Singin' in the Rain (1952) Script

Singin' in the rain Just singin' in the rain What a glorious feelin' We're happy again We'll walk down the lane With a happy refrain And singin' Just singin' in the rain


This is Dora Bailey, ladies and gentlemen... talking to you from the front of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

What a night, ladies and gentlemen. What a night!

Every star in Hollywood is here to make Monumental Pictures' premiere... of The Royal Rascal, the outstanding event of 1927.

Everyone is breathlessly awaiting... the arrival of Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood.

Look who's arriving now.

It's that famous "zip" girl of the screen... the darling of the flapper set...

Zelda Zanders!

Zelda! Zelda!

Her new red-hot pash, J. Cumberland Spendrill III... that well-known eligible bachelor.

Zelda's had so much unhappiness, I hope this time it's really love.

And here comes that exotic star, Olga Mara!

Ooh.

And her new husband, the Baron de la Bonnet de la Toulon.

They've been married two months already, but still as happy as newlyweds.

Well, well, well. It's Cosmo Brown!

Cosmo is Don's best friend.

He plays the piano on the set for Don and Lina... to get them into those romantic moods!

Oh, folks, this is it. This is it!

The stars of tonight's picture, those romantic lovers of the screen...

Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont!

Ladies and gentlemen, when you look at this gorgeous couple... it's no wonder they're a household name all over the world.

Like "bacon and eggs."

"Lockwood and Lamont."

Don, tell me confidentially, are these rumors true... that wedding bells are soon to ring for you and Lina?

Lina and I have no statement to make at the present time.

We're just good friends.

You've come a long way together. Won't you tell us how it happened?

Lina and I have made a number of pictures together...

Oh, no, no, Don. I want your story from the beginning.

Dora, not in front of all these people!

The story of your success is an inspiration... to young people all over the world.

Please!

Well, to begin with, any story of my career... would have to include my lifelong friend, Cosmo Brown.

We were kids together, grew up together, worked together.

Yes?

Well, Dora, I've had one motto which I've always lived by:

"Dignity. Always dignity."

This was instilled in me by Mum and Dad from the very beginning.

They sent me to the finest schools, including dancing school.

That's where I first met Cosmo.

And with him, I used to perform for Mum and Dad's society friends.

They used to make such a fuss over me.

If I was very good, I was allowed to accompany Mum and Dad to the theater.

They brought me up on Shaw...

Molière, the finest of the classics.

To this was added rigorous musical training... at the Conservatory of Fine Arts.

We rounded out our apprenticeship at an exclusive dramatics academy.

And at all times... the motto remained...

"...Dignity."

"Always dignity."

In a few years, we were ready to embark on a dance concert tour.

We played the finest symphonic halls in the country.

Fit as a fiddle And ready for love I can jump over The moon up above Fit as a fiddle And ready for love Haven't a worry Haven't a care Feelin' like a feather That's floatin' on air Fit as a fiddle And ready for love Soon the church bells will be ringin' And a march with Ma and Pa How the church bells will be ringin'

With a hey-nonny-nonny And a hot-cha-cha Hi diddle diddle My baby's okay Ask me a riddle I'm happy to say Fit as a fiddle And ready for love


Audiences everywhere adored us.

Get out of here!

Finally we decided to come to sunny California.

We were stranded... We were staying here, resting up... when offers from the movie studios started pouring in.

We sorted them out and decided to favor Monumental Pictures.

Lina, you hate him. Resist him. Keep that mood music going.

Now, Phil, you come in. Keep on grinding.

Now you see her. Now here's the bit, Bert, where you get it on the jaw.

Cut!

No, no! That wasn't right!

You were supposed to go over the bar and crash into the glasses! Try it again!

Okay, Bert? Bert!

Oh, that's swell, just swell.

Take him away, fellas!

You'll be all right. We've lost more stuntmen on these pictures...

It'll take hours to get a new one from Central Casting.

Mr. Dexter, I can do that.

You? You're a musician. That's a moot point.

No kidding! What's your name?

Don Lockwood, but the fellas call me "Donald."

Wise guy, huh? Okay. I'll try you.

Get this guy into Bert's suit!

And remember, Lockwood, you might be trading that fiddle in for a harp.

Camera!

Phil, come in. Now you see him. That's it.

Now, here's where you get it right on the jaw.

Cut!

That was wonderful!

Got any more little chores you want done?

Plenty!

Okay.


My roles in these films were urbane... sophisticated... suave.

And of course, all through those pictures...

Lina was, as always, an inspiration to me.

Warm and helpful.

A real lady.

Hello, Miss Lamont. I'm Don Lockwood, the stuntman.

It was a thrill working with you, Miss Lamont.

Hey, Don.

Meet the producer of the picture, R.F. Simpson.

I just saw some rushes and asked Dexter who the stuntmen were.

He said they were all you. I'm putting you and Lina together in a picture.

Come to my office. We'll discuss a contract.

Thanks, Mr. Simpson!

Are you doing anything tonight, Miss Lamont?

That's funny.

I'm busy.

Lina and I have had the same wonderful relationship ever since.

But most important of all, I continue living up to my motto:

"Dignity.

Always dignity."

Thank you, Don.

And I'm sure you and Lina will continue making movie history tonight... in your greatest picture, The Royal Rascal.

Get enough, boys?


She's so refined...

I think I'll kill myself.


Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We're thrilled at your response to The Royal Rascal.

We had fun making it, and we hope you had fun seeing it tonight.

We screen actors aren't much good at speaking in public.

So we'll just act out our thanks.

Hot diggity! It's a smash! Don, Lina, you were gorgeous!

Lina, you looked pretty good for a girl.

For heaven's sake! What's the big idea?

Can't a girl get a word in edgewise? They're my public too!

The publicity department... thought it'd be better if Don made all the speeches for the team.

