Gene Kelly Film Series

Gene Kelly (né Eugene Curran Kelly; August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American actor, dancer, singer, filmmaker, and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, good looks, and the likable characters that he played on screen. He starred in, choreographed, or co-directed some of the most well-regarded musical films of the 1940s through 1960s, including Cover Girl (1944), On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967). Kelly’s many innovations transformed the Hollywood musical, and he is credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form commercially acceptable to film audiences.

In a celebratory follow-up to the 2020 – 2021 eight-month showing of all thirty-one Fred Astaire film musicals, Dr. Marc Strauss, Professor Emeritus, Conservatory of Theatre & Dance, College of Arts & Media, Southeast Missouri State University, and the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, will co-host the showing of all 18 film musicals starring Gene Kelly, plus dance excerpts of four films and two special documentaries.  Please join us for twenty-one consecutive Fridays at 7 pm on Zoom from May 28 – October 15, 2021 for historically contextualized introductions, showing of the film(s), and post-film discussion led by Marc.  Access is $30/month and can be purchased here.


May 28:                 For Me and My Gal (1942)

June 4:                  DuBarry Was a Lady (May 1943)

June 11:                Thousands Cheer (September 1943)

June 18:                Cover Girl (1944)

June 25:                Anchors Aweigh (1945)

July 2:                   Living in a Big Way (1947)

July 9:                   ThePirate (1948)

July 16:                 Take Me Out to the Ballgame (March 1949)

July 23:                 On the Town (December 1949)

July 30:                 Summer Stock (1950)

August 6:              An American in Paris (1951)

August 13:            Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

August 20:             Brigadoon (1954)

August 27:            It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)

September 3:         Invitation to the Dance (1956)

September 10:       Les Girls (1957)

September 17:       Dancing, A Man’s Game (1958) + “The Babbitt and the Bromide” (1946) + “Slaughter on 10thAvenue” (1948) + “I Love to Go Swimmin’ with Women” (1954)

September 24:       The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

October 1:             That’s Entertainment, Part II (1976)

October 8:             Xanadu (1980)

October 15:           Anatomy of a Dancer( 2002)



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