In the year 1927, silent movies were still the norm, and actors Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are two of filmdom's biggest silent stars. Some years later, THE JAZZ SINGER is released and soundies become the latest sensation, causing the studio making Don and Lina's latest film, THE DUELING CAVALIER to add sound and dialogue. The downside? Lina is beautiful, but a low-class bimbo with an grating, whiny voice, contrary to her screen image. Prescreenings of the film point to the fact that release of the film will not only bomb, but also kill the careers of it's two stars. What to do? Well, dub over Lina's voice and make it a musical is what!
The truly unbelievable talents of Gene Kelly and Donald O'Conner are a marvel to behold. Breathtaking is the only way to describe the dance pieces, which also contain some of the most memorable songs in film history. This is a film made by people who truly care, with every scene a true labor of love, and it shows with every frame. And the colors are gorgeous, with beautiful sets and costumes. Great actors, great songs, great writing, a truly great film. Why not five stars? To be honest, I must admit that there were times I found the film boring, even if there were times I was excited by the dancing. All in all, a marvelous motion picture.
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