Starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Dean Stockwell, Pamela Britton

(8-Exceptional Film)

Imaginative. Hokey. Endearing.

Imaginative movie musical following two sailors on leave in Hollywood. The more experienced Brady (Kelly) promises to help Doolittle (Sinatra) with a woman they meet, and whom Doolittle has fallen for. Things become complicated, however, once Brady finds himself attracted to her. There’s a great fantasy interlude in the picture where Kelly is transported to an animated world where he shares a dance with Jerry from Tom and Jerry. It’s the real standout from Anchors Aweigh, but the whole movie is wonderful. I can forgive and even expect a level of corniness in these old MGM musicals.

-Walter Tyrone Howard-


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