Singin' in the Rain (1952)



Critic Consensus: Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin' in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.

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Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed - filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly's fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. Set during the advent of "talkies," Don Lockwood has risen to stardom during Hollywood's silent-movie era - paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont. And when Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden, Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, Lockwood finds his career in jeopardy after audiences laugh when they hear Lamont speak in her shrill voice for the first time... until the studio decides to use Selden to dub her voice.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Gene Kelly
as Don Lockwood
Donald O'Connor
as Cosmo Brown
Debbie Reynolds
as Kathy Selden
Jean Hagen
as Lina Lamont
Rita Moreno
as Zelda Zanders
Douglas Fowley
as Roscoe Dexter
Madge Blake
as Dora Bailey
Kathleen Freeman
as Phoebe Dinsmore
Judy Landon
as Olga Mara
Mae Clarke
as Hairdresser
Cyd Charisse
as Guest Artist
Bobby Watson
as Diction Coach
Jimmie Thompson
as Male Lead in `Beautiful Girls' Number
Dan Foster
as Assistant Director
Margaret Bert
as Wardrobe Woman
John Dodsworth
as Baron de la May de la Toulon
Stuart Holmes
as J.C. Spendrill III
Dennis Ross
as Don as a Boy
Bill Lewin
as Bert
Julius Tannen
as Man on Screen
Dawn Addams
as Lady in Waiting
Elaine Stewart
as Ladies in Waiting
Jack George
as Orchestra Leader
Jimmy Thompson
as Male Lead in "Beautiful Girls" Number
Wilson Wood
as Vallee Impersonator
Dorothy Patrick
as Audience
William Lester
as Audience
Charles Evans
as Audience
Joi Lansing
as Audience
David Sharpe
as Fencer
Patricia Denise
as Girl Dancer
Jeanne Coyne
as Girl Dancer
Bill Chatham
as Male Dancing Quartet
Ernest Flatt
as Male Dancing Quartet
Don Hulbert
as Male Dancing Quartet
Robert Dayo
as Male Dancing Quartet
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Critic Reviews for Singin' in the Rain

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (11)

Singin' in the Rain is another mighty fine MGM Technicolor musical comedy produced by Arthur Freed whose An American in Paris copped seven Academy awards last week.

Full Review… | March 27, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

...this one's the Taj Mahal, Armstrong's footprint on the moon, the 2001 Arizona-New York World Series, the Clash's London Calling, and the perfect foamy head on an expertly poured Guinness.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
Top Critic

One of the shining glories of the American musical.

Full Review… | June 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A fancy package of musical entertainment with wide appeal and bright grossing prospects.

Full Review… | June 26, 2007
Top Critic

If you've never seen it and don't, you're bonkers.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Compounded generously of music, dance, color, spectacle and a riotous abundance of Gene Kelly, Jean Hagen and Donald O'Connor on the screen, all elements in this rainbow program are carefuly contrived and guaranteed to...put you in a buttercup mood.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Singin' in the Rain

The classic of classics when it comes to musicals, a wonderful movie that is light, entertaining and funny with priceless dialogue and amazing choreography - and where even an out-of-place Broadway number is delightful enough to make us forgive it for being there.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

'Singin' in the Rain' is still a proven feast for the eyes and ears, full of charisma and intelligence and laughter.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

I can't say a bad word about this classic - in addition to making me smile the whole way through, it's a film about the film industry. Donald O'Connor nearly steals the show with his zany supporting role, and Gene Kelly is magical in the lead, walking that line between musical corny and believably sincere. The songs endure, and - perhaps the film's biggest surprise - the visuals are varied, and gigantic, and stunning. One for the ages, jam-packed with love and life and laughter. It's beautifully done.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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