Cinema: The New Pictures, Apr. 21, 1952

Singing in the Rain (MGM) reunites Dancing Star Gene Kelly and Producer Arthur Freed of the Academy Award-winning An American in Paris with a screenplay by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, who wrote Kelly's highly successful On the Town. The result, though pretty and tuneful, is not so opulent as the first, nor so inventive as the second.

The wordy book about the era when the movies were learning to talk is a rather strenuous satire, without much warmth or wit. Kelly is a silent-film favorite who makes the transition to talkies with the help...

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