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The Great Morgan(1945)

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For years this film was considered lost, until a print rediscovered in 1980 stirred up waves of anticipation in classic film fans: did this strange hybrid concoction of a movie, intended only for foreign release and assembled from bits and scraps of MGM musical numbers otherwise doomed for the cutting-room floor, contain the lost "Jitterbug" number excised from The Wizard Of Oz (1939)? Sadly, no, but what it does contain is still worth a look. Starring Frank Morgan as "Frank Morgan", a beleaguered contract player who serendipitously becomes a movie executive, the film's entertaining interludes of rarely seen numbers performed by long-legged Eleanor Powell, Pete Smith, the King Sisters, and Virginia O'Brien are interspersed with cameos from behind-the-scenes contributors like costume designer Irene, art director Cedric Gibbons, and recording engineer (and sister to Norma) Donald Shearer. We still have to wait for the "Jitterbug", though.

By Violet LeVoit

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