LUDLOW, Vt. – “Singing in the Rain” will be the next FOLA movie Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor star in “Singing in the Rain,” one of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed – filled with memorable songs, lavish routines, and Kelly’s fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain.
Set during the advent of “talkies,” Don Lockwood has risen to stardom during Hollywood’s silent-movie era – paired with the beautiful, jealous, and dumb Lina Lamont. And when Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden, Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, Lockwood finds his career in jeopardy after audiences laugh when they hear Lamont speak in her shrill voice for the first time… until the studio decides to use Selden to dub her voice.
The film was only a modest hit when first released. Donald O’Connor won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green won the Writers Guild of America award for their screenplay, while Jean Hagen was nominated for the Academy award for Best Supporting Actress. However, it has since been accorded legendary status by contemporary critics, and is frequently regarded as the best film musical ever made. It topped the AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals list and is ranked as the fifth-greatest American motion picture of all time in its updated list of the greatest American films in 2007.
As with all FOLA movies, the film is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be supplied by Berkshire Bank with FOLA providing water. For information, call 802-228-7239 or visit the FOLA website at www.fola.us.