Singin’ In The Rain is a perfect movie.
The stars shine.
Gene Kelly, an effortless combination of strength and grace.
Debbie Reynolds, equalling the efforts of her more famous, older and skilled co-stars through talent and tenacity.
Donald O’Connor, embracing the second male lead providing comedic timing and contrasting well with the skills of the iconic Kelly.
But one actor who steals every scene in which she appears is Jean Hagen’s Lina Lamont.
Hagen ties the whole movie together, her over the top persona creating every issue the other characters are confronted with, both personal and professional.
Kelly’s solo song and dance of the title song is the stuff of movie legend; Hagan’s performance is the foundation on which the rest of the movie stands.