Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

[…] he manages to work in really intricate steps and stunts without compromising the realism of the film: you won’t find the Pontippee brothers doing Swan Lake, or Gene Kelly taps in the movie.  Michael Kidd made sure his choreography was believable for the characters and their circumstances.  In Kidd’s own words, “I had to find […]

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Kiss Me Kate (1953): The Magic of a Great Musical

[…] onstage and offstage in the film, and they share two dance/song duets offstage in addition to the dance numbers in the play.  There are definite shades of Gene Kelly in the ease with which Rall can jump, and retain his masculinity through the more ballet-ish sequences.  Tommy also throws in some aerials here and there.  […]

Tony Curtis & Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

[…] the Groom (1952),  Son of Ali Baba (1952), and The Black Shield of Falworth (1955), capitalized on Tony’s good looks and natural athletic abilities–with none other than Gene Kelly teaching Tony how to do his own swashbuckling stunts.  But these films did little to showcase Tony’s acting talent.   Though Tony enjoyed being a handsome […]

Tony Curtis Could Act: The Boston Strangler (1968)

[…] bearings for feet, so I could spin it around and make some crazy moves.  It knocked everyone out.” I guess the muscle memory of that stunt work Gene Kelly taught Tony back in the 1950s during his swashbuckling days never left him. Goodbye, Tony! And that wraps it up for The Boston Strangler, and our […]