July 17, 2012
Warner Home Video
One of the most charming Hollywood musicals ever made. "Singin' in the Rain" takes a loving look at the end of the silent film era, and cinema's rocky transition to sound.
After years of honing his skills on the vaudeville stage, hoofer Don Lockwood has finally reached the top and become a swashbuckling star of the silver screen. Then the self-satisfied celebrity has his confidence shattered when ingenue Kathy Selden dismisses film actors as "shadows" without substance. Of course, after getting over the insult, he falls hard for her -- much to the consternation of his costar, the sexy, selfish Lina Lamont, who wants Don all to herself.
But Don and Lina have more to worry about than romantic troubles. Sound's come in, and, thanks to Lina's shrill, shrieking voice, their first "talkie" has left the preview audience roaring with laughter. Now there's only one way to save the movie and their careers: turn "The Dueling Cavalier" into a musical... with Kathy secretly dubbing in Lina's lines.
Now if they can just hide the truth from Lina... until the film is done.
A gentle parody of Hollywood's frantic transition to the "talkies" during the late Twenties. Musical numbers include: "Singin' in the Rain," "You Were Meant for Me," "Make 'Em Laugh," and "All I Do Is Dream of You." Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actress--Jean Hagen, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Many of the dance sequences are an homage to Busby Berkeley musicals.
The song "Make 'Em Laugh" was originally used in the film "The Pirate."
Color by Technicolor.
Additional credit: Wally Heglin (score orchestrator).
The Voyager/Criterion CAV laserdisc (CC1152L) includes:
Original versions of songs performed by other singers
An audio commentary by Ron Haver
The original theatrical trailer