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Swing Time (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Beginning with The Jazz Singer in 1927, all the big Hollywood studios made musicals. There was a bit of a lull in the early- 30s, when audiences tired of ones made in the static, early-talkie style of filmed Vaudeville, but movies from two studios changed that. One was 42nd Street (1933), the first of the Warner Bros. backstage musicals, with struggling, working-class singers and dancers and stagehands desperate to stay out of the unemployment lines of the Great Depression. The other was Flying Down to Rio, also 1933, a frothy RKO musical fantasy that, in supporting roles, first paired dancer Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers (she also turns up in a supporting part, as "Anytime Annie," in 42nd Street). Nobody remembers Dolores del Rio and Gene Raymond, the top-billed actors of Flying Down to Rio, but audiences sure fell in love with Astaire and Rogers' dancing.

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Day of the Outlaw (Blu-ray)
by Adam Tyner


"My tongue's salt dry for whiskey. We took that Army pay wagon. We fought hard...shot our way out. For what? To sit around on our butts like this was Sunday school?"
"Captain, you ain't lettin' nature take its course. Men don't act like you make us act here. We've got this town under our thumb, but we ain't gettin' no pleasure out of it."
"Two more days like this is going to seem like two more years. Maybe not even you can keep us in line, Bruhn."
"I gave my word to the people of this town."
"Why? To make you look big and us little?"
"Maybe you better answer, Bruhn."
"You'll drink, fool around, then kill each other over these women. I'm a-ridin' out of here at daybreak with six men."

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