The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre has been chosen by Audrey of 1001 Movies and Beyond and she has chosen the genre of Movie Musicals.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to MusicalAudrey@movierob.net
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Audrey!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movie Musicals.…
Number of Times Seen – 2 (5 Aug 1999 and 18 Jun 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A popular silent film star needs to find a solution to his screen partner’s high pitched voice when the film industry decides to make the move to talking pictures.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw only once before in it entirety and that’s part of the problem.
Most (if not all) movie lovers know this film by name but it’s not because they have seen it over and over, it’s because they know the films iconic title song and also have seen clips of Gene Kelly performing it.
Kelly, along with co-stars Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor are all superb here and they get the singing and dancing just right.
O’Connor goes one step further and dances up a way while singing.
The rest of the soundtrack is filled with catchy songs, but none are as iconic as the title song is and most people wouldn’t be too familiar with them.
The biggest problem with this film is it’s story which is slightly weak and probably wouldn’t work as well without the musical interludes.
I think most people grade this film on a sliding scale because they take into account the iconic song and scenes mentioned earlier.
It just isn’t consistently great the whole way through.
I know that Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood, so there’s another reason why so many people like this film.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good movie, it’s just not great.
I used to be shocked that this film wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, but now I know why…
Bottom Line – Kelly, O’Connor and Reynolds are all superb here. Great bunch of catchy songs here but the iconic title song will always outshine the rest. The story is a bit weak but still works most of the time. Film has a higher mark by many people due to one iconic scene but the rest of the story just isn’t up to par with it. Always nice to see a Hollywood film about Hollywood. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For the “Make Em Laugh” number, Gene Kelly asked Donald O’Connor to revive a trick he had done as a young dancer, running up a wall and completing a somersault. The number was so physically taxing that O’Connor, who smoked four packs of cigarettes a day at the time, went to bed (or may have been hospitalized, depending on the source) for a week after its completion, suffering from exhaustion and painful carpet burns. Unfortunately, an accident ruined all of the initial footage, so after a brief rest, O’Connor–ever the professional–agreed to do the difficult number all over again. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Iconic song, check, iconic scene that everyone loves to watch, check, story that keeps you wanting more and more…not so much.
Rating – Globe Worthy
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