Dignity, Always Dignity – MMU 37

Singin’ in the Rain is the iconic Musical. Released in 1952, this film has it all. Great singing, amazing dancing, a fun story and spectacle galore. The film stars Gene Kelly in the lead as Don Lockwood, as well as Debbie Reynolds in one of her earliest roles as Kathy Selden. The film also stars Donald O’Connor as Cosmo Brown and Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont.

The story takes place in 1927, as films are transitioning from silent moving pictures to “talkies,” and offers a glimpse behind the scenes in early Hollywood film making. Don and Cosmo have to figure out what to do with Lina Lamont when it comes out that her voice is not going to work for the new audio tracks accompanying films.

This is a love story, a comedy and a musical all rolled into one, and our team is talking about why it has endured for so long. Tracy talks about why this film is in his top 10 or 15 of all time. Val talks about the influence this film has on her as a budding filmmaker herself.

What do you think of Singin’ in the Rain? Is it one of your all-time favorite films? Or is it one you would rather skip. Let us know your thoughts on this film, or on this episode or any of our previous episodes by sending us an email at We’d also love to hear any suggestions you might have for future episodes. Thanks for listening, and we won’t see you at the movies.

Jake Dietz

Chief Operations Officer Jake is a blogger, podcaster, and all-around geek/nerd. He enjoys all sorts of different “fandoms,” but more than anything he loves movies. Movies have always been a big part of his life. From escaping into them as a child and teenager to working in the business as a concessions worker at his local theater, movies have always been there for Jake. In addition to his extensive DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes movie collection, Jake is also a loving husband to one wonderful wife and father to six amazing children.

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