SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
When silent stars Gene Kelly and Jean Hagen's first sound picture looks like a bomb, movie magic saves the day, as Kelly and company rush to recut the movie as a musical, with Debbie Reynolds' lilt dubbed over Hagen's screech. Vaudevillian Donald O'Connor's performance of "Make 'Em Laugh" is eclipsed only by Kelly's splashy song-and-dance performance of the title track, among the most celebrated sequences in the history of the genre. Kelly gave costar Reynolds, then just 19, a crash course in dancing; paired with O'Connor, the trio's ebullient performance of "Good Morning" has achieved screen immortality. DIR Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen; SCR Adolph Green, Betty Comden; PROD Arthur Freed. U.S., 1952, color, 103 min. NOT RATED
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