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[on Fred Astaire
and Gene Kelly
] I can watch Astaire anytime. I don't think he ever made a wrong move. He was a perfectionist. He would work on a few bars for hours until it was just the way he wanted it. Gene was the same way. They both wanted perfection, even though they were completely different personalities.
Prior to her feature film debut in Something to Shout About
(1943) (filmed in 1942), Cyd appeared in at least six Soundies, short musical films played in the popular television-like jukeboxes of that era. Her actual film debut may have most likely been in Escort Girl
(1941), (copyrighted 4 November 1941), in which an uncredited dancer looking amazingly like Cyd, does a number, very much in Cyd's ...