Review Of Musical Singin In The Rain



Regarded by many as the best movie musical, “Singin' in the Rain” is an extraordinary mixture of dancing, humour and sharp observation as Hollywood takes a good look at itself. The setting is during the Twenties when films were just making the progression to sound, a time of skepticism for many established silent movie stars. Monumental Pictures is premiering another Lockwood & Lamont film and the stars are arriving to the cheers of the crowd. A woman stops them on their way in, prying into their relationship and past history, which prompts Don to recount his fabulous rise to fame. A flashback shows how Don, and his friend Cosmo Brown played by Donald O'Connor, clawed their way up as ...

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pretends to be a real stage actress, her abilities become obvious to Don when she leaps out of a cake at the after-show party. An even bigger upset occurs when studio owner R.F. Simpson (Millard Mitchell) shows a new talking picture, which is dismissed as a passing fad (commenting that Warner Brothers will "lose their shirts with The Jazz Singer").
Progress is inexorable though and the studio is forced to halt its next production, "The Dueling Cavalier", when it becomes obvious that it'll have to be wired for sound. There is only one fundamental problem -- Lina has an awful, nasal speaking voice which can't be beaten into shape by a voice coach. When this is combined with her inability to speak into the hidden microphone (the difficulties shown are exactly those which plagued early talkies) it looks as though the picture will be a terrible failure. The only possible salvation would be to dub Lina's voice, which is where Kathy comes in. The film is turned into a musical, dance ...

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