Dennis Reardon’s review published on Letterboxd:
Like everyone else in the US I have seen clips from this movie my entire life, but never actually seen the movie. I know as a kid I saw a bit of when it was on tv. just never all in one sitting. I put it into my queue nearly a year ago after the tragic deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fischer.
The story line is weak it's really just a series of skits and musical numbers interspersed with Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor pitching one silly idea after another to the head of the studio, (Millard Mitchell, who died within a year of the movies release of lung cancer), who seems to think any idea no matter how silly is a "great idea".
But the thing about this movie is that its silly plot is mostly meaningless, it's the dancing and musical numbers that make this such a memorable and loved movie.
It was quite an enjoyable blast to the past. The whole thing was just chocked-full of character actors and more than a few who were active in Silent movies. If you are curious spend a little time on IMDB and check out the full cast list. There has to be at least 15 actors who were active in the silent era.
Highly recommended one of the more enjoyable musicals from the 50's.