Starring: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Jose Iturbi, Dean Stockwell, Pamela Britton
Director: George Sidney
Summary: A pair of sailors on leave try to help a movie extra become a singing star
Other Nominations: Actor (Kelly), Musical Score*, Original Song (“I Fall in Love Too Easily”), Color Cinematography
-Both leads are great, especially Kelly who is charming, fun, and of course an incredible dancer. Casting Sinatra as a shy former choir boy who is nervous around women is interesting and clearly against type, but he’s better here than I expected.
-It starts out really strong by instantly making the characters vivid, some of the situations fun and presenting a good starting place for a romance-musical.
-One of the best looking technicolor films so far
-The movie stretches what should have been a simple 100 minute song and dance romance movie to a bloated 140 minutes with the main culprit being the numbers themselves. The good song and dance movies intersperse numbers in fairly equal measure throughout, and almost every song has something to do with the story or what the characters are feeling at the moment; with this movie, the last hour is almost all songs with a lot of overly long, lavish sequences, many of which are just there because they had an idea for a number and wanted to do it. The most obvious example is the famous (and good on its own) live action/animation sequence with Jerry the Mouse from Tom and Jerry, where for 10 minutes the movie grinds to a halt and becomes a different movie with it having no relation to anything before or after it in any way whatsoever. The movie starts out as really charming, but after that the story slows down to a crawl.
Starts out really promising, but after a while it starts dragging along with a bunch of big numbers that while visually impressive, go on too long and have little to do with our story or characters and therefore they get boring.