Van Johnson died yesterday at the age of 92. He was quite a dandy in his younger days—tanned, fresh, and freckle-faced—and grew into the smartass film star whose films I grew up with. He was Gene Kelly's sidekick in Brigadoon, one of my favorite musicals, and in it he delivers one of my favorite lines while sitting in a crowded and unpleasant bar after spending an unknown length of time in the fresh and surreal air of Brigadoon—"It's not the heat. It's the humanity."
Here he is with Gene in a scene from Brigadoon.