The History of Hollywood, Home Economics and Other Letters to the Editor

Moving Pictures

To the Editor:

To J. Hoberman’s roundup of books on the history of Hollywood (June 13), add Jeanine Basinger’s 2019 “The Movie Musical!” Starting with Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer” in 1927, it’s all there — Eddie Cantor, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Busby Berkeley, Lena Horne, Shirley Temple, Barbra Streisand and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, among many others. Plus: musical directors, the Broadway shows made into movies, biopics about composers, singers and dancers, operettas, animated musicals and insights into why certain stars in Broadway musicals never made it to stardom in Hollywood.

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