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I almost forgot to mention how I loved on that 1984 TV appearance Lee Roy Reams singing to the now 70 something year old Ruby Keeler "I only have eyes for you" in nearly identical fashion to Dick Powell's singing it to her 50 years earlier in "Dames". Powell sadly passed away in the 1960s or else I'm sure he would've done it then, as a special 50th anniversary of the wonderful "Dames". It was still special. I could see the deep emotions and tears in Ruby as Lee Roy was singing to her, it was very special to her, and for me to watch. Ruby was wonderful in her 1930s films, was wonderful in her 1984 appearance, and she still is wonderful, her soul. A pure soul and spirit does not die.
I don't understand why people keep saying she's not a good actress, which I keep reading that on not just this site but on other sites too. Ruby Keeler is a wonderful, sweet, amazing girl. Her acting is so beautiful, charming, and innocent. Her singing I truly like. She does have her style but I love it. She is so beautiful and looks like an angel. She looks like she doesn't have one ounce of unkindness in her soul, which to me is totally pure and beautiful. She was fabulous in her films; her roles in the songs like "42nd St", "Like a waterfall", and "Pettin in the park". Her very best one is "I only have eyes for you" with Dick Powell. After seeing that I truly believed Ruby is an angel. Her gorgeous sweet looks, smile, and voice in that song. The sweet way she closed her eyes smiling while resting her head on Powell's shoulders on the subway. And the wonderful beautiful way she looked and danced during the middle part of the song when she was with about 20 Ruby lookalikes, along with the wonderful singing during that part of the song. And if I was to see 20 copies of someone's face moving around, I would definitely pick seeing hers over almost anyone else's. Ruby was an angel on earth. Now she's an angel in heaven.
"The precious jewel that Ruby is"
That is what Buddy Ebsen wrote in a poem remembering his first sight of Ruby Keeler. It may be true that she was not the greatest actress or dancer, but she certainly had an incredible appeal that can still be seen, thanks to the few movies she made. I never get tired of watching her.
A charmer, in her way, if not a great talent
A charmer, in her way, likeable and sweet, a true trouper if not a great talent. She was lucky enough to appear in three delightful, landmark 1933 Busby Berkeley musicals and she embodied the "good girl makes good" idea that clearly spoke to Great Depression audiences. She could be hopeless, I suppose, but one can't help but like her in a way. Her short tap duet with Cagney (who is the better dancer) in "Footlight Parade" is fun.
- K. Bartley
I have seen several of her films and think she did a good job in all of them. I would like to more on T.C.M.at anytime.
All her films are great
- Kenneth Bartley
All of Ruby Keelers films are great.Good actress,good dancer,good looking.I just wish that you can put all of her films on Turner Classis Movies in the near future. Have a Ruby Keeler festival.If this can be arranged I will sit in front of the television untill they have run their course. Ruby Keeler is a double of a girl I knew in San Diego 60 years ago. Thank you. Rerun all of her movies.