Monday, July 26, 2010
Debbie Reynolds - Classic Movie Goddess For July: The Essential Debbie Films
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952) Without a doubt, the film that put Debbie on the map. As aspiring actress Kathy Selden, Debbie who was all of 21 years old, is terrific. And she more than holds her own with Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor in the film's many magical music moments. For her, the dance number Good Morning is just sensational.
THE CATERED AFFAIR (1956) A change of pace role for diva Bette Davis, as she plays mother to Debbie's character Jane, who is about to get married. But as her family is so poor, trouble arises when the wedding costs become huge. This might be more of a film to watch for Bette Davis nuanced performance but Debbie is no slouch herself and does a commendable job with the legendary Davis.
TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR (1957) Unsophisticated young woman Tammy Tyree, who is from the Mississippi swamps falls in love with an unconventional southern gentlemen played by Leslie Nielsen. She nurses him back to health after a plane crash and tries to win over his family at their planatation.
Other notable films include The Tender Trap, The Pleasure Of His Company with Fred Astaire, Bundle of Joy, I Love Melvin and so many more.