4.5/5 stars-A great musical that is really not one, save for a few stage perfomances here and there. Judy Garland is well, Judy before the downfall, and she shows why she is perhaps the greatest actress who ever lived (my opinion). This is Gene Kelly's first film, but you wouldn't be able to tell without being informed, because he is spot on and brilliant from the get go. I docked a half star because the last fourth of the movie takes a sharp pro-armed forces turn (this film was made right in the heart of World War II, and even has a PSA to "purchase war bonds at this theater" at the end) that comes out of nowhere. It was a cute little film before that, and then seems like propaganda. Good propaganda for sure, but it didn't fit in. Still, worth a viewing just for the chemistry between Judy and Gene alone.