Thursday, February 4, 2010

Night 4 of "The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway"

It’s that time again! So hurry in all you Kool Kats, grab a seat and enjoy "The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway". The Lounge has invited a few of the hippest shops to the party and we have come up with two great goodie bags for two lucky winners.

The giveaway will showcase some of The Lounge’s favorite romance theme movies. A new movie will be posted each night between February 1st and 14th. All past movie will be listed on the sidebar. You are welcome to leave a comment on each movie. There will also be clues for the next nights movie tweeted on Twitter. All of which will get you entries in the giveaway.

Please click here to visit the giveaway’s main page. You can see all the great shops participating, the two fabulous goodie bags, lots and lots of extra ways to enter and all the fine print details.

There will also be music selections from that night's movie to listen too. You'll find them on The Lounge's little red jukebox over on the sidebar. That night's songs will always be at the top of the playlist followed by a wide variety of love songs. The night's seclections will also be listed below with the movie review.

So enjoy the movies, enjoy the shops, enjoy the music and most of all have fun and enjoy....

"The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway"

Night 4... "Grease"
It's peachy keen jelly bean
Music selections from the movie on the jukebox
1. Grease
2. Summer Lovin'
3. Hopelessly Devoted To You
4. Greased Lightning
5. We Go Together
Tagline - Grease is the word
Directed by Randal Kleiser (Blue Lagoon, White Fang and Honey I Blew Up The Kid) and released on June 16, 1978 by Paramount Pictures. Good Girl Sandy (Olivia Newton John) and Bad Boy Danny (John Travolta) spend the summer together falling in love. All is good because Sandy is heading back home to Australia and they will never see each other again. But wait...Sandy's family decided to stay. And now she is enrolling in the same high school. Will their love be torn apart by the social differences of their friends? Or will summer lovin' turn out to be true love?
This is teen love circa the 50's by way of the 70's. It's my favorite musical. I love that it's set in the 50's and, being a child of the '70s, it's fun to see just how much 70's influence there is on the movie. It's funny, it's cool, it's sweet, it's silly and you know you love to sing along with it! 8)
I mean what girl didn't want to be a "Pink Lady"? And, having been a hair dresser in earlier years of my life, I find the whole "Beauty School Dropout" bit to be most fun. Got to love Frenchy's pink hair.
So, if you haven't seen it for awhile, take a night to indulge. It's well worth it. Just be prepared to be singing the songs for the next week.
A little trivia...
1.   Henry Winkler, who became a sensation as "Fonzie" on "Happy Days" (1974), was considered for the role of Danny Zuko. However, he turned down the role for fear of being typecast.
2.  Susan Dey and Deborah Raffin were the first choices for the role of Sandy (Dey declined the role after her manager advised against it). Marie Osmond later claimed on "Larry King Live" (1985) that she had been also been offered the role but declined "on moral grounds" though she later admitted this to be untrue.
3. Due to a zipper breaking, Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into the trousers she wears in the last sequence (the carnival at Rydell).
4. Jeff Conaway had to walk slightly stooped so that John Travolta would appear taller.
5. When Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, her character's background had to be changed to accommodate Newton-John's own background. In the original Broadway musical Sandy was an all-American girl and her last name was Dumbrowski. In the movie version, she became Sandy Olsson, foreign-exchange student from Australia. Also, because of Newton-John's casting, John Farrar (Newton-John's frequent songwriter) had to write two new songs for the film while other songs from the Broadway musical were dropped.
6. Several musical numbers were not used in the film. They appear, however, as jukebox tunes, or band numbers at the high school dance. Among them "Freddy, My Love", "Those Magic Changes", and "It's Raining on Prom Night" all of which were performed by characters in the stage musical.
7. Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Rizzo.
8. The film was released in Spain as Brilliantina (Brilliantine) - because its English title translated as "fat" in Spanish.
9. Danny's blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
10. The scene in Frenchy's bedroom while Rizzo is singing the line about Elvis was actually filmed the same day that Elvis Presley died.
11. Randal Kleiser hated the opening title song, "Grease" (he thought that the cynical lyrics and disco beat were inappropriate for a film set in the 1950s).
12. In the song "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee", it originally references Sal Mineo in the stage version. However, due to Mineo's murder the year before shooting began the reference was given to Elvis Presley.
13. The official premiere after-party was at Studio 54.
14. The original Broadway production opened at the Eden Theater on February 14, 1972 and ran for 3,388 performances, setting a record. Adrienne Barbeau and Barry Bostwick were in the original Broadway cast. John Travolta appeared at some time as a replacement on Broadway in the role of "Doody". Marilu Henner, an alumnus of the original Chicago production, appeared as a replacement in the role of "Marty". Patrick Swayze and Treat Williams were both replacements as Danny Zuko. Richard Gere is also listed as an understudy to many male roles, including Danny Zuko. Gere played Zuko in the London production in 1973.
15. Rydell High is a reference to teen idol Bobby Rydell who had a million selling hit with "Swingin' School" in 1960.
16. The production had a product placement plan with Coca-Cola, but it fell through. The Coke products were taken out or blurred. There is a huge hanging picture/advertisement in the diner that was blurred out. Photos on the inside flaps of the soundtrack album have Pepsi products.
Please make sure to visit The Giveaway's Main Page to see the two goodie bags and all the wonderful shops who donated them.


  1. I just love all the music from Grease

  2. Tomrrow night's movie has to be 50 First Dates.

  3. 50 First Dates was a great show!

  4. I remember watching this movie a decade ago when I was on a Girl Scout bus trip to NYC. Even at that age I couldn't believe the troop leaders would choose a movie with such a poor message to young women as our entertainment en-route. I could never get past the whole idea of changing who you are and giving up your self-esteem to be "cool" enough for some guy.

  5. 50 first dates ...I just saw that movie!

  6. Tomorrow night's movie will be 50 First Dates

    VictoriaPlum953 Twitter

  7. 50 first dates

  8. 50 First Dates!!!! I loved that Movie

  9. defnitley 50 first dates... one of my faves.

  10. 50 first dates!

    Ashley_Star (Twitter)

  11. Tomorrow night's movie is 50 First Dates.

  12. 50 First Dates! Very Cute Movie!

    x0xx Amy Park-Avenue Princess

  13. Can't count the number of times I have seen this movie. It was a staple of my adolescence.