Singin’ in the Rai . . . .

In 1952, Singing in the Rain was released in theaters, and over the last 60 years, it has become one of the most beloved and popular musicals of our time.  To celebrate the pending 60th anniversary of the release of the film, an event was scheduled around the country in select movie theaters, to show the movie on the big screen for just one night.  When I heard about this event, I decided that I was going to wrangle one of my friends to go with me to see the movie on the big screen.  Since I had not seen the movie in many years, I thought it would be a lovely opportunity to once again see this brilliant classic and to also experience it as few others have had the opportunity to do. 

So that is what I did, dragging along a friend of mine, who I discovered had never seen the film, along with her 7 year old daughter.  She had read in Parents magazine that this was one of the movies listed as good for ages 5-10, so she figured her daughter might like it.  I saw no reason to disagree, so off we went!

Unfortunately, we arrived late to the theater.  It was entirely my fault because I just couldn’t get myself out the door of my house, and once I finally did, only then realized I needed to stop for gas.  So, we ended up with 3 of the very last seats in the theater that were together.  Second row on the end.  You know, the ones on the floor where you have to crane your neck up to see the screen?  Yeah, those are the ones.  Luckily, we only missed a couple minutes of the pre-movie interview with Debbie Reynolds that they were showing before the movie.  Basically, I remember her talking about being a virgin and having good boobs.  So it was pretty informative.  But at least we didn’t miss any of the movie!  Yet.  But, we’ll get to that . . .

Knowing that it was my friend’s first time (speaking of virgins!) and wondering if her daughter would appreciate the movie, I was keeping a keen eye on my movie watching companions.  They seemed to be enjoying it.  Her daughter giggled pretty much straight through the “Make ‘Em Laugh” routine, and was faux dancing in her seat to some of the other routines.  Her mom also seemed to be enjoying the movie and later said that the scene with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse dancing with the long flowing white piece of fabric was amazingly beautiful.  Score!  Everyone seemed to be having a good time.  And really, what’s  not to like?  Some of the best chemistry in any movie between two leading actors (and yes, I am talking about Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, thank you), fantastic choreography and musical numbers, witty repartee, very memorable and singable songs (Good Morning is one of my all time favorites), and a great storyline.  In fact, the whole audience was greatly enjoying it, as evidence by the clapping that would ensue after every famous musical number.  It was a good time all around . . .

Until the very end of the movie when disaster struck!  Now, if you have never seen this movie and do not want to know anything about what happened at the end stop reading now.  Spoiler Alert.  Ok, so if you are still reading . . . here we go.  We get to the end where they have shown the movie and Lena goes out on the stage to talk and the audience wants her to sing and the boys confer and get an idea and tell Lena to go out with the microphone and demand that Cathy sing behind the curtain.  Remember this part?  Yeah, so do I.  Because I just watched it.  Anyway, right after the part where Cathy yells at Don that she’ll do it but never wants to talk to Don again . . . the movie froze.  The outcry from the audience was loud, instantaneous and murderous.  People were pissed, y’all.  I just figured it was some glitch and they would get it started again, so I wasn’t stressing about it.  Plus, even though it had been many years, I pretty much remembered what happened next, so I wasn’t too worried.  I was a little worried about my viewing companions, though, since they had never seen it and it cut out literally two minutes before the end.

So, amongst cries of “WHAT THE HELL?” and “GET IT STARTED” and “ARGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!” being yelled around us, we waited to see what would happen.  Then we saw this come on the screen:

Which immediately prompted more cries of displeasure from the audience.  I, being me, started to laugh uproariously.  A 60 year old movie . . . thwarted by modern technology.  And this was also about the time I figured we were good and truly screwed.  A lot of people got up and left.  But we stayed and waited to see what would happen.  We were treated to many more screens of processing and booting up as they tried to get us back to the movie . . .

And then . . .

More outcries as the option to “start over” was chosen . . .

But that’s ok . . . because they were just going to fast forward through the entire movie . . . on the screen!!  ((Facepalm))

Halfway there!!

Keep going . . .

Oh look!  There’s Moses Supposes . . . and there it goes-es.

Aaaaannnnnnddd . . . good morning to you as well!

