Am I cheating on All Boy Week by posting this still from the "Lullaby of Broadway" sequence from Singing in the Rain, of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse? No, not really. None of Gene Kelly's female dance partners were ever really able to upstage him, not even the unbelievably athletic, insanely leggy, almost supernaturally beautiful Charisse. She tries hard in this number, though, as the goldigging minx who passes up the chance to bask in Gene's undying adoration to chase another's man's silver dollar. Their ballet-based flirtation is wriggle-in-your-seat bawdy, but despite her expert handling of her perfect form, there's no hiding that Charisse couldn't act her way out of the flimsiest paper bag. It's Kelly's reaction shots that sell the scene.
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