Okay, I know I ship Creese and all but…I’m shipping these two…
When they recorded the audio track for the [title song of For Me and My Gal] a few days earlier—in the scene, they are on the cusp of love singing hopefully about a possible future together—her voice, so mellow and tender, had seemed to bring a strength to his own, often so shaky and insecure to his own ears. Days later on the soundstage when they danced to the soundtrack she was so appealingly hesitant against his quiet confidence, his sexy intensity, that the rapport was something magical.
The overall mastershot of the dance drew handclaps from the usually unresponsive crew when Berkeley yelled, “Cut and print!” Gene had put in many extra hours coaching Judy through the dance steps. It was the least he could do by way of saying thanks. He enjoyed the times with Judy so much he was certain the chemistry between them was right, their interplay easy and natural, just the way it had to be.
—Gene Kelly: A Life of Dance and Dreams, Alvin Yudkoff