Talk:Singin' in the Rain

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Now, don't get me wrong -- I'm as big a Buggles fan as anybody else -- but is the connection to "Video Killed the Radio Star" really strong enough to merit a section? Robertissimo 10:25, 9 January 2006 (UTC)

Character Pages[edit]

Quick question. I noticed that there are no distinct pages for the four lead cahracters, Don, Kathy, Lina, and Cosmo. Were there once pages for them, and then they were merged with the article proper? Or have three never been any pages for them? If the latter be the case, would it be appropriate to make pages for them? I would be more than happy to do it, but am not quite sure whether or not it would be a good thing. Ourai 00:19, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

  • I don't think there were ever pages for the characters in this movie. However, it would be preferable to add more information to this page before trying to break the characters out into separate articles; see WP:FICT for guidelines. --Metropolitan90 07:31, 21 May 2006 (UTC)

"Voices" removed[edit]

The "Voices" section of the article was a compendium of rumor and innuendo, much of it obviously untrue to anybody who's spent any time at all watching and studying the film. Because of this, I've removed it entirely. Anyone who wishes to re-insert pieces of this supposed information should not do so without citing sources. unfutz 22:17, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Could you provide an example of what was untrue? The content matched IMDB trivia and my own listening impressions. Adam Mirowski 17:52, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
The IMDB trivia section is user-contributed and moderated only in the most superficial way -- anyone can post supposedly true "trivia" items there without fact-checking, so it is not an authoritative source. Also, the content of the removed section does *not* match my listening impression at all. If you want to restore the information, please provide an authoritative source. unfutz 02:53, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
I am restating my question again: Could you provide an example of what was untrue in the voices section? Secondary question: what would you consider as an authoritative source here? Adam Mirowski 07:51, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
I believe that what unfutz was trying to say was that the entire section was uncited (this alone would be grounds to remove it. Also, the claims made in the section (specifically those about who was singing for whom) seem to be false; I recently watched the film and the voice-swapping claimed in the section is clearly not true; the actors sing with their own voices, and they are not dubbed. As for a source, anything dating back to the original filming--say, director's commentary or something like that, perhaps press releases?--would certainly be allowed. IMDB, however, does not qualify, in and of itself, as an quthoritative source--the vast majority of its content is user-posted, giving it no more credibility than your own opinion (but of course, if the claims in the section are false, then you won't find any sources for it). Hope that cleared this up a bit. Ourai т с 13:36, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
While your contribution is interesting, I really want to hear Edfitz/unfutz clearly answer my question since he started this debate. Second: this article is almost totally unsourced, and could be deleted as a whole. However, it is obviously correct to me, together with the Voices section as it was. Finally, there are at least two quite reliable and pretty obvious sources of information which I would like to see other people to recall... (hint: I have both of them) Adam Mirowski 15:09, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
I'm not interested in playing some kind of silly game. If you have sources for this information which are rleiable, restore the section and cite them. If you don't, then they have no place in an encyclopedia entry. unfutz 18:27, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

An editor reinserted the "voices" material, sourced from IMDB, and I once again removed it. The material in IMDB's trivia section is supplied by users and is virtually unmoderated (as you can tell by the number of entries which repeat material already posted in previous entries), so it cannot be taken as authoritative. For this material to be restored permanently, it should be sourced to something that can be considered to be authoritative, such as a reference book, a memoir or biography, or even something online attributed to a legitimate expert or a primary source. Ed Fitzgerald (unfutz) 05:47, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Debbie Reynold's bleeding feet[edit]

I removed the following: "Apparently Kelly required Reynolds to rehearse unceasingly until her feet bled" for several reasons. First, the source,, is secondhand, and does not cite the primary source for the supposed information. Second, the source appears to be biased against Gene Kelly -- it speaks of Kelly's career going into a long slow spiral downwards after Singin' in the Rain, which is patently ridiculous. (Kelly did Brigadoon, Invitation to the Dance, It's Always Fair Weather, Inherit the Wind, Les Girls and numerous other good films and good roles after Singin' in the Rain.) Third, the material, if true, is not placed properly -- it is not part of the Fred Astaire story.

Before restoring this material, please provide a 'primary source citation for it. unfutz 05:24, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

And beyond that, the trope of dancing until one's feet bleeds is a little tired; it's not surprising, in rehearsing the kind of numbers common in old musicals (let alone in relation to ballet or other demanding technical forms), that minor injuries, blisters, etc., would bleed. One rarely hears about athletes being forced to practice until bloody-footed, yet one assumes, especially with long-distance runners, it must happen. Especially in the context of this film, in which in comparison to Kelly's and O'Connor's dancing, Reynolds's is fairly limited, the assertion seems out of place. Robertissimo 06:50, 21 December 2006 (UTC)
Precisely! unfutz 07:04, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

