Cover Girl (1944): In Memory of Gene Kelly

***A quick note before the start of my post: I actually started writing this a few days ago but didn’t get a chance to finish it. When I got online today, I discovered that it is the 16th anniversary of the death of legendary actor and dancer Gene Kelly, one of the subjects of this post. The timing is totally coincidental since I didn’t realize this day was coming up, but I just wanted to say a quick word to acknowledge the date, which I know is a very sad one for many of his fans, and dedicate this post to his memory.***

Gene Kelly in Cover Girl (1944)

Do you love Gene Kelly? I do! But it had been so long since I’d watched one of his movies that I had forgotten just how much I loved him and his dancing. When I watched a YouTube video of one of his dance numbers from the movie Cover Girl (1944), it reminded me that I really needed to get back into watching his movies. Since I thought the aforementioned dance routine, commonly referred to as his “Alter Ego” number, looked amazing and I had yet to see Cover Girl, I decided to watch it earlier this week.

On a side note, I found that video in a series of blog posts put together by Kelli, one of the contributors to a site devoted to Gene Kelly called Gene Kelly Fans. I’d encourage you to visit that site to learn more about him and also to read her six part series highlighting an interview she did for a documentary called “Dancing in the Rain: Gene Kelly” which celebrates Gene’s life and career. If you love Gene Kelly, you will really enjoy them. If you are not yet a fan, I think there is a good chance you will be after you get to know him better. :-) Continue reading →

Review: The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)

Just a few minutes into The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry I realized it was one of those films that I would probably like to some degree regardless of how good the actual movie was. After the opening credits when I got the first glimpse of the small New Hampshire town the movie was set in, I figured the scenery alone could be enough to make me like it.

Sometimes I’m easily pleased, and that’s all I need. :-) I love movies that are set in small, scenic towns like the one where this story took place, and I have always been enamored with pictures of states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut. So I was excited to watch it right from the start. Continue reading →