SIN­GIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) GEM, 1.20PM, G, MU­SI­CAL

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Orig­i­nally con­ceived as a kind of great­est-hits reel for MGM com­posers Arthur Freed and Na­cio Herb Brown, it was writ­ers Adolph Green and Betty Com­den who came up with us­ing Hol­ly­wood’s rocky tran­si­tion from silent films to “talkies” as a frame­work for the mu­si­cal num­bers fea­tur­ing toe-tap­pin’ ge­niuses Gene Kelly and Don­ald O’Con­nor. Told in flash­back as schmaltzy Hol­ly­wood star Don (Kelly) re­calls his less-thandig­ni­fied climb to the top, this supremely en­ter­tain­ing pro­duc­tion fea­tures hi­lar­i­ous slap­stick, bit­ing com­men­tary on celebrity and won­der­ful se­quences that have be­come en­sconced in cin­e­matic le­gend. ★★★★

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