(out of 5)
The classic musical that has never aged a day. Gene Kelly 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 (Jean Hagen) 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 Debbie Reynolds 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).
Cinematography by Harold Rosson
Produced by Arthur Freed
Music by Lennie Hayton
Costume Design by Walter Plunkett
Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan
Golden Globe Awards 1952