When we put out the call for “100 Reasons to Celebrate Gene Kelly,” we knew we’d get several entries on Singin’ in the Rain (1952) — and rightly so since it is the film most associate with Gene Kelly (and the classical musical in general). Sure enough, our first three entries are on that film and the famous title number, a perfect way to kick off this on-going series. So without further ado, here are fellow fans Laura, Jennifer, and Ruth celebrating Gene’s singin’ and dancin’ in the rain.
I fell in love with Gene Kelly when I watched Singin’ in The Rain. What a wonderful moment when he sang the most famous song of the film! — Laura
An Accidental Obsession
I came across Gene Kelly by accident while flipping through channels one day. I stumbled across Singin’ in the Rain and after only watching a few minutes, knew I was hooked. I have never seen anyone dance that well. I have been obsessed since seeing that one movie. — Jennifer Taylor
My Gene Scene
Gene Kelly once said he wanted to bring joy to people — well, he certainly did that! The first time I saw Singin’ In The Rain, I instantly adored the film — and its leading man! — and wanted to see everything else he had done (I’m still working on that with only a few more films to go).
Many Gene fans might have their own favourite “Gene Scene.” Mine is a fairly obvious one: the title number from Singin’ In The Rain. Why? Because his energy and exuberance bounce off the screen, because no matter how many times I see it, I always have a huge grin on my face, because it’s just such an incredibly happy dance and it makes me want to get up and dance my way around the living room. There are other favourites: the pole dance in The Pirate, the “Moses Supposes” routine from Singin’, the dance with Jerry Mouse in Anchors Aweigh, the tap dance on roller skates from It’s Always Fair Weather, to name just a few.
Gene was not just a dancer, singer and actor. He was also a choreographer, producer, writer and director. How lucky we are to have his wonderful legacy of film and music. Thank you Gene, for all the joy! — Ruth Hayes