Singin' in the Rain

Synopsis: 1927 Hollywood. Monumental Pictures' biggest stars, glamorous on-screen couple Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood, are also an off-screen couple if the trade papers and gossip columns are to be believed. Both perpetuate the public perception if only to please their adoring fans and bring people into the movie theaters. In reality, Don barely tolerates her, while Lina, despite thinking Don beneath her, simplemindedly believes what she sees on screen in order to bolster her own stardom and sense of self-importance. R.F. Simpson, Monumental's head, dismisses what he thinks is a flash in the pan: talking pictures. It isn't until The Jazz Singer (1927) becomes a bona fide hit which results in all the movie theaters installing sound equipment that R.F. knows Monumental, most specifically in the form of Don and Lina, have to jump on the talking picture bandwagon, despite no one at the studio knowing anything about the technology. Musician Cosmo Brown, Don's best friend, gets hired as Monumental's i
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations.
 
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Year:
1952
103 min
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Singin' in the rain

Just singin' in the rain

What a glorious feelin'

We're happy again

We'll walk down the lane

With a happy refrain

And singin'

Just singin' in the rain

This is

Dora Bailey, ladies and gentlemen...

...talking to you from the front

of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

What a night, ladies and gentlemen.

What a night!

Every star in Hollywood is here

to make Monumental Pictures' premiere...

...of The Royal Rascal,

the outstanding event of 1927.

Everyone breathlessly awaits...

...the arrival of Lina Lamont

and Don Lockwood.

Look who's arriving now.

It's that famous "zip" girl

of the screen...

...the darling of the flapper set...

...Zelda Zanders!

Zelda! Zelda!

Her new red-hot pash,

J. Cumberland Spendrill III...

...that well-known eligible bachelor.

Zelda's had so much unhappiness,

I hope this time it's really love.

And here comes that

exotic star, Olga Mara!

Ooh.

And her new husband,

the Baron de la Bonnet de la Toulon.

They've been married two months already,

but still as happy as newlyweds.

Well, well, well.

It's Cosmo Brown!

Cosmo is Don's best friend.

He plays the piano on the set

for Don and Lina...

...to get them into

those romantic moods!

Oh, folks, this is it.

This is it!

The stars of tonight's picture,

those romantic lovers of the screen...

...Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont!

Ladies and gentlemen, when you look

at this gorgeous couple...

...it's no wonder they're

a household name all over the world.

Like "bacon and eggs."

"Lockwood and Lamont."

Don, tell me confidentially,

are these rumors true...

...that wedding bells are soon

to ring for you and Lina?

Lina and I have no statement

to make at the present time.

We're just good friends.

You've come a long way together.

Won't you tell us how it happened?

Lina and I have made

a number of pictures together...

Oh, no, no, Don.

I want your story from the beginning.

Dora, not in front of all these people!

The story of your success

is an inspiration...

...to young people all over the world.

Please!

Well, to begin with,

any story of my career...

...would have to include

my lifelong friend, Cosmo Brown.

We were kids together,

grew up together, worked together.

Yes?

Well, Dora, I've had one motto

which I've always lived by:

"Dignity. Always dignity."

This was instilled in me by Mum and Dad

from the very beginning.

They sent me to the finest schools,

including dancing school.

That's where I first met Cosmo.

And with him, I used to perform

for Mum and Dad's society friends.

They used to make such a fuss over me.

If I was very good, I was allowed

to accompany Mom and Dad to the theater.

They brought me up on Shaw...

...Molire, the finest of the classics.

To this was added rigorous

musical training...

...at the Conservatory of Fine Arts.

We rounded out our apprenticeship

at an exclusive dramatics academy.

And at all times...

...the motto remained...

..."Dignity.

Always dignity."

In a few years, we were ready

to embark on a dance concert tour.

We played the finest

symphonic halls in the country.

Fit as a fiddle

And ready for love

I can jump over

The moon up above

Fit as a fiddle

And ready for love

Haven't a worry

Haven't a care

Feelin' like a feather

That's floatin' on air

Fit as a fiddle

And ready for love

Soon the church bells will be ringin'

And a march with Ma and Pa

How the church bells will be ringin'

With a hey-nonny-nonny

And a hot-cha-cha

Hi diddle diddle

My baby's okay

Ask me a riddle

I'm happy to say

Fit as a fiddle

And ready for love

Audiences everywhere adored us.

Get out of here!

Finally we decided to come

to sunny California.

We were stranded...

We were staying here, resting up...

...when offers from the movie

studios started pouring in.

We sorted them out and decided

to favor Monumental Pictures.

Lina, you hate him.

Resist him. Keep that mood music going.

Now, Phil, you come in.

Keep on grinding.

Now you see her. Now here's the bit,

Bert, where you get it on the jaw.

Cut!

No, no! That wasn't right!

You were supposed to go over the bar

and crash into the glasses! Try it again!

Okay, Bert? Bert!

Oh, that's swell, just swell.

Take him away, fellas!

You'll be all right. We've lost

more stuntmen on these pictures...

It'll take hours to get

a new one from Central Casting.

Mr. Dexter, I can do that.

- You? You're a musician.

- That's a moot point.

No kidding!

What's your name?

Don Lockwood, but the fellas

call me "Donald."

Wise guy, huh?

Okay, I'll try you.

Get this guy into Bert's suit!

And remember, Lockwood, you might be

trading that fiddle in for a harp.

Camera!

Phil, come in. Now you see him.

That's it.

Now, here's where you get it

right on the jaw.

Cut!

That was wonderful!

Got any more little chores

you want done?

Plenty!

Okay.

My roles in these films were urbane...

...sophisticated...

...suave.

And of course,

all through those pictures...

...Lina was, as always,

an inspiration to me.

Warm and helpful.

A real lady.

Hello, Miss Lamont.

I'm Don Lockwood, the stuntman.

It was a thrill working

with you, Miss Lamont.

Hey, Don.

Meet the producer

of the picture, R.F. Simpson.

I just saw some rushes and asked

Dexter who the stuntmen were.

He said they were all you. I'm putting

you and Lina together in a picture.

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Betty Comden

Betty Comden (born Basya Cohen, May 3, 1917 – November 23, 2006) was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th century. Her writing partnership with Adolph Green, called "the longest running creative partnership in theatre history", lasted for six decades, during which time they collaborated with other leading entertainment figures such as the famed "Freed Unit" at MGM, Jule Styne and Leonard Bernstein, and wrote the musical comedy film Singin' in the Rain. more…

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