Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain

Stanley Donen (1952)

99min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Never, in the whole history of American cinema, has such a collection of talents come together at the peak of their abilities to generate such an enjoyable and clever movie. Not only is this utterly irrepressible, but the story also beautifully evokes the excitement and pleasure of making motion pictures. Gene Kelly, co-director (with Stanley Donen) and star, was responsible in his lifetime for providing enormous pleasure for movie audiences, and his joyous rendition of the title song in this film stands as a lasting tribute. For those who don't know, this film is an affectionate parody of the days when sound came to Hollywood in the wake of The Jazz Singer, and every incident wittily referred to in Betty Comden and Adolph Green's screenplay actually happened. And, for those who do know, Singin' in the Rain is the supreme original - it wasn't a book and the subsequent stage show was inspired by the film. It's a unique work of art crafted for the screen in a studio (MGM) at its height.

Summary

A silent-movie star tries to win the heart of an aspiring actress as the introduction of sound changes the film business for ever. However, his frequent on-screen love interest does not take kindly to this real-life romance. Musical comedy, starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Jean Hagen and Millard Mitchell. Songs include Make 'em Laugh, You Are My Lucky Star and the title number.

Cast & Crew

Don Lockwood Gene Kelly
Kathy Selden Debbie Reynolds
Lina Lamont Jean Hagen
Zelda Zanders Rita Moreno
Cosmo Brown Donald O'Connor
RF Simpson Millard Mitchell
Roscoe Dexter Douglas Fowley
Dora Bailey Madge Blake
Dancer Cyd Charisse
Director Stanley Donen
Director Gene Kelly
Writer Betty Comden
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Music