A Mitzi Fix



Let go and let Gaynor!


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  1. My favourite clip by my favourite Queen of the Shimmy!! A winner in your random survey if ever I saw one! Jx

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  2. My how she shimmy's! My how she shines! That girl is working those bugle beads.

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    1. That dress is definitely worth the price of admission!

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    2. Do you suppose it fell to one of the Safety Gays to comb it out after every show?

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    3. They probably fought over it! And it wasn't pretty.

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  3. 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.)

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    1. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. I want a bevy of dancing Monte Markhams heralding my arrival on a swing! Or at least Monte Beragons.

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    1. Monte Markham! Oh my god I forgot all about him!! I may have had a crush on him at one time.

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  7. 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

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