I love Gene Kelly, I really like Esther Williams, I can tolerate Frank Sinatra, but overall, I was mildly impressed with this film starring all three.
Gene and Frank are on a Vaudeville act when baseball season starts. Being that they are multi talented, they ditch the stage and head for the field.
There is a new manager in town, and everyone thinks it is a male, until Ms. Williams shows up! Gene makes a move on her and disses the boss(little does he know his boss is right in front of him!) They get off on the wrong foot, but Frank is in love.
The boys realize that Esther is a slice when she is swimming in the pool one night. The season begins and Frank gets a cleat chaser named Shirley (Betty Garrett).
Could Frank's waist be any smaller?
We meet some men who are gambling on Gene's team to loose so they trick Gene by offering him a gig at their new club. Only problem is he will have to sneak out at night and work some dance numbers. He agrees but his performance on the field starts to suffer, right before the pennant race!
Gene and Esther make amends and fall for each other once Frank decides he wants his stalker.
This film was OK. I love to watch Gene sing and dance, so that was a plus, but overall, the film was bland.
In Katharine Hepburn's debut film, "Bill of Divorcement", she wears a stunning dress with fabulous sleeves deigned by Josette De Lima. Josette was uncredited for her work and was only a costume designer for three films in her career. But I must say she knew her stuff. So beautiful!
You didn't think I would let a week go by without a Cary Grant picture did you? This film is the third pairing of Cary and Irene and follows their relationship through records from when they met until the present.
Irene plays Julie and is on her way out. She and hubby Roger are splitting. But what is the harm in listening to some records first?
The story starts out when Roger spots Julie in the record shop. He gets her attention and buys tons of records. On the walk home she learns Roger doesn't even have a record player! The romance begins.
During their courting, we get the sense that Julie wants to shack up and pop out some kids, while Roger is not as keen about the idea. Roger is a publisher and on New Years breaks the news to Julie that he is going on assignment in Japan! Just when Julie thinks they are through, Roger asks her to marry him.
Once in Japan, Julie gets knocked up. Things are swell until an earthquake hits and Julie looses the baby, and learns she may never have one again. I must say, for 1941, the earthquake scene is pretty bad ass!
They return to the states and Julie is depressed. Roger and her move into a new apartment which has a publishing room down stairs. Buddy Applejack joins the fun. The paper isn't doing so well but they decided to adopt.
After tons of red tape they finally get a little girl and are beyond the moon. Applejack helps out.
They get a one year trial with the little one and are worried they can't provide for her. The orphanage lady is hard on them and after a year they almost loose her because they are too poor. Time goes by and everyone is happy. Daughter Trina grows up well and even participates in a Christmas play.
But the good times don't last forever as Trina dies from an illness. Roger and Julie are so sad they don't even talk any more.
The orphanage lady is sad too.
We are taken back to the present and Roger and Julie are about to call it quits, when just in time, the phone rings. It's the orphanage calling with another child! Nothing gets rid of the grief from your child's death a month ago like a new kid! The couple must decide if they want to start all over again and if they can be happy.
Irene said this was her favorite film because it reminded her so much of her own adopted daughter with husband Francis Griffin.