Full confession, I adore tap-dancing musicals. It very well may be because I grew up watching Shirley Temple movies at my grandma’s but regardless, few movies will leave me with a smile on my face more than one filled with heel clicking actors. It should be no surprise then that Gene Kelly & Co. tap danced their way into my heart.
AFI seems to like movies about the movie business and the background story of Singin’ in the Rain told a similar one to the turmoil of Sunset Blvd and the transition from silent films to talkies. (Sidenote: how did The Jazz Singer not make the Top 100 list? It obviously made a huge impact in the film industry). Unlike Sunset Blvd, this movie was full of laughs and smiles but still portrayed the challenge of the switch and the massive PR influence of the industry that still exists today.
It was impossible to not tap your feet with a big grin on your face as you watched Donald O’Connor acrobatic “Make ‘Em Laugh” and Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor wish you a “Good Morning.” The film’s iconic moment of Gene Kelly tap dancing and swirling his way through puddles in the film’s title track did not disappoint either.
If you couldn’t tell, I loved Singin’ In the Rain, and in all honesty, it is very high on personal rankings of the top 100 so far. Although adventure and drama are my two favorite film genres, I will always have a need to have a fun loving musical in my life.
Next Up: No. 3 Casablanca.