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Singin' in the Rain

USA, English, 103 mins

  • Director: Stanley Donen; Gene Kelly
  • Writer: Adolph Green; Betty Comden
  • Producer: Arthur Freed; Roger Edens

CGiii Comment

Nominated for...but, never won any Oscars - shameful.

Before...the song and dance genre had Astaire and his wishy-washy, predictably pansy-populated hogwash.

Then came...Singin' in the Rain raising the bar so high...there is a God!

This is the true Golden Hollywood - it quite rightly deserves its place in the all-time top 100.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood;
Donald O'Connor as Cosmo Brown;
Debbie Reynolds as Kathy Selden;
Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont;
Millard Mitchell as R.F. Simpson;
Cyd Charisse as Dancer;
Douglas Fowley as Roscoe Dexter;
Rita Moreno as Zelda Zanders;
Dawn Addams as Teresa - a lady-in-waiting;
John Albright as Call Boy;
Betty Allen as Chorus Girl;
Sue Allen as Chorus Girl;
Marie Ardell as Chorus Girl;
Bette Arlen as Chorus Girl;
Jimmy Bates as Boy

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