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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 »
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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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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)

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:
Most of the characters are based on actual people: -R.F. Simpson, the studio head, is obviously a parody on Louis B. Mayer, with touches of Arthur Freed -Dora Bailey is an obvious cariacature of Louella Parsons -Zelda Zanders, the "Zip Girl" is based on Clara Bow, the "It Girl" -Roscoe Dexter, the director is based on eccentric director Erich von Stroheim -Olga, the vamp at the premiere, is based on Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson, both of whom landed royalty as husbands.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the diction coach is reading 'Moses Supposes', O'Connor is making faces behind his back. When the coach catches him in the act, they both flinch. When the camera then cuts to a wider shot, you see them both clearly flinch again.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:
Referenced in Garfield Goes Hollywood (1987) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wedding of the Painted DollSee more »

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58 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
The Divine Miss Charisse, 10 September 2005
Author: ecjones1951 from United States

I'm going to confine my comments about "Singin' in the Rain" to the "Broadway Rhythm" sequence where Cyd Charisse steals the movie without saying a word. In my view, Charisse, who is still gorgeous at 83, was the quintessential movie dancer of the 1950s. Her height, elegance, aloofness and those impossibly long legs -- along with an uncanny ability to match her style to that of her partner -- makes watching her dance a mesmerizing experience.

Many have said that the two numbers in "Singin' in the Rain" that feature Charisse probably belong in another movie. I don't know… as the flapper in jade, she sexes up Kelly's rube character to a steamy height unusual in movies of that era. In a dance full of wonderful moves, my favorite comes after she's left him with her cigarette holder. She sashays away from him, blowing on her nails in studied boredom. She's gotten some distance away, and as she tosses her right hand back, he throws down the cigarette holder, grabs her hand and brings her flying up to his chest, where she proceeds to slide down Kelly's thigh to the floor for one of several prone positions she takes during this duet, from which she returns to a standing position with amazing grace. I'm not wild about dances that rely heavily on props, but this one does so very effectively: they're amusing and they reinforce character.

And thank heaven for the artistic control that allowed Kelly to keep the "crazy veil" number in the picture. Charisse has discussed that dance, where she got to show off her early ballet training, most charmingly for a "Word of Mouth" feature on TCM. She and others have noted over the years that the wind machines required to keep that impossibly long veil moving and undulating between and above her and Kelly made filming a nightmare. But it looks effortless, on a set that is a subtle optical illusion—not as deep nor as sloped as it appears to be.

Both dances end the same way. Whether she's a cheap gangster's moll in garish green or a Grecian goddess in white, less obviously in a mobster's sway, Charisse is invariably lured back to reality by proffered baubles and menacingly tossed coins. But at the end of the crazy veil number, she's the one tossing the coins.

Wonderful.

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