"Just about the best Hollywood musical of all time," wrote Pauline Kael about SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.
After years of honing his skills on the vaudeville stage, hoofer Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) has finally reached the top and become a swashbuckling star of the silent silver screen. Then the self-satisfied celebrity has his confidence shattered when ingenue Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) dismisses film actors as "shadows" without substance. After getting over the insult, he falls hard for her--much to the consternation of his costar, the sexy, selfish Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), who wants Don all to herself.
But Don has career troubles too. The wild popularity of THE JAZZ SINGER has studios scrambling to change from silent films to talkies, and Lina's shrill voice and Don's stiff acting left the preview audience roaring with laughter. There's only one way to save the movie and their careers: turn THE DUELLING CAVALIER into a musical, with Kathy secretly dubbing in Lina's lines and songs. But can they hide the truth from Lina?
Randal Duell - Art Director/Production Designer
Adolph Green - Writer of classic MGM musicals; partner of Betty Comden
Dawn Addams - British Actress
Cyd Charisse - American dancer and actress, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Tula Ellice Finklea - American dancer and actress, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Kathleen Freeman - American Character Actress
Elaine Stewart - American Actress/50s
Arthur Freed - Producer of musicals/Lyricist
Arthur Grossman - Producer of musicals/Lyricist
Betty Comden - writer of classic MGM musicals; partner of Adolph Green
Debbie Reynolds - American Actress/Singer, MOTHER (1996)
Mary Frances Reynolds - American Actress/Singer, MOTHER (1996)
Stuart Holmes - American character actor
Joi Lansing - American Actress
Nacio Herb Brown
Stanley Donen - Director/producer/choreographer
King Donovan - American Actor/Director
David Sharpe - Actor/Stuntman, THE FULLER BRUSH MAN/. D.1980
Dave Sharpe - Actor/Stuntman, THE FULLER BRUSH MAN/. D.1980
David "Davy" Sharpe - Actor/Stuntman, THE FULLER BRUSH MAN/. D.1980
David H. Sharpe - Actor/Stuntman, THE FULLER BRUSH MAN/. D.1980
Davy Sharpe - Actor/Stuntman, THE FULLER BRUSH MAN/. D.1980
Jean Hagen - American Character Actress
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director/In USA
Gene Kelly - American actor/dancer/director, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Eugene Curran Kelly - American actor/dancer/director, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Douglas Fowley - American Character Actor
Dorothy Patrick - Actress/"Thunder Pass"
Rita Moreno - Puerto Rican actress/dancer/singer
Rosita Dolores Alverio - Puerto Rican actress/dancer/singer
Rosita Moreno - Puerto Rican actress/dancer/singer
Mae Clarke - American Actress
Millard Mitchell - American Character Actor
Walter Plunkett - Costume Designer, FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)
This joyful musical sparks the desire to splash around in puddles and smile at the sky. Musical numbers glide from poignant ("The Broadway Ballet") to gleeful ("Singin' in the Rain"), with Gene Kelly lighting up the screen in scene after scene. Hollywood in the 1920smust adapt: The unexpected popularity of talkies pushes studios and stars to reinvent themselves. Lockwood (Kelly) and his lovely but screechy-voiced costar's first talkie is a disaster in previews, but he convinces the studio to turn THE DUELLING CAVALIER into the musical THE DANCING CAVALIER. But this solution means dubbing his costar's voice, ensuring sparks will fly!
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989. Many of the dance sequences are an homage to Busby Berkeley musicals. MGM still photos more than two decades old were used to reproduce faithfully the 1920s movie studio. The piece of silk Cyd Charisse dances with in "The Broadway Ballet" is more than 25 feet long. Ironically, Debbie Reynold's singing voice was dubbed in by Jean Hagen. Songwriters Freed and Brown worked on the music for MGMs first all-talking musical film. The song "Make 'Em Laugh" was based on a Cole Porter song used in the film THE PIRATE. Other musical numbers include: "Singin' in the Rain," "You Were Meant for Me," and "All I Do Is Dream of You."
"...Near-perfect musical comedy....It's funny and fast-paced..." - 10/19/1994 USA Today, p.10D
"...A movie about movie-making, in which sound is married to image, it smoothly integrates its several superbly choreographed song-and-dance numbers into the storyline..." -- 5 out of 5 stars - 12/01/2000 Total Film, p.106
"...There is no movie musical more fun that SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, and few that remain as fresh over the years....SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is a transcendent experience, and no one who loves movies can afford to miss it..." - 02/14/1999 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5
"...More than ever, the sheer formal discipline of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, from costumes to choreography, feels like a lost art..." - 09/27/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.63
"...Sublime..." - 06/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.62
"[O]ne of the greatest movies about Hollywood. With in-jokes galore and effortless breaks into song and dance..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.9
5 stars out of 5 -- "[P]erhaps SINGIN's most remarkable achievement is how fresh it feels 60 years on..." - 11/01/2012 Total Film