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Naughty but Nice: Bad Girls of Movie Musicals

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Before Madonna and countless others decided to dress up the diva in knowing irony, original glam queens like Marilyn Monroe, Lena Horne, Doris Day, and Rosemary Clooney did it naturally and with enough sex appeal to last a lifetime. This excellent and generous compilation brings the storied screen lives of these and other celluloid dames to wax with 16 original performances from several Hollywood movie musicals. The vaults of MGM and 20th Century Fox are gleaned for fine performances from Pal Joey, Damn Yankees, Kiss Me Kate, and There's No Business Like Show Business. Topping off standout outings by Monroe and Horne, the likes of Gwen Verdon, Ann Miller, Angela Lansbury, Janis Paige, and Anita Ellis also come through with thoroughly entertaining fare. The music of Broadway gets the kind of dressed-up treatment only Tinseltown could provide.

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