"All Charm, All Bounce, All Spirit And All Fun. It Is Impossible Not To Admire Her." -TIME
"Be sure the story is something you cannot resist," Richard Rodgers once advised Meredith Wilson. After considering 100 projects for a successor to The Music Man, Wilson found one that was irresistible. And unsinkable.
Debbie Reynolds plays the title role, inviting all to Belly Up to the Bar, Boys for the whoop-and-holler film of Wilson's 1960 Broadway hit. Reynolds won a 1964 Best Actress Oscar nomination as the backwoods heroine who survives the Titanic and snobbery of Denver society. Screen-debuting Harve Presnell reprises his stage role of Johnny, who has a heartful-and-a-half of love for Molly. Johnson wasn't alone. Astronauts Gus Grisson and John Young so admired the movie they named their Gemini 3 spacecraft Molly Brown.