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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Those Redheads From Seattle (1953)

When she gets a letter from her husband (Frank Wilcox) that sounds strange, his wife (Agnes Moorehead) and her four daughters (Rhonda Fleming, Teresa Brewer, Cynthia and Kay Bell) leave Seattle for Alaska where he runs a newspaper. When they arrive, they are stunned to find out he has been murdered. Directed by Lewis R. Foster, this was the first musical to be released in 3D. Since I watched it in the standard 2D format, I can't vouch for its effectiveness in 3D but as a musical, it leaves a lot to be desired. The songs are an uninteresting bunch except for the lively Mr. Banjo Man. The movie with its rustic and rowdy setting would seem an ideal subject for a decent musical and the next year, 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS did just that but the film lacks humor and the script is routine. The leading men are an innocuous bunch and the Bell Sisters, apparently a briefly popular singing duo in the 1950s, don't bring much to the party but Fleming looks terrific in Technicolor and Brewer is cute as a button. With Gene Barry, Guy Mitchell and Jean Parker. 

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