Run time: 103 mins
This is one film we cannot resist. Whistle the tune in the street and we’ll screen it! It all begins in 1927, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are the darlings of the silent silver screen. Off screen, Don, aided by Cosmo Brown (the sensational Donald O’Connor) has to dodge Lina’s romantic overtures especially when he falls for chorus girl Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). With the advent of the ‘Talkies’, Don and Lina’s new film will be all singing, dancing and… talking! Unfortunately, Lina’s voice would make your gums bleed (think: Kate Bush sings Leonard Cohen). Kathy is hired to secretly dub Lina’s voice off screen. Don goes off splashing in the street, so making B-Movie Musical history. But when Lina finds out, run for cover. For Gene’s famous splash dance, milk was added to the rain so cameras could pick up the downpour in detail, and Gene had the flu! One take with at least three rehearsals. Ouch! Most of all you’ll be here for the fabulous Donald O’Connor’s unequalled screen masterpiece “Make ’em Laugh” (one take – two at most?). What greater celebration of family cinema at Christmas. An irresistible 1952 B-Movie classic to herald the New Year. Here’s to a very brave 2017.