Stanley Donen's Singin' in the Rain premiered on March 27, 1952, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Valuable Singin' in the Rain movie memorabilia includes one sheet and insert posters, pressbooks, lobby card sets, window cards, movie heralds and Spanish reissue movie posters.
MGM's Singin' in the Rain came to movie theaters in 1952. Directed by Stanley Donen and starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley and Rita Moreno, Singin' in the Rain features Kelly, O'Connor, et al., singing and dancing up a storm in one of Hollywood's greatest musicals. Made for $2.54 million, Singin' in the Rain premiered in New York City on March 27, 1952, earning two Academy Award nominations for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (Lennie Hayton) and Best Supporting Actress (Hagen).
Here are ten valuable Singin' in the Rain movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest movie memorabilia collectors. "Spring came with a fresh and cheerful splatter to the Music Hall yesterday with the arrival of Metro's new musical, 'Singin' in the Rain,' along with the Glory-of-Easter pageant and a vernal revue on the stage. Compounded generously of music, dance, color, spectacle and a riotous abundance of Gene Kelly, Jean Hagen and Donald O'Connor on the screen, all elements in this rainbow program are carefully contrived and guaranteed to lift the dolors of winter and put you in a buttercup mood." Bosley Crowther, The New York Times (3/28/52)
Singin' in the Rain One Sheet Movie Poster
A one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine/near mint condition sold at auction for $2,748.50. Singin' in the Rain was filmed in Los Angeles and at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City, California. World-famous Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard was used in the production.
Singin' in the Rain one sheet poster $2,748.50
Singin' in the Rain Window Card
A window card (14x22-inches) in very fine- condition brought $746.88 at auction. Window cards were displayed in businesses.
Singin' in the Rain Door Panel #2
A door panel #2 poster (20x60-inches) in very fine- condition sold at auction for $358.50. The "rain" used in the film was a combination of water and milk so it would be more visible on film. Got milk?
Singin' in the Rain Movie Pressbook
A movie pressbook in uncut fine/very fine condition brought $84 at auction. Singin' in the Rain's entire promotional campaign is contained within its pages.
Singin' in the Rain Six Sheet Movie Poster
A huge six sheet movie poster (81x81-inches) in fine/very fine condition fetched a top bid of $3,107.
Singin' in the Rain six sheet poster $3,107
Singin' in the Rain Movie Stills
A collection of four 8x10-inch black-and-white movie stills in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $62. Gene Kelly could be something of a tyrant, and Donald O'Connor and several others did not enjoy working with him.
Singin' in the Rain Movie Herald
A movie herald (8x12-inches) in near mint condition brought $310.70 at auction. NBC had scheduled Singin' in the Rain's television premiere for November 23, 1963. That had to be postponed because of the assassination of President Kennedy the previous day.
Singin' in the Rain herald $310.70
Singin' in the Rain Japanese B1 Movie Poster
A Japanese B1 movie poster (29x40-inches) in very good+ condition sold at auction for $131.45. Singin' in the Rain debuted in Japan on April 15, 1953.
Singin' in the Rain Lobby Card Set
A complete set of eight lobby cards (11x14-inches) in fine/very fine condition brought $1,195 at auction. Moviegoers in 1952 might have spied these gems on display in theater lobbies.
Singin' in the Rain lobby set $1,195
Singin' in the Rain 1970s Spanish Reissue One Sheet Movie Poster
A 1970s Spanish reissue one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in fine- condition sold at auction for $131.45. It was Fred Astaire who helped young Debbie Reynolds with her dancing.
Singin' in the Rain 1970s Spanish reissue poster $131.45
Singin' in the Rain Insert Movie Poster
An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in fine+ condition brought $1,792.50 at auction. Debbie Reynolds' stated two hardest things in her life: surviving childbirth and making Singin' in the Rain.
Okay, that's eleven items. A little bonus for Singin' in the Rain fans...
Singin' in the Rain Movie Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Singin' in the Rain title lobby card in fine/very fine condition $388.38
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