Gene Kelly

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941. He came direct from the hit 1940 original Broadway production of "Pal Joey" and planned to return to the Broadway stage after making the one film required by his contract. His first picture for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was For Me and My Gal (1942) with Judy Garland. What kept Kelly in Hollywood were "the kindred creative spirits" he found behind the scenes at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The talent pool was especially large during World War II, when Hollywood was a refuge for many musicians and others in the performing arts of Europe who were forced to flee the Nazis. After the war, a new generation was coming of age. Those who saw An American in Paris (1951) would try to make real life as romantic as the reel life they saw portrayed in that musical, and the first time they saw Paris, they were seeing again in memory the seventeen-minute ballet sequence set to the title song written by George Gershwin and choreographed by Kelly. The sequence cost a half million dollars (U.S.) to make in 1951 dollars. Another Kelly musical of the era, Singin' in the Rain (1952), was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry. Kelly was in the same league as Fred Astaire, but instead of a top hat and tails Kelly wore work clothes that went with his masculine, athletic dance style. Gene Kelly died at age 83 of complications from two strokes on February 2, 1996 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

The database contains 320 images with Gene Kelly, divided over 33 titles.

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2100 * 1621 An American in Paris 1951

Publicity still with Nina Foch

2100 * 1590 An American in Paris 1951

Publicity still with Leslie Caron

2100 * 1550 An American in Paris 1951

Publicity still with Leslie Caron

2100 * 1609 An American in Paris 1951

Publicity still with Judy Garland

1683 * 2112 The Pirate 1948

Lobby card with Olivia Newton John

1344 * 1059 Xanadu 1980

Lobby card with Olivia Newton John & Michael Beck

1344 * 1059 Xanadu 1980

Behind the scenes photo with Leslie Caron & Gene Crant

1484 * 1200 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Leslie Caron

1504 * 1152 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Louis B Mayer

1504 * 1152 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Leslie Caron

1152 * 1504 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Leslie Caron

1152 * 1504 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Vincente Minnelli & Leslie Caron

1504 * 1152 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Leslie Caron

1200 * 1484 An American in Paris 1951

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1152 * 1504 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Leslie Caron

1152 * 1504 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Ava Gardner, Vincente Minnelli, Leslie Caron & Arthur Freed

1504 * 1152 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo

1152 * 1504 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo

1504 * 1152 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Leslie Caron & Vincente Minnelli

1504 * 1152 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Leslie Caron

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Behind the scenes photo with Saul Chaplin & Adolph Green

1504 * 1152 An American in Paris 1951

Behind the scenes photo with Leslie Caron

1504 * 1152 An American in Paris 1951

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Behind the scenes photo with Vincente Minnelli

1950 * 2541 An American in Paris 1951

Lobby card with Frank Sinatra & Kathryn Grayson

918 * 720 Anchors Aweigh 1945

Lobby card with Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson & Billy Gilbert

919 * 720 Anchors Aweigh 1945

Lobby card with Frank Sinatra

917 * 719 Anchors Aweigh 1945

Lobby card with Frank Sinatra & Kathryn Grayson

919 * 730 Anchors Aweigh 1945

Lobby card with Frank Sinatra & Kathryn Grayson

927 * 718 Anchors Aweigh 1945

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