Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

STANLEY DONEN, GENE KELLY

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB

USA, 1952.  .  Story and Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952.  

The classic musical that has never aged a day.  plays a movie star during a time when silent films were switching over to synchronized sound. The effect on the careers of Hollywood luminaries at the time is the subject of this gorgeously shot, perfectly scored film, and a crisis arises when a gorgeous leading lady movie star () turns out to have a grating, awkward voice with a mawkish Brooklyn accent. Fearing her career will go down in flames, Kelly comes up with the idea to have adorable lass dub her speaking voice. One unforgettable number after another is poured out, climaxing with the wonderful title piece that features Kelly dancing down a rain-soaked street (the rain was actually part water and part milk in order to show up better on screen).

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