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Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh
  • 1945
  • USA
  • 140 min
  • U
  • Directed by: George Sidney
  • Written by: Natalie Marcin, Isobel Lennart
  • Cast: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson

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Forget the slender plot and savour the joyous energy and dazzling dance numbers in one of Gene Kelly's best-loved musicals. The first of three films Kelly made with Frank Sinatra, Anchors Aweigh set a new benchmark for MGM musicals as it follows the romantic trials and tribulations of two sailors on shore leave in Hollywood. Kelly earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his exuberant performance as Joe 'Sea Wolf' Brady, loyal pal and romantic rival to Sinatra's bashful Clarence 'Brooklyn' Doolittle when they meet aspiring singer Kathryn Grayson. Sinatra croons the Oscar-winning 'I Fall in Love too Easily' and Kelly tears up the screen with some athletic, innovative routines including a groundbreaking dance with cartoon favourite Jerry the mouse. Irresistible. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: Gene Kelly: Strictly Song and Dance.

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Glasgow Film Festival: Why I love Gene Kelly

3 Feb 2012

Miles Fielder makes a song and dance about the charismatic movie star

For a film lover who hates musicals (this writer), the GFF’s Gene Kelly retrospective ought to be a hard sell. Telling stories through song and dance, Kelly’s forte (the latter of which endeavours earned him a special Oscar in 1951), is anathema to this…

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