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Singin' in the Rain

G In Theaters 04/11/1952 , 103min.
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Plot & Details

Hollywood, 1927: the silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is the toast of Tinseltown. While Lockwood and Lamont personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life the down-to-earth Lockwood can't stand the egotistical, brainless Lina. He prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), whom he met while escaping his screaming fans. Watching these intrigues from the sidelines is Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor), Don's best pal and on-set pianist. Cosmo is promoted to musical director of Monumental Pictures by studio head R.F. Simpson (Millard Mitchell) when the talking-picture revolution commences. That's all right for Cosmo, but how will talkies affect the upcoming Lockwood-Lamont vehicle "The Dueling Cavalier"? Don, an accomplished song-and-dance man, should have no trouble adapting to the microphone. Lina, however, is another matter; put as charitably as possible, she has a voice that sounds like fingernails on a blackboard. The disastrous preview of the team's first talkie has the audience howling with derisive laughter. On the strength of the plot alone, concocted by the matchless writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Singin' in the Rain is a delight. But with the addition of MGM's catalog of Arthur Freed-Nacio Herb Brown songs -- "You Were Meant for Me," "You Are My Lucky Star," "The Broadway Melody," and of course the title song -- the film becomes one of the greatest Hollywood musicals ever made.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Jean Hagen Nominated
1952 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Musical Score Lennie Hayton Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Stanley Donen Nominated
1952 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Gene Kelly Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Donald O'Connor Won
1952 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Stanley Donen Nominated
1952 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Gene Kelly Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 Directors Guild of America Best Director Stanley Donen Nominated
1952 Directors Guild of America Best Director Gene Kelly Nominated

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1952 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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