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Singin’ In The Rain

Released

Latest Home Video

Jul 16, 2012

MPAA Rating:

G


Run Time:

102

Director

Gene Kelly

Stanley Donen

Cast

Gene Kelly

Debbie Reynolds

Donald O'connor

Studio

1952 MGM / Warner Home Video

Still shot from the movie: Singin’ In The Rain.

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Overall A
ViolenceB
SexA-
LanguageA
Drugs/AlcoholB
Run Time102

Making the Grades

At the gala premiere of a 1927 silent film, adoring fans clamor for a glimpse of The Royal Rascal's illustrious stars: Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). The heartthrob and bombshell woo the crowd but play down a tabloid-reported off-screen romance, before escaping the mob and making their way to a party hosted by Monumental Pictures. Here the guests are treated to a most curious novelty--a talking picture demonstration.

Convinced the idea will be a flop, the movie studio forges full steam ahead with The Dueling Cavalier, Lockwood and Lamont's next audio-less blockbuster. But production is abruptly halted when a rival studio launches The Jazz Singer, Hollywood's first talking picture, and it surprisingly sails to the top of the charts. Changing course midstream, the Monumental team attempts to get on board the industry's revolution by converting their film.

The exasperating technical difficulties prove to be just the beginning of their hilarious problems. When a test screening reveals Lina's high-pitched squeaky voice (think of chewing on Styrofoam) makes audiences everywhere cringe, their movie is in danger of becoming The Dueling Dud. To keep the project afloat, Don's true off-screen leading lady, Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), secretly dubs over Lina's squeal, while his best friend and musical genius Cosmo Brown (Donald O' Connor) lends a hand by renovating the script into The Dancing Cavalier.

Witty antics and catchy tunes are never ending in this melodious masterpiece. Made during the pinnacle of musical productions, MGM pulled out all the stops to poke fun at Hollywood's sound transformation. Remarkable dance numbers include Donald O'Connor's self-inflicted slapstick, Make 'Em Laugh, Gene Kelly's saturated classic, Singin' In The Rain, and a stunning modern number featuring Cyd Charisse.

One of the things that make this song and dance epic so enduring is the license it gives every man, woman and child to sing and jump through puddles on a rainy day, balking at tomorrow's imminent fever. Singin' In The Rain's infectious optimism makes you believe some lighthearted humor and fancy footwork are the best prescription for weathering life's storms.

One of the things that make this song and dance epic so enduring is the license it gives every man, woman and child to sing and jump through puddles on a rainy day, balking at tomorrow's imminent fever. Singin' In The Rain's infectious optimism makes you believe some lighthearted humor and fancy footwork are the best prescription for weathering life's storms.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Singin’ In The Rain.

Many of the characters in this film express their emotions through song and dance. If Lina were given a musical number, what might it be like?

Don hints that the tabloid magazines were fed rumors building up the romance between Lockwood and Lamont directly from Monumental Pictures, an obvious ploy to boost fan popularity and hopefully ticket sales. Do you think that media manipulation is used as a marketing tool in reality?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
G
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated -----
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: NA

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Home Video Notes: Singin’ In The Rain: 60th Anniversary

Release Date: 17 July 2012

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Singin’ In The Rain

- Commentary by Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, Stanley Donen,Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Baz Luhrmann, and Rudy Behlmer.

- Singin’ in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation (Documentary)

- Great Performances: Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM (1996 PBS Documentary)

- What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of Singin’ in the Rain

- You Are My Lucky Star Outtake

- Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed Film Excerpts (A collection of 12 film clips from earlier movies that originally carried the Freed/Brown songs.)

- 26xScoring Stage Session Cues

- Stills Gallery

- Trailer

The Singin’ In The Rain: 60th Anniversary Collector’s Limited Edition also includes:

- 48 page hard cover production book with never-before-seen memos and photos.

- Custom full-size umbrella

- Theatrical poster reproductions

- 4 hours of Bonus Content

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