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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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Betty Comden (story by), Adolph Green (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Kelly ... Don Lockwood
Donald O'Connor ... Cosmo Brown
Debbie Reynolds ... Kathy Selden
Jean Hagen ... Lina Lamont
Millard Mitchell ... R.F. Simpson
Cyd Charisse ... Dancer
Douglas Fowley ... Roscoe Dexter
Rita Moreno ... Zelda Zanders
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Re-Issue from 1952 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Singin' in the Rain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,540,800 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,643, 10 November 2002

Gross USA:

$1,826,108

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,841,438
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gene Kelly lived up to his reputation as a a taskmaster, reducing Debbie Reynolds to tears at one point. Despite her admission that she needed the pressure to develop the necessary discipline, the two never had a chance to work together again. See more »

Goofs

Cosmo's violin bow breaks and the hairs can be seen flapping about, yet when they finish the piece the bow is fixed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Referenced in Chatterbox! (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Morning
(1939)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Originally from Babes in Arms (1939)
Sung by Gene Kelly (uncredited), Donald O'Connor (uncredited), and Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
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Trot Out the Accolades--It's Unparalleled
1 February 1999 | by dweckSee all my reviews

This is my favorite movie musical with no stage forebear.

Consider what's in the mix: A cachet of songs, all tried-and-true from other movies. A cast that was at the top of its form, all the way from Kelly himself to the supporting leads played by Rita Moreno and Millard Mitchell. A script that is, at once, romantic and exciting and sharp and funny.

Stir together with a generous heaping of MGM color and a dash of a director with a stellar pedigree and the result is, well, something like "Singin' in the Rain."

There's not a misstep in the movie's entire 103-minute running time. I love the pokes at early filmmaking ("She never *did* figure out where that microphone was, boss!") and the sheer energy of the musical numbers ("Fit as a Fiddle," "Good Mornin'").

Not only that, but there's not a more romantic scene in all of filmdom that can compare with Reynolds and Kelly dancing to "You Were Meant for Me." Their side-by-side tap dancing says more about how they feel about each other than pages and pages of dialog.

Great stuff!

If you think this movie is just the sequence of Kelly splashing like a five-year-old in a puddle, you obviously haven't seen the entire film. Do so--now! You won't regret it!

PS: In the "rent-this-too" category, if you've seen and love "Singin' in the Rain," check out "The Band Wagon." It skewers the world of theater in much the same way as this film roasts Hollywood!


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