In the heyday of the classic Hollywood musical, one studio reigned supreme: MGM, the dream factory from which emanated gloriously tune-filled enchantments bigger than life, exploding in blazing Technicolor, marvels of craftsmanship and razzle-dazzle entertainment that have never been surpassed in their ingenuity and sheer exuberance. The roster of legendary names say it all, with innovative filmmakers like Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen, and Busby Berkeley directing stars like Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Debbie Reynolds, Lena Horne, and Leslie Caron in many of their most iconic performances. From Garland breaking hearts while warbling “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS to Kelly and Sinatra zigzagging across “New York, New York” in ON THE TOWN to Astaire tapping up a storm in THE BAND WAGON, these beloved classics are filled to the brim with some of the most indelible moments of movie magic ever committed to celluloid.
Directed by Don Weis • 1953 • United States
Starring Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Una Merkel
Melvin Hoover is a bumbler (except when he’s dancing on skates), a workaday gofer for “Look” magazine (except when he fakes being a big-time photographer), and in love (without exception) with Broad...
Directed by Stanley Donen • 1954 • United States
Starring Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Jeff Richards
Like a favorite flannel shirt, everything fits right in this rugged whoop-for-joy musical directed by Stanley Donen, choreographed by Michael Kidd, and featuring an exhilarating Gene de Paul/Johnny ...
Directed by Jack Haley Jr. • 1974 • United States
Starring Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly
With the first talking picture, film stars began to sing . . . and to dance. For thirty years, through the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, a uniquely American art form spread in Technicolor from Hollywood acro...