The Band Wagon scores 3.1

The audience for “The Band Wagon”, our showing for April, was quite sharply divided on assessing its merits. One the one hand, many loved the familiar songs and the great dancing from Astaire and Charrise. On the other side, some deplored the weak story-line and the very contrived set-pieces, particularly the rather weak gangster dance sequence. There again, we have to remember this was 1953 and the film-medium was there for entertainment – musicals were an extension of the Broadway review, with a series of pieces designed to highlight the music and dance, all held toegther by a weak thread of story. Today’s flashy special effects would have produced a very different kind of “Band Wagon”