Make 'Em Laugh
Smile for a Saturday
For today’s “Saturday Smile” we go back to the movies, way back almost 70 years to one of the great classics. It’s Singing in the Rain starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. While the film is filled with memorable songs and dance routines, including one of the most iconic in the history of motion pictures, the spotlight for us today is co-star Donald O'Connor, a genius of physical comedy.
In the song “Make ‘Em Laugh,” O’Connor, the son of vaudeville performers, reaches a level of artistry with his body that is almost unworldly. It is a joy to behold and a reason not only to “make ‘em laugh” but to smile as well. It’s a crescendo of joy, and one we sorely needed. We hope you enjoy.
And for those who want to see the film’s namesake number, here is “Singing in the Rain” - another reason to smile…