“If I was black and blue, it was Gene.”

Cyd Charisse


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  1. December 3, 2012

    I think the Singing in the Rain dance number was one of the sexiest. I loved watching Fred and Gene. So different from the body type to style. Just amazing to watch. Oh and of course Cyd was always so perfect. The Melody photo reminds me of Leni Riefenstahl a bit. The starkness and shadows etc.

    • December 3, 2012

      The first time I saw “Singing in the Rain” I got a tremendous crush on Gene Kelly, little did I equate that with the older gentleman down the road. Ah, the magic of movies… When I got older I came to appreciate the elegance of Astaire. Young – it was all about the muscle… The photo is definitely Leni-esque but the sequence is eye popping 50s color 😉

  2. December 3, 2012

    For some reason knowing this just makes me love Gene Kelly more.

    • December 3, 2012

      😉 He was a really amazing choreographer and STRONG. Charisse also said something along the lines of when Kelly lifted you, you were PROPELLED.

      • December 3, 2012

        I can TOTALLY see this being the case!!

      • December 3, 2012

        Oh, and I forgot to mention he was a perfectionist. Unfortunately, he admitted himself he was so mean to Debbie Reynolds during filming (about her dancing) that she went off to cry in between takes and hid under a piano — where Astaire found her and helped her refine her steps. Cyd Charisse performed so well in the movie the studio decided to put her in starring roles. Her next movie was “Band Wagon” with Fred Astaire.

  3. November 20, 2013

    My favorite Gene Kelly number has always been his opening scene in American in Paris where he gets out of bed and opens and closes various drawers and cupboards in one fluid dance.

  4. November 21, 2013

    They were such a dynamic pair!! This is one of my favorite movies ever but to be honest, Debbie Reynold’s as Cathy annoyed me. Wish I could articulate why!!!

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