Living in a Big Way

Which rarely screened comedy has what Gene Kelly calls some of his favorite dance creations? That's right: Living in a Big Way.


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Living in a Big Way
 
3.5

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4.0

Enjoyed this classic w/Gene Kelly.

By Lynette

from Va Beach, VA

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about Living in a Big Way:

    Good film, quality of DVD good also.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Worth Having for the Musical Numbers

    By Bill

    from Lakewood, CO

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    Pros

    • Gene Kelly

    Cons

    • Tiresome Dialogue

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater

    Comments about Living in a Big Way:

    Writer-director LaCava was on the downside of his illustrious career when he made "Living in a Big Way", his last credited picture. Although he submitted a script for the movie, most of what we see in the finished film was made up during production---and it shows. There are long, witless conversations that go nowhere and are delivered by mostly boring or downright unpleasant characters.

    Gene Kelly, having just returned from World War II, balked at doing this film, but was won over in the end---perhaps by one of the themes of the movie: the problems of returning GIs. Unfortunately, that theme is overshadowed by the stupid bickering between the two main characters and the feeble attempts at comedy by most of the supporting characters. Only two characters, the butler (played by Clinton Sundberg) and the grandmother (played by Jean Adair) get a few witty lines.

    And to top things off, Gene ends up with the wrong girl!

    Luckily, Kelly convinced MGM to let him add some musical numbers to the movie, so he and Stanley Donen created two delightful sequences, one with a dog and one with a group of children at a construction site (Kelly and Donen would, of course, go on to bigger and better work in "On the Town" and "Singin' in the Rain"). A third sequence, near the beginning of the film, pairs Kelly with McDonald in a ballroom dance---pleasant enough, but not Kelly's strongest style.

    I had not seen this movie before, except for a brief clip from the construction site dance in "That's Entertainment!". Now that I've seen the complete movie, I would call it a waste of time if not for the musical numbers, which are wonderful new Gene Kelly treasures.

    The image quality on the DVD is excellent, except for a couple rough spots at reel changes. The audio is fine. The movie comes with 37 chapters, but the ones to remember are 2 for the ballroom dance, 13 for the dance with the dog and 30 for the dance at the construction site.

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