Monday, August 23, 2010

"Singin' in the Rain" by Gene Kelly

Birthday boy Gene Kelly* was an ever-jovial presence in the films of the 1950s; his boyish looks, quarterback's build, and supple style set him apart from the other dancers of the era, such as Fred Astaire, Donald O'Connor, or Ray Bolger...

Arguably Kelly's most famous number was Singin' in the Rain - as shown here in the 1952 film of the same name - a song sung with much bitterness on the three hundred days a year it rains in Vancouver, but offered here in the dog days of summer with a kind of wistful foreboding.

*Who was born on this day in 1912 but who left this world in February 1996...
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