He fascinated me. He was a most under-appreciated triple threat Hollywood talent. He could sing, he could dance, he could act. Donald O'Connor was one terrific entertainer as a child, as a teen and as an adult. He shines in the 1938 Paramount musical comedy, SING YOUR SNNERS. It's about three brothers who are a popular singing trio. O'Connor was about 11 or 12 and there he is, giving you screen charisma as he keeps up with stars Bing Crosby and Fred MacMurray as his siblings. I have loved Donald O'Connor movies ever since I was a kid in Los Angeles. When I was a boy in grade school, there was no such thing as VHS, DVD or cable TV. The local TV stations back then aired of lot of old movies. I'd get home from school and there would be a late afternoon movie on some station to lead into the local evening news. One station, Channel 13, had some of the 1940s Universal musicals starring Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan. Those two teen performers were sort of Universal's answer to MGM's Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Local ABC aired the Donald O'Connor FRANCIS movies of the 1950s.
Like millions of fellow classic film devotees, I love Donald O'Connor as Cosmo in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952). He lights up the screen with his every appearance. His dancing is sensational.