Singin' in the Rain

Movies, Comedy
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
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.

Release details

Release date:
Thursday April 10 1952
102 mins

Cast and crew

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

Average User Rating

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Cinematic proof that Gene Kelly is a global treasure, "Singin' in the Rain" doesn't just inspire you to run through the city while it's raining - it's also one of the best representations of both American film and the American musical.  The story, though simple, allows for great comedic moments and must-watch dance numbers, and the time period it was made in means that "Singin' in the Rain" has uses techniques from both early and modern film.  Everyone will find something to love about this movie, so if you're ever lost on what to watch - choose this.