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!
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.
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.)
"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."
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!
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.
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, 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 . . .
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 stillsparkling pointed out the other day, they've got Jimmy Stewart's detective series Hawkins, which 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 )
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.
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 . . .