Why?

You're beautiful. Audiences think you got a voice to match.

We gotta keep our stars from looking ridiculous at any cost.

No one's got that much money. What's wrong with the way I talk?

What's the big idea? Am I dumb or something?

No, it's just that Don's had so much more experience...

Next time, write me out a speech. I could memorize it.

Sure. Why don't you recite the Gettysburg Address?

What do you know about it, you piano player? Are you anybody?

Donnie, how can you let him talk to me like that, your fiancée?

My fia...

Lina, you've been reading those fan magazines again.

Look, you shouldn't believe all that banana oil... that Dora Bailey dishes out.

Now, try to get this straight: There is nothing between us.

There has never been anything between us.

Just air. Oh, Donnie, you don't mean that.

We'll be late for R.F.'s party.

Better go in separate cars to break up the mobs. Come on, honey.

Ta-ta, Donnie! See you there!

"Donnie."

Can't that girl take a gentle hint?

Haven't you heard? She's irresistible. She told me so.

I can't get her out of my hair. This romance for publicity...

The price of fame. You've got the glory.

The little heartaches go with it.

Look at me. I got no glory. I got no fame. I got no mansions.

I got no money. But I've got...

What have I got? I don't know.

I gotta get out of here.

Don't tell me. It's a flat tire.

This car hasn't given me trouble in nearly six hours.

Hey, there's Don Lockwood!

Hey, give me an autograph!

Give me your autograph! I want a souvenir!

I want a souvenir too!

Hey! You're playing rough here! You're tearing my...!

Hey, Cos, do something! Call me a cab!

You're a cab.

Thanks a lot!

Lady, keep driving. Get out!

Everything's all right! I'll call a policeman!

Just a few blocks. Don't hurt me!

I'm not a criminal. I don't care...

You are a criminal! I've seen that face. You're a gangster!

I've seen your picture in the paper or in the post office.

Officer!

This man jumped in my car and... Why, it's Don Lockwood!

Don Lockwood? How are you? Out for a joy ride?

Just a lift. My car broke down. I got surrounded by...

You're a lucky lady. Anything wrong? Why, no.

No, I should think not. Good night.

Good night, officer.

Well, thanks for saving my life. I'll get out now.

I'm driving to Beverly Hills. Can I drop you someplace?

I'd like to get out of this suit if you're going by Camden and Sunset.

Yes, I am.

I'd like to know whose hospitality I'm enjoying.

Selden. Kathy Selden.

Enchanted, Miss Selden.

I'm sorry I frightened you.

I was getting a little too much love from my fans.

Oh, that's what you were running away from.

They did that to you? That's terrible!

Yes. Yes, it is, isn't it?

It is terrible.

Well, we movie stars get the glory...

I guess we have to take the little heartaches that go with it.

People think we lead lives of glamour and romance... but we're really lonely.

Terribly lonely.

I really can't tell you how sorry I am about taking you for a criminal.

But it was understandable, under the circumstances. I knew I'd seen you.

Which of my pictures have you seen?

I don't remember.

I saw one once.

You saw one once? I think you were dueling.

And there was a girl. Lina Lamont.

I don't go to the movies much.

If you've seen one, you've seen them all.

Thank you.

No offense.

Movies are entertaining for the masses... but the personalities on the screen don't impress me.

They don't talk or act. They just make a lot of dumb show.

Well, you know.

Like that.

You mean, like what I do.

Well, yes.

Here we are, Sunset and Camden.

Wait, you mean I'm not an actor?

Pantomime isn't acting? Of course not.

Acting means great parts, wonderful lines, glorious words.

Shakespeare. Ibsen.

What's your lofty mission in life... that lets you sneer at my humble profession?

I'm an actress. On the stage.

Oh, on the stage.

I'd like to see you. What're you in now?

I could brush up on my English or bring an interpreter.

That's if they'd let in a movie actor.

I'm not in a play now. But I'm going to New York...

You're going to New York, and someday we'll all hear of you, won't we?

Kathy Selden as Juliet, as Lady Macbeth, as King Lear!

You'll have to wear a beard!

Laugh if you want, but the stage is a dignified profession.

Why are you so conceited?

You're nothing but a shadow on film. You're not flesh and blood.

Stop! What can I do? I'm only a shadow.

Keep away from me! Just because you're a big movie star... you expect every girl to faint at your feet. Don't touch me!

Fear not, sweet lady. I will not molest you.

I am but a humble jester. And you? You are too far above me.

Farewell, Ethel Barrymore.

I must tear myself from your side.

Is this R.F. Simpson's house? I'm one of the Coconut Grove girls.

Yes, the floor show. Around the back. Oh, I see. Thank you.


Nice little party, R.F. Thanks, Roscoe.

Do you really think you can get me in the movies?

I should think so. Really?

The picture's great. There's Don. I loved the picture.

Did you come by way of Australia? Hello, Cos. Excuse me.

Cos, tell me the truth. Am I a good actor?

As long as I work for Monumental, you're the greatest.

No kidding. You're my pal. You can tell me.

What's the matter? Of course, you're good.

Keep telling me from time to time. I feel a little shaken.

The new Don Lockwood. Don!

Hi, R.F. It's colossal. Where have you been?

There you are. Where were you? I was lonely.

Hello, Lina.

Okay, fellas. Hold it.

Together again, my two little stars, Don and Lina.

No kidding, folks, aren't they great?

All right, open that screen.

A movie? We just saw one. Gotta show one at a party. It's a law.

Everybody, I've got a few surprises for you.

All right, sit down, sit down.

This'll make you laugh.

There's a madman coming into my office for months, and...

You got that gadget working? All set.

Okay, let her go.

Hello.

This is a demonstration of a talking picture.

Notice, it is a picture of me and I am talking.

