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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Lennie Hayton, Nacio Herb Brown, and Arthur Freed

February 27, 2023 Leave a comment


Original Review by Craig Lysy

MGM Studios Director of Musicals Arthur Freed conceived of a new film that would be based on a catalogue of unused songs written by him and Nacio Herb Brown during the waning days of the Silent Film Age. The musical would be set during this time and feature dance legend Gene Kelly. Freed assumed control of production with a budget that eventually tapped out at $2.54 million. Gene Kelly was given creative control of the film and would not only direct and choreograph, but also star. Adolph Green and Betty Comden were hired to write the screenplay. The cast would consist with Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, Debbie Reynolds as Kathy Selden, Donald O’Connor as Cosmo Brown, Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont, Millard Mitchell as R. F. Simpson and Cyd Charisse as the vamp. Read more…