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In 1927, the former stunt Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) becomes a successful actor with the company of his best friend Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) forming a romantic pair with the actress Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). In the period of transition from silent movies to talking pictures, Don accidentally meets the aspirant actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) while escaping from his fans and fall in love for her. Lina has troubles with the sharp tune of her voice, and Cosmo and Don decides to dub her, using Kathy's voice, to save their movie. "Singin' In the Rain" is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929. However, it is unclear exactly when the song was written with some claiming that the song was written and performed as early as 1927. But the song is surely best known today as the centerpiece of the musical film Singin' in the Rain (1952), in which Gene Kelly memorably danced to the song while splashing through puddles during a rainstorm in California. Alfred Hitchcock in NORTH BY NORTWEST and Stanley Kubrick in CLOCKWORK ORANGE pay tribute to Gene Kelly and this song.
18 May 2013
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