YMMV: Singin' in the Rain


  • Award Snub: It failed to get a Best Picture Oscar nomination when it first came out. Hell, it lost to The Greatest Show on Earth. Still, it didn't do very well in general when it first came out.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "Broadway Melody" really takes the cake. Fourteen minutes of Disney Acid Sequence with no particular relevance to either the actual film or the Film Within A Film it's supposedly a part of! At least it's fun to watch in its own right.
    • And the part where Don dances ballet with Cyd Charisse in an abstract pink background is weird even for the sequence itself, essentially a BLAM within a BLAM.
    • "Beautiful Girl" seems to have one purpose and one purpose alone: So Cosmo can notice her and tell Don, re-uniting the two. The costume montage is especially BLAM-ish....
      • "Beautiful Girl" is actually making fun of the types of musical numbers (and songs) that appeared in musicals back then, pre-Forty Second Street.
    • The Title Theme Tune scene itself has nothing to do with anything in the story.
  • Excuse Plot: The film was specifically written as a setting for songs from MGM's back catalogues.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Thanks to a certain film, it can be hard to watch the titular musical number without being disturbed.
  • Older Than They Think: Many younger viewers mistakenly believe the songs are original to the film.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Cyd Charisse in the "Broadway Melody" sequence, without even a single word of dialogue.
  • Padding: The film is only about an hour and a half long, and quite a lot of that time is taken up by musical numbers that have almost nothing to do with the plot, like "Beautiful Girl" and especially "Broadway Melody". However, those numbers are so awesome that it's difficult to care.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Rita Moreno, aka Anita, played Zelda.
  • Special Effects Failure: When Don runs into the building that explodes, the characters off to the side change position with the cut.
  • Uncanny Valley: The frozen tableau of girls in the "Beautiful Girls" number is a little off-putting.
  • Values Dissonance: Don gives a completely false account of how he got into acting, mentioning having attended prestigious acting schools while he actually honed his acting skills as a street performer and in minor, lackluster roles. This would be an utterly baffling thing to do from the perspective of a modern viewer, who would be much more likely to relate to a classic ‘underdog’ story instead of that of a person who rode his privilege all the way into glory.
  • Vindicated by History: The film did disappointing box office and was generally snubbed by the Oscars, but is now seen as one of the great movie musicals of the 20th Century.