Posted by: absntmindedariel | September 23, 2010

Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

If you like– America’s Sweethearts, A Fish Called Wanda, When Harry Met Sally

Synopsis– Just as silent film stars Lena and Don (Jean Hagan and Gene Kelly) are at the height of their popularity, the unthinkable happens: studios begin adding sound to the “moving pictures”.  Suddenly Lena’s obnoxious speaking voice and Don’s sappy dialogue and acting techniques threaten to make the pair obsolete. Luckily Don meets Cathy: a lovely chorus girl who’s singing voice could save Don and Lena’s latest movie. Unfortunately the fight for Don’s love and their own professional success pit Lena and Cathy against each other, and more than the movie is at stake.

*Note: The fact that Singin’ in the Rain is an old movie about old movies can be confusing. Even though the story is set in the late twenties, it was made in the early fifties (well after sound and even color filming were established practices.)

Why it’s better– Gene Kelly is at the top of his game, despite the fact that the dance genius was nursing a 103-degree fever during the famous “Singin’ in the Rain”  number. Poor Debbie Reynolds did a spectacular job, despite harsh criticisms from Gene Kelly on her dancing abilities. (Fred Astaire found her crying one day and offered to coach her.) AFI listed the film as the best musical of all time.

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Responses

  1. Is this the same film in which one Donald O’Conner breaks his ribs dancing to Make Them Laugh and just Keeps Going? People were way more professional back then.

  2. Pretty sure I’ve already got this one waiting for my on my Netflix queue… It’s good to get a heads-up about what will happen though. 🙂


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