Singin’ In The Rain was voted the 10th Greatest Film of all time by Entertainment Weekly, and the highest ranked movie musical.
The song ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ is ranked #3 on AFI’s list of the top 100 movie songs of all time.
The number took all day to set up –and Gene Kelly was very ill (some say with a fever over 101). When it was all set up, Kelly insisted on doing a take – even though the blocking was only rudimentary (starting and ending positions only), and director Stanley Donen was ready to send his star home. Kelly ad-libbed most of it and it only took one take – which is what you see on film.
This was the sixth time the song “Singin’ in the Rain” was used on the big screen. It was introduced in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 when it was sung by the MGM roster in front of a Noah’s Ark backdrop. A clip from that footage was later used in Babes in Arms (1939). Jimmy Durante sang it briefly in Speak Easily (1932). Durante was the first to add the often used “Doo Doo Doo Doo ” and “Ya Da Da Da”. Judy Garland sang it in Little Nellie Kelly (1940). The song was also featured as an elaborate musical sequence performed by William Bendix and cast in The Babe Ruth Story (1948). –IMDB
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