The Marshall Memo – 9-2-12 to 9-9-12

LET’S DANCE! By Lynne Marshall

There’s nothing quite like kicking up our heels to express our joy, is there?  Dancing allows us to let go of pent up feelings and it releases endorphins, so it is a win-win endeavor wouldn’t you say?


I recently saw a lovely French movie titled The Intouchables (English translation) where my favorite scene is where Driss, after suffering through a long evening of tame classical music for Philippe’s birthday celebration (not that there’s anything wrong with classical music!), jumps to his feet and pumps up the music volume to dance.  Driss  chooses Earth, Wind, and Fire to serenade the birthday boy Philippe, while he dances.

Here’s where it gets tricky – Philippe is a quadriplegic and is watching from his wheelchair.  How cruel you say?  Think again.  Driss, a tough street guy, has forged a very special relationship since he’s been hired to be the helper for the aristocratic and ailing Philippe.  Driss is the only person to treat Philippe like a regular guy, forgetting that he can’t move his hands or feet.  Teasing him like a regular person instead of treating him like a delicate broken object. In other words, he has added life and joy to his otherwise routine existence.  Philippe has the most glorious smile on his face listening to the raucous music and watching his crazy new friend dance. (Friend is exactly what Philippe considers this young man who has invaded his life).  The scene made me cry with joy.

Ever notice something when you’re dancing?  My guess is that you’re smiling, just like we all do when we let our hair down and kick up our feet.


I have a book to give away to one commenter who answers one or both of these simple questions:

What is your favorite movie musical?  Who is your favorite dancer?

*This blog was a repeat and a variation of my recent guest blog celebrating Mills & Boon author Kate Hardy’s 50th book release.*

If you haven’t yet seen The Intouchables, I highly recommend this movie.


Lynne Marshall writes contemporary and Medical Romance books for Harlequin and The Wild Rose Press.  The first book in the Grady family trilogy, Courting His Favorite Nurse, was a March 2012 Harlequin Special EditionDr. Tall, Dark…and Dangerous? is Lynne’s July 2012 Medical Romance.  Also available in e-book only is, An Indiscretion, a contemporary romance with strong medical elements, (and ballroom dancing!) from The Wild Rose Press.

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Thank you for reading!

Until next week, make it a great one,



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6 Responses to The Marshall Memo – 9-2-12 to 9-9-12

  1. Dee J. says:

    I was thinking of seeing this movie tonight… sounds like I should go. Thanks for the rec. Fav movie musical… man, that’s a tough one. If I had to go old school… Singing in the rain… and Gene Kelly. New school… I adored Dirty Dancing and Patrick Swayze.

  2. Hi Dee J – let me know what you think about The Intouchables.

    Yeah- Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly is absolutely classic.

    I’m embarassed to say I never watched Dirty Dancing. !!!! I was never into Patrick Swayze – not even in Ghost. !!!! Flog me now.

  3. Gina Bono says:

    Thanks for the movie recommendation, Lynne! This looks great!

    My favorite movie musical is “A Chorus Line.” I think it was the character Diana who said something to the effect of: “I wanna be a dancer. Who in their right mind would want to be anything else?” That line and the characters’ passion for their art has always struck a chord with me…I just loved it. And the songs from that show are fantastic.

    My favorite dancer is Michael Jackson.

    (Dee J., I am also a huge fan of “Dirty Dancing” 😉

    • Hi Gina!
      I loved A Chorus Line. Loved seeing the play, and I always love when dancers are spotlighted in films. I remember how excited I was when they made the movie about Bob Fosse’s life and so many dancers got featured rolls.

      I agree that Michael Jackson was a gifted dancer. Wow – who will ever forget Thriller? I got a little tired of his crotch grabbing though. LOL.

      There was a huge Broadway Star named Gwen Verdon who was fabulous and got to star in the movie – Damn Yankees with Tab Hunter. LOL. I saw that when I was a little kid and thought, wow – Whatever Lola Wants is the best song and dance number in the world! 🙂

      Gotta love those dancers.

      So good to hear from you – Roxie! I mean Gina. 🙂

  4. Robena Grant says:

    Wow! I love all of these that are mentioned. Big fan of Dirty Dancing. Plus I remember taking my kids to see Damn Yankees. I’ve always loved the song “What Lola Wants…”
    I love Mama Mia. I have the movie and whenever I’m feeling blue I watch it. It makes me smile, and dance, and the cinematography is gorgeous.