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Singin' in the Rain (1952)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Singin' in the Rain (1952)

In Gene Kelly's and Stanley Donen's and MGM's classic film musical - a perfect example of an organic, 'integrated musical' in which the story's characters naturally expressed their emotions in the midst of their lives, with song and dance replacing the dialogue:

  • the three stars in the opening credits dancing in bold yellow raincoats and singing the title song "Singin' in the Rain"
  • the shrill, nasal-voiced silent star Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen)
  • Cosmo Brown's (Donald O'Connor) acrobatic musical number "Make 'Em Laugh"
  • silent film hero Don Lockwood's (Gene Kelly) and ingenue Kathy Selden's (Debbie Reynolds) fabulous love duet/dance "You Were Meant For Me" on an empty sound stage
  • Lina's disastrous attempts to speak into a concealed microphone
  • the theatre preview of The Dueling Cavalier when the sound went out of synch
  • the marvelously upbeat production number "Good Morning"
  • Don's unforgettable, classic, joyous, lovestruck rain dance scene in a downpour by passing by shop windows, splashing through puddles, and standing on a streetlamp; he was in love and exuberantly singing the title song "Singin' in the Rain" with his trusty umbrella; it included the policeman's quizzical look after Don tipped his hat
  • the long "Broadway Melody Ballet" with guest dance artist Cyd Charisse
  • the final sequence revealing Kathy's voice substituting for Lina's and Don from the stage shouting "Stop that girl" and expressing his love to her back on stage
  • and afterwards, their hugging in front of a billboard announcing their new starring roles


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