The son of a producer and MGM executive, and a mother who was one of the Mooney Sisters in vaudeville, George Sidney worked his way up from messenger boy to director of numerous MGM musical hits—at one point 15 consecutive box office winners. Though his artistry is not as renowned as Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen and Busby Berkeley, Sidney can lay claim to having directed such classic musicals as “Anchors Aweigh” (1945) “The Harvey Girls” (1946), the 1951 remake of “Show Boat” and “Bye Bye Birdie” (1962).
Sidney actually broke into show business as a five-year old, playing sidekick to Tom Mix in the silent film “The Littlest Cowboy” (1921). But he did not pursue acting as a child. Instead, at age 18, Sidney went to work at MGM, first as a messenger boy, then as a sound technician and film editor. Still a teenager, he graduated to directing “Our Gang” comedies, and, at the age of 20, was put in charge of directing all of MGM’s screen tests. He was also directing short films… read more
Not as light as one might think. Highlights: The death of Lana Turner; the first sword-fighting sequence are great. Gene Kelly is superb. (Love when he jumps over a tree branch and lands beautifully, light as a feather). Loved the Fleur de Lis tattoo, the death of Constance (superb and gorgeous June Allyson), D'Artagnan peeking at Constance; Keenan Wynn saying "he rolls good", trowing the landlord over the stairs.