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Singin' In The Rain

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  Singin' In The Rain Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
9.90 /10
Gene Kelly , Donald O'Connor , Debbie Reynolds
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Directed by: Gene Kelly , Stanley Donen
Written by: Adolph Green, Betty Comden , songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed

Released: 1952
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 102

The arrival of talkies presents problems for a star (Jean Hagen), but turns out to be the making of another (Debbie Reynolds).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A revealing example of how critics can only too easily pre-judge films. On release, this received only curmudgeonly reviews; reviewers seemed to assume in advance that it was just another big movie on MGM's conveyor-belt of successful musicals, and judged it to be less innovative than On The Town and less serious than An American In Paris.

Those points may be true, but they are hardly criticisms of a work which set out to be neither innovative nor serious - just first-rate musical entertainment. This most tuneful, brilliantly performed, wittily written and sensitively choreographed of all film musicals has now rightly been upgraded to classic status, and scores the highest average critical rating of any musical.

Gene Kelly (pictured) and Donald O'Connor are both on top form; and the hilarious screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green is worthy of the songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. Ironically, in view of the film's storyline, Jean Hagen dubbed Debbie Reynolds's speaking voice. Both its Oscar nominees (Lennie Hayton for musical direction and Jean Hagen for Best Supporting Actress) failed to win.

I've made a lot of films that were bigger hits and made a lot more money, but now they look dated. This one, out of all my pictures, has a chance to last.

(Gene Kelly, 1977)

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