Note how my lips and the sound issuing from them... are synchronized together... in perfect unison.

Who's that? Somebody's talking behind that screen.

Come out from behind that screen, Mr. Simpson.

Oh, no. I'm right here.

My voice has been recorded on a record.

A talking picture.

Thank you.

Goodbye.

Well?

It's just a toy. It's a scream!

It's vulgar. You think they'll ever use it?

I doubt it. Warners is making a picture with it, The Jazz Singer.

They'll lose their shirts. It'll never amount to a thing.

They said that about the horseless carriage.

Let's get on with the show. Okay, boys.

Come on, my little starlets.

I have a surprise. A very special cake.

I want you kiddies to have the first piece.

Well! If it isn't Ethel Barrymore!

I do hope you'll favor us with something special. Say, Hamlet's soliloquy... or a scene from Romeo and Juliet? Don't be shy.

You make about the prettiest Juliet I've ever seen. Really.

All I do is dream of you The whole night through With the dawn I still go on Dreaming of you You're every thought You're everything You're every song I ever sing Summer, winter, autumn and spring And were there more than Twenty-four hours a day They'd be spent in sweet content Dreaming away When skies are gray When skies are blue Morning, noon and nighttime too All I do the whole day through Is dream of you


It's the cat's meow!

All I do the whole day through Is dream of you I had to tell you how good you were. Excuse me.

Now that I know where you live, I'd like to see you home.

Listen, Mr. Lockwood... Say, who is this dame anyway?

Someone lofty and far above us all.

She couldn't learn anything from the movies. She's a stage actress.

Here's one thing I've learned from the movies!

I'll kill her! Lina, she was aiming at me!

You never looked lovelier. It was an accident.

It happens to me five or six times a day.

Where is she?

Donnie?

Excuse me. Where'd Miss Selden go?

She grabbed her things and bolted. Anything I can do?

Sorry. I don't have time to find out.

Kathy!

Hey, Kathy!

Hey!


Keep that action going. More steam in the kettle!

More action, boys. A little more rhythm.

More steam and more water.

Hi, Maxie. Hi, Don.

Good morning, fellas. Hiya, Don.

Did you read Variety today?

"First talking picture, The Jazz Singer. All-time smash end of first week."

All-time flop end of the second. We start today.

Good luck. Thanks.

I'm now Count Pierre de Bataille, known as the Duelling Cavalier.

What's it about? It's a French Revolution story.

You're a French aristocrat.

She's a simple girl of the people and won't even give you a tumble.

Well, it's a living.

Good morning.

Keep the background moving. Hit him.

Come on. Knock him down!

Get up there and hit him again. Hurry up!

Why bother to shoot this? Release the old one under a new title.

You've seen one, you've seen them all.

Why'd you say that? What's the matter?

That's what that Kathy Selden said to me that night.

That's three weeks ago. You still thinking about that?

I can't get her out of my mind. How could you?

She's the first dame who hasn't fallen for you since you were 4.

She's on my conscience.

It's not your fault she lost her job.

I've got to find her. You've been trying to.

Short of sending out bloodhounds and a posse.

Come on, now. Snap out of it.

You can't let this get you down.

You're Donald Lockwood. Donald Lockwood's an actor, isn't he?

What's the first thing an actor learns?

"The show must go on, come rain, come shine, come snow, come sleet!"

Yeah.

The world's so full Of a number of things I'm sure we should all Be as happy as...

But are we? No Definitely, no Positively, no Decidedly, no

Short people have long faces Long people have short faces Big people have little humor Little people have no humor at all In the words of that immortal bard Samuel J. Snodgrass As he was being led To the guillotine Make 'em laugh Make 'em laugh Don't you know everyone wants to laugh, ha, ha My dad said, "Be an actor, my son".

"But be a comical one"

They'll be standin' in lines For those old honky-tonk monkeyshines Now you could study Shakespeare And be quite elite And you could charm the critics And have nothing to eat Just slip on a banana peel The world's at your feet Make 'em laugh Make 'em laugh Make 'em laugh Make...?

Make 'em laugh Don't you know everyone wants to laugh?

My Grandpa said, "Go out and tell 'em a joke"

"but give it plenty of hoke"

Make 'em roar Make 'em scream Take a fall, butt a wall Split a seam You start off by pretending You're a dancer with grace You wiggle till they're giggling All over the place And then you get A great big custard pie in the face Make 'em laugh Make 'em laugh Make 'em laugh Make 'em laugh Don't ya... All the...

What...?

My Dad...

They'll be standing in lines For those old honky-tonk monkeyshines


Make 'em laugh Make 'em laugh Don't you know everyone...

Make 'em laugh

Make 'em laugh

Make 'em laugh

Make 'em laugh Make 'em laugh Make 'em laugh

Ready, Don?

All set. Here we go again.

We have another smash on our hands. I hope so.

You're darn tooting we have.

Where's Lina? Here she is, Mr. Dexter.

Well! Here comes our lovely leading lady now.

This wig weighs a ton. What dope'd wear a thing like this?

Everybody wore them.

Then everybody was a dope.

You look beautiful. You look great.

Let's get into the set.

Thanks, Joe.

I looked for you at Wally Ray's party. Where were you?

I've been busy.

And I know what you've been busy at. Looking for that girl.

As a matter of fact, yes. Why?

I've been worried about her.

You should've been worried about me.

I'm the one who got the whipped cream in the kisser.

Yes, but you didn't lose your job, and she did.

Darn tooting she did. I arranged it.

What?

They weren't gonna fire her, so I told them they better.

Why... Don, now remember.

You're madly in love with her and you have to overcome her shyness.

Cosmo, mood music.

Roll 'em!

Okay, Don.

Now enter.

You see her.

Run to her!

Why, you rattlesnake, you. You got that poor kid fired.

