Happy 100th Birthday, Gene Kelly! You’ve given me many happy hours over the years.
Choosing what clip to share is incredibly difficult when there are so many great moments. Most people associate Kelly with the movie Singing in the Rain and its iconic title number. And that is a classic routine. And just as fascinating behind the scenes. (Kelly had a fever of 103 while performing; they added milk to the water to make it show up on camera) But as awesome as it is, I don’t think it’s the best number in the movie cause the film is packed with great performances. I’m always torn between Fit As A Fiddle and Moses as the best. Here’s Moses so you can see for your self. Along with Kelly’s smooth, sexy moves, notice co-star and cutie-pie comic Donald O’Connor match every step. I also love their chemistry as best friends who’ve grown up together.
And here’s an adorable number with Jerry Mouse. Great work from both Kelly and the animators to make this work.