Almost there . . .

Oh look, it’s the end.  Wait . . . what?  Yep, they fast forwarded all the way to the end.  As in THE END.  People in the theater once again were not pleased!  But, they rewound enough to get us right before the part where it previously froze.  So now we were back in business!!  Yes.  Let’s get on with the denouement, shall we?

Aaaaannndddd it stopped.  Again.  At the exact same spot.  Now there was a serious uproar in the theater, and I’m surprised people didn’t start throwing things at the screen.  They were pissed.  So, at this point we figure it’s probably pretty useless to stay, and half the theater agreed with us.  But, we figured we would give it a couple minutes, and if they couldn’t figure it out, we would leave.  We did decide that since there were a ton of empty seats at this point, that we were going to move up and have a much better view, assuming we ever did get to see the last two minutes.  So we moved.  And we waited.  And then we got this:

Oh boy, this cannot be good.  And yes, thank you.  I feel very lucky to have a Dish 500 right about now.  Sigh.

This is when we got an announcement from a guy up front (who obviously worked at the theater) that told us that they were very sorry, but they wouldn’t be able to show the rest of the movie.  ((Groan)).  But what they would be able to do was give us all free passes to return to any movie of our choice.  Bright side?  So, in lieu of seeing the last two minutes of the movie on the big screen after watching the entirety of the movie up to that point, I get to come back to see some other movie some other time.  Boo.

So, we left, and I got to do the final scene reenactment game in the car on the way home for my companions.  I gave them a very general idea, because like I said, I had not seen the movie in a while.  But I thought I remembered the ending.  In fact, the final picture of the fast forwarding up there is the big finale.  It is just a shame that a very special showing like that had to be ruined by a technical malfunction or loss of satellite feed.  Especially for the people who had never seen it before and the kids that were there (there were lots of kids there . . . must have been a popular article in Parents!).  It wasn’t so much the fact that you can probably see the ending relatively easily on YouTube or something (you can, I found it and sent it to my friend the next day), but being denied the experience of seeing the entirety of the classic film right up on the big screen, and having that feeling of satisfaction once you reach the end.  Instead, the feeling we had was disappointment.  Not exactly how I expected the evening to turn out, but what are you gonna do.  I do have free movie passes, so I guess that is some type of consolation.


Ever been disappointed by something that you were looking forward to and was a one time only special event?  Did you at least get a consolation prize?

What is your favorite scene from Singin’ in the Rain?  If you haven’t seen it, what is your favorite classic old movie/musical?


40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. red
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 08:51:55

    Funny our different responses. When you said they offered free movie passes, my first thought was “Bonus! They only missed a few minutes, which are easily watched on DVD, AND get to come back to a movie…a new movie that’s not out on DVD!” Sounded pretty sweet to me. Then again, I am a Movie Whore.

    …and I often find myself humming “good morning” on a nice day.


    • bluzdude
      Jul 16, 2012 @ 09:55:57

      I agree with Red! But I do feel bad for the kids.


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:30:53

      I guess I’m more about the complete experience. I was really looking forward to this and wanted my friend and her daughter to get to experience the entirety of the movie. Silly me. Plus, I don’t go out to the movies very often, so those tickets will probably sit there for a while. But that’s just me.


  2. Leauxra
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 08:58:19

    Oh man, I haven’t seen that movie in YEARS.

    I do remember sometime in my teens, I sat down to watch it straight through, thinking I hadn’t really watched it before… and I knew all the words to all the songs. Apparently I watched the movie a LOT as a little kid.


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:31:39

      Ha! I love when I just instinctively remember all the words to movies I haven’t seen in forever. Breakfast Club, Princess Bride and Say Anything are that way with me.


  3. bluzdude
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 10:01:38

    Most disappointing event (that I can think of right now): Having backstage passes for ZZ Top (circa 1994). I thought they were going to be a blast to meet, but it turned out that they were kinda squirrely. It was clear that they didn’t really like these kinds of “meet-n-greets.” Before they even came in the room, we were warned by “their people” that:
    * we weren’t to take pictures (I put away my camera).
    * we weren’t to ask for any autographs (I put away my ZZ Top albums and pen).
    * we weren’t to monopolize their time with a lot of chatter

    I asked if we were allowed to look at them directly, or did we have to avert our eyes.

