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Marjorie Morningstar Reviews

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August 23, 2009
Well produced melodrama. Natalie Wood is a little stiff in her acting, but Gene Kelly does well enough. Good story, but a little overly dramatic. Some of the music is outstanding.
July 31, 2007
As a Martin Milner fan, I love love love this movie. He gets to show off his acting chops in a romantic and non law enforcement role in a role that his much larger than "Sweet Smell of Success." The cast of this film is so strong, with everyone putting in great work. An enjoyable movie.
May 23, 2007
This is probably my least favorite movie, because GENE played the role as being washed up in his career. Although he was excellent in the role, I just didn't want to picture the most talented tap man of all times as being on his last note of his career (in the movie). Natlie Wood was very sweet in this movie as well. But it was worth watching just to see an older yet still handsome, sensual GENE.
July 29, 2006
It's good, it may not end the way I wanted it to, but it kind of makes its point in the movie, and I'd have to agree with it. Mostly the movie is about growing up, realizing things don't always go the way you want to. and making those tough decisions that you really didn't want to make. You'll see my point when you reach the end of the movie, it will all just click.
October 28, 2006
Not a terribly compelling film, but Gene Kelly is sa-mokin hot and you can't really go wrong with Natalie Wood in a dramatic role.
July 17, 2012
Enjoyable movie that was one of Natalie Wood's first "grown up" roles. She's not bad but a little on the "wooden" side at times. Gene Kelly is woefully miscast and chews the scenery like crazy! The one fabulous performance is by Carolyn Jones as "Marsha Zelenko" ("twenty seven bucks. shot!"), Marjorie's best friend. Good supporting cast that includes Ed Wynn, Claire Trevor, Martin Milner and Martin Balsam. Gorgeous soundtrack that includes the lushly romantic "A Very Special Love".
Monsieur Rick
September 16, 2010
Natalie Wood is seen in just about every scene of this charming movie. Sure its a bit slow, but the era of 1957 was pretty slow anyway. A tortured love affair between Kelly and Wood drills down to the real truth of their relationship. Give it credit for that. The ending is what that relationship? was all about.

What helps the film for me in the beginning was the location. Shot initially at a lake resort (and ending there too), with water all around in some of the scenes, it reminds me of better days away from this desert town (Casablanca) I know too well. Later as the film progresses it's in the city, the lights, Broadway, the pressure to be somebody.

Gene Kelly fans, his best dramatic (I think) performance, will love this spring-summer romance, with Kelly the big Broadway hot shot and little Natalie Wood the naive want-to-be star of the stage. While her parents appear early in the film watching over her every move when she dates, the showdown comes when they meet Kelly, a free spirit. They follow Wood all through the film like it should be, even in the worst times.

Kelly early in the film knows better than to keep meeting Wood, he even tells her he should avoid her, but the impulse of infatuation (or continuing the movie) overwhelms him as he crumbles at her presence. But something goes bad between the two and the free spirit Kelly finds his way back to Southwind resort where it all began.

Veteran vaudvillian Ed Wynn (father to Keenan Wynn, if that helps who was in Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World) makes more than a few appearances as the uncle of young 18 year old Natalie Wood. There are lots of extras that we have all seen before in this film. Too numerous to mention.

Overall, there is so much 1957 era costuming, manners, furniture, drinking, smoking and the rest of that time to make this worth watching. It is a time capsule to say the least.

While too long for many at 2 hours 5 minutes, this color film of a Kelly in his decline and Wood in her ascendance should make one hell of a relationship. Kelly does some tremendous acting toward the last third of the film as a comeback showman who can't stand being a suit (a worker).

This film was rather radical in its day for bringing to the silver screen Jewish traditions and parenting. Much like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, this was supposedly taboo at the times.

Recommended for romanticists everywhere that enjoy a walk through late 50s filmographies.

A great soundtrack is so haunting and compelling.

A bittersweet romance that we hope no one, especially ourselves, ever goes through.
August 7, 2006
Well produced melodrama. Natalie Wood is a little stiff in her acting, but Gene Kelly does well enough. Good story, but a little overly dramatic. Some of the music is outstanding.
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