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Hollywood Movie Musicals in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles L-M

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La La Land
"A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. This original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing dreams."

L'il Abner
"Based on the beloved cartoon strip from Al Capp, Li'l Abner takes place in the hillbilly town of Dogpatch. When the city is chosen as a test site for A-bombs, its colorful citizens take up the good fight, with lots of fun and merriment."

A Little Night Music
"Middle-aged Frederick Egerman has been patiently waiting a year for his young bride Anne to consummate their marriage. But unbeknownst to Frederick, his son Erich is also in love with Anne. To complicate matters, Frederick's former mistress Desiree Armfeldt arrives in town-- but Desiree is having a clandestine affair with the husband of the Countess Mittelheim! The mismatched couples in this delightful bedroom farce are all invited to a country estate where their lives (and loves) are inevitably sorted out."

Lost Horizon
"Based on the classic James Hilton novel. The ambitious musical remake of the Frank Capra classic. With deleted Burt Bacharach songs and sequences restored to the theatrical version of the film. When a group of passengers survive a plane crash in the Himalayas they end up in the mystical world of Shangri-La, an idyllic oasis where art, culture and the knowledge of the world are treasured."

Love Me Tonight
"A Parisian tailor begins a whirlwind romance with a princess after pretending to be a member of the nobility himself."

The Love Parade
"Count Alfred has disgraced his home country of Sylvania with one too many scandalous affairs with married women, and the ambassador of Sylvania commands him to return home. Alfred's manservant, Jacques, begs to come along, and his master relents. Alfred, burdened with a newly acquired French accent that makes him sound most un-Sylvanian, fears the wrath of his queen. But instead of having him shot, she falls in love with him, and he with her. The entire kingdom, which has had nothing on its mind except seeing the queen get married, is thrilled. As Jacques and Lulu the maid conduct their own romance, reveling in their commonness, Alfred discovers at the altar that his own marriage will be most uncommon - and a dire threat to his manhood. He may be marrying a queen, but he most definitely won't be a king..."

Love Me or Leave Me
"Jazz age singing sensation Ruth Etting had it all, but it took more than talent to make it big. Her rise to fame at the hands of her Chicago gangster boyfriend turned her life off stage into a world of fear and abuse."

Mame
"The musical revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child, Patrick Dennis. Her adventures take us from the speak-easies of the roaring 20's to the depression following the great Stock Market crash. She is rescued by a wealthy Southern plantation owner, marries and is widowed suddenly, and through it all, manages to keep things under control. With some help from her dearest friend, Vera Charles, she helps keep things at 3 Beekman Place a rousing free-for-all."

Mamma Mia!
"20-year-old Sophie is preparing to marry at her mother's hotel on a Greek island. She has a carefree life, a loving fiancee, and great friends. She is only missing one thing: a father. By reading her mother's diary she discovers that she has three possible fathers. Sophie secretly invites all three men to the wedding in a desperate bid to discover which of them is her father. But not all goes according to plan. Now, old loves are re-kindled, new loves are formed, and Sophie risks everything to discover the true identity of her father."

Mammy
"As the star of Meadow's Merry Minstrels, Al Fuller (Al Jolson) lands a backer for the show, springboarding the troupe to success, but when a jealous co-star puts real bullets in Fuller's stage gun, Al finds himself charged with attempted murder."

Man of la Mancha
"The story of Don Quixote, a chivalrous knight who chooses to see life as it should be, not as it is."

Mary Poppins
"An irrepressible nanny soars out of the London skies, bringing a carpetbag of magical adventures into the lives of the Banks family on Cherry Tree Lane. Blends live-action and animation."

Maytime
"One of the top-grossing films of 1937, Maytime is the poignant, glorious musical that has long been acknowledged as a supreme masterpiece of its genre. See and hear Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy at the height of their vocal powers and popularity."

Meet Me in St. Louis
"St. Louis 1903. The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters, including Esther and little Tootie. 17-year old Esther has fallen in love with the boy next door who has just moved in, John. He however, barely notices her at first. The family is shocked when Mr. Smith reveals that he has been transfered to a nice position in New York, which means that the family has to leave St. Louis and the St. Louis Fair."

The Merry Widow (Ernest Lubitsch)
"The merry widow of the title is Sonia, the wealthy and beautiful young woman from the tiny European country, Marshovia. When she moves to Paris, she is courted by the suave Prince Danilo who needs her money to save his country from financial ruin."

The Merry Widow (Lana Turner)
"After the King of Marshovia invites her to visit her late husband's homeland, wealthy American Crystal Radek takes off for Paris when she discovers it's a plot to marry her off so she can pay the Marshovian debt. Followed by Count Danilo, who's been ordered by the King to woo her, Crystal finds that she's attracted to the man although they've never been introduced. Posing as a chorus girl, Crystal quickly wins his heart."

Les Misérables
"In early 19th century France the paroled prisoner Jean Valjean seeks redemption, regains his social standing, and rises to the rank of mayor. He encounters a beautiful but desperately ill woman named Fantine and cares for her daughter, Cosette, after her death. All the while he is obsessively pursued by the policeman Javert, who vows to make him pay for the crimes of his past."

Monte Carlo
"Countess Vera von Conti checks into Monte Carlo. She's down to her last 10,000 francs and has fled from her husband-to-be, Prince Otto von Seibenehim. At a casino, Count Rudolph Falliere is taken by Countess Vera's beauty and persuades her into letting him stroke her hair for good luck. Because of this, Vera assumes Rudolph is a hairdresser and hires him. Rudolph in love with Vera calls her every night and sings to her. Vera also in love with Rudolph must fire him to marry the Duke -for financial reasons. One night at the opera, Vera notices Rudolph in the VIP box. She realizes he has lied to her about his social status, but, perhaps they they may marry..."

The Music Man
"Confidence man Harold Hill arrives at staid River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy's marching band, then skip town with the money since he has no music skill anyway. Things go awry when he falls for a librarian he tries to divert from exposing him while he inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music."

My Fair Lady
"Gloriously witty adaptation of the Broadway musical about Professor Henry Higgins, who takes a bet from Colonel Pickering that he can transform unrefined, dirty Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady, and fool everyone into thinking she really is one, too! He does, and thus young aristocrat Freddy Eynsford-Hill falls madly in love with her. But when Higgins takes all the credit and forgets to acknowledge her efforts, Eliza angrily leaves him for Freddy, and suddenly Higgins realizes he's grown accustomed to her face and can't really live without it."

My Gal Sal
"The short but colorful life of turn-of-the-last-century tunesmith Paul Dresser is given a lavish treatment as Rita Hayworth and Victor Mature give star wattage to this delightful and snappy musical." - Container