    The whole thing was quite off-putting. I mean, why bother even going through the motions? (OK, I didn’t really say that out loud…)

    Rock stars…


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:33:16

      I’m surprised you were instructed to bow as they entered and to stay on all fours so they could use you as a foot rest!! Wow, that is pretty douchey.


  4. Mayor Gia
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 11:12:05

    OHHH that is SO frustrating! And I haven’t seen that movie either. I know, it’s a shame.


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:33:51

      You really should. It is so good. It stands the test of time. And that marks the first time, and probably last, I will ever use that phrase. Yikes!


  5. Go Jules Go
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 11:18:05

    Oh man! That is kind of delightfully ironic, and I think I would have preferred seeing your reenactment. In fact, I haven’t seen the movie, so maybe you could do the whole thing for your pal Jules…? AND you got free movie passes. I know it probably sucked at the time, though!

    I’m always disappointed by things, especially movies, so I try to go in with low expectations. I really think low expectations are the key to happiness. Is that messed up?


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:34:53

      I am exactly the same about expectations. I try really hard to not get too excited about things. Totally not working for BlogHer, which means it will probably suck, right? 😉

      I will do a 5 minute reenactment of the entire movie for you on Saturday. Deal?


  6. Kitten Thunder's Girl
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 11:50:15

    A lot of times I will watch parts of movies or TV shows on TV without ever seeing the whole thing. So, on occasion, I will put in some effort to watch the clock and have a movie or show on at a time where I can see the whole thing or else the part I’ve missed.

    So, do you remember when the History Channel came out with the series about each state? And there were four or five on each episode? I watched and watched, waiting for Wyoming. The last state, alphabetically. The first time I saw that episode…I had to leave for a hair appointment. The second time…I fell asleep. The third time…a full screen warning about a severe thunderstorm. I swear I watched that episode five times before I saw the Wyoming section.

    And it? It was full of meh.


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:36:15

      Wow, that really blows. I don’t actually remember that, but I would have tried to watch the Maryland part. You probably saw that part about 3 times, yes? How was the historical report on my state, hmmm?


  7. Andi
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 13:31:31

    Around Christmastime, we went as a family to see Tron: Legacy, only to find out after we’d purchased tickets that the theatre hadn’t gotten the download of Tron: Legacy yet. We were peeved, and the Hubs raised a stink so they gave us free movie tickets. As we were getting ready to leave, the manager came running over saying, “We got it! We got it!” So we were able to watch Tron: Legacy AND we got six free movie passes. Ok, so that was not disappointing after all.

    If it makes you feel any better, one of my friends had the exact same experience you did but with Brave, which is a new movie. Her two kids were really disappointed and at ages 4 and 6, rather less philosophical about the whole thing.


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:37:25

      Wow, that is an excellent story about Tron!! Now you are just trying to make me feel bad, no? 😉

      Yeah, I can see how that would not have been fun to try to get a 4 and 6 year old to be ok with it. Yikes.


  8. Blunt Delivery (@bluntdelivery)
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 13:41:42

    well wtf is up with all that.

    um, i have to say musicals aren’t my thing. i had to see my fair share when studying in London. and, a few were pretty good Les Mis and Lion King was phenomenal. but holy crap that is crazy about the dish network thing… never ever heard of that happening?!

    good thing you have good reenactment skills

    p.s. your blog doesn’t let me comment without logging into fb or twitter cus i don’t have a account… can you add another way?! cus it makes me authorize the app EVERY time i comment :/


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:38:38

      My reenactment skills are da bomb!

      Yeah, WordPress is kind of an asshole about commenting sometimes. I don’t know what that’s about. Sorry!! Maybe if you commented more . . . 😉


  9. Brett Minor (@brettminor)
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 14:40:45

    I love the Good morning song in the middle of the movie.

    I was up north visiting some friends once and we decided to go to a movie. Halfway through the movie, there was a gas leak in the business next door and they had to cut the power and evacuate everyone.

