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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 5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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A fabulous musical romance about film technology See more (486 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)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (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)
Sally Musick ... 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)

Directed by
Stanley Donen 
Gene Kelly 
 
Writing credits
Adolph Green (story and screenplay: suggested by the song "Singin' In The Rain") and
Betty Comden (story and screenplay: suggested by the song "Singin' In The Rain")

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 
 
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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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
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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 (MPAA rating: certificate #15511) (original rating) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:G (new rating) (1975) | West Germany:6 (nf)

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The original negative of this film was destroyed in a fire.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During "Beautiful Girls" number, the camera shows all the outfits curving downward starting with the pajamas and ending with the wedding dress. But when the camera closes in on the man singing and the women coming behind him, the wedding dress is in the middle with the others going outwards.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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79 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
A fabulous musical romance about film technology, 1 May 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) are a famed Hollywood duo, making films at the tail end of the silent era. The studio has been issuing PR suggesting that they're a romantic item. In reality, they can barely stand one another. One night, while on the town with his best friend Cosmo Brown (Donald O' Connor), Lockwood has to run to escape fans who want a piece of him badly enough that they'll literally rip his clothes to shreds. He hops over a number of moving vehicles and ends up in the passenger seat of Kathy Selden's (Debbie Reynolds) car. Lockwood seems immediately taken with her, but she gives him the cold shoulder. She says she's an actress with a love of theater, and she looks down on film acting. Later, Lockwood discovers that she was inflating the truth a bit, as he sees Selden performing as a cute song & dance girl at an industry party he's attending. She runs out of the party and Lockwood chases after her, but he's too late. While he tries to track her down, he, Lamont and their studio have to deal with the changing nature of film in 1927--made much more difficult by the fact that Lamont may look glamorous, but she talks more like Fran Drescher in "The Nanny" (1993).

Aside from the more serious aspects of the plot, Singing in the Rain is a great success as a romance and a musical. It also has an astoundingly rich Technicolor look, and it is charmingly humorous. Kelly and Reynolds click on screen, even if offscreen Kelly, who also co-directed and co-choreographed, was famously difficult to work with--he drove Reynolds so hard (she was a much more inexperienced dancer) that her feet literally started bleeding at one point. The songs are great, they're worked into the story well--which is perhaps surprising given that most of them weren't written specifically for this film--and the choreography is impeccable, frequently jaw dropping and always aesthetically wondrous and sublime. If for nothing else, the film is worth a look for its often-athletic dance numbers, which can resemble Jackie Chan's showy martial arts stunts as much as dancing. It's also imperative viewing for cultural literacy in the realm of film.

But the more serious aspects of the plot are fascinating as well. In a significant way, Singing in the Rain is about film technology. Film technology is the hinge of the plot, after all. The climax and dénouement are decided by the advent of synchronized sound in the film industry. We see studio head R.F. Simpson (Millard Mitchell) demonstrating sound films at the party where Lockwood sees Selden for the second time, providing two big turning points at once. There are sequences of actors heading off to diction coaches, as happened in reality once sound entered the scene, and also in reality as in the film some actor's careers were jeopardized by having to suddenly master a new skill.

But Singing in the Rain is about technology on another level, too. Kelly and co-director Stanley Donen go to great lengths to ensure that the film is an exemplar of state-of-the-art film technology in 1952. For example, the beautiful Technicolor cinematography is emphasized by the fabulously colorful costumes and production design--they're showing off cutting edge color. The sound is as good as it could be in 1952, and the fact that this is a musical helps show that off. The sets and effects are complex and an attempt is made to show them off as well.

Donen and Kelly often play up the artificiality of the sets and effects to emphasize artistry and technology. This is clearly shown in the "Make 'Em Laugh" sequence (and surrounding events) and the extended "Broadway Rhythm Ballet" sequence with Cyd Charisse. Showing off this artistry and technology also occurs very subtly, as with the rain in the "Singing in the Rain" sequence. Even today, rain machines are frequently employed in a way that it appears to be raining on film, but in reality, it's just enough coverage to produce the illusion. In the "Singing in the Rain" sequence, they make sure that you can see the whole area is getting flooded, and they use Gene Kelly's umbrella, as torrents of water bounce off of it, to emphasize that no matter where he goes, "rain" is pouring down on him.

While there are many musicals I like as much as Singing in The Rain, this is one of the better-loved examples of that genre, and for good reason. Any musical lover has surely seen this already, and if not, they should run out now and pick it up on DVD. If you're relatively unfamiliar with classic Hollywood musicals, this is one of the best places to start.

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