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“Roadshows command premium prices and the exclusive firstruns presumably whet appetites for the subsequent runs at regular prices. And they justify financially the greater length, high costs, starrier casts, and whatever else is big about bigness. The roadshow contagion is now so epidemic that almost any picture deal which comes along is very carefully mined for its intermission potential.”–Charles Champlin, The Los Angeles Times, 1967

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46 thoughts on “The Death of the Hollywood Movie Musical

  1. Franco Nero was in Camelot? I'm astonished. Well, at least he went on to better things.

  2. I’ve long found it’s weird that America stopped doing the intermission. I mean, it’s a perfect way to sell more of that hugely profitable popcorn!

  3. I may be among the few but I actually like Hello Dolly. Streisand is very much too young for the role but she was still fun to watch.

  4. I love musicals and I'm sad that they don't really get made into movies anymore.

  5. So what you're saying is dr Doolittle was a piece of garbage so they went ahead and remade it….and history repeats himself

  6. About the same time Momma Mia! came out was Across the Universe which despite having a record number of Beatles songs in it, did lukewarm sales. I only hope the movie Yesterday did better. Grease was not mentioned… maybe it wasn't relevant because there was no roadshow treatment for this picture as well as the previously mentioned movies. The way they were produced, they should have received the now practically extinct roadshow movie treatment. Thank you again for another excellent video … and encouraging individual independent thought by your viewers… a very brave thing to do. 😁

  7. I feel that not adding a "ka-ching" sound effect in "The Sound of Money" after Maria sings "The hills are alive with the sound of-" is a missed opportunity.

  8. I had to cover half of the screen because the "face" i was seeing with the wheels of the weird cart thing of mamma mia as the eyes and the white cable as the mouth was creeping me out XD
    Vid was gr8 tho

  9. tl;dr

    Movie Musicals are popular. So popular they're given a more expensive pre-release that appeals to the upper class, makes more per ticket, and build hype. Suddenly two things happen at once: This trend starts to die, and three films make it go incredibly well. The second part of this causes an influx of movie musicals, and the first part combines with production fuckups to ensure the failure of many films and the loss of many dollars. This failed wave of movie musicals were the end of the industry.

  10. And then, in 2020, they tried Doolittle once again, just this time combined with trying to sell it with big names. It may have been doomed from the start.

  11. The Sound of Music may have been an attempt to regain the success of the 50s musical, but it was and still is an absolutely fantastic film in every sense. It's a little sentimental at times, sure, but touches a lot of dark stuff as well (yeah, remember it's full of Nazis – people amazingly keep forgetting this).

  12. And now Lin Manuel Miranda is taking his shot at reviving the trend…

    I’m honestly so excited for in the heights

  13. Wow, that Dr. Dolittle sounds like a nightmare. I'm sure no studio will ever attempt to make another big-budget Dolittle film ever again!

  14. Wait–the pinnacle of the musical was Jesus Christ Superstar. Is there a Part 2 to this video? 🙂

  15. The film studio/company executives where so confident in the bank-ability of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra, that they were willing to bet their entire business on it. That's incredible.

  16. @Lindsay Ellis I wonder where "How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying)" fit into all of the goings on of that era. It's one of my favorite movies ever, so I just wondered. 🙂

  17. I grew up on movie musicals and I’m surprised that I didn’t really get into musicals til last year

  18. Yeah, continuing to comment "Channing/ Streisand feud"… never knew that happened… best thing ever.

  19. Forgive me, I found your channel less that 2 months ago and I just posted my moose knuckle comment but I have to post again about the "Giraffe stepped on his own cock" line… I apologize I may continue to comment on this video from 2018…

  20. Lindsay Ellis, 2018: The Hollywood Movie musical is dead.

    Cats, 2019: viciously beats its rotting corpse with a stick

  21. Oh, how I wished you brought Lost Horizons into this story. Otherwise brilliant.

  22. I’m glad someone has posted a video who noticed the link between the Broadway Musical and the yearly Summer Blockbuster becoming the big money maker, and eventually a colossal financial disaster, for film studios. The same thing is starting to happen with the blockbuster sequel, remake, reboot and comic book franchise that is the go to cash cow for Disney, Universal, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, et cetera, et cetera. The expected bang for the buck using the same, stale old formula is now experiencing ever diminishing returns. Audiences are bored and insulted by what Hollywood is putting out now, which is why they aren’t going to the theater or buying the movie when it’s released on home video.

  23. I don't know if it's the lighting, the makeup, or a combination of the two but right now you look kind of…
    👁️ 👁️

  24. Is there any way you could start listing the sources of the clips you're using? It's very frustrating when people use clips, photos, music, etc without linking the source.

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