Singing in the rain

1952 USA Color 103 Minutes

Donald O'Connor+ Bobby Watson Debbie Reynolds + Gene KellyJean Hagen + Gene Kelly


What a wonderful feeling, I'm happy again

Gene KellyDon 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.

Debbie ReynoldsA 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.


Directed by Gene Kelly+ Stanley Donen

Links and more

Listen to: Diction lesson (Small mp3 file, 47kb) Diction lesson
Listen to: Dumb or something (Small mp3 file, 11kb) Dumb or something
Listen to: Gene Kelly sings (Small mp3 file, 109kb) Gene Kelly sings
Listen to: Original song (1929) (Small mp3 file, 76kb) Original song (1929)
Listen to: What’s the big idea (Small mp3 file,
26kb) What’s the big idea


Gene Kely + Cyd Charisse


Jean Hagen

This week 38 years ago Jean Hagen (Lina Lamont) died (aged 54)
August 29, 1977

Within 0 days it would have been Donald O’Connor`s (Cosmo Brown) 90th birthday.
* August 28, 1925
† September 27, 2003

Within 12 days it would have been Arthur Freed`s (Producer) 121th birthday.
* September 9, 1894
† April 12, 1973


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.


Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly
If Fred Astaire is the Cary Grant of dance, I'm the Marlon Brando.


He taught Frank Sinatra to dance.


August 23, 1912


February 2, 1996

Born as:

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.

Academy awards

1952 Honorary Award
1946 Nominated Best Actor for: Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Selected Movies:


Clive Hirschhorn -> Gene Kelly: A Biography (1974/1984)
Alvin Yudkoff -> Gene Kelly: A Life of Dance and Dreams (1999)