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Sunday Echoes: Gene Kelly “Singing In The Rain”

October 25, 2009

Some say when Hollywood stopped making musicals, they stopped making great movies.  While I do not subscribe to that view, I do enjoy the grand musical classics from MGM.  The one that I think most Americans who love film have watched over and over is from 1952, “Singing In The Rain”, and includes this classic song with Gene Kelly singing and dancing.  A bit of trivia is in order I think, as the following is most interesting.  First, this song and dance number was completed in one take!  Try that in Hollywood today.  Kelly was truly sick with the flu, and had a 103 degree temperature at the time this classic was filmed.  In the water there was a bit of milk added so the rain would look just right, and the water bubbles would film better.  And now you know the rest of the story…….

2 Comments
  1. sls permalink
    October 28, 2009 6:02 PM

    This one of the reasons I got into music in the first place… True classic!

  2. October 25, 2009 2:27 PM

    I’ve always loved this particular dance number, although it comes in second behind “Moses Supposes His Toeses Smell Like Roses” with Donald O’Connor! One bit of trivia that I can add is that they hollowed out the sidewalk in one spot so Gene could do that part where he slaps his foot in a puddle. To me, he is the consummate dancer–so athletic and effortless (and the best set of buns in the business!)

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