That’s Entertainment Friday and The Aquamusical
September 2, 2011 3 Comments
It’s Friday! Watch this! It will make your life better. It has giant plumes of colored smoke, and seahorses.
That’s Entertainment is a big giant love letter to the musical, from Hollywood, to Hollywood. I had the original VHS of it, and watched it, oh, about a thousand times. This clip came up because I watched Esther Williams’ first aquamusical, Bathing Beauty, and was getting itchy sitting through two hours and to wait for only 1 scene of actual aquamusicality. That one scene does satisfy, but I recommend just fast forwarding to the end to see all the fire, water, and women in large chartreuse hats.
The other really quite astounding moment in Bathing Beauty is this, which you should watch for the shoes alone:
By the way, there is more organ (heh) in this movie than swimming. There is more everything in this movie than swimming. But, maybe Hollywood hadn’t figured Esther out yet. I forgive them. They made up for it eventually.
And the movie does start with this charming card, which I would like as a bookplate on my one day bestselling, scandalous autobiography (ghostwritten, of course): Cheap Seats: Who Says Sequins Aren’t a Girl’s Best Friend!:
May you dive from a trapeze swinging out of purple smoke into a small ring surrounded by smiling couples this Labor Day weekend,