Overview of Singin' in the Rain
Unlike many Hollywood musicals, "Singin' in the Rain" was not
Hi, I'm Lauren Zima and today on About.com we're taking a look at one of the greatest movies from Hollywood's golden age of musicals: "Singin' in the Rain."Singin' in the Rain was made in 1952, but tells the story of an earlier era: the coming of sound to the film industry in the Roaring Twenties. The movie satirizes the ensuing panic that grips the Hollywood dream factory: Can movie stars talk?Gene Kelly plays a dashing silent screen star who handles the transition to sound well. The problem is, his glamorous on-screen partner, played Jean Hagen, doesn't.Singin' in the Rain follows the story of how Kelly, his best friend, played by Donald O'Connor, and an aspiring actress, played by Debbie Reynolds, get caught up in this exciting time of change in Hollywood.Unlike many Hollywood musicals, Singin' in the Rainwas not an adaptation of a Broadway hit. It was created and produced specifically for the screen -- with Gene Kelly both choreographing and co-directing. Singin' in the Rainfeatures a couple of big production numbers. But, it's the smaller, more intimate scenes like Gene Kelly dancing down an empty, rain-filled street that Singin' in the Rain is remembered for.When it was released, Singin' in the Rain was considered only a modest success. It wasn't even nominated for a major Academy Award. But, today it's recognized as not just one of Hollywood's greatest musicals, but one of its most beloved films.Thanks for watching our short profile of Singin' in the Rain. For more information go to About.com.