Singin’ in the Rain: The Best Movie Musical

Taking place at the start of the talking picture era, Singin’ in the Rain will go down in cinema history as the best movie musical of all-time. The late 1920s was an interesting time for the motion picture business.  Silent pictures were all the rave but things changed when Warner Brothers premiered The Jazz Singer.  Producing a movie musical about this era in time is a genius move on Arthur Freed’s part.  While many executives…

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A Foreign Affair: A Post-World War II Rom-Com

A Foreign Affair is a romantic comedy–albeit one that falls under the category of cynical–that takes place in post-World War II Berlin. Iowa congresswoman Phoebe Frost (Jean Arthur) is a part of a committee investigating American troop morale after the war.  Captain John Pringle (John Lund), a fellow Iowan) cynically woos her but he has his reasoning for doing so.  He’s trying to cover up his affair with singer Erika von Schlütow (Marlene Dietrich).  The…

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