Singin’ in the Rain is a that rare treat. It is lighthearted comedy, social commentary, fabulous dittys, glamor, and astoundingly talented dancers all rolled into one.
Gene Kelly delights as Don Lockwood, a silent movie star beloved by legions of fans and the better half of the studio’s dynamic duo Lockwood and Lamont. Lina (played by Jean Hagan) is all good looks with little brains, no voice, and a devious mean streak. The trouble starts when Lockwood begins to fall for Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) the first person to tell him off in a long while rather than his scheming co-star who seems to be convinced a wedding is on the way. The transfer to “talkies” doesn’t help. Lina’s simpering, searing voice does not fit her beautiful face and spells the end of her career, and perhaps everyone at the studio’s – unless an ambitious plan cooked up by Lockwood, Seldon, and Cosmo Brown (the screen-stealing Donald O’Connor) can save the day.
They don’t make ‘em like they used to. The tap numbers are a marvel and a joy. The songs are clean and fresh. The film hits you with classic after classic. I was amazed by how many I recognized – though I hadn’t known their source.
It’s refreshing to be greeted by old-fashioned musical, instead sextually charged or politically incorrect musicals produced now. Where are the fun, clean-cut, talent filled musicals like Singin’ in the Rain?
Do yourself a favor and watch, or rewatch, Singin’ in the Rain. It is an absolute gem!