Now it’s time again to talk about my wall calendar.
It only took me until April 26th to figure out that the reason my classic movie poster calendar chose Singin’ in the Rain for the month of April because of April showers (what do you mean calendars don’t choose their own monthly representative pictures?). When I told Tom about my brilliant realization, he said, “But March was Stormy Weather.” Nothing makes you feel quite as stupid as when you falsely think you’re being smart.
I don’t believe in having one favorite movie. Sometimes I try and come up with a top ten but that’s still very hard to do. However, Singin’ in the Rain is always on that list. My grandma owned a few movies on VHS. I narrowed those down to two movies that I would alternate between: Singin’ in the Rain and How to Marry a Millionaire. Interestingly (only to me), both of these movies have bizarre fashion show segments where the models come out and then pose like a mannequin.
Singin’ in the Rain is a movie from the past set in an even further past, which is something I really enjoy for some reason (NOT way way in the past, only a few decades difference, what am I, a giant weirdo? Please). The movie was released in 1952 and is set in the late 1920s. It’s a musical (for the one person who maybe doesn’t know), and deals with the troubles facing silent film actors during the transition to talkies.
Donald O’Connor’s musical number, “Make ‘Em Laugh,” is very famous, as it should be. The sequence for “Singin’ in the Rain’ (the song) is also iconic. I have a special place in my heart for “Moses Supposes” because it’s pretty much about procrastination and not doing your homework. A glorious song and dance tribute to screwing around.
This movie also has one of my favorite comedic performances of all time: Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont. Lina Lamont is akin to Billie Dawn from Born Yesterday, and Wikipedia just told me that Jean Hagan was Judy Holliday’s understudy for that role on Broadway. So, that makes sense.
I love every single moment she’s on screen, and I often quote her when I hear the word “people.” “People!? I ain’t ‘people’! I’m a… ‘a shimmering, glowing star in the cinema firmament.'” Except, I usually get it wrong because I’m lame like that and can’t remember something I’ve seen probably a dozen times at least.
I’m very picky about musicals. I’m not crazy about sentimental musicals – people genuinely expressing love while singing and dancing makes me uncomfortable, and Singin’ in the Rain does have one of those numbers, but that’s when I use the bathroom and get a snack or something.
Do you have a favorite musical?