litlover12: (GK DR DO)
This one . . . this one hits hard. This one's finally got me believing maybe 2016 really is cursed.

All three leads of my favorite movie are now gone. Rest well, Debbie, Gene, and Donald.

litlover12: (GK1)
Twenty years ago today, Gene Kelly died. Here's a lovely little tribute from the L.A. Times. I really identified with this part:

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litlover12: (GK1)
gk flower

This popped up in my Facebook feed -- from someone's birthday post for Gene -- and I loved it so much I just had to share. Happy birthday, you adorable man, you. :-)
litlover12: (Classic men)
Greatest Stars of the 1940s

After much musing and fretting, I finally went with Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Gene Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, Joseph Cotten, Judy Garland, Ingrid Bergman, and Katharine Hepburn.

. . . But I had six or seven runners-up!
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This post is for the "getTV Rita Hayworth Blogathon" at Classic Movie Hub.

Cover Girl (1944) is my favorite Rita Hayworth film. And one of my favorite Gene Kelly films, to boot. In it, Hayworth plays two roles: Rusty Parker, a dancer at a Brooklyn nightclub, and (in flashbacks) Maribelle Hicks, Rusty's grandmother who worked in vaudeville.

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litlover12: (GK1)

Swiped this from a thread at Broadway World: What are your top ten performances in a musical film?

Here are mine:

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litlover12: (GK_LC)
Doing some more research on musical films. Did you know that, in 10 films with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers got one dance solo? Just one.

I'm not dissing or judging Astaire (or their choreographers or directors) -- I love him and always have. He was an awesome dancer and a classy human being. It was just a different time.

And there's no question that Fred was the better and more experienced dancer, I don't care what they say about "backwards and in high heels." There's also no question that their partnership brought out the best in her. Also, things changed a good deal in his later films with other partners.

Still . . . one. That does seem a mite unbalanced.

(Possibly Gene Kelly has me spoiled. The man used to hand out numbers to other people -- both singing and dancing numbers -- like Halloween candy.) 
litlover12: (GK1)
Doing a little research for an article I want to write about Singin' in the Rain, I saw this on Wikipedia:

"In an early draft of the script, the musical number 'Singin' in the Rain' was to be sung by Reynolds, O'Connor, and Kelly on their way back from the flop preview of The Dueling Cavalier."

o.0

Can you imagine? I mean, seriously -- can you imagine? I suppose it would have been something like "Good Morning," only -- outside! In the rain! Which . . . just . . . wow. (I feel like Arthur on Cabin Pressure when he gets overwhelmed and incoherent. I'll be saying "BRILLIANT!" next.)

Obviously I'm very, VERY happy with the "Singin' in the Rain" number that we did end up getting, plus we got "Good Morning" thrown in for the three of them. No complaints. But it's so much fun to try to picture what it would have been like!
litlover12: (GK2)
There's a PBS program on here this afternoon -- "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: Let's Dance" -- that has some footage of Gene Kelly in Pal Joey on Broadway. If you're a Kelly fanatic, you know that such footage is harder to find than the Holy Grail. (They never even made a cast album -- at least, not until Gene had left the show.) I've seen about 10 seconds' worth of it -- fingers crossed that Feinstein's got at least a little more than that!

Anyway, just wanted to let y'all know in case you wanted to check it out. You'll need to check your local PBS listings.

Lovely

Mar. 24th, 2013 02:01 pm
litlover12: (GK1)
Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse rehearsing for Brigadoon. Just posting it here because it makes me happy.

Gene and Cyd
litlover12: (DK1)
Got this from Tumblr. Turns out that Danny Kaye's 100th birthday was actually two days ago (drat you, TCM, for misleading me!). And that wasn't even his REAL 100th birthday, because his daughter says he subtracted two years from his age. But I'm posting this anyway, because it makes me happy.

gene danny
litlover12: (Dickens)
I was feeling a bit sad about the Charles Dickens bicentennial and the Gene Kelly centennial drawing to a close. They've made this year so much fun.

Then I was reminded that 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis's death.

So there's that.

On a happier note*, though, [livejournal.com profile] ibmiller reminds me that it will also mark the bicentennial of Pride and Prejudice

*Not saying that it wasn't a happy occasion for Lewis -- the Lewis Institute calls it "his passing from death to life," and I'm sure he saw it the same way himself! But it makes for kind of a different celebration . . .
litlover12: (GK Hark)
(I am SO sorry. Somehow I seem to be in a mood for dreadful puns these days.)

If you're a classic movie buff, the Warner Archive Collection is pretty much the greatest site in the history of time. They're putting out all sorts of rare movie and TV classics on DVD. (That is, on DVD-R, which, I'm told, will only play in a DVD player. I don't know why they went that route. Cheaper, maybe?) As [livejournal.com profile] stillsparkling pointed out the other day, they've got Jimmy Stewart's detective series Hawkinswhich I don't think I ever got to see before.

AND they've got something I've been pining for, literally for decades: The Cross of Lorraine, one of Gene Kelly's few non-musical films.


Gotta love those Irish Frenchmen )
litlover12: (GK_DR2)
Because there's no such thing as too many Gene Kelly tributes, here's a montage of him with his leading ladies.



Note the moment at 6:01 when he grabs Taina Elg's hand and pulls her into the shadows for a kiss. When I watched Les Girls again recently, I MAY have backed that up and rewatched it three or four times.


litlover12: (GK_LC)
The Gene Kelly Cross Stitch Pattern.

I haven't cross-stitched in ages -- never even finished the Snoopy I was making for my goddaughter when she was born, six years ago -- but I am so tempted to get this, you have NO IDEA.

In other "this is a thing that exists" news: The Narnia Wardrobe Ring. We've finally found a ring I wouldn't wear: For one thing, I'd have to sell everything I own, ever have owned, and ever will own, plus any potential firstborn child, to afford it. For another thing, the sheer size and weight of it would drag my hand all the way down to the floor.

But the concept's kind of cool, don't you think? Wonder if they make a pendant . . .
litlover12: (GK Hark)
(. . . no pun intended . . .)

The runners-up to the top 10 list!


One final bow . . . )
litlover12: (GK1)
1. "Singin' in the Rain," Singin' in the Rain



Bless you and thank you, Gene, for all the joy over the years. Happy birthday!

ETA: And here's a little something I wrote for Gene today.
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2. "I Like Myself," It's Always Fair Weather

litlover12: (GK1)
3. "Almost Like Being in Love," Brigadoon

litlover12: (GK DR DO)
4. "Moses Supposes," with Donald O'Connor, Singin' in the Rain

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