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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

Cast

Gene Kelly
as Leo Gogarty
Marie McDonald
as Margaud Morgan
Charles Winninger
as D. Rutherford Morgan
Phyllis Thaxter
as Peggy Randall
Spring Byington
as Mrs. Morgan
Clinton Sundberg
as Everett Hanover Smythe
John Warburton
as Stuart
William "Bill" Phillips
as Schultz
Bernadene Hayes
as Dolly
Phyllis Kennedy
as Annie Pearl
Shelley Winters
as Bit Part
William "Bill" Phillips
as Schultz
Shelley Winters
as Bit Part
Phyllis Kennedy
as Annie Pearl
Bernadene Hayes
as Dolly

Crew

Gregory La Cava
Director
Pandro S. Berman
Producer
Gregory La Cava
Screenwriter
Gregory La Cava
Screen Story
Irving Ravetch
Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson
Cinematographer
Ferris Webster
Editor
William Ferrari
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Douglas Shearer
Sound/Sound Designer
Stanley Donen
Choreography
Gene Kelly
Choreography
Jack Dawn
Makeup
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