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A review and summary of singing in the rain a hit musical

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

They are also pressured by the studio boss R. 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. There's one serious problem, however - the temperamental, narcissistic star has a shrill, screechy New York accent.

The star's ex-song-and-dance partner Cosmo proposes to turn the doomed film into a musical, and suggests that Don's aspiring actress and ingenue dancer-girlfriend Kathy Selden dub in her singing voice behind the scenes for lip-synching Lina.

The results of their scheming to expose the jealous Lina and put Kathy in a revealing limelight provide the film's expected happy resolution.

Great care was made to authenticate the costumes, the sound studio set, and other historical details in the film. The film's title song was paid twisted homage of sorts in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange 1971 during the brutal rape scene.

The Story Part of the opening credits feature the three stars from the film, briefly singing the title song with black umbrellas and yellow raincoats. The film opens outside the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre at an exciting 1927 Hollywood film premiere.

It is Monumental Pictures' opening night for its latest romantic, black and white swashbuckler, The Royal Rascal, starring two successful silent film stars, Don Lockwood Gene Kelly and his leading lady - beautiful blonde bombshell Lina Lamont Jean Hagen, an understudy for another quintessential, squeaky-voiced dumb blonde named Billie Dawn, portrayed by Judy Holliday in the Broadway production of Born Yesterday, and in the subsequent film Born Yesterday 1950.

One of the fans in the crowd holds up Screen Digest, a fan magazine, with Don and Lina pictured on the cover with the story titled: The first limousines pull up at the show with lesser stars and their escorts, as fans cheer, anticipating the arrival of the major stars.

His exit from a vehicle produces little fanfare. As they step out of their limousine, he is wearing a totally white, belted polo coat and white felt hat, and Lina has on a glittering light silvery-green gown and fur-collared stole. They are greeted with tremendous cheers from the fans, and the interviewer's words about the gorgeous couple: Are these rumors true that wedding bells are soon to ring for you and Lina?.

  • Lamont but possesses the beautiful voice of which Lina is in dire need;
  • Don has worked hard to get where he is today, with his former partner Cosmo;
  • The introduction of talking pictures poses a threat to the powerful duo, however, when it is discovered by audiences that Lina has an excruciatingly shrill voice;
  • Monumental Pictures' biggest stars, glamorous on-screen couple Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood, are also an off-screen couple if the trade papers and gossip columns are to be believed;
  • When the jealous Lina finds out the strategy of the studio, she does not want to share the credits with Kathy and tries to force the studio to use Kathy in the shadow to dub her in other productions.

You've come a long way together, Don. Won't you tell us how it all happened?. I want your story from the beginning. The story of your success is an inspiration to young people all over the world.

  • The story of your success is an inspiration to young people all over the world;
  • Don and Kathy's relationship is despite their less than friendly initial meeting.

He begins his conveniently-laundered version of his rise to stardom with one motto he has always lived by, instilled in him by his parents from the very beginning: Dignity - always dignity. Then, in flashback, he reminisces for the listening public, in exaggerated fashion, about his life story and rise to the top in show business.

The narrative images on the screen belie every embellished, fabricated word he speaks - in reality, the pictures and descriptions are terribly disjointed.

  1. Won't you tell us how it all happened?...
  2. Thus, Kathy is brought on to dub her speaking and singing voice in secret, and Don's on top of the world. They are greeted with tremendous cheers from the fans, and the interviewer's words about the gorgeous couple.
  3. The film opens outside the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre at an exciting 1927 Hollywood film premiere. It transcends its genre, becoming one of the most joyous, delightful, satisfying, feel-good motion picture experiences ever, richly deserving its 10 spot on the American Film Institute list of greatest films.
  4. But then Lina finds out... There's one serious problem, however - the temperamental, narcissistic star has a shrill, screechy New York accent.
  5. They are greeted with tremendous cheers from the fans, and the interviewer's words about the gorgeous couple. Characters are often one-dimensional, and can behave with jarring shifts in mood or motivation as required by the song lyrics, supposedly falling in love with other characters that they know as little as we know them.

Can we believe our eyes and our ears?