These clips star Vivian Blaine, who plays the starring role of Adelaide, the "long suffering, perpetually engaged chorus girl," a role which she actually played on Broadway before acting the part again for the film in 1955. Vivian Blaine, born Vivian Stapleton, in New Jersey in 1921. I was impressed to discover that she was actually quite the short chorus girl, at only 5'2" (a height I can relate to!). A little more about Vivian from IMDB:
Ms. Blaine also originated roles on Broadway in "Say Darling," and "Enter Laughing."
Clearly a fantastic voice actor, you can see her singing here in the 1945 film State Fair, where she dons stunning red hair and a deeply beautiful singing voice. According to Wikipedia, she was in over 21 films and 40 stage shows, not to mention other tv shows and spots. You can also watch her here, on her appearance on "What's My Line," where she is nothing but adorable and charming.
Now on to why this clip is worth writing about.... talk about fun and lighthearted! Who doesn't love beautiful chorus girls dressed up as cute cats? And I love how classic and sweet these costumes are, as far as chorus girl cat costumes go... I mean, have you seen the Footlight Parade (1933) cat costumes? I mean, the are a little excessive... Another little interesting fact is that this song and number were written SPECIFICALLY FOR the film version, and never before were in the Broadway play.
- Barbara Brent
- Jann Darlyn
- Madelyn Darrow - was a top California based model, and was voted Miss Rheingold of 1958. Married tennis legend Pancho Gonzalez in 1960.
- June Kirby - eventually became involved and worked in wardrobe on many films over the course of 40 years
- Pat Sheehan (who I'm convinced is the tall blonde one who enters in the first group of 4 girls) Click her name to read more about her life!
- Larri Thomas
Oddly enough, I couldn't find any information on who the dance choreographer was for this film (missing from the film credits). Apparently, it wasn't until a couple of years after this movie, starting around 1957, that films started to name choreographers in the credits. Finally, after a lot of hunting, I found that Michael Kidd was not only the choreographer for the 1951 Broadway show (and won a Tony for his choreography), but that he also staged the dances and musical numbers for the 1955 film.
Overall, this routine is fun, playful, and cute, and now I present for your viewing enjoyment, "Pet Me Poppa," from Guys and Dolls (1955).