Thursday, May 12, 2016

"Singin' In The Rain"


The Chinese Theatre sort of bookends Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's "Singin' In The Rain" (MGM, 1952) with nice scenes at the beginning and end of the film. We get lovely facade views (both times enhanced by matte painting work for the signage) plus a forecourt scene at the beginning of the film -- but that one's an MGM set.

The interior views (the one above is from near the beginning of the film) are also not shot in the Chinese itself. We see the interior set again at the end with backstage views and Debbie Reynolds running up the aisle.


A premiere at the MGM lot's version of the Chinese with Debbie Reynolds 
backstage  lip-synching for Lena Lamont, the star on the screen.


The side view with Debbie backstage at the mic. Note the counterweight 
system offstage left. At the real Chinese it would have been behind us.


Debbie running up the aisle of the very nice faux-Chinese at the end of the film.


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