Starring Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson, Albert Sharpe, Barry Jones
Corny. Vibrant. Wonderful.
Spectacular musical fantasy about two wandering city slickers, Tommy Albright (Kelly) and Jeff Douglas (Johnson), in Scotland who get lost before finding themselves in a magically idyllic town, stuck in the 18th century. Tommy loves the charming town owing in large part to the beautiful Fiona (Charisse), an unmarried resident, but Jeff is unimpressed and his bitterness and cynicism lead Brigadoon to its first real tragedy. The premise certainly owes a lot to James Hilton’s Lost Horizon, and like most fables, it doesn’t work if you sit and analyze it literally, but if you can put away your own cynicism, you’ll enjoy an excellent movie musical.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-