Singin' in the Rain

Film, Comedy
Singin' in the Rain
Is there a film clip more often shown than the title number of this most astoundingly popular musical? The rest of the movie is great too. It shouldn't be. There never was a masterpiece created from such a mishmash of elements: Arthur Freed's favourites among his own songs from back in the '20s and '30s, along with a new number, 'Make 'Em Laugh', which is a straight rip-off from Cole Porter's 'Be A Clown'; the barely blooded Debbie Reynolds pitched into the deep end with tyrannical perfectionist Kelly; choreography very nearly improvised because of pressures of time; and Kelly filming his greatest number with a heavy cold. Somehow it all comes together. The 'Broadway Melody' ballet is Kelly's least pretentious, Jean Hagen and Donald O'Connor are very funny, and the Comden/Green script is a loving-care job. If you've never seen it and don't, you're bonkers.

By: SG

Release details

Rated: U
Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Screenwriter: Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Cast: Jean Hagen
Gene Kelly
Douglas Fowley
Millard Mitchell
Cyd Charisse
Debbie Reynolds
Donald O'Connor

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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What a charming musical. We've all seen the Gene Kelly bit where he's running through the street but the story of the first Talkies and how a silent movie studio needs to move with the times and all the inherent problems and moments of discovery make for an entertaining movie, despite its age. Watch it you may just love it. And it's funny!