    As we were standing in the parking lot trying to find someone to tell us if we would get to go back inside after the scare or get refunds, a few employees were walking around the lot handing out free movie passes to come back at a future time.

    I tried to explain to them that I was not from the area and a free pass would not do me any good since I lived 200 miles away. Even the manager would not budge.

    When I got home I contacted corporate to complain and they sent me 4 passes to use at any theater in their chain. Unfortunately, the closest theater of that chain was over 100 miles from my home. I eventually sold them on eBay.


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:39:45

      Wow, that’s interesting. Did you try to just ask for your money back? I would think that would seem like the most logical resolution. Huh, that is weird. At least you got something for them.


  10. Becky Delport (@BexstarD)
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 16:57:06

    You know how I feel about musicals…..I would rather be skinned alive by Edward Scissorhands than be forced to sit through one. However, Singin’ In The Rain is one of my fave all time movies. Aslong you gag me & put me in a straight jacket I can sit through the entire film without losing my shit skittles.


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:40:45

      Wow, and that is one of your favorite of all times. I would hate to see what we would have to do to you to get you to sit through something like Rent!! Straight jackets and duct tape would probably be involved, yes? 😉


  11. Vesta Vayne
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 19:23:47

    I am not a musical person, at all, so I’ve never seen it. But what a freaking bummer! And with two minutes to go:(


  12. prttynpnk
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 19:44:51

    Can I blaspheme? I love me some musicals, but this has never been a favorite. I like my Donald in ‘There’s no business like show business ‘.


  13. She's a Maineiac
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 23:03:08

    I’m with Jules, maybe you can reenact the whole movie for me, too? What a bummer for everyone, though. At least they tried to make it up to you. A few times I’ve had to leave the theater in the middle of a movie because my son would be crying…or screaming…or running. So we’d leave and they were always nice enough to give us our money back.


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:42:40

      Wow, that is nice! They were probably just happy you didn’t stay and make the entire theater miserable. I’m sure that was money well spent for them.


  14. Valerie
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 23:20:03

    When I was in high school, I joined musical theater like some kind of idiot (since I have a fear of being on stage and all). We put on a small performance for some old people and sang Singing in the Rain.

    I froze and tripped over my umbrella. Then I panicked and locked myself in the bathroom.

    I don’t like umbrellas too much anymore. Or old people.




  15. Jen
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 09:22:12

    The Orowheat English muffin company spoiled “Singin’ In The Rain” for me. When I hear “Good Morning” all I can think is “Good morning, good mooooooorning! Life’s sweet with Orowheat, good morning, good muffin to yoooooooou!” Damned marketing rat bastards…


    • mistyslaws
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 15:43:58

      See, I’ve never heard that commercial. But I do hate it when ad agencies go and ruin all my favorite songs by usuing them for their stupid products. Bastards.


  16. Jillian
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 16:13:45

    Something similar happened when my family went to see Tarzan when it first came out. As we waited for the movie to rewind so our crowd could watch it, they started doing Tarzan related contests. My mom won a copy of the soundtrack (fabulous, by the way) for having the best Tarzan yell. Although I was a young tween and quite embarrassed, I was also struck by the fact that everyone else did a weak sort of yodel, and my mothere’s Tarzan yell was eerily accurate and showed great skill. Now I am quite proud 🙂


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  18. Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 12:21:46

    HOW HOW HOW did I miss this post!? As you know this is one of my most favorite movies and I’ve seen it twice on the big screen, most recently at this same event (it went fine for us).

    About a decade ago we went to see Raiders of the Lost Ark at a local independent theater, and they were projecting it wrong – the boulder was an egg and everyone was too skinny. Tom complained and they had the gall to “explain” that that’s how movies used to be shown “back then.” Excuse me?


    • mistyslaws
      Oct 18, 2012 @ 12:55:52

      Ah-ha!! It was YOU!! (Say that in one of those dun-dun-dun accusatory tones, if you would). I saw someone post something about the movie showing on FB and that’s what gave me the idea for it, but I couldn’t remember who it was. Mystery solved.

      So, were they doing some sort of retro night? Otherwise, WHY would anyone wanna watch something the way it was “back then?” So, did they just put a Beta tape in the VCR and project it? I hope you demanded your money back at least.


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