Great Family Musicals of the 50s and 60s

…and NOT-so-great ones.

In 1957 Van Johnson starred in The Pied Piper of Hamelin. The townspeople rhyme throughout the picture and Van dances and sings about 12 times. Could anything be more boring?

scary stage makeup.
technicolor (actually, I like technicolor).
reprises of lame songs. (why? WHHYYY must we repriiiiiiiiiise????)
50s state-of-the-art fx. backward film motion and such.
and you should see his girlfriend’s makeup. it’s almost as brazen as van’s himself. cherry lips and blueberry eyes.


I’d much rather watch Annette Funicello & Tommy Sands in Babes in Toyland. At least that one had Ed Wynn in it, like a 50s family musical is supposed to.


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