Thoroughly Modern Millie

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Product Description Theatrical Trailer Recommendations Julie Andrews is at her peak of adorability in this enjoyable (and surprisingly sarcastic) spoof of the It has every trick: occasional silent-movie intertitles, flapper lingo (“Oh, banana oil”), and a laughable…

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Not only is Thoroughly Modern Millie a zany romantic spoof of the Roaring Twenties, it’s a musical that won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score! Julie Andrews stars as Millie, an innocent country girl who comes to the big city searching for a husband. Along the way she becomes the secretary of the rich and famous Trevor Graydon (John Gavin), befriends the sweet Miss Dorothy (Mary Tyler Moore), fights off white slaver Mrs. Meers (Beatrice Lillie) and hooks up with a full of life paper clip salesman, Jimmy (James Fox). After all it takes a rich nutty jazz baby like Muzzy (Carol Channing) to get to the bottom of a lot of these complications, give a great party, and match up lovers.

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    Julie Andrews is at her peak of adorability in this enjoyable (and surprisingly sarcastic) spoof of the 1920s. It has every trick: occasional silent-movie intertitles, flapper lingo (“Oh, banana oil”), and a laughable plot about women being sold into white slavery by the scheming manageress (splendid Beatrice Lillie) of a Hotel for Ladies, aided by a cabal of wicked Chinese. (The stereotypes are bearable only if you needless to say it is a spoof of silent movie melodrama.) Even with able fortify from Mary Tyler Moore and James Fox, this is Julie’s show; she plays to the camera with the collusion of director George Roy Hill, who’s clearly smitten with her silly streak. The movie has an annoying tendency to spend time on musical numbers–a Jewish wedding, a vaudeville act–that do not serve the plot. A future Broadway musical would create a new score, apart from for the delightfully catchy title tune. –Robert Horton

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