At MGM, Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen contributed the pioneering shot-on-location musical On the Town (1949), as well as the much-beloved Singin in the Rain (1952), about the early days of sound in Hollywood. Vincente Minnelli continued with his series of lavish musicals for the Arthur Freed production unit, such as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), An American in Paris (1951), and Gigi (1958). Charles Walters emerged as a sort of second-string Minnelli who was nevertheless capable of excellence at times, with such musicals as Easter Parade (1948), starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, as well as High Society (1956) and The Tender Trap (1955).
Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in Charles Walters’s classic musical Easter Parade (1948).
Musicals of the 1950s existed in a peculiar state of flux, because as with the western, changing audience tastes were about to radically transform the genre. Musicals were an integral part of the 1930s and 1940s studio system, produced on an assembly
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