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Little Nellie Kelly

Little Nellie Kelly(1940)


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Although the film was based on George M. Cohan's musical comedy of the same name, little of the original plot was transferred to the screen. Judy Garland's "swing" rendition of "Singin' in the Rain" was among the musical numbers featured in the 1974 M-G-M compilation picture, That's Entertainment. "Nellie Kelly" was the first adult role played by Garland and the first feature film of actor-singer John Raitt (1917-2005), who appeared in a small role as an "Intern." After appearing in small roles in several films, Raitt went to Broadway and became a star, playing the lead in such popular musicals as Carousel and The Pajama Game. He also starred in the film version of The Pajama Game (see below), among other films, and was the father of country-Western singer Bonnie Raitt.