But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lockwood speak for the first time--and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice. It was made directly for film, and was not a Broadway adaptation. Comdon and Green noted that the songs came from the period when silent films were giving way to sound, and they decided to make a musical about the birth of the talkies. Sure, Fred and Ginger did more technically proficient dancing in Top Hat and Swing Time; and the Busby Berkeley extravaganzas, like Footlight Parade, had more spectacular set pieces. Review aggregation website reported that 100% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 49 reviews, with an average score of 9. The narrative images on the screen belie every embellished, fabricated word he speaks - in reality, the pictures and descriptions are terribly disjointed.
But the more serious aspects of the plot are fascinating as well. The movie opens and closes at sneak previews, has sequences on sound stages and in dubbing studios, and kids the way the studios manufactured romances between their stars. Can't a girl get a word in edge-wise? After all, they're my public too! Am I dumb or somethin'? The film's title song was paid twisted homage of sorts in Stanley Kubrick's during the brutal rape scene. Happy and head up With joy in my heart Why is each new task A trifle to do? The Story Part of the opening credits feature the three stars from the film, briefly singing the title song with black umbrellas and yellow raincoats. There is nothing between us. To Don's amusement, Kathy pops out of a mock cake right in front of him, revealing herself to be a chorus girl. Or that camera-work, which had grown so sophisticated and nimble under great silent directors like D.
Now, after many accolades, television screenings, and its resurgence after the release of That's Entertainment 1974 , it is often chosen as one of the all-time top ten American films, and generally considered Hollywood's greatest and finest screen musical. That led to the character of Lina Lamont , the blond bombshell with the voice like fingernails on a blackboard. Don finally finds Kathy working in another Monumental Pictures production. Film technology is the hinge of the plot, after all. Also featured was 's version of the song accompanying the commercial.
She runs out of the party and Lockwood chases after her, but he's too late. It received only two Academy Award nominations - Best Supporting Actress Jean Hagen , and Best Musical Score Lennie Hayton and didn't win any awards. The sets and effects are complex and an attempt is made to show them off as well. He hops over a number of moving vehicles and ends up in the passenger seat of Kathy Selden's Debbie Reynolds car. Great care was made to authenticate the costumes, the sound studio set, and other historical details in the film. That explains the dance: He doesn't mind getting wet, because he's besotted with romance.
Cosmo is smart, but also a clown and a goofball. All songs have lyrics by Freed and music by Brown unless otherwise indicated. The first limousines pull up at the show with lesser stars and their escorts, as fans cheer, anticipating the arrival of the major stars. Debbie Reynolds was not a dancer when she made Singin' in the Rain; her background was as a gymnast. I'm singing in the rain Just singing in the rain What a glorious feelin' I'm happy again I'm laughing at clouds So dark up above The sun's in my heart And I'm ready for love Let the stormy clouds chase Everyone from the place Come on with the rain I've a smile on my face I walk down the lane With a happy refrain Just singin', Singin' in the rain Dancin' in the rain Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah I'm happy again! The three stars--, Donald and 19-year-old Debbie Reynolds--must have rehearsed endlessly for their dance numbers, which involve alarming acrobatics, but in performance they're giddy with joy. Directors Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen insisted that Reynolds was always first in their minds for the role. Why, I make more money than Calvin Coolidge! His exit from a vehicle produces little fanfare.
Don is a bit of a spoiled movie star. By this time shooting on An American in Paris had completed, and Freed suggested that Kelly be given the script to read. Why, I make more money than Calvin Coolidge put together! The premiere of The Dancing Cavalier is a tremendous success. It is Monumental Pictures' opening night for its latest romantic, black and white swashbuckler, The Royal Rascal, starring two successful silent film stars, Don Lockwood Gene Kelly and his leading lady - beautiful blonde bombshell Lina Lamont Jean Hagen, an understudy for another quintessential, squeaky-voiced dumb blonde named Billie Dawn, portrayed by Judy Holliday in the Broadway production of Born Yesterday, and in the subsequent film Born Yesterday 1950. Donald O'Connor won the , and and won the for their screenplay, while was nominated for the.
Lina gives Don the brush-off, knowing that he is only a stuntman. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. Kelly and O'Connor had dancing styles that were more robust and acrobatic than the grandmaster,. This movie will make anyone's day, provided kids are about 6 or older. Kelly apparently insulted her for her lack of dance experience, upsetting her. But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lockwood speak for the first time--and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice. The films listed below mark the first time each song was presented on screen.
When was mentioned as the possible lead, they tried to work up a story involving a star of Western films who makes a comeback as a singing cowboy, but they kept gravitating to a story about a swashbuckling romantic hero with a vaudeville background who survives the transition by falling back on his abilities as a song-and-dance man, a story which Gene Kelly was well-suited for. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. A Louella Parsons-like radio interviewer Dora Bailey Madge Blake announces the arrivals of all the stars. Early in the film, Kelly climbs a trolley and leaps into Kathy's convertible. Characters are often one-dimensional, and can behave with jarring shifts in mood or motivation as required by the song lyrics, supposedly falling in love with other characters that they know as little as we know them.
Parents need to know that Singin' in the Rain is widely considered to be the best Hollywood musical ever made, and while it's on and working its magic, that's hard to dispute. The star's ex-song-and-dance partner Cosmo proposes to turn the doomed film into a musical, and suggests that Don's aspiring actress and ingenue dancer-girlfriend Kathy Selden dub in her singing voice behind the scenes for lip-synching Lina. That didn't work, because Broadway was aiming for an older audience many of its hits were showcases for ageless female legends. And Kathy seems pure-hearted, but in her first scene with Don, she says mean things and hurts his feelings. But some eventually team up and work together to solve a sticky problem.
Kelly and Donen responded enthusiastically, and immediately become involved in re-writes and adjustments to the script. Some stars, like Don Lockwood, were able to make the transition reasonably well; but there were others, like Lina Lamont, that no amount of voice coaching could save. What makes this movie work so well is a magical combination of factors that Hollywood never managed to bring together again in any other musical. Kelly liked to design dances that grew out of the props and locations at hand. Watching these intrigues from the sidelines is Cosmo Brown , Don's best pal and on-set pianist. There are sequences of actors heading off to diction coaches, as happened in reality once sound entered the scene, and also in reality as in the film some actor's careers were jeopardized by having to suddenly master a new skill.