!, which is a film version of a Broadway musical.

Love Me Tonight was also made pre-code and (unfortunately) for censorship purposes apparently, it was trimmed of about 15 minutes of footage, which is considered lost.
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