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Singin' in the Rain
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Singin' in the Rain

"Singin' in the Rain" is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929. It was a hit at the time and recorded by a number of artists, notably Cliff Edwards, who also performed the number in the early musical sound film The Hollywood Revue of 1929. The song was also the centerpiece of a 1952 film of the same name which forms the basis for the remainder of this article, and was used in the soundtrack of a subsequent film, A Clockwork Orange, in 1971.


Singin' in the Rain, a 1952 Gene Kelly musical film, chronicled Hollywood's transition from silent films to "talkies".

Warning: Plot details follow.

Kelly plays Don Lockwood, who frequently stars with Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), who has a grating voice and thinks their acted romance is real. At the urging of Lockwood and his partner Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor), the studio turns their current film The Dueling Cavalier into a musical and overdubs Lamont's voice; meanwhile Lockwood falls in love with the overdub artist (Debbie Reynolds) and Lamont does everything possible to sabotage the romance.

The film features a rendition of the 1929 Freed & Brown song, along with other popular tunes from the late 1920s and the 1930s. The dance routine in which Gene Kelly sings the title song while twirling an umbrella, splashing through puddles and generally getting soaked to the skin, is probably the most famous of all movie musical sequences. It has of course been parodied several times, notably by Morecambe and Wise.

Original music and lyrics were written by Comden and Green.

The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The audio commentary on the movie's "Special Edition" DVD includes a claim that the original negative was destroyed in a fire. In spite of this the movie has been digitally restored to an impressive standard of picture and sound quality.

Shooting began on June 18, 1951 and was completed on November 21, 1951.

The film was directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Kelly was responsible for the Choreography. Jean Hagen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Trivia: in the scenes where Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) is seen over-dubbing Lena Lamont (Jean Hagen), it's actually Hagen's voice we hear. She provided her own track for both talking and singing and Reynolds is actually miming to that.