I have seen my fair share of crazy MGM musicals, but this might take the cake as the one that is absolutely the most bonkers for me. Gene Kelly chewing every piece of scenery he can get his teeth on and wearing cutoff booty shorts while setting everything around him on fire… Judy Garland being cast as a “Caribbean” woman and throwing every breakable set piece she can find at Gene’s head… that bit where Gene kisses a woman with…
Judy Garland literally 1) gave everything she had in that 20-min “Born in a Trunk” musical sequence and 2) gave one of the most moving dramatic monologues in the history of film paralleling her own struggles with addiction and self-destruction. She gave everything, and she did that for us. What more could she have done for that Oscar? One of the worst Oscar robberies in history.