It’s the 60th anniversary of the premiere of the MGM film Singin’ in the Rain. Take a break from planning your next paleo feast or strategizing about your WOD to enjoy these clips. Guaranteed to make you smile, no stopwatch or food log required.
The song “Singin’ in the Rain” performed by Gene Kelly is the classic, and there are plenty of reasons to adore it. The elegant athleticism of his dancing is still unmatched — and it’s even more impressive when you learn Kelly had a terrible cold and a fever of 101 during filming. (And those raindrops? Water mixed with milk that made his suit shrink as he wore it.)
“Singin’ in the Rain” is the showpiece of the movie, but Donald O’Connor’s “Make ‘Em Laugh” has always been my favorite. Talk about athletic! Stick around for the run-up-the-wall flip and imagine trying to do it yourself. Then consider the fact that O’Connor smoked four packs of cigarettes a day throughout filming. Yeesh! As legend has it, he filmed the scene then spent a week in bed recovering, only to have to do the whole thing again because of some technical error.
Even though there’s no singing and dancing to be found, this might be my favorite clip of all:
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