Classic film fans will be excited about this definitive 1952 classic musical being re-released in select cinemas from coast-to-coast.
Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events presents: “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952, 65th Anniversary Event)
Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with Fathom Events will present the revival screening of the 1952 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Alongside Kelly, the film features Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Cyd Charisse and Jean Hagen.
In honor of the 65th anniversary of the film, this screening is part of the network’s theatrical “Big Screen Classics” showcase of vintage features. The film will be shown in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast. Screenings will occur on Sun., Jan. 15 and Wed., Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time.
The TCM/Fathom Events presentation of “Singin’ in the Rain” will have a special prerecorded introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.
The popular and critically acclaimed film musical is set in the late 1920s when the major Hollywood studios converted from silent pictures to “talkies.”
Swashbuckling actor Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) has a romantic pairing with actress Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), but is more interested in actress and singer for the fictional Monumental Pictures, Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). After the disaster of the first Monumental talkie with Don and Lina, the studio, along with Don and his pal Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) decided that Kathy would be perfect to dub over Lina’s dialogue.
In addition to the iconic title track number (with Gene Kelly), there were other memorable musical numbers and skits, including Donald O’Connor and his iconic “Make ‘Em Laugh” sequence, the “Good Morning” song (with Kelly, Reynolds and O’Connor) and the “Gotta Dance” (also known as the ”Broadway Ballet” sequence, with Kelly and Charisse).
Several “Fun Facts” about “Singin’ in the Rain” (1962)
For her role as Lina Lamont, Jean Hagen was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a supporting role the following year. According to a Turner Classic Movies article on “Singin’ in the Rain,” Hagen lost out to Gloria Grahame, who won the Academy Award for her role in “The Bad and the Beautiful,” which was also filmed at MGM.
In one of her earliest film roles, a young Rita Moreno played actress Zelda Zanders in the film. After various bit roles in film and television, she would get her big break in Robert Wise’s 1961 film adaptation of “West Side Story,” playing the role of Anita.
“Singin’ in the Rain” is on American Film Institute’s “100 Years, 100 Movies” list of essential classic and contemporary films, coming in at #10. The film is at the top of the list for the organization’s companion guide of 25 top musical films.
Why you should see “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) on the big screen:
With its iconic musical and comedic numbers and iconic performances by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Jean Hagen, “Singin’ in the Rain” never fails to disappoint. 65 years after its general release, “Singin in the Rain” still holds up as one of the definitive film musicals, entertaining audiences young and old.
To quote one of my professors during my time at Hood College, “see it on the biggest screen possible.”
*Highly recommended by the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections.”
Sun., Jan, 15 and Wed., Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time) in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast
Classic Movie Hub and Fathom Events are holding a ticket giveaway contest to the “TCM Big Screen Classics” presentation of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Enter today (contest ends on Jan. 7)!
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