Friday, October 17, 2008

Classic Film Friday: Singin' In The Rain

This movie stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor as silent movies are giving way to "talkies" or pictures with sound.

Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is a man with humble beginnings. Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is his somewhat vapid co-star, who also can't talk her way out of anything, (which is good for silent movies, not so much for "talkies".)

Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor) Lockwood's longtime friend, comes up with a plan. They'll use the voice of Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) as a substitute for Lamont's. So they hatch a scheme and audiences are wowed by how beautiful Lamont's voice is. It isn't and everybody knows it, except Lamont.

There is absolutely nothing at all to do with the rain, or singing in it, except for the song, I really don't know why that is the title, but anyway this has been named one of the best musicals and it has equally good dance numbers. My 2-year-old stayed up an hour and a half to watch it... so it must be pretty good.

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