The reference to Debbie Reynold's bleeding feet found at "The Picture Show Man" website (see above) comes from a 1998 interview with Debbie cited on page 217 of Alvin Yudkoff's biography "Gene Kelly: A Life of Dance and Dreams". During that interview Debbie Reynold's said, in part, "Gene Kelly made me work so hard that I'd almost pass out trying to keep up. He taught me how to work beyond all reason." Yudkoff's citation goes on to state that 'many afternoons her feet were bleeding but she would not be excused'. Gene Kelly's troubled career after the release of "Singin' in the Rain" is also comprehensively documented by Yudkoff, from Kelly's battles with MGM over the making of "Brigadoon" to the financial failure of "Inherit the Wind", after which Kelly was never called on for a serious movie role again. It would be a mistake to judge Kelly's movies after "Singin' in the Rain" with our 20-20 hindsight. They might seem delightful to us now, but they were critical and financial failures at the time they were released. By the way, it is not unusual for a dancer's feet to bleed from too much rehearsal. Both Ginger Rogers and Cyd Charisse, among other female dancers, have told similar stories. Pictureshowman 21:45, 18 July 2007 (UTC)

Whatever happened to the Rascal?[edit]

I distinctly recall in the movie that the "Cavalier" became the "Rascal" ("The Dancing Rascal," and "The Royal Rascal.") From whence these "Cavalier" references? Am I confused? Carlaclaws 01:04, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Alas, you are mistaken. The Royal Rascal was the film that premiered at the very beginning of SITR. (No! No! No! Yes! Yes! Yes!) Clarityfiend 06:58, 22 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes, The Royal Rascal was the film whose premiere provides the excuse for the extended introduction to SITR, but it was not the film in which the "No No No / Yes Yes Yes" sound confusion occured. That happened later in the story, at the sneak preview of the "100% All Talking" film The Dueling Cavalier (which was later saved by converting it to The Dancing Cavalier). The Royal Rascal was strcitly a silent film. Ed Fitzgerald (unfutz) 02:01, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
That was just a joke - an imagined conversation between Carlaclaws and me. I guess I was too cavalier with the wording and not fiendishly clear enough. Clarityfiend 05:04, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Paddington in the Rain![edit]

I found a clip on YouTube of what appears to be an episode of Paddington, where he does his own recreation of Singin' in the Rain! Link to the YouTube video Here:

Could go in 'Movie & TV references to Singin' in the Rain', but I'm not sure if it's from a full episode of Paddington, or if it was made as some kind of special.

-- JaffaCakeLover 18:19, 28 January 2007 (GMT)

It was removed! Does anyone know if it's hosted elsewhere? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:33, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Are you sure about this? You may be confusing it with a parody of Singin' in the Rain done not by Paddington Bear, but The Wombles. PatGallacher (talk) 16:23, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Singing in the rain poster.jpg[edit]

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Just a note to say that that someone has added a fair use rationale for this image. Ed Fitzgerald (unfutz) (talk / cont) 07:49, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

The Three Musketeers[edit]

Does anyone have any information about the extended stunt scene in SITR which recreates (almost exactly, I think) a scene from The Three Musketeers? I've always thought that it was a pretty impressive feat for Kelly, given that six years seperated the two films. (talk) 20:41, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Unsourced statements[edit]

I have removed the statements lacking sources to here until citations can be found. --Nehrams2020 (talk) 00:56, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

  • ("Make 'Em Laugh", considered an original song, but a near-plagiarism of Cole Porter's "Be a Clown") although it is said Porter gave his tacit permission.
  • O'Connor was hospitalized for a week for exhaustion after shooting this number. ("Make 'Em Laugh")
  • Donald O'Connor also apparently did not enjoy working with Kelly, finding him to be somewhat of a tyrant on the set, despite being quoted as saying that Kelly was "patient" with him.

I have a question, in the top of the article it said "Although it was a big hit when first released, it was not accorded its legendary status by contemporary critics." Ok, i'm spaniard and maybe don't understand it well, but i think it mean that some contemporay critic didn't like the film. and my question is, Who were them? it's possible to found (an reference) that critics? -- (talk) 12:48, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

One take?[edit]

This statement is dubious: "Kelly managed to perform the entire song [Singin' in the Rain] in one take, thanks to cameras placed at predetermined locations". Each shot of that sequence would have to have been meticulously set up, as to lighting, falling water, etc... What a nightmare to try to do it in "one take". And what a silly idea to claim this! Cite a reliable reference or remove... DyadTriad (talk) 17:56, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

About this again, is there a source saying it took more than one take? Suddenly it says it took 2-3 days and IMDB says otherwise, and I trust them a lot more than a sudden edit to this article.- (talk) 10:18, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

references section[edit]

this page has a section called "references", however the section seems to be made up mostly of trvia facts, and have nothing to do with references. Givememoney17 (talk) 01:09, 22 April 2010 (UTC)


During the filming of Singin' in the Rain, the director had two ladies Carol Haney and Gwen Verdon put on tap dancing shows and dance around in bucketsful of water. Apparently, he liked Gene Kelly's dancing, but wasn't able to get the sound he wanted for someone dancing in the rain. The sounds of Gene Kelly's tap dancing in the movie aren't really the sounds he made during the filming of the movie.Fact from Appzilla 2 EleoTager (talk) 12:30, 24 July 2011 (UTC)


The lead section needs serious work as it fails to properly summarize the story. Viriditas (talk) 07:29, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

IMO, the single sentence is adequate, but I'll take a crack at it. Clarityfiend (talk) 03:04, 1 April 2012 (UTC)


Donald O'Connor had to be hospitalized after filming the "Make 'em Laugh" sequence. He smoked up to four packs of cigarettes a day.

