In celebration of the films 65th Anniversary, Fathom Events has offered we fortunate movie-goers, a rare opportunity to enjoy this treasure on The Big Screen. Certainly Singin' in the Rain has it all: classic musical numbers and a witty script that's unusually sharp and satiric for a musical comedy, especially one making fun of the industry that produced it. Don barely tolerates his vain, cunning, conniving, and shallow leading lady, Lina Lamont , though their studio, Monumental Pictures, links them romantically to increase their popularity. The movie opens and closes at sneak previews, has sequences on sound stages and in dubbing studios, and kids the way the studios manufactured romances between their stars. A Louella Parsons-like radio interviewer Dora Bailey Madge Blake announces the arrivals of all the stars. She was a gymnast who'd been discovered in a beauty pageant and landed a couple of small movie roles.
An exasperated diction coach tries to teach her how to speak properly, but to no avail. It was choreographed by Andrew Wright who was nominated for an Olivier Award and won the WhatsOnStage award for his work. That's the girl whose voice you heard and loved tonight! Adapted from the 1952 , the plot closely adheres to the original. Furious at Don's teasing, she throws a real cake at him, only to hit Lina right in the face. And after the entire sequence had been shot? All songs have lyrics by Freed and music by Brown unless otherwise indicated. But you make a very compelling case here.
He had to do it all over again, because a technical error made the footage unusable. But it's not long before Lina and Kathy are put on the spot and have to face the music. The lot was literally outside, but we shot it in the daytime. The cast featured Zoe Hart as Kathy, Rebecca Thornhill as Lina, and Paul Robinson as Don. The joyous film, co-directed by Stanley Donen and acrobatic dancer-star-choreographer Gene Kelly, is a charming, up-beat, graceful and thoroughly enjoyable experience with great songs, lots of flashbacks, wonderful dances including the spectacular Broadway Melody Ballet with leggy guest star Cyd Charisse , casting and story.
Also cut: most of Rita Moreno's performance. Can we believe our eyes and our ears? The applause and cheering and laughter and whooping went on throughout the film as the children were absolutely delighted by scene after scene, laugh after laugh, song after song. At all points during the production, the silent era is treated with respect and warmth. She also performed the singing voice of Ruta Klimonis for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and her voice can be heard in Blue Hawaii, Camelot, The Greatest Story Ever Told, How The West Was Won and White Christmas. Some of the early greats had already died; among them Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, and Tom Mix while others such as the brilliant Buster Keaton and Gloria Swanson had become almost parodies of themselves as they attempted to continue their careers. The real work for this one was done by the technicians who had to pipe two city blocks on the backlot with overhead sprays, and the poor cameraman who had to shoot through all that water.
The scaffolding that lies beneath the film itself shows through. Then we'd get ready and relight for another shot, if we got the shot we needed. Don's first break occurred when he was asked by the director Roscoe Dexter Douglas Fowley to substitute for a knocked-out and unconscious stuntman, and was given the co-starring role opposite Lina. Fresh off her role in , Hagen read for the part for producer Arthur Freed. Up next For links to 10-19, click on For links to 20-29, click on For links to 30-39, click on For links to 40-49, click on For links to 50-59, click on For links to 60 — 69, click on For links to 70 — 79, click on For links to 80 — 89, click on For links to 90 — 100, click on Great review, Trey. There's one serious problem, however - the temperamental, narcissistic star has a shrill, screechy New York accent.
They snuck into movie theatres to watch B-movie shows such as The Dangers of Drucilla a rip-off. Lina is convinced they are in love, despite Don's protestations otherwise. Backstage after the successful premiere, dim-witted, shrill-voiced, silent film star, blonde, egomaniacal bombshell Lina speaks for the first time, in a shrill, common voice. Many of these items were sold at a 2011 auction in Hollywood. Debbie Reynolds was a newcomer with five previous smaller roles, and this was her big break. Kelly and Donen thought the character, the seductive girlfriend of a gangster, ought to be smoking. The silent film era of the 1920s produced some of the greatest masterpieces in the history of film.
The film's screenplay, suggested by the song Singin' in the Rain that was written by Freed and Brown, was scripted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green who also wrote On the Town 1949. The rain in the scene caused Kelly's wool suit to shrink during filming. Another scrapped idea: a lengthy Western number that would have seen Kelly, Reynolds, and O'Connor as wagon-train pioneers who charm hostile Indians through song and dance. Reynolds was only 19 years old when she starred opposite Kelly in the film, and it made her a major star. Cosmo, inspired by a scene in The Dueling Cavalier where Lina's voice was out of sync, suggests that they Lina's voice with Kathy's.
Simpson Millard Mitchell to change their silent romantic drama The Duelling Cavalier and make their first sound picture, renamed as the musical The Dancing Cavalier. September 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm I can defiantly see how this is the greatest musical created with its music and stung dance sequences, but I think it comes up a too high among films altogehter. Kelly later admitted that he had not been kind to Reynolds and was surprised that she was still willing to talk to him afterwards. Fans will have to wait until Game of Thrones returns on April 14, 2019 to know anything for sure. For female lead Kathy Selden, such stars as Judy Garland and June Allyson were considered, but Kelly was sold on starlet Reynolds.
The Director Explains the Microphone When a test audience screens the picture, the crowd walks out incensed, vowing to never watch another Lockwood and Lamont movie. Kathy reluctantly agrees to sing into a backstage mike while Lina mouths the words, and then her two friends join the studio boss in raising the curtain so the audience sees the trick. However, it will take awhile for that to happen. She becomes even angrier when she discovers that R. She was quite young, too, turning 19 during the shoot. The film was also nominated for for.