That's not all I'm gonna do if I ever get my hands on her.

I never heard of anything so low.

Fine. Fine. Looks great.

What did you do it for?

Because you liked her. I could tell.

So that's it.

Believe me, I don't like her half as much as I hate you.

You reptile.

Sticks and stones may break my bones.

I'd like to break every bone in your body.

You and who else, you big lummox?

Now kiss her, Don.

That's it. More.

Great! Cut!

You couldn't kiss me like that and not mean it just a teensy-weensy bit.

Meet the world's greatest actor. I'd rather kiss a tarantula!

You don't mean that! I don't...?

Joe, bring me a tarantula. Now listen...

Stop that chitchat, you lovebirds. Let's get another take.

Hold it.

Hold it, Dexter! Hello, Mr. Simpson.

We're really rolling.

Well, you can stop rolling at once.

All right, everybody! Save it!

Save it? Tell them to go home. We're shutting down.

Don't stand there. Tell them!

Go home until further notice! What is this?

What's the matter?

The Jazz Singer, that's what's the matter.

Oh, my darling little mammy Down in Alabamy This is no joke. It's a sensation. The public's screaming for more.

More what? Talking pictures.

It's just a freak. We should have such a freak.

I said talking pictures were a menace, but no one would listen.

We're going to make The Duelling Cavalier into a talking picture.

That means I'm out of a job.

I can start suffering and write that symphony.

We'll put you in as head of the music department.

Thanks. I can stop suffering and write that symphony.

Wait a second. Talking pictures! You should wait...

Every studio's jumping on the bandwagon.

All the theaters are putting in sound equipment.

We know nothing about it.

What do you have to know?

You do what you always did. You just add talking to it.

Believe me, it'll be a sensation.

"Lamont and Lockwood. They talk!"

Well, of course we talk. Don't everybody?

I got a feeling You're fooling I got a feeling You're havin' fun I get the go-by When you are done foolin' with me It's a holiday Today's The Wedding of the Painted Doll It's a jolly day The news is spreading Should I reveal exactly how I feel Should I confess

I got a feeling you're fooling I got a feeling you're It's a holiday Today's The Wedding Should I reveal Exactly how I feel

Should I reveal

Beautiful girl You're a lovely picture Beautiful girl You're a gorgeous mixture Of all that lies Under the big blue sky My heart cries Who's that? She looks familiar.

You're a dazzling eyeful I featured her before, in lots of nightclub shows.

I've seen her there.

She'd be good as Zelda's sister.

That's a good idea. Excuse me.

There may be blondes and brunettes That are hard to resist You surpass them like a queen You've got those lips That were meant to be kissed And you're over sweet 16 Beautiful girl What a gorgeous creature Beautiful girl Let me call a preacher What can I do But give my heart to you?

A beautiful girl Is like a great work of art She's stylish She's chic And she also is smart

For lounging in her boudoir This simple plain pajama Her cloak is trimmed with monkey fur To lend a dash of drama Anyone for tennis?

Well, this will make them cringe And you'll knock 'em dead at dinner If your gown just drips with fringe You simply can't be too modest At the beach or by the pool And in summertime, it's organdy That'll keep you fresh and cool You'd never guess what loud applause This cunning hat receives And you'd never dream the things That you could hide Within these sleeves A string of pearls with a suit of tweed It's started quite a riot And if you must wear fox to the opera Dame Fashion says, "Dye it"

Black is best when you're in court The judge will be impressed But white is right when you're a bride And you want to be well-dressed

Beautiful girl For you I've got a passion Beautiful girl You're my queen of fashion I'm in a whirl Over My beautiful girl

That's stupendous! Thanks.

Kathy, come here.

This will start a trend in musical pictures.

Mr. Simpson's thinking about casting you as Zelda's sister.

That's wonderful!

Hey, Kathy!

That's Kathy Selden.

Thanks anyway. It was nice of you.

Wait a minute. That's all right.

Before Mr. Lockwood refreshes your memory, you may as well know...

I'm the girl who hit Miss Lamont with a cake. it was meant for Mr. Lockwood.

Goodbye. I'm sorry. I should've told you.

Wait a minute. What's this all about?

We were gonna use her, but if it'd make you and Lina unhappy...

Unhappy? It's wonderful.

He's been looking for her!

Are you speaking for Lina also?

The owner of the Coconut Grove may do what Lina tells him...

...but you're the head of this studio. Yes, I am.

She's hired. Don't let Lina know she's on the lot.

Take care of that.

Thank you, Mr. Simpson!

I'm glad you turned up. We've been looking inside every cake in town.

Is it all right for you to be seen with me?

You mean, lofty star with humble player?

Not exactly. But for lunch, don't you tear a pheasant with Miss Lamont?

Look, Kathy. All that stuff about Lina and me is sheer publicity.

Oh? Certainly seems more than that... from what I've read in all those articles in the fan magazines.

Ohh, you read the fan magazines?

I pick them up in the beauty parlor or the dentist's office... just like anybody.

Honest?

I buy four or five a month.

You buy four or five...?

To get back to the main point... you achieve a kind of intimacy in all your pictures...

Did you say all my pictures?

Now that I think of it, I've seen eight or nine of them.

Eight or nine.

It seems to me I remember someone saying:

"If you've seen one, you've seen them all."

I did say some awful things that night, didn't I?

No, I deserved them.

Of course, I must admit I was pretty much upset by them.

So upset that I haven't been able to think of anything but you ever since.

Honest?

Honest.

Well, I've been pretty upset too.

Kathy...

Kathy, look, I...

Kathy, seeing you again now that I...

I'm trying to say something to you, but I...

I'm such a ham.

I guess I'm not able to without the proper setting.

What do you mean?

Well...

Come here.

This is the proper setting.

Why, it's just an empty stage.

At first glance, yes.