Reading this from the year 2012, one always wonders what it means to be "hospitalized" during this time. So, they put him in a bed, and? What's the point of hospitalizing him? What they should have done, is get him to stop smoking, but in the 1950s, all the physicians smoked and thought it was wonderful. Viriditas (talk) 02:03, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

Lighting the rain[edit]

In the commentary track on the DVD, Rudy Behlmer states "you have to make the holes, so you have puddles, and backlight the rain because, rain, if you shoot it straight on, it doesn't register so you have to backlight the rain so you can see the rain, and yet still light your subject and background so that it looks right...." On a personal note, I'm a theatrical lighting designer, and so I can attest that this sounds correct. The current citation for the lighting of the rain references Gene Kelly's widow, who wasn't even born when the film was made. On the other hand, I can't find any other online references to how the rain was lit, and I'm not sure how to cite DVD commentary (or if it's allowable here).

Disclaimer: On some other articles, I have been, and will be, a paid editor. That is not the case here. Just a film buff. Alexwillis (talk) 00:25, 26 August 2012 (UTC)


Shouldn't there be a poster for the film in the movie box? --Matt723star (talk) 13:07, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Minor linking issue[edit]

I changed some linking the article's lede sentence from "musical comedy film" to "musical comedy film", as that's what seemingly the majority of film articles do (plus I personally prefer it). The edit was reverted by User:Beyond My Ken. Considering the contentious link in question is "comedy film", I feel that both words might as well be included in the blue text, seeing as having "comedy film" link to, well, "comedy film" just makes more sense than having "comedy" link to "comedy film". –Matthew - (talk) 00:15, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

The reason I reverted is simple: it is not a comedy film per se, it is a "musical comedy" film, but since musical comedy film redirects to musical film, the combination "[[musical film|musical]] [[comedy film|comedy]] film" gives the reader both links, without putting undue emphasis on "comedy film", which it is not. I say this having seen it again on the big screen just recently, and judging it purely as a comedy film, it just ain't all that funny, but as a "musical comedy film" it's got the right mix of humor, romance, singing and dancing.
To say that again in perhaps a more straight-forward fashion, Singin' in the Rain is not a "comedy film" with music, nor a "musical film" with comedy, it's a "musical comedy film", and that's what the original linking conveys, and yours does not. Beyond My Ken (talk) 00:23, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
I've also seen the film recently, and while I understand your point, it seems a bit like original research to give more weight to the musical genre compared to the comedy genre, especially since other film articles include "film" in the genre linking. Perhaps "comedic musical film" would be a more appropriate all-inclusive link and a compromise, but that too would be inconsistent. –Matthew - (talk) 00:39, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
No, it's not original research to say that an elm is a tree, an automobile is a mechanical device or that the sky is blue. If anaything, your version is slightly POV, since it makes "comedy film" the basic genre, while the status quo version gives "musical" and "comedy" equal weight. Beyond My Ken (talk) 01:18, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
I suppose that makes sense; my apologies. But what do you say about the inconsistency issue? –Matthew - (talk) 01:27, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
"Musical comedy" is the generic WP:COMMONNAME, and I don't see any reason to stray from that. Beyond My Ken (talk) 01:31, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

the dance[edit]

" His performance in the song "Singin' in the Rain" is now considered to be iconic." And yet neither here nor anywhere else on Wikipedia that i could find is the dance really discussed. I came here to find out about it. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 04:48, 16 April 2017 (UTC)

Someone (the source is disputed) once said "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." The same kind of thing applies to writing about dance. It also tends to be very subjective, so one has the choice between describing what the dancer is doing, which is boring, describing what response it provokes in you (which is extremely subjective), and analyzing it, which is hard to do and mostly uninteresting to the vast majority of our readers.
Anyway, it seems to me that in your case you have two choices. (1) Look elsewhere or (2) Add information about the dance supported by citations from reliable sources. Beyond My Ken (talk) 05:01, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
Surprisingly (to me), I had to look hard before I found any that said it was iconic, but Time magazine did (the ref. is the one I added for Kelly's fever). There's also a Herald Sun article that's somewhat biased. Clarityfiend (talk) 10:05, 16 April 2017 (UTC)

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