Living in a Big Way
Gene Kelly cavorts with a clever dog, woos a statue, scampers across the beams of an uncompleted apartment and joins children in a medley of games.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: April 19, 2012
- Originally Released: 1947
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Gene Kelly, Marie McDonald & Spring Byington|
|Performer:||Charles Winninger, Phyllis Thaxter, Jean Adair, Clinton Sundberg, John Warburton & Bernadene Hayes|
|Directed by||Gregory La Cava|
|Edited by||Ferris Webster|
|Screenplay by||Gregory La Cava|
|Written by||Irving Ravetch & Gregory La Cava|
|Art Direction by||William Ferrari & Cedric Gibbons|
|Story by||Gregory La Cava & Irving Ravetch|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Director of Photography:||Harold Rosson|
Rating: C -- A flop in its day and still a flop. Full Review
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Like many postwar films, Living in a Big Way embraces a familiar theme: the plight of the returning servicemen. Gene Kelly returns home to the war bride he scarcely knows and finds she has misgivings about their impulsive nuptials. While sorting out this personal problem, he involves himself in a public one: construction of housing for the huge number of homeless vets.
Dramedy in which Kelly sings and dances his way home from the war, only to discover that his young wife harbors doubts about the stability of their marriage.
Army pilot Leo Gogarty hastily marries Margaud Morgan and is sent overseas to fight only a few hours later. When he returns home to his bride, three years later, after military service, Leo finds her a very changed woman. As a result of her father's wartime prosperity, she's become a wealthy socialite and the only thing she wants from Leo is a quick divorce. But when he develops a project to deal with the lack of housing for veterans, the fickle Margaud starts to see him in a different light and tries to win him back again.
- This film marked Gene Kelly's return to the screen following his service in the Navy.
- Additional cast: John Warburton (Stuart) and William "Bill" Phillips (Schultz).
- Additional credits: Shirley Barker (costume supervisor associate).
- Last feature film for director Gregory La Cava.
- The song "It Had to Be You" is also used in the film.
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