If you know me at all, you know that I love movies from the Golden Age of the Hollywood Musical. Singing in the Rain (1952) is my favorite of all time. I first fell in love with Gene Kelly (and with dance) watching this movie. When I see him singing and dancing I can't help but smile with sheer delight! This movie has:
A great plot -- Set in 1927, Hollywood goes from silent pictures to talkies and the Big Silent Film Stars have to deal with their sad demise if they can't make the transformation. If you've seen The Artist (2011), it's the same story.
Terrific cast -- Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Jean Hagen.
DON: Cosmo, call me a cab.
COSMO: Okay, you're a cab.
Memorable songs --
Make 'Em Laugh (Donald O'Connor said he ended up in the hospital after this performance)
Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses (Gene and Donald tap dancing with such props as a curtain, chairs, table top and a Voice Instructor)
Good Mornin' (Gene, Donald and Debbie tap around Lockwood's Hollywood mansion)
All I Do is Dream of You (Debbie jumps out of a cake and sings with chorus girls at a Hollywood party)
And of course, the classic performance of Singing in the Rain by Gene Kelly: