Monday, January 16, 2017

Movie Review: ***^Singing in the Rain

This is a classic movie, musical about the switch from silent movies to talkies.  Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) are stars of the silent screen.  However, when the studio decides to do a talking movie, they discover Lina  Lamont's voice is not conducive to good theater.  When the premier comes out, there are just too many problems, and those in attendance are not impressed.  A last minute change to a musical before release is in order.  Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor), Lockwood's good friend and Kathy Seldon (Debbie Reynolds) his love interest agree to help; Seldon by dubbing over the voice of Lamont, and singing all her songs and giving all her lines.  All this is kept from Lamont, but when she finds out it is as if she is a woman scorned.  She insists Seldon continue as her voice, while the studio keep the truth under wraps.  In other words, she wants to destroy Seldon's possibility of having her own career.
This musical is good, but it has the fault of the time, putting in numbers just for no reason.  there is the song "Gotta Dance" which is just that. a big production with nothing to do with the plot.  However songs that work are "Make them Laugh," "Singing in the Rain" and "Good Mornin'."  A lot of fun if you don't fall to sleep with the long song and dance numbers.

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