Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
Betty Comden, Adolph Green
1952's "Singin' in the Rain" is about as surefire method for lifting one's spirits as it is possible to find in the history of film. The film stars and is co-directed by the wonderful Gene Kelly and centers around that period in film history that served as the transition from silent films to talkies...The film is energetic, inspiring, loving and fun.
Gene Kelly plays Don Lockwood, who is successfully able to transition into films with sound, however, his partner Lina (played by Jean Hagen) has a much rougher time of it and so Kathy Selden (played by Debbie Reynolds) is brought in to dub her parts. Lockwood falls for Selden, and one of the truly classic scenes in all of cinema and, perhaps, the greatest scene in musical cinema is born. Kudos also to Donald O'Connor in the role of Cosmo...a perfect complement to a wonderfully musical cast.
The film's songs, music, choreography and story all captivate and entertain constantly and the production design serves as an excellent complement to the mood of the film.
There are those films in life that simply always put a smile on one's face. "Singin' in the Rain" is one of the best.
© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic