|Fig 1 - Singin' in the Rain Poster|
Despite nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Musical Score, the film had no wins at the 25th Academy Awards. However, Donald O'Connor did take away a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical the following year. Ever since, the film's reputation has been elevated to the greatest heights and often features among the top picks for 'greatest musical of all-time'.
|Fig 2 - Singin' in the Rain - Don Lockwood|
The film's soundtrack features a plethora of classics by music director Lennie Hayton; responsible for hits such as Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh and of course Singin' in the Rain, for which the film is most widely known. Uncredited choreographers Carol Haney and Gwen Verdon assisted Gene Kelly in the accompanying dance numbers that make the film such a spectacle, deserving the highest of praises for their input into what was clearly a frustrating production for all involved. Donald O'Connor's performance in particular was a blend of impeccable comic timing and a Buster Keaton-style energy that exuded from every ingrained movement he made. Gene Kelly was notably charming and emanated a Bond-esque allure to his more reserved sequences, with a young Debbie Reynolds playing off his presence in an equally appealing naivety.
Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised by Singin' in the Rain and totally concur with the fascination behind the film. If I had any minor quibbles, it would be the slightly disjointed ratio between musical numbers and 'scenes' during the second half. However in spite of this, I found myself oddly enchanted by the film to the point where I could have easily watched a second time as soon as it was over. Singin' in the Rain serves as a gorgeous time-capsule of 'old Hollwood' and will leave just about anybody on a gleefully high note.
Fig. 1 Singin' in the Rain Poster (1952) From: Singin' in the Rain - Directed by: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
Fig. 2 Singin' in the Rain Screenshot (1952) From: Singin' in the Rain - Directed by: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly