Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing

These are just a few of the men who are able to convey utter joy through dancing and whom I find highly entertaining.

Danny Kaye, seen here in one of my favorite songs from White Christmas (in which he and the lovely Vera-Ellen really define the art of pole dancing) is just plain wonderful. His few lines delivered after the dance are hilarious. I love watching him on screen.

Though a little younger than Kaye, Donald O’Connor was to play the role of Phil Davis in White Christmas, but in another bit of irony, fell ill due to a disease from the mule, of Francis, the Talking Mule fame. I’ve linked to a previous post about the sheer happiness his tap dance as part of “Good Morning” team from Singing in the Rain brings. Yes, Gene Kelly is awesome, but Donald is awesome AND hilarious.

And finally, Dick Van Dyke, whose dancing talents were somewhat lost on me in my youth (despite being a big fan of The Dick Van Dyke Show), but whose recent jig at the end of Night at the Museum renewed my interested in his abilities and sparked a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang evening at my house. I couldn’t find his bit in Night at the Museum, so instead, I hope you enjoy the following new-to-me clip combining Dick Van Dyke, the incomparable Mary Tyler Moore, Christmas, and dancing!

And, as if this weren’t enough joy to sustain one for an afternoon, I leave you with this extra bit of delight: Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian is expected to be out May 22, 2009, starring most of the original cast (including Dick Van Dyke) and starring Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart, no less!


Deb said...

How about one of the most joyful dancing videos I've ever seen, this year's Dancing with Matt:

Lynne said...

Been loving that one for several months now! Thanks for the reminder, Deb.

Lynne said...

Remedial Respondent strikes again!

That was supposed to link to my June 25 post on the Matt Hardin video. I love the music, too.

Lynne said...

This is my last erratum on this post, I hope:

Matt Harding.

There. I feel much better now.