Singin' in the Rain

Published April 21, 2023

Singin' in the Rain

Film info

  • Title Singin' in the Rain
  • Directors Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
  • Year 1952
  • Run time 1hr 43m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance, Drama, Music
  • Tagline What a glorious feeling!

Silent movies are giving way to Talking Pictures - and a hoofer-turned-matinee idol is caught in that bumpy transition, as well as his buddy, prospective ladylove and shrewish co-star.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:34 I didn’t know Gene Kelly co-directed this.
3:23 The red carpet announcer being right there is a bit weird.
10:34 Do people often get promoted from stunt person to leading man like that?
16:19 Celebrities really do get away with anything.
17:45 “I don’t go to the movies much. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.”
27:11 The checked suit, knitted vest and flat cap is an interesting combo.
32:38 LOVE the idea of them having a row while filming the silent movie love scene.
37:58 What is this fashion show?
46:34 Can’t believe the Downton Abbey was an homage to this and I didn’t know!
57:32 Audio is hard.
1:03:21 I don’t want to break into a great song but does he have the authority to decide it’s suddenly a musical?
1:08:47 Sort of can’t see this now without thinking of Tom Holland.
1:26:46 I feel like we’re Inception levels deep of dream within dreams here.
1:32:14 “I gave an exclusive story to every paper in town.”


This is heralded as such a classic movie musical, one of the greatest of all time, and somehow I’d never seen it before. I knew of many of the songs and obviously aware of classic moments like the actual singing and dancing in the rain but none of it had context. It was good, and I liked the story about the transition from silent movies to talking pictures, but I don’t quite know if I’d count it as the greatest! Still, you can’t fault old school tap dancing routines and Gene Kelly is a legend, even if he’s overshadowed by Cosmo in this movie.

Rating: 3 / 5

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