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Singin' in the Rain -- Trailer for the classic musical Singin' in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.

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Writers:
Adolph Green (story) and
Betty Comden (story)
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Release Date:
11 April 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Singin' Swingin' Glorious Feelin' Technicolor Musical See more »
Plot:
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The title alone will have you humming the song See more (445 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Kelly ... Don Lockwood

Donald O'Connor ... Cosmo Brown

Debbie Reynolds ... Kathy Selden

Jean Hagen ... Lina Lamont

Millard Mitchell ... R.F. Simpson

Cyd Charisse ... Dancer

Douglas Fowley ... Roscoe Dexter

Rita Moreno ... Zelda Zanders
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dawn Addams ... Teresa - a Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
John Albright ... Call Boy (uncredited)
Betty Allen ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sue Allen ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Marie Ardell ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bette Arlen ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jimmy Bates ... Boy (uncredited)
Marcella Becker ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
David Blair ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Madge Blake ... Dora Bailey (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Gwen Carter ... Girl Talking with Cosmo at Party (uncredited)
Bill Chatham ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Lyle Clark ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Mae Clarke ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Chick Collins ... Fencer (uncredited)
Pat Conway ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Jeanne Coyne ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ruby C. Currie ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Movie Usher (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Sound Engineer (uncredited)
Robert Dayo ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Patricia Denise ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Kay Deslys ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Gloria DeWerd ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
John Dodsworth ... Baron de la Ma de la Toulon (uncredited)
King Donovan ... Rod (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Phil Dunham ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Marietta Elliott ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Richard Emory ... Phil - Villain in Barroom Brawl (uncredited)
Betty Erbes ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Sid Phillips (uncredited)
Don Fields ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Ernie Flatt ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Robert Fortier ... Gangster in Broadway Melody Ballet (uncredited)
Dan Foster ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Matt - Policeman (uncredited)

Kathleen Freeman ... Phoebe Dinsmore (uncredited)
Lance Fuller ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Jeanne Gail ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Glen Gallagher ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Jon Gardner ... Kid (uncredited)
Diane Garrett ... Usherette (uncredited)
Jack George ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Shirley Glickman ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Inez Gorman ... Mrs. Simpson (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Beatrice Gray ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Marion Gray ... Audience Member (uncredited)
William Hamel ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Betty Hannon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Timmy Hawkins ... Boy (uncredited)
Dean Henson ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Jean Heremans ... Fencer (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... J. Cumberland Spendrill III (uncredited)
Joyce Horne ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Don Hulbert ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Frank Hyers ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Patricia Jackson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ivor James ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Morgan Jones ... Audience Member (uncredited)
David Kasday ... Kid (uncredited)
Jan Kayne ... Usherette (uncredited)
Jimmy Kelly ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Police Escort at Premiere (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Judy Landon ... Olga Mara (uncredited)

Joi Lansing ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Janet Lavis ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Lee ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
William F. Leicester ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Peggy Leon ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Diki Lerner ... Male Tango Dancer (uncredited)
Bill Lewin ... Bert - Cowboy Knocked Out in Barroom Brawl (uncredited)

Sylvia Lewis ... Female Tango Dancer (uncredited)
John Logan ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Filipino Butler (uncredited)
Shirley Lopez ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Joan Maloney ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Dancing Fat Man at Party (uncredited)
Dorothy McCarty ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ann McCrea ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Barfly (uncredited)
Johnny McGovern ... Boy (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Sheila Meyers ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ... Villain (uncredited)
Gloria Moore ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Marilyn Moore ... Usherette (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Peggy Murray ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Anne Neyland ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ruth Packard ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Dorothy Patrick ... Usherette (uncredited)
Allen Pinson ... Fencer (uncredited)
'Snub' Pollard ... Old Man Getting Umbrella in "Singin' in the Rain" Number (uncredited)
Angi O. Poulos ... Fruit Peddler (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Saloon Keeper (uncredited)
Shirley Jean Rickert ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Joanne Rio ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Joel Robinson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Joette Robinson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Tony Rocke ... Man in Forecourt (uncredited)
Dennis Ross ... Cosmo as a Boy (uncredited)
Paul Salata ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Audrey Saunders ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... Fencer (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Messenger on Screen (uncredited)
Betty Scott ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... Fencer (uncredited)

Elaine Stewart ... Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
Ben Strobach ... Leading Man (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman in "Singin' in the Rain" Number (uncredited)
Allen Sutherland ... Don as a Boy (uncredited)
Julius Tannen ... Man in Talking Pictures Demonstration (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Sound Technician (uncredited)
Jimmy Thompson ... Singer in 'Beautiful Girl' Segment (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Tommy Walker ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Audrey Washburn ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bobby Watson ... Diction Coach (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Policeman (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Rudy Vallee Impersonator (uncredited)
Adam York ... Publicity Man (uncredited)
Norma Zimmer ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stanley Donen 
Gene Kelly 
 
