Film Review – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

18 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    I still haven’t seen this one, but I did rather enjoy the remake with Malcolm McDowell. Oh, wait…

    In all seriousness it sounds very interesting – especially if there is creative sound play. I do appreciate a film that doesn’t take sound for granted.

    • Nick Kush says:

      It’s really, really clever. You’ll probably have to do some research on it to completely see what there doing though. I had to have a film professor break it down for me lol.

  2. Love this film. It’s truly one of the best movie musicals ever made, and the songs and choreography are phenomenal. All the performances are first-rate, but Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont is hilarious, earning her the film’s only Oscar nomination for acting.

  3. A wonderful film. All the more remarkable as the premise was the songwriter telling the screenwriters “here’s a list of songs I’ve written for MGM. Use them all in a movie.” (my special edition DVD has the original song scenes as extras). And they made it work.

    • Nick Kush says:

      You definitely get that feeling that that was the case. All the the songs are too great to not be in there!

  4. As of this comment, I’ve seen this film twice. Once when I rented it from my local library and once near the beginning of this calendar year when it was briefly back in theaters as part of the TCM Classic Series, not just in honor of the film’s 65th Anniversary, but in memory of Debbie “Mother of Leia” Reynolds. When I watch this, I get the general idea of the struggle that the Hollywood industry went through during the transition between silent films to talkies, especially the hilarious scene where they keep having microphone issues. My favorite part of the film is when Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) does “Make ‘Em Laugh”. Dear God, the physical demand for that one song alone is amazing! The fact that he did this while smoking four packs a day is even more astounding, and yes this was “back in the day” when cigarettes weren’t as frowned upon as they are now. If I have any legit criticism for this piece, then it’s Lina Lamont. I could never take her seriously as a villain, especially since she came off as the stereotypical “Dumb Blonde”. Other than that, this is a film that everyone needs to see at least once in their lives, since this is Gene Kelly in a similar Orson Welles situation here. It’s his signature picture and you get the feeling that him calling the shots worked wonders.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Make ‘Em Laugh is easily one of the best moments in cinema history. I cried laughing the first time I saw it (and I still do to this day)

      • If the phrase “They don’t make ’em like they used to” were ever so true, then that sequence fits the bill. I haven’t really seen that amount of high-energy dancing in recent years.

      • Nick Kush says:

        It’s predominantly because actors just aren’t trained the same way anymore! When was the last time you heard of an actor getting their start in dance?

  5. I’m in total agreement on all counts!

  6. Well done!! I was on a nostalgic watch this past weekend; Brigadoon, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and a few others. As I watched, I was reminded of what Hollywood productions used to be. I also realized that some of these can never be remade. Sad but true. Great review!

  7. Great review! It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. I watched it recently and it just makes me smile the whole time.

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