But wait a second.

A beautiful sunset.

Mist from the distant mountains.

Colored lights in a garden.

Milady is standing on her balcony, in a rose-trellised bower...

flooded with moonlight.

We add 500,000 kilowatts of stardust.

A soft summer breeze.

And...

You sure look lovely in the moonlight.

Now that you have the proper setting, can you say it?

I'll try.

Life was a song You came along I've laid awake the whole night through If I but dared To think you cared This is what I'd say to you

You were meant for me

And I was meant for you

Nature patterned you And when she was done You were all the sweet things Rolled up in one You're like A plaintive melody

That never lets me free

But I'm content The angels must have sent you And they meant you Just for me


But I'm content The angels must have sent you And they meant you Just for me

Now...

Ta, te, ti, toe, too.

Ta, te, ti, toe, too.

No, no, Miss Lamont... round tones, round tones.

Now let me hear you read your line.

"And I can't stan' 'im."

And I can't stand him.

"And I can't stan' 'im."

"Can't."

Can't.

"Can't."

Can't!

Can't. Can't.

Very good.

"Around the rocks the rugged rascal ran."

"Around the rocks the rugged..."

No, no. "Rocks." "Rocks."

"Around the rocks the rugged rascal ran."

Very good.

Hi, Don.

Shall I continue? Don't mind me.

Now. "Sinful Caesar sipped his snifter..."

"seized his knees and sneezed."

"Sinful Caesar snipped his sifter..."

Sipped his snifter.

"Sipped his snifter."

Oh, thank you.

"Sinful Caesar sipped his snifter, seized his knees and sneezed."

Marvelous. Wonderful.

Here is a good one.

"Chester chooses chestnuts, cheddar cheese with chewy chives."

"He chews them and he chooses them."

"He chooses them and he chews them..."

"those chestnuts, cheddar cheese and chives..."

"...in cheery, charming chunks."

Wonderful! Do another one. Thank you.

"Moses supposes his toeses are roses..."

"but Moses supposes erroneously."

"Moses, he knowses his toeses aren't roses..."

"...as Moses supposes his toeses to be."

"Moses supposes his toeses are roses..."

"but Moses supposes erroneously."

"But Moses, he knowses his toes aren't roses..."

"as Moses supposes his toeses to be."

Moses supposes his toeses are roses... but Moses supposes erroneously.

A mose is a mose.

A rose is a rose.

A toes is a toes.

Moses supposes his toeses are roses But Moses supposes erroneously Moses, he knowses His toeses aren't roses As Moses supposes his toeses to be Moses supposes his toeses are roses But Moses supposes erroneously For Moses knowses His toeses aren't roses As Moses supposes his toeses to be A rose is a rose Is a rose is a rose is A rose is what Moses Supposes his toes is Couldn't be a lily Or a taffy daffy dilly It's gotta be a rose 'Cause it rhymes with "mose"

Moses Moses Moses


"A"

All right, here we go.

Quiet! Quiet.

Roll 'em!

Oh, Pierre. You shouldn't have come.

She's gotta talk into the mike. I can't pick it up.

Cut!

What's the matter?

It's Lina.

Look, Lina, don't you remember? I told you.

There's a microphone right there...

...in the bush. Yeah.

You have to talk into it.

I was talking. Wasn't I, Miss Dinsmore?

Yes, my dear. But please remember, round tones.

"Pierre, you shouldn't have come."

Pierre, you shouldn't have come.

That's much better...

Hold it a second.

Now, Lina, look.

Here's the mike.

Right here in the bush.

Yeah.

Now, you talk towards it.

The sound goes through the cable to the box.

A man records it on a big record in wax... but you have to talk into the mike first.

In the bush!

Now try it again.

Gee, this is dumb.

She'll get it, Dexter. Don't worry.

We're all nervous the first day. Everything will be okay.

By the way. You know the scene coming up where I say:

"imperious princess of the night"?

I don't like those lines. Is it all right if I say what I always do?

"I love you. I love you. I love you."

Sure. Any way it's comfortable.

But into the bush!

Okay.

Again!

Quiet!

Roll 'em!

Cut!

We're missing every other word.

You've got to talk into the mike!

Well, I can't make love to a bush!

All right, all right.

We'll have to think of something else.

What are you doing?

You're being wired for sound. What?

Watch out for those dentalized D's and T's and those flat A's.

Everybody's picking on me.

Okay, Lina.

Now look at this flower, see?

The mike is in there.

That's it.

The sound will run from it... through this wire, onto the record.

It'll catch whatever you say.

Now let's hear how it sounds, Lina.

Okay, quiet!

Roll 'em!

Oh, Pierre, you shouldn't have come.

You're flirting with danger.

What's that noise?

It's picking up her heartbeat.

Swell.

Cut!

That's right. That should do it.

Now, don't forget.

The mike is on your shoulder.

And whatever you say goes through the wire onto the record.

Now, please, Lina, talk into the mike.

Don't make any quick movements or you might disconnect it.

Okay, let's go.

Quiet. Quiet.

Roll 'em.

Oh, Pierre, you shouldn't have come. You're flirting with danger.

What's this wire doing here? It's dangerous.

You'd better not go in together.

Lina's probably waiting right inside the door.

Oh, how I wish... Don't worry.

I'll lead the cheering section in the balcony. Good luck.

Mr. Lockwood. Hello.


What's that? The storm outside?

It's those pearls, Mr. Simpson.

I am the noblest lady of the court, second only to the queen.

Yet I am the saddest of mortals in France.

What is the matter, milady?

I'm so downhearted, Theresa.

My father has me betrothed to the Baron de Landsfield... and I can't stand him.

Oh, but he's such a catch.

All the ladies of the court wish they were in your shoes.

My heart belongs to another...

Pierre de Bataille.

Ever since I met him, I can't get him out of my mind.

