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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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Singin' Swingin' Glorious Feelin' Technicolor Musical See more »


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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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Budget:

$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

Prior to filming, Gene Kelly had a meeting with studio head Louis B. Mayer in his office to discuss casting. Mayer had Debbie Reynolds enter during the meeting. When Kelly rose to greet her, Mayer said "I'd like to introduce you to your leading lady. Kelly stared at Mayer for a minute, looked at Reynolds and asked "Can you dance?" To which she responded, "Well, a little." Gene then turned to Mayer and said "LB, what are you doing to me?" To say Kelly was unhappy with the casting of Reynolds was an understatement to say the least. He worked her hard and brutally during production and Debbie really suffered (she was, in fact, hospitalized during production for exhaustion!). When the film was released, it was only then she could see why Kelly was so hard on her. Together, they made a true Hollywood masterpiece. See more »

Goofs

During the Cyd Charisse nightclub dance number when she's wrapped around Gene Kelly, her body completely changes position between frames due to a clumsy edit. According to commentary on the special edition DVD, this cut of only a few frames duration dates back to the original release of the film and no one knows why it exists. 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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Would You? (End Title)
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Conducted by Lennie Hayton
Performed by MGM Studio Orchestra
Sung by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Chorus
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One of the best Hollywood musicals
22 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This isn't my all time favorite (that goes to "Meet me in St. Louis") but this is definitely in the top 10. This is a fictitous musical comedy of the 1920s when silent films became "talkies". It chronicles how it affects Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly), his leading lady Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), best friend Cosmo (Donald O'Connor) and Lockwood's new girlfriend Kathey Selden (Debbie Reynolds). Problem is Lina has a voice that can cut glass and doesn't like lockwood falling for Selden...

This movie has one highlight after another. Almost all the numbers are great--the title tune, "Make 'Em Laugh", "Beautiful Girl", "Good Morning" on and on. My two favorites are two short ones: "Fit as a Fiddle" which has incredible dancing from Kelly and O'Connor and "Would You?" at the end. Kelly isn't that good acting (he never was) but his dancing is superb; Reynolds (only 19 when she did this) is beautiful, energetic and full of life; Hagen is uproarious as Lamont (she was nominated for an Academy Award--she should have won!) and O'Connor is just great as Cosmo (his "Make Em' Laugh" number has astounding dancing). It's hard to believe that Reynolds and O'Connor hated working with Kelly (he was obnoxious, VERY demanding and a tyrant)--it's a credit to their acting that it never comes through.

I only have one (small) complaint--the big, elaborate production number with Cyd Charisse in the middle. It LOOKS great and colorful--but it brings the film to a screeching halt and is way too long. After it ends I have trouble remembering where the film left off! Still, that's a small problem. This remains one of the 10 best movie musicals ever made. HIGHLY recommended!


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