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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Muppet Show: Gene Kelly (1980) - Star of the month... Gene Kelly

'The Muppet Show' was a popular variety series running from 1976-1981, and featured Jim Henson's Muppets. Each episode featured a popular celebrity guest star.

This episode (#5.01) features legendary musical comedy star Gene Kelly.

Gene Kelly gives Kermit a dance lesson
The episode begins as Gene Kelly has a run with Pops, the Doorman about why he is here. Gene believes Kermit the Frog invited him as a guest to watch 'The Muppet Show', and he has no intention of performing.

After offering to give Kermit a dance lesson, Gene Kelly is tricked into giving this lesson on the Muppet stage, where the two dance to "The Worry Song", which Gene Kelly originally performed with Jerry from 'Tom & Jerry' in the film 'Anchors Aweigh' (1945).

Gene Kelly & Miss Piggy sing "You Wonderful You"
Meanwhile, Scooter leads Beauregard the Janitor to believe the world is coming to an end, which causes Beauregard to panic (as usual). As a result of his panic, Beauregard ends up as a patient in 'Veterinarian's Hospital'.

We are then treated to some dogs singing "Fit as a Fiddle" from 'Singin' in the Rain'.

This is followed by Gene performing a romantic duet "You, Wonderful You" with Miss Piggy. Miss Piggy is replaced with Gonzo the Great, after she has to change for 'Pigs in Space'.

In this episode, 'Pigs in Space' focuses on the end of the world, and is shown in two parts, separated by a 'Muppet News Flash!'.

Gene Kelly closes with a medley of classic tunes
The episode closes with Gene singing a medley of tunes from his classic movies including:

  • "S'Wonderful" (from 'An American in Paris')
  • "You Were Meant For Me" (from 'Singin' in the Rain')
  • "For Me & My Gal" (from 'For Me & My Gal')
  • "Singin' in the Rain" (from 'Singin' in the Rain')

Watch the episode here:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3

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