Tuesday's free Deseret News-Cineplex Odeon film is "Singin' in the Rain," widely acknowledged by critics as the best movie musical ever made.
But it's more than just song-and-dance. "Singin' in the Rain" also qualifies as great romance and hilarious comedy.Who can forget Donald O'Connor doing his wondrous "Make `Em Laugh" routine; or "Moses Supposes," with Kelly and O'Connor dancing all over the place; or the hilarious performance by Jean Hagen as the silent movie star with a voice that could shatter glass?
Gene Kelly's fabulous "Singin' in the Rain" solo is, of course, a grand highlight as well, and Debbie Reynolds is perfect as the innocent girl being used by Hollywood until Kelly and O'Connor cook up a way to save her.
This is great stuff from Hollywood's heyday and we dare you to come out of the theater in a grumpy mood.
To get into screenings of "Singin' In the Rain" at the new Holladay Center Cinemas, or for admission to any of the free movies being sponsored by the Deseret News this week, you must have an original ad from the newspaper (here is one on this page today), which is good for two people. You cannot purchase tickets to these films, however, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Each movie will be shown only one day with several screenings beginning around noon. Showtimes are listed in the ads, which will run in the Deseret News daily through Thursday.
The remaining free movies, also promised to be prints in excellent condition, are "Ben Hur" (ednesday) and "An Affair to Remember" (hursday).
The new, plush Cineplex Odeon Holladay Center Cinemas is a six-plex located on 48th South, north of the Cottonwood Mall.