What proof do you have that this man is Santa Claus? When post office employees bring sacks of mail into the courtroom for Mr. Kringle, we have no choice but to BELIEVE! (Miracle On 34th Street)
The pat-a-cake bit that helped Bing Crosby and Bob Hope escape almost every tight spot they got into (The "Road" Pictures)
classic quotes Here's lookin' at you, kid... --Bogie! (Casablanca)
Today (today...today...) I consider myself (myself...myself...) to be the luckiest man (man...man...) on the face of the earth. --Lou Gehrig's famous speech echoes throughout the ballpark, as spoken by Gary Cooper (The Pride Of The Yankees) Read about it!
A toast....to my big brother George, the richest man in town. --Harry Bailey's eloquent toast (It's A Wonderful Life)
Let's put on a show! --Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and friends
serials Many happy Saturdays were spent at the theater enjoying cliffhanger serials. Space aliens were vanquished, ranches were saved, mobsters were caught and natives were tamed, all within the confines of 12 to 15 weekly episodes.
This Is The Army was a star-studded musical extravaganza written by Irving Berlin and produced by Billy Rose. The cast included actual servicemen who were professional entertainers in their civilian lives. The show enjoyed a lengthy run at Madison Square Garden and raised millions of dollars for army charities. Following the New York engagement, it embarked on a world tour and was made into a feature film.
Oklahoma! was revolutionary in many ways. It set the style for a new generation of stage musicals and was one of the first shows to truly integrate the plot and musical numbers. Unlike past musicals, the story didn't stop when the lead characters began to sing. The songs and dances actually contributed to the plot and moved the storyline forward.
In the past, popular showtunes were released as individual songs on records and sheet music. The recording may have featured the original star who made the song famous, but the arrangement generally did not resemble the stage performance. In 1943, Oklahoma! was the first album to recreate the songs from a Broadway show exactly as they were heard on stage. By using the same singers, musicians and arrangements as the stage version, an original cast album was considered a souvenir of the Broadway performance.
The first Tony Awards were given out in 1947.
On Broadway, the timeless tale of two college students in need of a chaperone received both the comedic treatment (Charley's Aunt) and the musical comedy treatment (Where's Charley?).