This musical movie is one of the most iconic films of all time; the comedy, the romance, the fearless optimism of Don (Gene Kelly), Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) and Kathy (Debbie Reynolds), as well as that scene in the rain make this one of our all-time favourites.
So why is Singin’ in the Rain still so popular today (a new West End rendition of the musical has recently opened)? Perhaps its resounding success lies in its glamour, its chirpiness and its bravery, and the fact that audiences coming away feeling that they have learnt something about pluckiness and self-belief. There were numerous hiccups that hit the cast and crew, but they were all overcome with the same hard work and perseverance that the characters in the film employ.
For example, Debbie Reynolds had never danced professionally prior to filming (she later said that the two hardest things she had ever done were ‘childbirth and Singin’ in the Rain‘), and Donald O’Connor had to be hospitalised during the Make ‘Em Laugh song and dance routine. And who would have known that Gene Kelly had a severe fever during the filming of the iconic scene below?
Much like The Artist, it depicts Hollywood at a time when the classic silent films were being replaced by ‘talkies’, leaving a lot of actors and actresses suddenly out of work.
Below are some of our favourite shots from the film – enjoy.