In honor of the late Gene Kelly's birthday Thursday (he would have been 100), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is airing a smorgasbord of Kelly's movies.
Here's Thursday's schedule: “For Me and My Gal” at 6 a.m.; “Anchors Aweigh” at 8 a.m.; “The Three Musketeers” at 10:30 a.m.; “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at 1 p.m.; “The Pirate” at 2:45 p.m.; “Invitation to the Dance” at 4:30 p.m.; “On the Town” at 6:15 p.m.; “Cover Girl” at 8 p.m.; “An American in Paris” at 10 p.m.; “Singin' in the Rain” at midnight; “Inherit the Wind” at 2 a.m. and “Black Hand” at 4:15 a.m.
To be sure, Kelly wasn't as smooth a dancer as Fred Astaire, which he admitted in an interview: “If Fred Astaire is the Cary Grant of dance, I'm the Marlon Brando.”
Kelly was an athletic dancer who choreographed a lot of his own dance moves, probably because of his background as a dance instructor. Tony Martin once said he could tell when his wife, Cyd Charisse, had danced with Kelly because she would have bruises all over her by the time she came home.
How well do you know Gene Kelly's films?
1. Which of the above films was his first?
2. What role did he play in “The Three Musketeers” (1948)?
3. What was the name of his last movie musical?
4. Kelly had a 103-degree temperature when he filmed which famous scene?
Answers: 1. “For Me and My Gal” (1942). 2. D'Artagnan. 3. “Xanadu” (1980). 4. Kelly had a 103-degree temperature while filming the title song “Singin' in the Rain.”