Brigadoon Overview:

Brigadoon (1954) was a Fantasy - Musical Film directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens.


Romance blooms for an American who stumbles upon a magical Scottish village visible for one day every hundred years. Bagpipes and brogues abound in the Technicolor Highlands, and the Lerner and Loewe score makes this one of the most underrated of the grand 1950s musicals.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Preston Ames; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Keogh GleasonNominated
Best Costume DesignIrene SharaffNominated

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Brigadoon (1954)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 27, 2023 From 4 Star Films

I have fond memories of traipsing across the Old Course in St. Andrews and attending the Military Tattoo near the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. There’s something untamed about that landscape remaining austere and beautiful, perfectly suited for tartans, bellowing bagpipes, and the rat-ta-tat of dru... Read full article


on Aug 25, 2021 From Caftan Woman

Michaela at Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting The Fifth Annual Van Johnson Blogathon. Click HERE to access the tributes to the popular actor. The contribution from this corner of the internet is a look at Van in the 1954 film version of Brigadoon.Once a song and dance man, always a song and d... Read full article

Brigadoon ( 1954 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Mar 25, 2020 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

"If you love someone deeply enough, anything is possible." Aye, 'tis true. Tommy Albright ( Gene Kelly ) learns just how powerful love is when he comes to the enchanted village of Brigadoon and meets his true love Fiona ( Cyd Charisse ). Tommy and his friend Jeff Douglas ( Van Johnson ) come across... Read full article

Musical Monday: Brigadoon (1954)

on Jun 18, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Brigadoon?(1954) ? Musical #... Read full article

Blu-ray Review: Charisse and Kelly in Brigadoon (1954)

By KC on Oct 17, 2017 From Classic Movies

The MGM production of the Learner and Lowe musical Brigadoon (1954) is a mixed bag, overwhelmed by inelegant artifice, but not without its moments of misty magic. Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelly and Van Johnson lead a pleasantly quirky cast, directed by Vincente Minnelli. The film is now available on Blu-r... Read full article

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Quotes from

Jeff Douglas: If they want to disregard two hundred years of human bing-bang, that's their privilege.

Tommy Albright: [miserable] Why do you have to *lose* something, to find out what it *really* means?

Jeff Douglas: You're confused, aren't you boy? If you believed as much as you *thought* you believed, you *wouldn't* be confused.

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Facts about

Star Gene Kelly and director Vincente Minnelli both wanted to film scenes on location in Scotland but the studio bosses at MGM insisted the film be shot entirely at the studio. When the movie was released critics noted the staged studio feel of the movie.
Howard Keel and Jane Powell were originally slated to play the leads. When commitments on other films left them unavailable, Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse were cast instead, and dancing subsequently emphasized over singing.
Four of the show's musical numbers - "Come to Me, Bend to Me", "There But For You Go I", "From This Day On", and "The Sword Dance" - were filmed and/or recorded, but eliminated before the film's release. The sound and picture for three of them are included as extras on the Warner DVD release, but only the audio for "There But For You Go I" has been included.
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