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“Singin in the Rain”

22 March, 2014

Year: 1952.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly.


Gene Kelly (Don Lockwood).

Debbie Reynolds (Kathy Selden).

Donald O´Connor (Cosmo Brown).

Jean Hagen (Lina Lamont).

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Nominated for 2 Oscars in 1953: Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.

Golden Globe in 1953 to Donald O’Connor as Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical/Comedy.

The movie also won many other awards that you can check in the IDBM website.

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  • Gene Kelly insulted Debbie Reynolds because, according to his criteria, she apparently didn’t know how to dance. Fred Astaire found her crying in the study and tried to help her.
  • The mytic scene from Singin’ In The Rain took a whole day to get it ready. Despite Gene Kelly had temperatura, the sequence was taken in just one shot, which is exactly what you can see in the film.
  • After performing the scene “Makeemlaugh”, Donald O´Connor was hospitalized because of exhaustion. He used to smoke 4 packs of cigarettes per day.
  • Donald O´Connor recognized he didn’t like to work together with Gene Kelly, since he found him very tyrant.
  • After the “Good Morning” show, Debbie Reynolds had to be taken to her dressing room with blood in her feet. However, Gene Kelly forced her to repeat the tap dancing sounds.
  • Debbie Reynolds was only 19 years old, living still with her parents. She used to woke up at 4 am to go to the study after a long way (she had to take 3 buses). Sometimes she even prefered to stay in the study overnight.
  • The original film was burnt in a fire.
  • Cyd Charisse has to learn how to smoke to act in the scene together with Gene Kelly.
  • This movie is the fith in the Rank of best films of the History, according to The American Film Institute, and in the 10th position according to Entertainment Weekly. However both companies agree that it is the best musical ever.
  • The Directors actually thought first of Judy Garland, June Allyson and Ann Miller for the role of Kathy Selden, buta ll of them were too old. They also thought in Jane Powell and Leslie Caron.
  • Debbie Reynolds had to use onion in the last scene whe she had to cry.

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It’s the best musical comedy of all times. Period. Gene Kelly is sensational. He was perfectionist and demanding both with himself and the rest of the crew. That way he reached the highest level on the cast performance.

He also was much more atlethic than Fred Astaire, and his scenes are just spectacular. It’s also worth the mention of the amazing cast that joined Gene Kelly: Donald O’Connor makes an excellent performance making us laugh out of loud and the very young Debbie Reynolds perfectly knew how to accomplish the hard role she had to perform.

Some musical scenes you can’t miss: “Makeemlaugh”, “Mosessupposses”, “GoodMorning”, the spectacular legs of Cyd Charisse and of course, the show star in the movie: “Singin’ in the rain”.


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