Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dissing In The Rain

Last night I wanted to slap the toupee off PBS' Patrick Stoner's head. In both his intro and outro to the musical classic-- and my all-time favorite movie "Singing In The Rain" he listed the film's stars as Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor and Cyd Charisse.

Not once did he mention Jean Hagen, who stole the show as the ditzy Lina Lamont and received an Academy Award nomination for her efforts. This isn't the first time I've seen this happen. Just because Ms. Hagen didn't become a major star doesn't mean her contribution to the greatest musical of all time should be overlooked.

As a kid, I thought her performance was hilarious and I used to drive my family nuts with my impression of her saying, "I can't stand him" and "What do you think I am, dumb or something?"

1 comment:

Suzy said...

She was also a regular on TV, mainly the Danny Thomas show. I used to catch it on TV Land but it hasn't been around for years. That show was funny.