Sounds good and loud, huh?

Oh, Pierre!

You shouldn't have come. You're flirting with danger.

They will surely find you out.

Your head is much too valuable.

She never could remember where the microphone was.

'Tis Cupid himself that called me here... and I... smitten by his arrow, must fly to your side... despite the threats of Madame Guillotine.

But the night is full of our enemies.

What you hitting him with, a blackjack?

Imperious princess of the night...

I love you.

Oh, Pierre.

I love you.

I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.

I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you!

Did somebody get paid for writing that?

Sounds like a comedy.

It's a Lockwood-Lamont talkie. What?

This is terrible.

What's that?

The sound. It's out of synchronization!

Tell them to fix it.

Yes, sir.

What's this? Yvonne?

Captured by Rouge Noir of the Purple Terror?

Ohh. Oh, my sword!

I must fly to her side!

Yvonne, Yvonne... my own.

Pierre will save me. Pierre!

Pierre is miles away, you witch.

No, no, no.

Yes, yes, yes.

No, no, no.

Yes, yes, yes.

This is a scream.

Give me pictures like The Jazz Singer.

"I love you, I love you, I love you"...

We're ruined. We're all ruined. You can't release this picture.

We're booked to open in six weeks all over the country.

But you're such big stars, we might get by.

I never wanna see Lockwood and Lamont again.

Wasn't it awful?

This is the worst picture ever made.

I liked it.

Well, take a last look at it.

It'll be up for auction in the morning.

You're out of your mind.

It's Saturday. No bank will foreclose until Monday.

It wasn't so bad. That's what I told him.

There's no use kidding myself.

Once they release The Duelling Cavalier, Lockwood and Lamont are through.

The picture's a museum piece.

I'm a museum piece.

Things went wrong with the sound. Get the technical...

No, it wasn't that.

This is sweet of both of you, but I...

Something happened to me tonight.

Everything you said about me is true.

I'm no actor.

I never was. Just a lot of dumb show.

I know that now.

Well, at least you're taking it lying down.

No kidding, Cosmo.

Did you ever see anything as idiotic as me on that screen?

Yeah. How about Lina?

Heh. I ran her a close second.

Maybe it was a photo finish. I'm through.

You're not through.

Why, of course not.

With your looks, you could drive an ice wagon.

Or shine shoes. Block hats.

Sell pencils. Dig ditches.

Or go back into vaudeville.

Fit as a fiddle and ready for love I could jump over the moon up above Fit as a fiddle and ready for love Too bad I didn't do that in Duelling Cavalier. They might have liked it.

Why don't you? What?

Make a musical. A musical?

Sure. Make a musical.

The new Don Lockwood. He yodels, he jumps about to music.

The only trouble is that after Duelling Cavalier... nobody'd come to see me jump off the Woolworth Building into a damp rag.

Turn The Duelling Cavalier into a musical.

- Duelling Cavalier? Sure.

They've got six weeks before it's released.

Add songs and dances, trim bad scenes, add new ones.

And you got it.

Hey, I think it'll work.

Of course! It's a cinch.

It may be crazy, but we'll do it.

The Duelling Cavalier is now a musical.

Hot dog! Hallelujah!

Whoopee! Fellas, I feel this is my lucky day, March 23rd.

Your lucky day's the 24th. What?

It's 1:30 already. It's morning!

Yes. And what a lovely morning!

Good mornin'

Good mornin'

We've talked the whole night through Good mornin'

Good mornin' to you Good mornin' Good mornin'

It's great to stay up late Good mornin' Good mornin' to you When the band began to play The stars were shining bright Now the milkman's on his way It's too late to say good night So good mornin' Good mornin'

Sunbeams will soon smile through Good mornin' Good mornin' to you And you and you and you Good mornin' Good mornin'

We've gabbed the whole night through Good mornin' Good mornin' to you Nothing could be grander Than to be in Louisiana In the mornin' In the mornin'

It's great to stay up late Good mornin' Good mornin' to you Might be just as zippy If we was in Mississippi When we left the movie show The future wasn't bright But came the dawn, the show goes on And I don't wanna say good night So say good mornin'

Good mornin'

Rainbows are shinin' through

- Good mornin' Good mornin'

- Bonjour! Monsieur!

- Buenos dias! Muchas frías!

- Buon giorno! A ritorno!

- Guten morgen! Guten morgen!

Good mornin' to you


Olé!

- Toro! Toro!


Hey, we can't make this a musical.

What do you mean?

Lina.

Lina. Lina.

She can't act, she can't sing and she can't dance.

A triple threat. Yeah.

What's so funny?

I'm sorry, I was just thinking.

I liked her best when the sound went off and she said:

"Yes, yes, yes."

"No, no, no."

"Yes, yes, yes."

"No, no..."

Wait a minute.

I am just about to be brilliant.

Come here, Kathy. Come here. Now, sing.

Huh? I said sing.

Good mornin' Good mornin'

Don, keep your eyes riveted on my face.

Good mornin' Good mornin' to you Watch my mouth.

Good mornin' Good mornin'

It's great to stay up late Good mornin' Good mornin' to you Well, convincing?

Enchanting. What?

Don't you get it?

Use Kathy's voice.

Lina moves her mouth and Kathy sings and talks for her.

That's wonderful!

I couldn't let you do it, Kathy. Why not?

You wouldn't be seen. You'd throw away your career.

It has nothing to do with my career. It's only for this picture.

The important thing is to save The Duelling Cavalier...

...save Lockwood and Lamont. Yeah.

Well, all right, if it's only for this one picture, but...

You think it'll get by? Of course.

It's simple to work the numbers.

Just dance around Lina and teach her how to take a bow.

We'll spring it on R.F. in the morning.

Don, you're a genius.

I'm glad you thought of it.

