Before CGI, Photoshop, or other image-altering programs, Hollywood had to rely on good, old fashioned talent to make movies.
In the 1940s and 50s, that meant movie musicals starring professional dancers, acrobats, and contortionists — who could also act.
For stars like Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Cyd Charisse, it was a good time to be an actor-singer-dancer triple threat.
Story by Aly Weisman and editing by Andrew Fowler
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