1927 Hollywood. Monumental Pictures' biggest stars, glamorous on-screen couple Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood, are also an off-screen couple if the trade papers and gossip columns are to be believed. Both perpetuate the public perception if only to please their adoring fans and bring people into the movie theaters. In reality, Don barely tolerates her, while Lina, despite thinking Don beneath her, simplemindedly believes what she sees on screen in order to bolster her own stardom and sense of self-importance. R.F. Simpson, Monumental's head, dismisses what he thinks is a flash in the pan: talking pictures. It isn't until The Jazz Singer (1927) becomes a bona fide hit which results in all the movie theaters installing sound equipment that R.F. knows Monumental, most specifically in the form of Don and Lina, have to jump on the talking picture bandwagon, despite no one at the studio knowing anything about the technology. Musician Cosmo Brown, Don's best friend, gets hired as Monumental's ... Written by
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In the "Moses Supposes" scene, the book that Cosmo throws over his shoulder can clearly be seen to the left of the desk. By the end of the song, the book is gone and a miniature trash can has taken its place. See more »
[broadcasting on radio]
This is Dora Bailey, ladies and gentlemen, talking to you from the front of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. What a night, ladies and gentlemen, what a night! Every star in Hollywood's heaven is here to make Monumental Pictures' premiere of "The Royal Rascal" the outstanding event of 1927! Everyone is breathlessly awaiting the arrival of Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood!
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One thing I noticed in reading the comments of this movie is that nobody
recognized the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Without their
screenplay the movie does not get made. It is a great script that was made
better by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donens' fluid direction. Everything in this
movie glides effortlessly. Throw in dancing by Donald O'connor, Debbie
Reynolds, Cyd Charisse and of course Gene Kelly, Great songs and the
willingness of producer Arthur Freed to let the creative people to do their
thing and you have a classic.
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