Oh, Cosmo.

Good night, Kathy. See you tomorrow.

Good night, Don. Take care of that throat.

You're a big singing star now, remember?

This California dew is just a little heavier than usual.

Really?

From where I stand, the sun is shining all over the place.


I'm singin' in the rain Just singin' in the rain What a glorious feelin'

I'm happy again I'm laughin' at clouds So dark up above The sun's in my heart And I'm ready for love Let the stormy clouds chase Everyone from the place Come on with the rain I've a smile on my face I'll walk down the lane With a happy refrain Just singin'

Singin' in the rain Dancin' in the rain

I'm happy again

I'm signin'

And dancin' in the rain


I'm dancin'

And singin'

In the rain

Why, that's wonderful!

We'll keep it secret until we're ready to release... just in case it doesn't come off. I'm worried about Lina.

She doesn't like Miss Selden. There might be fireworks.

Lina won't even know she's on the lot.

Boys, this is great.

The Duelling Cavalier can be saved.

Now, let's see.

The Duelling Cavalier with music.

The title.

The title's not right. We need a musical title. Cosmo?

Hey! The Duelling Mammy.

No.

I've got it.

No.

The Dancing Cavalier!

That's it. The Dancing Cavalier.

Remind me to make you a scriptwriter. Thanks. Have a cigar.

Thanks.

Now, what about the story?

We need modern musical numbers.

We throw a modern section into it.

The hero's a hoofer on Broadway.

He sings and he dances.

One night, backstage, he's reading The Tale of Two Cities.

A sandbag hits his head.

He dreams he's back during the French Revolution.

This way, we get in the modern dancing numbers.

But in the dream, we can still use the costumes.

Sensational! Cosmo, remind me to give you a raise.

Oh, R.F. Yes?

Give me a raise.

He holds her in his arms Would you?

Would you?

He tells her of her charms Would you?

Would you?

They met as you and I And they were only friends But before...

...the story ends He'll kiss her with a sigh Would you?

Would you?

And if the girl were I Would you?

And would you dare to say Let's do the same As they I would

Would you?

And would you dare to say Let's do the same As they I would

Would you?

Perfect! That Selden girl is great.

I'm gonna give her a big buildup.

Swell! How much is there left to do?

One scene and a number. What number?

It's a new one. It's for the modern part.

It's called "Broadway Melody."

It's the story of a young hoofer who comes to New York.

First, we set the stage with a song.

It goes like this.

Don't bring a frown to old Broadway You gotta clown on Broadway Your troubles there They're out of style For Broadway always wears a smile A million lights They flicker there A million hearts beat quicker there No skies of gray On that Great White Way That's the Broadway Melody


Gotta dance

Gotta dance

Gotta dance

Shh.

Gotta dance Gotta dance Gotta dance, gotta dance Broadway rhythm It's got me Everybody dance Broadway rhythm It's got me Everybody dance Out on that Gay White Way And each merry café Orchestras play Taking your breath away Broadway rhythm It's got me Everybody sing and dance Oh, that Broadway rhythm

Oh, that Broadway rhythm

When I hear that happy beat Feel like dancin' down the street To that Broadway rhythm Writhing, beating Rhythm Gotta dance Gotta dance Gotta dance Gotta dance


When I hear that happy beat Feel like dancin' down the street

When I hear that happy beat Feel like dancin' down the street


Gotta dance

Gotta dance

Gotta dance Gotta dance Gotta dance


That's the Broadway Melody

That's the idea. What do you think of it?

I can't visualize it. I'll have to see it on film first.

On film, it'll be better yet. Don't forget.

Have Selden re-record all of Lina's dialogue.

It's all set up. And remember... don't let Lina know about it.

All set in there?

Right.

Nothing can keep us apart.

Our love will last till the stars turn cold.

All right, Kathy. Go ahead.

Nothing can keep us apart.

Our love will last till the stars turn cold.

That's great! Perfect. Cut.

Till the stars turn cold.

Oh, Kathy, I love you.

I can't wait till this picture's finished.

No more secrecy. I'm gonna let Lina and everyone know.

Your fans will be bitterly disappointed.

From now on, there's only one fan I'm worried about.

There!

What did I tell you? Thanks, Zelda. You're a real pal.

I want that girl off the lot at once! She ain't gonna be my voice.

Zelda told me everything.

Thanks, Zelda. You're a real pal. Anytime, Don.

Look, Don and I...

Don! Don't you dare call him Don!

I was calling him Don before you were born.

I mean... You were kissing him!

I was kissing her. I happen to be in love with her.

That's ridiculous! Everybody knows you're in love with me.

Ha, ha. Now look, Lina. Try and understand this.

I'm going to marry her.

Silly boy. She ain't the marrying kind.

She's a flirt trying to get ahead by using you.

Well, I'll put a stop to that! I'm gonna go up and see R.F. right now!

A little late. The picture's finished.

If she weren't in it, you'd be finished too.

As far as I can see, she's the only one who's finished.

Who'll hear of her?

Everybody. Why do you think Zelda's in such a sweat?

Kathy nearly stole the picture from her.

She's only doing you a favor in The Dancing Cavalier.

And she's getting full screen credit for it too.

It'll say on the screen that I don't talk and sing for myself?

Of course. What do you think?

They can't do that. It's already done.

There's a whole publicity campaign planned.

Publicity?

They can't make a fool out of me.

They can't make a laughingstock out of Lina Lamont.

What do they think I am, dumb or something?

Why, I make more money... than Calvin Coolidge... put together!

"Monumental Pictures enthusiastic over Lina's singing and dancing."

I never said that.

"Premiere tomorrow night to reveal Lina Lamont, big musical talent."

You can't pull a switch like this on the publicity department.

We were prepared for the Selden campaign.

Now you do this. At least keep us informed.

