Movie and stage icon Debbie Reynolds hosts the making of "Singin' in the Rain". The short documentary includes Donald O'Connor, who played the comical "Cosmo Brown", Stanley Donen, one half... See full summary »
Movie and stage icon Debbie Reynolds hosts the making of "Singin' in the Rain". The short documentary includes Donald O'Connor, who played the comical "Cosmo Brown", Stanley Donen, one half of the directors next to Gene Kelly, and Kathleen Freeman, who played Phoebe Dinsmore, Lina Lamont's (Jean Hagen) voice coach. Written by
Kathleen Freeman, about Jean Hagen, says: "If you see her in that ("Singin' in the Rain") and in Blackboard Jungle, people did not know it was the same person." In fact, Jean Hagen didn't act in "Blackboard Jungle", but in "The Asphalt Jungle". See more »
Entertaining, but also a fluff piece that is a bit bland.
This short film was created for the DVD release of "Singing in the Rain". And, while I enjoyed it, it is a rather weak film for many reasons. An obvious one is that by 2002, a lot of folks associated with the film were dead and so they often interviewed folks who were not the best choices. For example, Kathleen Freeman (who I always liked) is interviewed a LOT--but she's only a bit character in the film. Another problem is that the film is a whitewash job--with only glowing stuff to say from start to finish. Now I do understand that in later years Debbie Reynolds came to appreciate her experience working with Gene Kelly. However, here she describes it as perfection...sheer perfection. Yet, I have heard her interviewed and she admitted that, at the time, she HATED working with Kelly as he was a bit of a martinet--and drove her to tears. Donald O'Connor felt pretty much the same about the guy but none of it is in this sanitized film. In this short it's all peaches and cream--with one happy story after another. The only exception, and I was shocked to see it, was the scene where Kelly's double took a tumble--and you have to see it to believe it! For real behind the scenes information, this is NOT the film for you. In fact, I'd much rather you read the IMDb trivia for "Singing in the Rain", as it is much more informative. You never learn about Kelly having a fever of 101 when he did the dance for the title song nor about the demands of the song "Make 'Em Laugh" made on O'Connor (it was brutal and left him bedridden for days).
All in all, there must be a better making of featurette for this film.
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