Thursday, June 18, 2015

Brigadoon...lots of wooly pants.

The 1954 MGM musical...with Jimmy Thompson 
(front and center with THOSE PANTS!), 
Gene Kelly (left), and Van Johnson (right).
Plans to film in Scotland, and later Monterey, were shelved
when producer Dore Schary clipped the budget.
It was the MGM back lot for these lads and lasses.

 A pic of the original Broadway production,
done in 1947,
starred Marion Bell and David Brooks.
It was Lerner and Loewe's first hit...
and it featured the choreography of Agnes De Mille,
who incorporated Scottish dance into the routines.

 Alan Lerner, Cyd Charisse, Frederick Loewe and Virginia Bosler
on the movie set...
Brigadoon's filming took place just 2 years before they would 
produce their biggest hit, "My Fair Lady."

 Love this shot of Alan and Frederick at work.

Van, Gene and Elaine Stewart "at the bar."
Van competed against Donald O'Connor and Steve Allen (!)
for the part of Jeff.
Can't imagine anyone but Van in this role now!

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