Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) are the golden couple of the silent era. They are adored by the movie-going public and touted by the gossip columnists as a hot-and-heavy young couple. Lockwood attends the premiere of his latest film “The Royal Rascal”. Fleeing his adoring fans after the screening, he lands in the front seat of Kathy Selden's (Debbie Reynolds) car and is promptly smitten.
A revolution in filmmaking, the talkie, threatens to undermine their success. So the studio is forced to halt its next production, when it becomes obvious that it'll have to be wired for sound. But the sound era won't be kind to Lina's high pitched, screechy voice. With the help of Don's musician friend Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor) to add some songs to the latest production, and with Kathy dubbing Lina's voice, the franchise might be saved.
Release date: March 27, 1952
The opening credits were inspired by the first filmed performance of the title song in The Hollywood Revue of 1929. (Listen to the song, 1929)
Donald O’Connor said that he did not enjoy working with Gene Kelly since Kelly was somewhat of a tyrant.
In the movie Kathy’s voice is dubbed over Lina Lamont’s. In real life some of Kathy’s (Debbie Reynolds) songs were dubbed over by Betty Noyes.
The script was written after the songs.
He taught Frank Sinatra to dance.
August 23, 1912
Eugene Curran Kelly
Gene, dancing since childhood, was a dance instructor before making it to Broadway. In 1940 got his break with a starring part in Pal Joey. Kelly moved to Hollywood in 1941 and soon starred in his first film, For Me and My Gal (1942).
Gene spent most of his film career at MGM which produced Hollywood's finest musicals, but at the Columbia studio he started to revolutionize the Hollywood musical with his free-flowing, imaginative dance routines. In Ziegfeld Follies (1946) Gene teamed with Fred Astaire and in The Pirate (1948) he danced with Judy Garland.
Anchors Aweigh (1945) was the first cooperation with choreographic partner Stanley Donen and from 1949 they directed three sparkling musicals, including the famous Singing in the rain (1952). Les Girls (1957) was Kelly's last starring musical.
1952 Honorary Award
1946 Nominated Best Actor for: Anchors Aweigh (1945)
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