Posted 06 June 2013 - 03:55 AM
Powell's a nice hearty girl. She seems most comfortable when she's outfitted in tails or cadet gear. It's hard for women to tap and retain a feminine style (Ginger Rogers was no virtuoso but she could do it). She was likable but not overly appealing as a star personality. She could tap dance and she was fortunate to come along when, at least for a time, that was enough, and she was a star, not just a leading lady. Her solos can be dazzling - the drum number in Rosalie is worth the price of admission. And of course, there's the low camp factor, some of it in dubious taste, like production numbers involving tanks. I wonder if some of those people on the lot were turning out in order to roll their eyes.....
As for dinner and drinks, it would have to be Garland on a good night, not that I would bar the door to Esther or Ellie. A very clever woman, a fine wit, and one of the century's extraordinary talents.
Thanks for reviving this thread, pherank.