Category Archives: Marilyn Monroe

July 7, 2010, 2:13 pm

She Started A Heat Wave By Making Her Seat Wave; Or, Having Fun With American Studies

Given that we are going into our third day of temperatures topping 100 degrees, I can’t believe no one has posted this yet.

Since this is an academic blog, and a feminist blog, and since I am locked in my study with a small air conditioner roaring away, here is a brief teaching guide to this segment from There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954). An utterly dull period piece about a fictional theater family, this movie is far is better remembered for Ethel Merman’s belting version of the title song that valorizes the heartaches and spiritual rewards of “the business.” The movie also starred legendary dancers Donald O’Connor, Mitzi Gaynor and Johnnie Ray (that’s the group watching from the wings in the crazy pastel “Mexican” outfits) — a who’s who cast in what was even then a dying Hollywood genre, the big budget musical.

This little tidbit of Cold War popular culture, originally…

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August 4, 2009, 12:35 pm

Happy Birthday Mr. President, From Your Favorite Radical

Barack won’t get a party as nice as this one (I hear the Senate Democrats are coming over for ice cream, cake and donkey rides) , but Happy Birthday anyway, Mr. President!