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Singin' in the Rain (1952)

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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

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Complete credited cast:
... Don Lockwood
... Cosmo Brown
... Kathy Selden
... Lina Lamont
... R.F. Simpson
... Dancer
... Roscoe Dexter
... Zelda Zanders
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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 Huggo

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Re-Issue from 1952 | See all certifications »

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11 April 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cantando bajo la lluvia  »

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$2,540,800 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,819,028

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,979,088
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Broadway Melody" scene was a late addition to the film. Arthur Freed was encouraged by how well a similar sequence in An American in Paris (1951) had turned out, so he suggested that Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen conceive a similar scene-after most of the rest of the film had been shot. See more »

Goofs

The scene with Gene Kelly performing an action sequence from the silent film "The Royal Rascal" uses footage from his earlier film The Three Musketeers. After he throws the guard with the spear over the stairway railing, Lana Turner, who played Lady de Winter in the earlier film, is briefly seen coming through the door on the landing before it cuts to new footage of Jean Hagen hugging Kelly. The discontinuity is made more noticeable because of the drastic difference in hairstyles and dresses worn by the two actresses. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

Make 'em Laugh
(1948)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Donald O'Connor (uncredited)
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The title alone will have you humming the song
24 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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