Song of the Day #4,451: ‘Good Morning’ – Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor

Continuing my personal ranking of the 25 movie musicals deemed essential by the American Film Institute…

#4. The Sound of Music – 1965
(#4 on the AFI list)

My biggest blind spot going into this project. I wrote about my newfound love for The Sound of Music when I kicked off this series back in June.

#3. Meet Me in St. Louis – 1945
(#10 on the AFI list)

My biggest surprise. I knew next to nothing about this beautiful film before watching it, except that it featured one of my all-time favorite songs, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’ Now it’s one of my favorite musicals.

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Song of the Day #4,430: ‘I Got Rhythm’ – Gene Kelly

Continuing my personal ranking of the 25 movie musicals deemed essential by the American Film Institute…

#21. An American in Paris – 1951
(#9 on the AFI list)

An American in Paris goes down as one of my biggest disappointments. Not that it’s bad, but I had very high expectations. One of five movies on the list to win Best Picture, one of three by acclaimed director Vincente Minnelli, and one of three to star the peerless Gene Kelly, this movie seemed destined for my personal top ten.

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Song of the Day #761: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ – Gene Kelly

Setting aside modern examples such as Moulin Rouge and Grease (although is it fair to call Grease modern anymore?), I own only one musical on DVD. And that’s Singin’ in the Rain.

It’s not that I don’t like musicals (despite my brother-in-law’s claims), it’s just that I’ve never spent the time to watch all of those old classics.

As a young man working in a video store, I took advantage of the free rentals to catch up on a lot of comedies and dramas of yesteryear, but never the musicals. I’m the guy who’s never seen The Sound of Music.

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