17. Musical

  1. Drew Casper

Published Online: 3 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch17

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

How to Cite

Casper, D. (2011) Musical, in Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch17

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, School of the Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188272

Online ISBN: 9781444395242



  • musical - musical comedy and musical drama;
  • West Side Story's (1961) boxoffice ting-a-ling, UA's Mirisch Bros. - seizing How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967);
  • musical, with its exaltation of the American Dream boy - uniting energetic workers and mobilizing the community;
  • race issue, in Finian's Rainbow - reasons why Warners mounted the show 20 years, after its 1947 premier;
  • use of self-reflexive framing device of putting on the show - still another stab at realism;
  • music and dance of people, less in tune and in step - celebrated popular song and dance;
  • My Fair Lady (WB, 1964), The Sound of Music (TCF, 1965) - and Oliver! (C, 1968) emerging as the most polished adaptations;
  • The Sound of Music, its popularity reaching significant - its effect on genre quantity and “the big kill” policy resulting in financial feast and famine;
  • Funny Girl (C, 1968), having a polish too - with stage/recording/TV/concert sensation Barbra Streisand;
  • musical biography, recounting the life-cradle-to-grave - of a musical entrepreneur/composer/performer


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Musical Comedy and Musical Drama

  • Musical Biography