Note: agree w/barney - Kelly was much better than Fred. And so was Danny Kaye, who is probably the most underrated Broadway hoofer of them all. Danny could do it all - from classic ballet to soft shoe - and all points in-between.
Definitely concur. Seems to me that Danny was much more accomplished than Fred, but Fred had all the attention at that time, and Danny's ventures into comedy created much more attention than his dancing. I recall seeing him doing a couple of ballet routines ... very graceful, indeed ... and he could hold his own with Astaire & Kelly, methinks, in just about any venue.
Thanks for the reference about Eleanor Powell. I remember her, I think, and remember (after being reminded) Fred's semi-tribute (I really think he was jealous/envious ). I'd much rather it have been Juliet Prowse, though ... had a teenage letch for her well past my teenage years . I remember her being praised as having the best legs in show-business, but that may just have been a Frank Sinatra quote I'm remembering . At any rate, Juliet Prowse, Cyd Charisse, Ginger Rogers, and Mitzi Gaynor are the female dances I recall most - and all were teenage lust objects for me .
No shame in lusting for Juliet Prowse. At least half the male population who were "of age" did. (And yes...her legs were awesome. Not just for their looks either. This lady knew how to use
them. Easily one of the most talented dancers to ever appear on stage or screen.)
.. I was a dirty old man before my time
Me too. I always liked the "older girls." Still do - even if they eventually were
my age - and are now mostly "younger women" to me.
Even in my youth, I generally considered 23 to be the minimum age for any woman I'd be interested in.
I still thank heaven for former Shakespearian actress Diana Riggs and the Brit TV series The Avengers
. Her Emma Peel
character opened up my impressionable young mind to what women might
be if men would just stop trying to turn them into domesticated farm animals. Mrs. Emma Peel
was smart, elegant, wholesomely sexy, witty - and could kick some serious butt when she needed to. This was a woman who didn't care to lead, and definitely wouldn't follow, any
man. Although (if he were lucky) she might elect to walk alongside him as an equal. Now that
was definitely an idea ahead of its time when The Avengers
first came out.Ah Diana!
Few ever wore the LBD with such authority