Finian's Rainbow ()

directed by Francis Ford Coppola
featuring Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn

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Nearly 20 years after it opened on Broadway, the E.Y. Harburg/Fred Saidy musical Finian's Rainbow was committed to film. Set in the mythical southern state of Missitucky, the story involves the whimsical Irishman Finian (Fred Astaire) and his daughter Sharon (Petula Clark) arriving in the community carrying a crock of gold, which they've stolen in the Auld Sod from Ogg the Leprechaun (Tommy Steele). Finian believes that if he buries the crock on American soil, it will grow into an even larger treasure--just as Fort Knox did ...

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Mar 9, 2018

A Fun and Quirky Musical

I find the movie to be refreshing and itelligent with a lot of humor in it (such as, "What has America got that Ireland doesn't?" "More Irishmen?".


Apr 3, 2010

Fool's Gold At The Rainbow's End

TITLE: Finian's Rainbow
GENRE: Musical/Dance
CAST: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Don Francks, Tommy Steele, Barbara Hancock, Keenan Wynn and Al Freeman Jr.
PLOT: A Irishman with foolish thoughts of wealth steals a leprechauns pot of gold and plans to plant it in America so it will grow. He drags his maiden daughter with him on the adventure. The High Council of Leprechauns sends one of their own to retrieve it. To tell the resolution of the pot of gold would give away the ending.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 8 of 10; Rock 'n' Roll killed the musical format. Although it had been dying on its own for half a decade. One thing missing from many of those recent efforts was good old fashioned lead actor dancing (all the others in that time use chorus line dancing). As a genre rescue effort, Fred Astaire was the right choice. he's just the best hoofer we ever developed. Sadly this turned out to be his last leading dance role. Well, when one door closes, another usually opens and in this case it was for Francis Ford Coppola as a director. This is his first film directed for a major studio. The songs are all excellent though they haven't survived the music revolution (Exception: "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"
DVD BONUS: An archieval feature of the premiere on Broadway of the movie. a commentary overdubbing by Coppola (we hear him sing some of the tunes) and a theatrical trailer.
ADDED NOTES: There are some racial stereotypes played upon which result from the original play being from the forties. Such presentations would prevent a network from showing this film in this politically correct era. The only way to see Al Freeman do his 'strut-mossie-walk' is to get this film for yourself.

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