Review of “Singing In The Rain” (1952)

Singing in the Rain
Rating-Approved          Comedy, Musical, Romance       MGM Studios

Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds 

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

 

Classic Cinema Review by Wendy:

I had never put much thought into the plot line of Singing In The Rain.  I just knew it was considered a classic and that I had seen clips of the scene from the song Singing In The Rain. After watching the whole movie, I realize why this musical is so endearing to so many. This is the story of a Hollywood star working to keep his career relevant while keeping up appearances with his on-screen love despite the formidable talent that his actual love possesses.  This movie puts forefront in my mind how talented so many classic actors and actresses were expected to be; Legitimate triple threats…Acting, Singing and Dancing.  Mostly now-a-days I find myself surprised when current actors and actresses can sing, and actually sing well!

I enjoyed comparing old Hollywood to current Hollywood, similarities as well as differences.  In one of the opening scenes, it depicts stars arriving at a movie premiere and being interviewed and photographed while walking the red carpet into the theater.  I found the scene familiar to current movie premiere’s or award shows, but with one major difference…now we expect the interviewers to also be glamorous and charming.  Young, fit and appealing, current talk show hosts are expected to be mild celebrities themselves.  It illustrated to me how times have changed as I watched this middle-aged, heavier and rather homely woman interacting with these beautiful stars while getting all the red carpet gossip.

It doesn’t take long to see the biggest talent of the show lies in Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, Donald O’Conner as Cosmo Brown and Debbie Reynolds as Kathy Selden. The on-screen duo of Don Lockwood and Cosmo Brown is fantastic.  These two can act, sing and dance circles around most other cast members. Add in Kathy Selden’s beauty, charisma and singing talent and vualla…block buster, Oscar nominated, award winning musical!  Until this film, I had never seen Gene Kelly on screen before…okay ladies…I get it! This man is adorable and handsome!

Overall, the plot never gets too heavy, there is comedy in ridiculous situations, and one musical number after another.  The actors make this movie. I believe them, I enjoy their banter and the musical numbers really are fun and quite good.  

Wendy’s Rating: 5/6

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