Writing credits
Adolph Green (story and screenplay) and
Betty Comden (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
Roger Edens .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Mapes (set decorations) (as Jacque Mapes)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Harry McAfee (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Martha Acker .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Mary Bashe .... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Ben Lane .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helene Parsons .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Dorothy Ponedel .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
John True .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Charles J. Hunt .... production manager (uncredited)
William C. Strohm .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Greenwald .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... construction (uncredited)
Tommy Crawford .... props (uncredited)
Tom Ordoqui .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Bill Edmondson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
James F. Gaither Jr. .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ralph A. Pender .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... sound mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Irving G. Ries .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Davis .... cinematographer: matte painting (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chick Collins .... stunts (uncredited)
Jean Heremans .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunt double: Gene Kelly (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Alton .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Richard Borland .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Eric Carpenter .... still photographer (uncredited)
Milford Cline .... gaffer (uncredited)
Hank Forester .... grip (uncredited)
Ed Hubbell .... still photographer (uncredited)
J. James .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Tom Long .... grip (uncredited)
Leo Monlon .... key grip (uncredited)
John M. Nickolaus Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank V. Phillips .... camera operator (uncredited)
Wes Shanks .... gaffer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Vicki Nichols .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Dave Saltuper .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage (uncredited)
Ed Hartzke .... assistant editor (uncredited)
William LeVanway .... supervising editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jeff Alexander .... vocal arrangements
Nacio Herb Brown .... songs: music by
Stanley Donen .... musical numbers staged and directed by
Arthur Freed .... songs: lyrics by
Lennie Hayton .... musical director
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator
Gene Kelly .... musical numbers staged and directed by
Skip Martin .... orchestrator
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Peter P. Decek .... music mixer (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... musical director (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
William Saracino .... music mixer (uncredited)
Lela Simone .... music coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Gooch .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Dorothy Aldrin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jack Aldworth .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Helen Auer .... secretary: Mr. Freed (uncredited)
Rene Barsam .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jeanne Coyne .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Ernie Flatt .... tap dance instructor (uncredited)
Phil Garris .... stand-in (uncredited)
Carol Haney .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Belva Lannan .... secretary: Mr. Edens (uncredited)
Alma Maison .... stand-in (uncredited)
Bill Ryan .... assistant: Mr. Freed (uncredited)
Lela Simone .... assistant: Mr. Freed (uncredited)
Howard Strickling .... publicity director (uncredited)
Gwen Verdon .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
103 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1952) | Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G | USA:Approved (Certificate No. 15511) (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:G (new rating) (1975) | West Germany:6 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Just as Gene Kelly and co-director Stanley Donen reused a huge repertoire of popular songs from earlier musicals, the duo also looted the MGM warehouses for props and vehicles. The car Debbie Reynolds drives at the beginning of the film was actually Andy Hardy's old jalopy. The mansion in which Kelly lives was decorated with tables, chairs, carpets and other items that were used for John Gilbert and Greta Garbo's passionate romantic drama, Flesh and the Devil (1926).See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: As the curtain opens on the preview showing of "The Dueling Cavalier", the title card shown on the screen spells it "Duelling". However, since both spellings are in fact correct (from a grammar perspective), it is entirely possible that one was used during production, and the other adopted only at the preview.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dora Bailey:[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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in La ballade des Dalton (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
TemptationSee more »

FAQ

Any recommendations for other musicals like 'Singin' in the Rain'?
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114 out of 150 people found the following review useful.
The title alone will have you humming the song, 24 May 1999
Author: Kyle Milligan (toldyaso@planeteer.com) from Toronto, Canada

I don't like musicals. They never made any sense to me. Don't get me wrong, I love music; it's an important part of my life. I love movies also, and while the two often compliment each other, sometimes I'm repelled. It's probably the dancing. A person breaking into a complicated dance number, seemingly unaware of their surroundings, or worse yet, in complete synch with a complete stranger is like making fun of the movie, as if to say, "Please don't take us seriously, we like to sing and dance." Or even more ridiculous, "Let's not fight, let's settle this dispute with a song and dance." Forget about suspension of disbelief.

This film however, I manage to enjoy. I once was given the task of my film teacher to watch the film and keep track of all the cuts in the film. Well, sometime after ten minutes I lost track because I was so wrapped up in the story. It really is an interesting period in the history of cinema, told well, and with well placed song and dance numbers that at times drag on, but that seems to be more of an excuse to show off the technicolour than anything else. They build you up to it slowly. The first few numbers don't break out at an inappropriate time. It doesn't last though, but by then they've got you.

With such memorable tunes as these, it's hard to imagine them going wrong. When Gene Kelly sings the title piece, somehow time stands still as you're swept up in one of the most memorable scenes in film history. Just reading the title in print has likely caused you to hum a few bars, or sing a few words. Or maybe, just maybe, walk out without an umbrella when you know it's raining. One thing's for sure, if all Gene Kelly did was choreograph the dance numbers, he more than deserves the co-directing credit he has.

They simply don't make films like this anymore. Which in some ways is a testament to the film's theme and narrative. The business of show is constantly in a state of evolution. The narrative portrays a time period when silent films were being replaced by "talkies" with sound, yet the musical genre itself has almost all but disappeared with the exception of animated films with musical numbers, and rare live-action pieces.

One might speculate that Hollywood overdid the musical. Personally, I can't get into them. Most of the time it seems like a drawn out affair, but this film is something special. Considering my feelings about musicals, it would have to take a film of this one's caliber to make me sit up and take notice.

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