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"It was just like a fantasy."


By Julie D. Griffin

A 1978 high school musical film, Grease and what thoughts of Fred and Ginger Astaire made the way for Johnnie Casino & The Gamblers. If only I could have a guardian angel to tell me what to do. "A teenage n'er do well, beauty school dropout," some good advice from a premier Frankie Avelone. "Turn in your teasin' comb and go back to high school." Gotta be going to that malt shop in the sky he tell who he hopes the would be teen angel. There had not been a musical of that nature done for a little while. But once Grease, now always Grease. A sudden found 50's like phenomena. "Like a big wave biting a beach." Charming two different stories, Sandy (Olivia Newton John) goes out on a date with a male friend, Danny (John Travolta) and as the two relate the story of the date to the two separate groups of female and male friends, the main thing to remember is that her story is the right story.

Doris Day and Sandra Dee own what one thing in common according to the brand new streetwise friend of Sandy, as she makes friends at a slumber party with mean girls, two opposing ideals of the dating scene emerge. Her new bad girl friend Rizzo admits, "I'm gonna get my kicks while I'm still young to get them." The film continuously goes back to the one most important thing about relationships. The kind of romance which leads to love and commitment. After the high school dance hosted by KZAZ-TV and a parody on American Bandstand, named National Bandstand, the announcer makes a call to the dance group to go to nationwide television, and all cars with burning flames aside, romance surfaces as the hot topic of the day along with some other highlights. The choreography, greased lightning, the romance, the strange use of a blow torch for a lighter, and of course La Bamba.

Miss Murdoch, who makes continual mistaken announcements over the school P.A. System, does kind of help Travolta to understand at the close of a possible deep romantic heartache about why real love must happen. "Stranded at the drive-in branded a fool," he sings crying. Perhaps the sadness of the musical at the one important scene of the prior broadway play, reminds one of some undertone of Westside Story. "Well, then why am I glad Tom is such a simple person?" Rydell High School rules though coincide with Danny at first as he does not seem to understand anything the value of pure life. After he gets a letter though, and Olivia pretends to take a walk on the wild side to snap him to shape, and only stands on the edge of the cliff to teach him about real love, he began to understand why he joined the sport world, and the opposite of his true desires just to impress her.


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