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Donald O'Connor

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SININ' IN THE RAIN

O'Connor's big break into big budget movies came in 1952 when Gene Kelly chose him as his co-star for MGM's ground-breaking dance musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. A spoof of the movie industry and its struggle to convert from silent to talking pictures, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN was not a commercial success when first released, but it has since become recognized as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time.

"Make 'em Laugh" in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

In addition to his tap dances with co-stars Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly (including the "Moses Supposes" number pictured below), SINGIN' IN THE RAIN also gave O'Connor the opportunity to showcase his comedic energy and athletic dancing in "Make 'em Laugh" -- the most famous scene of his entire film career.

Click here"Make 'em Laugh" (clip) (a .MP3 file courtesy Rhino Records).

"Moses Supposes" in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

Music Clips from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952):

Click here"Moses Supposes" (clip) sung with Gene Kelly (a .MP3 file courtesy Rhino Records).

"Good Mornin'" (clip) sung with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds:

    Click here (a .AU file courtesy Rhino Records).
    Click here (a .MP3 file courtesy Rhino Records).

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CALL ME MADAM

After SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, O'Connor stayed on at MGM to co-star for a second time with Debbie Reynolds in I LOVE MELVIN (1953), and after two more "Francis, the Talking Mule" films at Universal, he was loaned to 20th Century-Fox to appear with Ethel Merman, Vera-Ellen and George Sanders in Irving Berlin's CALL ME MADAM (1953), adapted from the Broadway play by Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay.

THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS

In what is perhaps the second best-known movie musical of his career (behind SINGIN' IN THE RAIN), O'Connor played the heavy drinking son of vaudevillians Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey who falls in love with Marilyn Monroe in 20th Century-Fox's Cinemascope musical THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS (1954), again with music by Irving Berlin.

Music Clips from THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS:

Click here"A Man Chases a Girl" (clip) (a .MP3 file courtesy Varese Sarabande).
Click here"Lazy" (clip) sung with Marilyn Monroe and Mitzi Gaynor (a .MP3 file courtesy Varese Sarabande).

(For help opening the multimedia files, visit the plug-ins page.)

THE BUSTER KEATON STORY

In the last major film of his career under the studio system of the 1950s, O'Connor played the title character in Paramount's THE BUSTER KEATON STORY (1957), ostensibly about the life and career of the legendary silent film comedian.  However, the film was not well received by critics or audiences who felt it took liberties with the facts of Keaton's life and saw its humorous moments as mere reenactments from the deadpan comic's films.

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