When the transition is being made from silent films to ‘talkies’, everyone has trouble adapting.
Don (Gene Kelly) and Lina (Jean Hagen) have been cast repeatedly as a romantic couple, but when their latest film is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for the new singing part. After a lot of practise with a diction coach, Lina still sounds terrible, and Kathy, a bright young aspiring actress, is hired to record over her voice.
For her role as Lina Lamont, Jean Hagen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film was also nominated for Best Original Music Score for Lennie Hayton.
Donald O’Connor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Cosmo Brown. Betty Comden and Adolph Green received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical.
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WHAT THE PRESS SAY
Empire Magazine ranked it as the eighth best film of all time.
In Sight & Sound magazine’s 2012 list of the 50 greatest films of all time, Singin’ in the Rain placed 20th.
DID YOU KNOW…?
Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds admitted that they did not enjoy working with Gene Kelly, since Kelly was verbally belittling and a tyrant. O’Connor said that for the first several weeks he was terrified of making a mistake and being yelled at by Kelly.
20 September 2020 3:30PM