Gene Kelly: For Me and My Gal
The Legend and the Women he Danced With
One of the most celebrated leading men in Hollywood was the legendary Gene Kelly. His dynamic flair on screen brought women to the edge of their seats, daydreaming that they were the ones dancing in his arms, the dance of love.
Kelly danced the “daydreamers” dance with some of the most beautiful and talented women in Hollywood. From Lucille Ball to Vera Ellen, every woman was different and had their own unique style with Kelly. But no matter which beautiful starlet graced his arms, you knew that the dance was going to be astounding.
Who was your favorite leading actress with Kelly? What was your favorite Gene Kelly movie.
Enjoy each scene and let’s see who knocks it out of the ball field!
The beginning dance sequence to “An American in Paris” in my opinion has got to be one of the best choreographed sequences ever done. Lyrical and Ballet definitely dominate the beginning of the dance.
The lighting sets the mood for this incredible sensuous scene between a man and a woman in love.
Long Ago and Far Away
Rita Hayworth was every man’s dream and every man wanted to be Gene Kelly. Who would not want to dance this romantic sequence with one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood?
Vera Ellen is one of my all time favorite dancers. The chemistry between her and Kelly in “On the Town” is adorable, fun and full of life. Their dance sequence, “When You Walk Down Main Street With Me”
shows the audience a delightful duet.
A Young 17 year old Debbie Reynolds held her own with veteran dancers Gene Kelly and Donold O’Conner in Singing in the Rain. “You Were Meant for Me” between Reynolds and Kelly is youthfully romantic. I just love the “Hollywoodness” of it all!
The Queen of the swimming pool proved one more time that she was the “Queen” in “Take me out to the Ball Game.” Ms. Williams was forever turning the heads of her co-stars as the mermaid of Hollywood. Who else could sing and swim at the same time without swallowing a ton of water?
A special tribute was done with Gene Kelly and Lucille Ball in “An American in Pasadena.” They did one movie together and reminisced on the Cole Porter song that Lucy sang with her quoting, “There was a strong movement at the studio to bring back silent movies!” “Friendship” was performed with a delight.
Olivia Newton John
“Xanadu” was not a favorite movie of mine and did not receive high ratings. Gene was amazing in his dance sequences and adorable with Olivia Newton John. Although the movie itself was not a success, what an opportunity for a young Olivia to dance with the legendary Gene Kelly! You just don’t get an offer like that every day!
“For Me and My Gal” was one of my Kelly and Garland films. I have always loved the partnership of these two amazing stars. Their chemistry is superb on film and they pull you right in to whatever they are doing. You were crying, laughing or tapping your foot when you watched this duo.
Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse Erotic Dance
If I were ever reincarnated and had the chance to come back as my favorite dancer, it would be the incomparable Cyd Charrise! The legs on this woman are a mile long and she could dance circles around anyone! The number in “Singing in the Rain” between her and Kelly is sexy, strong and Ooo La La! Just look at the way Kelly looks at her.
Mitzi Gaynor is AMAZING in this dance number with Gene Kelly in “Les Girl.” She fit’s him like a glove and the chemistry between her and Kelly are perfect, a great choice for this film. One of the best dance numbers Gene has done.
Natalie Wood has got to be one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the earth. Any leading man would have given their right arm to be her opposite in any film. Gene Kelly was fortunate to do just that in “Marjorie Morningstar.” Their partnership was believable and made you feel as if you were a fly on the wall.
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About the Author
Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.