Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen
Stanley Donen (Director), Gene Kelly (Director), Adolph Green (Screenplay), Adolph Green (Story)
Release: Apr. 10th, 1952
Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes
In 1927 Hollywood, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a famous on-screen romantic pair in silent movies, but Lina mistakes the on-screen romance for real love. When their latest film is transformed into a musical, Don has the perfect voice for the songs, but strident voice faces the studio to dub her voice. Aspiring actress, Kathy Selden is brought in and, while she is working on the movie, Don falls in love with her.
Just read on the IMDB that the film is getting ready to be re-released to theaters...if you've never seen this classic on a big screen, please treat yourself....
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If I, myself, would have to choose one old-fashioned musical film that does "approach" Singin' in the Rain's quality and mastery, I would go with Vincente Minnelli's amazing 1953 movie, Band Wagon.
To that end not much is ever said about the narrative, but it's a lovely, simple one, a self-referential, somewhat meta one, a film about film, that allows for a lot of humour, as well as pathos, and sets up each musical number with a deft hand.