“The Hollywood Greats”: Gene Kelly Documentary (2001)

In this episode of “The Hollywood Greats” (30 April 2001), Jonathan Ross presents a profile of Gene Kelly. Much thanks to “Orang Telor Theatre” for uploading these.


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  • Thanks so much for sharing this. I like it better than Anatomy of a Dancer, it is warmer in tone. It also has a couple of great little clips I never saw before.
    I remember trying to find it some time ago after learning that Ross had made this series of programmes. Some wonderful stuff in there. I noticed there were a couple of clips from the 1974 Parkinson interview. I wrote him a couple of years ago asking if this was available, as Parkinson owns many of the shows he hosted through the years, and has issued some on DVD, including Fred Astaire’s appearance. I received a very nice phone call from Parkinson’s assistant. But he said the tape had probably been destroyed, no one knew where it was. I’m sure it must be out there somewhere, bits of it crop up so often…

  • Michelle

    This is great stuff, indeed. I agree with Aunt Suzy: The entire GK interview with Parkinson circa 1974 must be in circulation somewhere. Perhaps, the footage is at the Paley Center for Media? Too bad parts II and III were removed because I really like this documentary much better than An Anatomy of a Dancer (so far)-which the latter seems a bit more contrived. I was much more intrigued with Gene’s family members. I really wanted to hear more from his grandson, Ben Novick (Kerry’s son) and Tim Kelly-who by the way, is looking more like Gene as he ages!

    The audience seems to get more of a glimpse of Gene’s philosophy on certain subject matter just by hearing the stories relayed by his family members. Some things may be repetitive to me but it is rare that you hear directly from his family. I remember Kerry mentioning that she had many heated discussions with her dad about the Vietnam War and other major events of the 1960s. A true generational gap was realized by many during that decade. I can imagine that it must have been a major adjustment for Gene with regard to this turbulent, revolutionary, yet pivotal time period.

    Anyway, If anyone has any idea where to find this documentary in its entirety and/or the 1974 Parkinson interview; please, please share! Meanwhile, thanks for posting part I.

    • I have all three parts. Will try to upload them to an academic sharing (creative commons) site sometime this summer… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Michelle,

      I just uploaded the “Hollywood Greats” Gene Kelly documentary again. This time it is just one file. Try to save it, because maybe I have to remove it again (possible copyright-claims).

      Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_TzRvBXZEw



  • Michelle

    Thanks a billion, Kelli!

  • Amy

    Hi Kelli, have you uploaded the videos yet? I’ve been searching all over the Internet and just can’t seem to find anyway to see this ๐Ÿ™
    Thanks a bunch! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eek! Sorry, I’ve not. Maybe I’ll do so over the holiday break… ๐Ÿ™