My favourite clip by my favourite Queen of the Shimmy!! A winner in your random survey if ever I saw one! Jx
It's Mitzi at her Mitzi-est!
My how she shimmy's! My how she shines! That girl is working those bugle beads.
That dress is definitely worth the price of admission!
Do you suppose it fell to one of the Safety Gays to comb it out after every show?
They probably fought over it! And it wasn't pretty.
I've always loved this song, even back when it was a humble bossa nova tune, and I think this number is close to being the epitome of American style variety show number. Brava! (And that goes for the dancers as well.)
One of my favorite bossa nova tunes, too! Vai, vai, vai, vai! (Caterina Valente does a fabulous version, as well.) As for this production number, well, it definitely sums up The Redundant Variety Hour aesthetic! It works on all levels: as camp, but also as sheer fabulosity.
And that reminds me ... a while back, I read Paul Rudnick's book, I Shudder, and took away one interesting tidbit: the always aiming-for-fabulous, caftan-wearing Allan Carr was positively obsessed with Ms. Gaynor.
I love it! It makes perfect sense.
Is that another Bob Mackie number? You all nailed it......The dress, the shimmy. I love those musical routines from her 70's specials. It's really seems to be what this blog is all about. In my estimation she's up there with Dolores Gray.
I want a bevy of dancing Monte Markhams heralding my arrival on a swing! Or at least Monte Beragons.
Monte Markham! Oh my god I forgot all about him!! I may have had a crush on him at one time.
I love how her Chorus Boys are really Chorus Men!I know I saw a few Mitzi costumes at a Bob Mackie exhibit at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC many years ago and this could have been one of them, but after a while I was stricken with Bugle Bead Blindness. And Monte Markham...... a younger me would spin and swoon!BrianB