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I am in the process of reading a book by Jeanine Basinger about the studio system of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. In the book she refers to Vera-Ellen as a "mediocre dancer." This caught me completely by surprise, since I've always enjoyed her movies, especially "On the Town", "White Christmas", and "Three Little Words." And her interpretation of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" with Gene Kelly from "Words and Music" is a great piece of entertainment. How do others feel about Vera-Ellen? Maybe I just have my head in the clouds.



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I love Jeanine Basinger's books, but I have to disagree with her about the dancing talent of Vera-Ellen. I think Vera-Ellen is a great dancer, who held her own when dancing with Kelly and Astaire. I love her in *On the Town* with Kelly, especially in the ballet.


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