Singin' in the Rain
DIRECTOR: STANLEY DONEN AND GENE KELLY
CAST: GENE KELLY, DEBBIE REYNOLDS, DONALD O'CONNOR, JEAN HAGEN, CYD CHARISSE
The greatest movie musical of all time, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s meta marvel takes place near the tail end of the silent film era, when Hollywood’s biggest stars were anxiety-ridden about the looming threat of talking pictures. Kelly’s muscular athleticism as a dancer was never put to better use than in his role as arrogant movie star Don Lockwood, but every bit his show-stopping equal are Donald O’Connor as piano man Cosmo Brown, Debbie Reynolds as up-and-coming dance girl Kathy Selden, and an Oscar-nominated Jean Hagen as vindictive, banshee-voiced superstar Lina Lamont.