This classic musical, offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late '20s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to "talkies."
Don Lockwood is a popular silent film star with humble roots as a singer, dancer and stuntman. Don barely tolerates his vapid, shallow leading lady, Lina Lamont, though their studio, Monumental Pictures, links them romantically to increase their popularity. Lina herself is convinced they are in love, despite Don's protestations otherwise.
When it becomes certain that the talkies are the new wave of cinema, Don and Lina are forced to convert their next movie into a talkie. When Lina's grating voice becomes an insurmountable hurdle, a new and fresh chorus girl, Kathy is brought in to dub for Lina. With sparks flying between Don and Kathy, Lina has more and more reasons to feel angry and bitter towards Kathy. How will the relationship between Don and Kathy unfold? What will happen to Lina's future in the movie business?
Did you know?
Like Lina Lamont, when sound films arrived, many silent screen actors lost their careers because their voices didn't match their screen personas. The most famous example is silent star John Gilbert. However, it wasn't the sound of his voice that killed his career; it was the rumored behind-the-scenes backstabbing (speeding up of his voice by sound technicians, on direct orders from someone with an agenda) and the ridiculously florid lines he had to say. The lines that Gene Kelly's character speaks in "The Dueling Cavalier" are based on the types of lines that killed John Gilbert's career. Gilbert's actual lines as a mock Romeo in the "William Shakespeare Scene" in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) is an example of this. Read More