Singin' in the Rain

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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.


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
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
Charles Evans
as Audience
Joi Lansing
as Audience
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 (52) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (52)

  • 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.

    Mar 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • ...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.

    Mar 4, 2008 | Full Review…

    Mark Bourne
    Top Critic
  • One of the shining glories of the American musical.

    Jun 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A fancy package of musical entertainment with wide appeal and bright grossing prospects.

    Jun 26, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jun 24, 2006
  • 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 | Rating: 4.5/5

Audience Reviews for Singin' in the Rain

  • Feb 01, 2017
    An absolute masterpiece, and easily, easily 5 stars. Gene Kelly's performance of 'Singin' in the Rain' has to be the greatest dance numbers ever performed on film, and I could watch it over and over again. He's a genius throughout this movie as both actor and director. It's just one fantastic number after another, including Donald O'Connor's 'Make 'Em Laugh', the two gentlemen and a 19-year-old Debbie Reynolds performing 'Good Morning' which includes that beautiful sofa sequence at the end, and Kelly dancing with Cyd Charisse in a stunning "imagined sequence within an imagined sequence", with beautiful modern art touches - and many others. This film works on all levels - a musical, of course, but also a romantic-comedy, and an ode to Hollywood's past. It makes you feel good not just because of the story, but because of the irrepressible joy in the performances, and because of you know you're seeing real artistry in the choreography and execution. They make it look smooth and easy, often making the most (so creatively!) out of an economy of space, but if you read the stories of the effort that went in, you'll appreciate it all the more. It's not for nothing that the cast of LaLaLand watched this movie every day on set for inspiration. Pure joy.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2015
    'Singin' in the Rain' is still a proven feast for the eyes and ears, full of charisma and intelligence and laughter.
    Kase V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2013
    'Singin' in the Rain' is another one of those films that you just can't help but enjoy. It's so warm and funny and has such visual splendor and creative energy that you just kind of get sucked into all of the action. Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor are as gifted as comedians as they are song-and-dance men, and Debbie Reynolds and Jean Hagen provide worthy female support. It's really just a very fun little film.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2013
    I'll admit that I liked this movie, and honestly don't mind seeing it again once in a while. It has a great plot, story, and characters, and most of the songs are really catchy. On top of all that, it can be really funny at times.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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