Monday, October 10, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Hollywood Canteen


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 10/10/2016


FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 9 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 27.9 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 5400 miles

SYNOPSIS: A young G.I. returning from WWII finds love and romance in a star studded Hollywood dance hall.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Celebrity worship in the 1940s.  Starry eyed young boys fresh off the farm live their celluloid fantasy near the end of WWII.

PROS AND CONS:  A great film, more for it’s historical significance than anything else.  It is uproariously funny to watch, hokie at times with stellar dance and musical numbers.

This is the stable of Warner Brothers stars during 1944, when America was deep into the second world war, but we also knew that victory would be inevitable.  This is meant to be a postcard from home that the boys on Guam and in Italy could see watch at the USO and be reminded of what they were fighting for.

The film is rich in good old down home American values, apple pie and gosh-darn-shucks silly moments.   Of special interest were the rousing musical numbers by The Andrew Sisters, Roy Rogers, The Golden Gate Quartet, Tommy Dorsey and Joe E. Brown.  


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.