This Day In Film: August 23
by Nicholas Robinson
Today is the start of a new column that is short, sweet, informative and for me actually fun to do. For the next year (i.e. 366 days) I will be posting something that happened on that day however many years ago that has been important to the film industry in some way.
I start today with August 23, 1912. On that day, a star was born (and no it wasn’t Judy Garland). Gene Kelly (born Eugene Curran Kelly) was born in Pittsburgh, PA and had an acting career spanning four and a half decades. During his illustrious career he brought us classics such as An American in Paris, Singin’ in the Rain and For Me and My Gal. In 1992 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and has influenced many stars such as Jackie Chan and David Carradine. Hell, for a man who never wanted to be a dancer, he sure as heck became a great one.
Here are two clips from his most famous movies Singin’ in the Rain and It’s Always Fair Weather: