They were never stars like Cary Grant, or even Errol Flynn.

Musical comedy leading men (with the exception of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly) never made the big leagues. BUT musical comedy had its stalwart men — think Howard Keel, Dan Dailey, Donald O’Connor, and Gordon McCrea.

You never heard much about his private life. You never heard rumors about his affairs or tales about his temperament.  All the public knew about Gordon McCrae was that he delivered fine performances in entertaining films. He starred in the film versions of two of Broadways biggest hits, Oklahoma and Carousel (along with Shirley Jones).

He starred with Doris Day in two classic musical comedies, On Moonlight Bay, and By The Light of the Silvery Moon, based on Booth Tarkington’s Penrod stories.

All four of those films hold up beautifully today with great acting and production values.

 

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