in about 100 words or less
US 111m, Colour
Director: Vincente Minnelli; Cast: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan
Borrowing from the original 1931 Broadway musical of the same name, The Band Wagon is a lighthearted self-referential musical comedy. The film’s main character, Tony Hunter is an old-time song and dance man played by Fred Astaire, who like his character attempts to revive his musical and dance career in The Band Wagon. Although shot in colour with music and dance numbers more in tune with the early 1950s, the film’s modest box office success suggests that it was out of step with younger audiences. Best remembered for its recurring musical theme “That’s Entertainment” which has since become a Hollywood standard, The Band Wagon might best be considered Astaire’s last hurrah in the musical (Klaus Ming January 2012).