Gene Kelly: A Tribute

By Mallory Bolduc

Made August 23, 1996

Gene Kelly. Gene Kelly. Gene Kelly. Well, it worked with Beetlejuice. It's depressing when it hits you that a perfectly good great is gone, especially if it is the greatest great that possibly ever lived, and nothing can bring the actual person back. Here is a condensed filmography of this particular great, Gene Kelly, just the ones of his I've seen:

For Me and My Gal (1942) - Gene's film debut, and a very good one, might I add, also starring Judy Garland and George Murphy
DuBarry Was a Lady (1943) - Gene Kelly (ever-so-obviously), Lucille Ball, Red Skelton
Thousands Cheer (1943) - Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson, a lot of guest stars
Cover Girl (1944) - Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Phil Silvers
Anchors Aweigh (1945) - Gene's first of three movies he did with Frank Sinatra, also starring Kathryn Grayson
Zeigfeld Follies (1946) - Excuse my spelling. Gene's first of two dances he did with Fred Astaire, though they never did do a whole film. Watch "The Babbitt and the Bromide".
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) - Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Esther Williams
On the Town (1949) - Gene Kelly, Vera-Ellen, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Jules Munshin, Ann Miller, Alice Pearce
Summer Stock (1950) - Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Phil Silvers, Gloria De Haven
An American in Paris (1951) - Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, George Guetary
Brigadoon (1951?) - Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse
Singin' in the Rain (1952) - Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor
It's Always Fair Weather (1955) - Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Dan Dailey, Michael Kidd, Dolores Gray

I just realized how very condensed this filmography is! I lost some of the years for others, so I'll be adding to this list. Now for a condensed biography:

On August 23, 1912, Eugene Curran Kelly was born into a vaudeville family. He started taking dance lessons as soon as he could walk, and he and his siblings formed a vaudeville act, The 5 Kellys. Later, they broke up and paired off, Gene with his older brother Fred. They soon moved on to Broadway. Gene was discovered while in Pal Joey, and signed a contract with MGM. The rest is history. Then, on the morning of February 2, 1996, Gene Kelly passed away. We'll never forget him and his wonderful films he made.


The Gene Kelly Home Page


Note (added: 9-12-96) : At the Emmys Sunday, they showed people that have died within the last year, and they showed, like, Gene Kelly :(, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, et cetera, and I was depressed until Helen Hunt won best actress in a comedy series. Also, on the 1996 Blockbuster Video calendar, they don't show the birthday of Gene Kelly! That's like no August!

And some of his movie quotes (added 9-12-96):

"Why didn't you tell me I loved you?!"
-Gene Kelly's character in For Me and My Gal, to Judy Garland

"No, I'm not... Ginger."
-Gene Kelly in Zeigfeld Follies in response to Fred Astaire calling him Rita Hayworth

"Enchanting. What?"
-Gene Kelly's character in Singin' in the Rain, in response to Donald O'Connor mouthing Debbie Reynolds's singing

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