Living in a Big Way

Living in a Big Way (1947) is an American musical comedy film starring Gene Kelly and Marie McDonald as a couple who marry during World War II after only knowing each other a short time. This was director Gregory La Cava's final film.

Living in a Big Way
Directed byGregory La Cava
Produced byPandro S. Berman
Written byGregory La Cava
Irving Ravetch
StarringGene Kelly
Marie McDonald
Charles Winninger
Phyllis Thaxter
Spring Byington
Music byLennie Hayton
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Edited byFerris Webster
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • June 10, 1947 (1947-06-10)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,513,000[1]


Leo Gogarty (Kelly) marries Margaud Morgan (McDonald) after a whirlwind romance just before shipping out to war. When he returns, he is surprised to discover not only that his bride is not what she led him to believe, but also that she expects a quick divorce. Both Mr. and Mrs. Gogarty must find their place with or without each other in a society still adjusting to peace.

Among the many Gene Kelly dance segments are 'Fido and Me', where Mr. Kelly dances with a dog and a statue, and a sequence on a construction site with a number of children.



The film earned $1,137,000 in the US and Canada and $376,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $1,939,000 - one of MGM's biggest disasters of 1947.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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