Sunday, April 14, 2024

#1 on Amazon and Sold Out: Debbie Reynolds’ Most Famous Movie “Singin’ in the Rain”


Meantime…Debbie Reynolds’ most famous movie, “Singin’ in the Rain,” is number 1 on amazon. It’s also sold out on both DVD and Blu-ray. How do you like that?

Stanley Donen (still very much alive) directed and Gene Kelly choreographed the 1952 classic starring Debbie, Gene, Donald O’Connor and Cyd Charisse. Donen, who’s 92, has lived for years with the great writer-director Elaine May (she’s a decade younger).

Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote lyrics for the famous title song and wrote the book of the musical. The music for the songs came from a bunch of different places, all written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown. They’re all gone now. But Green’s famous Broadway star widow, Phyllis Newman, survives him, as do their kids, composer Amanda Green and journalist Adam Green.

The Broadway musical version of “Singin’ in the Rain” was a minor Broadway hit in 1985-86. Harvey Weinstein is supposedly bringing it back in 2017. The show has had several productions in London.

As for Carrie Fisher’s movies: all the “Star Wars” movies are in the top 100. So are some of her others. I always loved Carrie in “Soapdish” and “When Harry Met Sally,” but there are plenty of others, too.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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