Awesome bit of movie trivia I learned today:
Singin’ In The Rain‘s plot is partially motivated by the ear-splitting Brooklyn screech of silent film actress Lina Lamont, as played by Jean Hagen. Her studio manager and co-star deem her voice manifestly unsuited for talkies, so they hire ingénue Kathie Selden to dub her.
In fact, Debbie Reynolds, who played Kathie, was judged not to have an elegant enough voice for the task. So in the scenes where Lina appears dubbed, it is actually Jean Hagen’s normal speaking voice.
Count that as your knowledge gained for the day.
Oh, and Gene Kelly has a fighting chance of being the hottest male film star in history, in my biased opinion. Just sayin’.
And Cyd Charisse in the “Gotta Dance” interlude.
Wow. What a dame. Or was she a broad?
Either way, her slinking it up in her green little nothing of a dress, wordlessly seducing Gene Kelly, all the sexier and more risky because of what it couldn’t show. Imagination trumps bald, literal nudity.