Debbie Reynolds, A Ladder, Some Gum, and Gene’s Toupee

Our pal over at the New York Post, Lou Lumenick, is currently attending the Turner Classic Film Festival where, last night, he and many other fans screened the 60th Anniversary digital restoration of Singin’ in the Rain (1952).

Lou also was there for Debbie Reynolds’s introduction. His report:

Warners’ new 60th anniversary digital restoration of “Singin’ in the Rain” had its world premiere Saturday night at Grauman’s Chinese, and it’s a richly detailed, vibrantly colored knockout. The musical numbers sound better than they ever have before.

Even the film’s elaborate optical effects — often the most challenging thing for restorers — look fantastic. And the beloved classic itself makes this year’s Oscar winner, “The Artist,” look like a puny achievement by comparison.

“Singin’ ” will be showing again at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History in July and is premiering on Blu-ray before the end of the year.

Robert Osborne had a chat with Debbie Reynolds before the film, and she had the audience in stitches with her mildly salty humors, including references to her “t—s.”

I interviewed Ms. Reynolds before the festival, but she told a story about the film’s production I had never heard or read before.

A ladder is a prominent prop in the “You Were Meant For Me” number and Reynolds said that during rehearsals, she sat on the ladder chewing gum (“I hadn’t discovered wine yet,” she cracked to a huge laugh).

She said that when time came to shoot the number, she took the gum out of her mouth and affixed it to the ladder. But when Kelly’s head brushed next to the ladder while he was dancing, the gum “stuck to his [toupee] and took it off. He was mad at me for a year after that.”

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