Double Feature: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 1952, Warner Bros., 103 min. Dirs. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. Among the greatest screen musicals ever made, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN began with legendary MGM producer Arthur Freed giving screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green a stack of songs from early in his career with the request to weave a story around them. What emerged was a sublime marriage of song and dance, innocence and nostalgia, heart-tugging romance and surreal comedy (especially in co-star Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh" routine).
THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, 1964, Warner Bros., 128 min. Dir. Charles Walters. This big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical earned Debbie Reynolds an Oscar nomination for her performance as the legendary woman who survived the sinking of the Titanic. Hard-working hillbilly Brown vaults to high society after her husband (Harve Presnell) strikes it rich, but gaining the respect of her new peers proves to be a struggle.