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In transferring Brigadoon, a click as a [1947] Broadway musical play, to the screen, Metro has medium success. It's a fairly entertaining tunefilm of mixed appeal.

Gene Kelly Van Johnson Cyd Charisse Elaine Stewart Barry Jones Hugh Laing

In transferring Brigadoon, a click as a [1947] Broadway musical play, to the screen, Metro has medium success. It’s a fairly entertaining tunefilm of mixed appeal.

Among the more noteworthy points are the score, as directed by Johnny Green, and the stage-type settings that represent the plot’s Highland locale. The latter are striking, even though they are the major contribution to the feeling that this is a filmed stage show, rather than a motion picture musical.

Less noteworthy is the choreography by Gene Kelly, who also plays the lead male role, and his singing of the Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe songs.

The Lerner musical play tells of two New Yorkers who become lost while hunting in Scotland and happen on Brigadoon on the one day that it is visible every 100 years. Besides, a wedding is to take place and Kelly and Van Johnson, the modern-day males, join in the fun. Particularly Kelly, who falls for Cyd Charisse hard enough to be willing to join his sweetheart in the long ago.

1954: Nomination: Best Color Costume Design, Color Art Direction, Sound


Production: M-G-M. Director Vincente Minnelli; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Alan Jay Lerner; Camera Joseph Ruttenberg; Editor Albert Akst; Music Johnny Green (dir.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Preston Ames

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1954. Running time: 108 MIN.

With: Gene Kelly Van Johnson Cyd Charisse Elaine Stewart Barry Jones Hugh Laing

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