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Friday, August 31, 2018

Movie Review: Brigadoon (1954)

I am participating in Love Letters to Old Hollywood's Van Johnson Blogathon!! Yes, I know this happened days ago, but I am still having my say even though I am late.
It was funny, I saw this last year, but I thought, "I don't even know who that is." Then this year I watched The Last Time I Saw Paris. "Oh, so that's who that is!" I exclaimed. Thinking about it, I had watched two movies before that with him, and I am here to review the first Van Johnson movie I saw!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so.

Brigadoon (1954):
"...And you're lost in a beautiful forest.."
Two hunters are walking around Scotland one misty morning when they stumble across Brigadoon, a town that only appears every 100 years, but each time it appears it is just the next day from when it appeared last. Today, there is to be a wedding! Tommy and Jeff, the hunters, decide to fully enjoy the day because it is the only time they will ever see this place.
Genre: Musical, Romance.
Length: approx. 108 minutes
Costumes: 9.
Script: 8, "I've been wanting to do that all day."
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Produced by: Arthur Freed
Written by: Alan Jay Lerner
Gene Kelly as Tommy Albright
Van Johnson's facial expression here is the best.
Van Johnson as Jeff Douglas
Cyd Charise as Fiona Campbell
Virginia Bosler as Jean Campbell
Jimmy Thompson as Charlie Chisholm Dalrymple
Hugh Laing as Harry Beaton
Barry Jones as Mr. Lundie
Albert Sharpe as Andrew Campbell
Elaine Stewart as Jane Ashton
Eddie Quillan as Sandy
Tudor Owen as Archie Beaton
Owen McGiveney as Angus
Dee Turnell as Ann
Cinematography: 7.
Cinematography by: Joseph Ruttenberg
Music: 8.
Music by:
Alan Jay Lerner
Frederick Loewe
Conrad Salinger
Cyd Charise was so tall she is always barefoot in this movie so it doesn't look like she is taller than Gene Kelly.
Quotes: 7, "You've noticed that, have you?"
Storyline: 6, There is some kissing, death, drinking, smoking, and suggestive things.
Good For: Musical lovers.
Overall Score: 7.5

Thank you so much to Love Letters to Old Hollywood for hosting this! Make sure you go check out the other entries, HERE.

I am so sorry this is late, I am having a problem with being on time this year. I hear by promise I will not be late anymore. And you can hold me to that.

Thanks for reading!



  1. I love this film. I truly think it's one of the most underrated musicals out there, which is crazy since it comes from Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Lerner and Loewe, AND Van!

    Thanks for contributing to my blogathon!

    1. So many great actors (and a great director), it's crazy that not that many people know about it!

      Thank you so much for hosting this, and for accepting my late entry!

  2. Hey there! So a while back you commented on my blog and said you would like it if I hosted the remake Blogathon again. Well, I’ve decided to go ahead and do that but before I make the banners I wanted to tell you the dates I had in mind to make sure you would be able to participate! I was thinking Nov. 9-11. Let me know if those dates work for you :)

    1. Awesome! Those dates would be great! Thank you so much for letting me know! I'll think of something to write about. I can't wait!

    2. Great! I’ll probably announce it Saturday morning :)

    3. How exciting! I'll look for it then! :)

  3. THe cinematography in Brigadoon is one of my favorite things. To think everything was made inside a studio lot, and not outdoors in the mountains, is memsmerizing. It's a very cute film.
    Don't forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! :)

    1. All the work that went into making them, and they are very beautiful! It is hard to imagine that it is not outside, but in a studio!
      Thanks for reading, and I'm off to read yours! :D


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