This Glimpse of Hollywood’s Golden Age Will Get You So Excited

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Trump Impeachment II. Slow COVID-19 vaccine rollouts. Endless school closures. Indoor dining bans. The U.S. Capitol surrounded by barbed wire. Blizzards of executive orders. Fifteen Americans killed in avalanches. 

How are you enjoying 2021 so far?

In what feels like the fourteenth month of 2020, Americans can be forgiven for not being terribly cheerful. There is enough to leave everyone grumpy — Left, Middle, and Right.

So, stop whatever you’re doing and watch this delightful, amazing video from editor extraordinaire Tony Coates. By Internet viewer Fabrice Emanuel Ory’s count, Coates has assembled 120 dazzling clips from motion picture musicals, nearly all from the halcyon days of Hollywood’s studio system. Coates has set them to the tune of The Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited.” Fred Astaire, Kevin Bacon, James Cagney, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Ann Margret, the Ritz Brothers, and dozens of other stars of the 1930s to ’80s — but mainly the ’40s and ’50s — tap, spin, and swing in perfect rhythm with that 1982 hit. This is a testament to Coates’ patient research skills, bravura editing talents, and supremely high taste.

More than anything else, this 5:58 video is a bittersweet reminder of the spectacular and abundant artistry that graced the entertainment industry in decades past and the more limited creative skills found in Hollywood today.

Please watch this and brighten your day:

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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