Rick’s Actual/Reel Life: Nonetheless the One That We Need: ‘Grease’ 1978

“Grease” from 1978 continues to be the phrase for enjoyable film musicals, 45 years later! 

The movie model of Grease—the
unique Excessive Faculty Musical—got here out
June 15 in 1978, the summer time after I graduated from Manistique Excessive Faculty in
Higher MI. Grease can also be set principally in
1959, the yr I used to be born. The ’50s nostalgia growth was in full bloom, plus
due to Mother, I used to be very aware of the music and stars of that period.

Olivia Newton-John & Travolta as Sandy & Danny, opposites who entice, “Grease.”

The movie model of Grease
jogged my memory of TV’s pseudo ’50s smash Comfortable
, with out the musical numbers. On the time, I discovered Grease light-weight enjoyable, and particularly loved
the singing and dancing. Having seen it twice since its launch 45 years in the past,
I am a bit extra important and usually settlement with the critics of the period: Grease feels a bit generic, a lot of the
solid are clearly of their early ’30s, the manufacturing is a bit sloppy, and the
humor sitcom-ish. BUT, there are various causes Grease continues to be a well-liked movie favourite: the solid is profitable, songs
are memorable, dancing energetic, and angle good-natured. PLUS, the 2
stars are most interesting. Olivia Newton John is fresh-faced, healthful, and has
the proper ingénue spirit, particularly when singing, if not appearing. AND John
Travolta is the very best cause to observe Grease:
his comedic robust man is caricatured, however charming and charismatic, and with
actual feeling when known as for. He is no Elvis vocally, however he has a nice manner
of placing a track over, and his dancing is energetic, glorious, and sometimes

Olivia Newton-John as Sandy, surrounded by the Pink Girls, in 1978’s “Grease.”

Producer Allan Carr used the outdated casting trick that comparable
schlock-meisters Aaron Spelling and Ross Hunter utilized: Combine promising newcomers
with beloved veteran stars. The main target is on relative kids Travolta,
Olivia, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, and Dinah Manoff; and it’s
nice enjoyable to see Eve Arden, Dody Goodman, Joan Blondell, Alice Ghostley, Sid
Caesar, and extra have their moments, too. To not point out Grease period heartthrobs like Frankie Avalon and Edd Byrnes in cameos,
and the title track sung by Frankie Valli.

The T-Birds of “Grease,” with Jeff Conaway far left, & John Travolta, far proper.

Apart from her age, Stockard Channing did nicely sufficient as
Rizzo, however I felt she was doing a Bette Midler shtick more often than not. Nonetheless,
Channing’s distinction to Olivia’s blonde Bambi, and Stockard was a powerful
vocalist. I learn that Carrie Fisher was thought of for Sandy, but it surely occurred
to me that Fisher would have been an incredible Rizzo and a dozen years youthful than
30-something Channing. And do you know that Maude’s Adrienne Barbeau originated the position of Rizzo on

Stockard Channing because the lead Pink Girl, Rizzo, in 1978’s “Grease.”

Jeff Conaway as soon as performed within the stage model of Grease, as did Travolta. He is nice as
Kenickie and beloved him as Bobby on Taxi.
Certain, he needed to set his ego apart to play second lead within the movie Grease, particularly when his character’s “Greased
Lightning” went to John Travolta’s Danny, but it surely made film star sense. 

Jeff Conaway as Kenickie in “Grease.” Conaway & Travolta have been TV coronary heart throbs!

The Broadway present of Grease
was extra rough-edged than the movie and passed off in Chicago. The film model
is meant to happen someplace much less city, but it surely positive seems to be like
California! Watching Grease at present, a
reunion at Rydell Excessive could seem to be pure fluff, but it surely’s nonetheless enjoyable fluff. Your ft will likely be tapping
alongside from the primary musical quantity, “Summer time Nights.” It’s so nice
to see Olivia beautiful and singing like a hen, John Travolta in his proficient
peacock prime, lovable Jeff Conaway, wise-cracking Stockard Channing, and Didi
Conn so endearing as Frenchy.

Eve Arden was excellent casting because the principal in 1978’s “Grease!”

John Travolta’s biggest-grossing film ever, which snowballed from the success
of Saturday Evening Fever. Plus the
soundtrack, the combination of the present and the brand new tunes, made for a 30 million
promoting double album.

John Travolta in his appreciable 1978 prime, within the “Greased Lightning” quantity.

I believe Travolta, the soundtrack, the nostalgia
for the ‘50s, and the celebs of the movie model promote this film, in any case
these years.
This film
is the ‘70s equal of Viva Las Vegas:
tacky however good natured enjoyable, with iconic stars which have stayed in our hearts.
So, take pleasure in a forty fiveth reunion with the Pink Girls and T-Birds!

Olivia Newton-John spiced up her picture when Sandy acquired an attractive makeover, “Grease!”