CHARLOTTE’S WEB
1973, Paramount, 94 min, USA, Dir: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

Debbie Reynolds is the voice of Charlotte, a gentle spider who befriends lovable pig Wilbur (Henry Gibson) in this irresistible animated adaptation of E.B. White’s classic novel.


THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT
1974, Warner Bros., 135 min, Dir: Jack Haley Jr.

An impressive array of classic MGM stars - Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few - discuss their favorite and most memorable experiences at the studio known for its musical panache, in this documentary directed by Jack Haley’s son. This anthology film features archival footage of legendary MGM stars and rarely seen performances such as a singing and dancing Clark Gable. Clips from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN to THE BANDWAGON and more.


SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
1952, Warner Bros., 103 min, Dir: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen

On a short list of the greatest screen musicals ever made, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN began with legendary MGM producer Arthur Freed giving screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green a stack of songs he'd written early in his career (with partner Nacio Herb Brown) - including "Broadway Melody," "You Are My Lucky Star" and the title song - with the simple request to weave a story around the numbers. What emerged was a sublime marriage of song and dance, innocence and nostalgia, heart-tugging romance and surreal comedy (especially in co-star Donald O'Connor's show-stopping "Make ’Em Laugh" routine). Co-director Kelly shines as silent-movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career (and leading lady, hilariously played by Jean Hagen) is imperiled by the coming of sound - until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie Reynolds. The brilliant supporting cast includes Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley and the great Cyd Charisse, whose long-legged "Broadway Melody" ballet with Kelly nearly steals the show!


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