One of the most subtle and sophisticated of the musical comedies that came out of MGM’s Arthur Freed Unit in the ’40s and ’50s, The Band Wagon stars Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter, a movie star whose career is in a downturn. Looking for a boost, Tony decides to try starring in a Broadway musical. His friends Lester and Lily Marton (Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray) have written a show they feel would be just right for Tony, and the three team up with Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan), a self-styled “genius” director, who gets the idea to turn the play into a revised version of Faust. Cordova’s more pretentious ideas don’t always sit well with the Martons, and Tony isn’t too happy with his leggy co-star, Gaby Gerard (Cyd Charisse), whom he’s convinced is too tall (then again, she thinks he’s too old). But when the show proves a disaster in out-of-town tryouts, everyone realizes they have to put aside their differences if they want a show that will be on Broadway for longer than four hours. The Band Wagon featured a rare American appearance for British musical star Jack Buchanan, who does a fine soft-shoe with Fred Astaire on “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan.” Astaire also shines in the numbers “Shine on Your Shoes” and “The Girl Hunt,” a witty Mickey Spillane parody. Source: Rialto Cinemas™
Film starts at 7:15 pm Thursday, February 10. Check Rialto Cinema for showtimes on Saturday and Sunday, February 12 & 13. All seats are $8.
Get to the Classics early as they are popular — or buy tickets in advance (see right column on the Rialto website). The Thursday evening Classics are very popular, so you may want to buy your ticket in advance at the box office or online. Getting to the theater early is always a good idea–for a choice of seating and to order food and drinks.