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Living in a Big Way

Gene Kelly  Actor Marie McDonald  Actor Charles Winninger  Actor Phyllis Thaxter  Actor Spring Byington  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Suitable for Children

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Living in a Big Way

UPC: 883316453506

Studio: Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Suitable for Children]

Summary: Despite MGM's insistence that star Gene Kelly, just returning from military service in 1947, appear exclusively in big-budget Technicolor musicals, maverick director Gregory La Cava showcased Kelly in the modest black and white tunefest Living in a Big Way. Kelly is cast as an ex-GI who discovers that his wealthy war bride (Marie McDonald) is an insufferable snob. Flying in the face of his in-laws, Kelly insists upon using his wife's money to open a charity home for the families of those soldiers who didn't come back. Kelly's major musical number, which takes place during the building of his dream home, is a bizarre ballet utilizing such props as ladders and two-by-fours. Living In a Big Way turned out to be the flop that MGM had predicted, but the film was impressive enough to win La Cava the coveted directorial post for Mary Pickford Productions' One Touch of Venus. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Romance

Living in a Big Way

Release Date: 04/19/2012

Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 Academy Apeture

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 104 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Region: Universal Compatability

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Living in a Big Way
1. Chapter 1 [1:31]
2. Chapter 2 [2:42]
3. Chapter 3 [3:00]
4. Chapter 4 [4:18]
5. Chapter 5 [1:30]
6. Chapter 6 [2:37]
7. Chapter 7 [2:29]
8. Chapter 8 [3:56]
9. Chapter 9 [2:11]
10. Chapter 10 [4:10]
11. Chapter 11 [5:22]
12. Chapter 12 [2:17]
13. Chapter 13 [1:51]
14. Chapter 14 [1:34]
15. Chapter 15 [1:19]
16. Chapter 16 [2:24]
17. Chapter 17 [3:53]
18. Chapter 18 [3:51]
19. Chapter 19 [3:25]
20. Chapter 20 [1:09]
21. Chapter 21 [2:32]
22. Chapter 22 [4:27]
23. Chapter 23 [1:38]
24. Chapter 24 [3:06]
25. Chapter 25 [4:42]
26. Chapter 26 [1:32]
27. Chapter 27 [2:37]
28. Chapter 28 [4:02]
29. Chapter 29 [1:06]
30. Chapter 30 [3:07]
31. Chapter 31 [1:40]
32. Chapter 32 [1:35]
33. Chapter 33 [4:16]
34. Chapter 34 [2:42]
35. Chapter 35 [3:43]
36. Chapter 36 [2:42]
37. Chapter 37 [2:07]
38. Chapter 38 [:23]

Craig Butler

While Living in a Big Way was a big flop upon its release, and while it will never rank among Gene Kelly's best films, it actually is a diverting little mini-musical, certainly flawed but just as certainly containing a number of very good things. Among those very good things are the musical numbers, inserted well into production when it was decided that Big should be a musical rather than a straight comedy. These numbers, which include a very fine sequence with Kelly and a dog and an excellent one involving the star with children, are definite highlights that are sure to be appreciated by musical fans. Unfortunately, the numbers don't work so terribly well in the context of the film itself; a musical isn't something that can be thrown together willy-nilly. Things have to be structured just so, with the numbers serving very specific functions. The fitting in of musical numbers can be either by very conscious design or by intuition (or in some rare cases by sheer luck), but Big misses out in this department, and so you're left with something that's not really a musical and not just a regular comedy either. You're also left with a beautiful but dull and frequently annoying leading lady in Marie McDonald; worse, the story ends with Kelly and McDonald together, but there's greater chemistry between Kelly and Phyllis Thaxter, and so viewers feel cheated that they don't end up as a couple. In addition to showing off his singing and dancing, Kelly also gets to demonstrate his fine comedic sense, and Thaxter is quite good as well. The supporting cast, especially Charles Winninger, Spring Byington and Jean Adair, is great company as well. Great it ain't, but Big is a pleasant entertainment. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Bernadene Hayes  Actor 
Shelley Winters  Actor 
John Alexander  Actor 
Phyllis Kennedy  Actor 
William "Bill" Phillips  Actor 
Pandro S. Berman  Producer 
Gregory La Cava  Director 
Gregory La Cava  Screenwriter 
Irving Ravetch  Screenwriter 
Gene Kelly  Actor 
Marie McDonald  Actor 
Charles Winninger  Actor 
Phyllis Thaxter  Actor 
Spring Byington  Actor 
Jean Adair  Actor 
Clinton Sundberg  Actor 
John Warburton  Actor 

Country: USA