Pocket-Size Musical at Metro
|Among Melvin Merriment Is Location Shooting at The Brooklyn Bridge|
Don Loves Debbie in I Love Melvin (1953)
What to do with such a sprightly pair as Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor after they've clicked so nicely in Singin' In The Rain? To team them was natural ... it had worked for Don, repeatedly so, at Universal, with live wires Peggy Ryan, Susanna Foster, Gloria Jean, and undoubted others I'd know better if only we were permitted to see teen musicals off U's high school campus. Debbie, then, was merely an update for purpose of Don dancing and flipping over sofas in puppy love. His talent was great to a point of movies not being able to contain, anytime he walked on being occasion for Gene Kelly, Deanna Durbin, Bing Crosby, to evaporate. Was it awareness of this that kept Don on support or B lead leash? Maybe the only co-player not intimidated by him was Francis The Mule. As to Reynolds, she was reliably Debbie Dimples when not Miss Hollywood, two indelicate labels put to her by Richard Brooks when he got stuck directing DR in The Catered Affair (then had to eat words when she emerged so good in it).
|Debbie Reynolds Dream Sequence Capped By On-Set Visit From Robert Taylor|
|Disquieting Highlight: Debbie Dances With a Guy In A Gene Kelly Mask|