Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Kathryn Grayson is a Vision in the Sunflower Dress, Frank Sinatra is Pre-Rat Pack, & Gene Kelly Dances with Jerry Mouse. It’s Anchors Aweigh.

White Christmas Vera Ellen Anorexic

Was Vera-Ellen Anorexic in White Christmas?

Vera-Ellen is arguably Classic Hollywood’s greatest all-around dancer.  Tap, jazz, ballet, acrobatics, Vera-Ellen did it all. One of six dancers to partner with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly on screen, Vera-Ellen’s ability to adapt to the style of her partner, while still holding her own, was unrivaled.  None of Vera’s contemporaries could quite match […]

Cover Girl (1944) at Old Town Music Hall

[…] dancer who becomes a popular cover girl for “Vanity” magazine. Will fame and fortune bring Rusty joy? Or is her true happiness staying in Brooklyn with boyfriend Gene Kelly and best friend Phil Silvers? Watch the film to find out, and see some spectacular dance numbers along the way! Cover Girl was the film that […]

Esther Williams

Esther Williams: Hollywood’s Sassy Mermaid

[…] with the tantrums he was so famous for. Esther and Frank Sinatra became good friends during filming of Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949). But Gene Kelly and Esther were another story… Sit Up Straight, Gene Sometimes, Esther Williams was taller than her male co-stars.  One such co-star who had a chip on […]

Doris Day

All Heart: Doris Day & Why She Matters

[…] So by default, Doris and Al Jorden began spending a lot of time together. Al was a surly, uncooperative fellow with good looks Doris once likened to Gene Kelly’s.  He basically treated her like garbage on their car rides together, so Doris was shocked to discover, after agreeing to a date with Al, that he […]

An Exceptional Friend: A Henry Fonda Birthday Tribute

[…] Fonda was. Hank and Jim, still best friends. Jimmy’s Great Loss Hank and Jim made four films together.  The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), a comedy-Western directed by Gene Kelly (yes, you read that right), was their last. During filming of The Cheyenne Social Club, Jimmy tried desperately to be his usual, friendly self on set.  […]

Kathryn Grayson

Kathryn Grayson: The Most Beautiful Woman in Movies

[…] of the best films of her career, including Anchors Aweigh (1945), Showboat (1951), and Kiss Me Kate (1953). Anchors Aweigh (1945), starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson and Gene Kelly. Kathryn Grayson Fulfills Her Childhood Dream As the popularity of musicals declined in the late 1950s, so too did Kathryn’s film career.  At this time, Kathryn […]