Wait a minute. I don't know anything about this.

What are we gonna do?

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

You wouldn't wanna call the papers and say Lina Lamont... is a big fat liar.

Did you send this stuff out?

I gave an exclusive story to every paper in town.

You'll never get away with it. Call the papers.

I wouldn't do that if I were you.

Don't tell me what to do, Lina.

What do you think I am, dumb or something?

I had my lawyer go over my contract.

Contract?

And I control my publicity, not you.

Yeah? Yeah.

The studio is responsible for every word printed about me.

If I don't like it, I can sue.

What?

I can sue.

If you tell the papers about Kathy Selden... it would be "detrimental and deleterious" to my career.

I could sue you for the whole studio.

That's a lot of nonsense. Says so.

Right here.

Contract dated June 8, 1925, paragraph 34, subdivision letter A.

"The party of the first part..."

That's me. You win, Lina.

We better take Kathy's credit card off the screen.

All right, go ahead.

Let's just get this premiere over with.

Satisfied?

There's just one little thing more.

You want me to change the name of the studio to Lamont Pictures, Inc.?

R.F., you're cute.

Now, I was just thinking.

You've given her a part in Zelda's picture... and you'll give her a bigger one in the next.

So, what?

If she's done such a grand job doubling for my voice... don't you think she ought to go on doing just that?

And nothing else. You're out of your mind.

I'm still more important to the studio than she is.

I wouldn't do that to her in a million years.

You'd take her career away. People don't do things like that.

People?

I ain't people.

I am a...

"A shimmering, glowing star in the cinema firmament."

It says so... right there.

Oh, Pierre, Pierre, my darling. At last, I've found you.

Oh, Pierre.

Pierre, you're hurt. Speak to me, speak to me.

I'll kiss her with a sigh Would you?

Would you?

And if the girl were I Would you?

Would you?

Oh, Pierre, hold me in your arms always.

Lockwood's a sensation.

Yes, but Lamont! What a voice! Isn't she marvelous?

It's going over wonderfully, isn't it? Yeah.

Our love will last till the stars turn cold.

And would you dare to say Let's do the same as they I would

Would you?


R.F., it's a real smash.

Congratulations. We owe you a lot. Thank you.

Kathy, we made it! It's a miracle!

It's great, Don. Just great.

You were fabulous. You sang as well as Kathy Selden.

And I'm gonna for a long time.

What do you mean?

I mean she's gonna go right on singing for me.

Listen, Lina.

I thought something was cooking beneath those bleached curls.

Kathy has her own career. She only did this for this picture.

That's what you think.

Come on, come on.

Lina's getting carried away. Yeah, she is.

Listen, you boa constrictor.

Don't get any fancy ideas about the future. Tell her!

Never mind, R.F.! Listen to that applause.

Wait till the money rolls in.

You won't give all that up because a nobody don't wanna be my voice.

She's got something. It's a gold mine.

Part of that choice is mine.

And I just won't do it.

You've got a five-year contract. You'll do what R.F. says.

What's the matter? Why don't you tell her off?

I'm confused. This thing is so big...

They're tearing the house apart. Take a curtain call.

I once gave you a cigar. Can I have it back?

Listen! I'm an avalanche! Selden, you're stuck.

If this happens, get a new boy. I won't stand for it.

Who needs you? They'd come to see me if I played opposite a monkey!

Don's a smash too.

I'll say a few words. I'm still running the studio.

I'm not so sure!

You're Mr. Producer, always running things, running me.

From now on, as far as I'm concerned, I'm running things.

Lina Lamont Pictures, Inc., huh? Yeah.

You've gone a little too far.

They're yelling for a speech. A speech?

Yeah, everybody's always making speeches for me.

Tonight, I'm gonna do my own talking. I'm gonna make the speech!

No, please! Wait a minute. Wait a minute.

This is Lina's big night and she's entitled to do the talking.

Right? Right.

Ladies and gentlemen.

I can't tell you... how thrilled we are at your reception... for The Dancing Cavalier, our first musical picture together.

If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives... it makes us feel as though our hard work... ain't been in vain for nothing.

Bless you all.

She didn't sound that way in the picture.

Cut the talk, Lina. Sing!

Sing us a song, Lina. Sing to us.

Please. Come on, Lina, sing.

I got an idea. Come here.

Now, listen.

What am I gonna do?

We've got it. Get a mike set up back of that curtain.

Kathy, come here. Kathy will stand back of there and sing.

She'll be back of the curtain singing, and I'll be in front...

Like in the picture? Right.

You've gotta do it. This is too big.

She's got a five-year contract with me. Get over to that mike.

You heard him, Kathy. Now do it!

I'll do it, Don.

But I never want to see you again... on or off the screen.

Now, come on, Lina.

What are you gonna sing?

"Singin' in the Rain."

"Singin' in the Rain."

"Singin' in the Rain."

In what key?

A-flat.

A-flat.

In A-flat.

I'm singin' in the rain Just singin' in the rain What a glorious feelin' I'm happy again I'm laughin' at clouds So dark up above The sun's in my heart And I'm ready for love Let the stormy clouds chase Everyone from the place Come on with the rain I've a smile on my face I'll walk down the lane With a happy refrain And singin' Just singin' in the rain I'm singin' in the rain Just singin' in the rain What a glorious feelin' I'm happy again I'm laughin' at clouds So dark up above The sun's in my heart And I'm ready for love Let the stormy clouds chase

Stop that girl!

That girl running up the aisle! Stop her!

That's the girl whose voice you heard and loved.

She's the real star of the picture, Kathy Selden!

Kathy.

You are My lucky star I saw you From afar Two lovely eyes At me they were gleaming Beaming I was starstruck You're all My lucky charms I'm lucky In your arms You've opened heaven's portal Here on earth for this poor mortal You Are my