Time: 118 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Musical Comedy
Academy Award nomination for Best Song.
SYNOPSIS: After four months of floundering attempts to get into a Broadway show, Tommy Williams grasps the opportunity to produce a charity show to take city orphans on a trip to the country. With his new girlfriend, Penny, he and his young friends produce a musical. But Tommy lets potential success go to his head, ready to pitch his friends and his ideals.
BOTTOM LINE: This is my first foray into the Rooney/Garland musicals and I have to say I'm hooked. It's clear after watching this entertaining pic why they were such a popular duo. Mickey plays a young song and dance man trying to make it on Broadway, with little success. Judy plays a down-and-out singer/actress who falls for him and his overwhelming enthusiasm.
It goes without saying that the plot revolves around them trying to put on a show in order to gain exposure to New York's leading Broadway producer. There are plenty of pitfalls along the way, as well as much singing and dancing. What keeps this pic afloat is Rooney's enormous energy and charm and Garland's amazing voice and heartfelt acting. They work well as a team, complimenting each other beautifully.
There's an honesty to their performances that draws you in and keeps you watching to the very last frame. Sure, some of the musical numbers are hokey by today's standards, but not enough to ruin the magic. The plot could be better, but the pacing is so brisk you hardly have time to notice. The supporting cast is mostly forgettable, leaving Mickey and Judy even more room to shine. A classic full of fun and vigor that chases the blues away.