Gene Kelly plays the “King of the Trapeze turned buck army private” magnificently, supplemented with the chirping of Kathryn Grayson. It shows how, even in his early years, (This is only the second year of Gene in Hollywood pictures) he was a great dancer/actor. (His dance with the mop was the best part of the movie for me) This great movie is supplemented by the great bands of Jose Iturbi and Bob Crosby, and with the great talents of silver screen greats like Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gloria DeHaven, June Allyson, and the spectacular Judy Garland. This movie is a must for all classic musical buffs!!!
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Thousands Cheer Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel’s pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her father. Eddie’s also plagued by fear of having an accident during his family’s trapeze act in the army variety show, which also features a gallery of MGM stars.
If only temporarily…
Thousands Cheer Rats! Not only are the numerous actors and actresses good looking they are also talented. Gene Kelly’s dance with a broom is as good as anything he ever did on film. But the World War Two message of this movie is that talent and good looks are not enough to win a war, one must also have high moral character. Bad boy Kelly says that he can get himself into trouble and that he can find his way out of trouble–but can he? There are some great Vaudeville lines that keep one amused while Kelly is trying to find out what a good soldier should be. For example, the doctor says he “only did appendix operations on the side” and that he did grafting “only because his salary was so small.” The movie is great fun at a time in United States history when there was not much to laugh about. Song and dance does take the edge off war, if only temporarily.
M-G-M at its Best