Tap and sing with us in this Singin' in the Rain ultimate quiz!


By: Olivia Cantor

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About This Quiz

Singin’ in the Rain is hailed as one of the most famous movie musicals ever made. Even though it was made back in 1952, its story and music remain timeless. Think you know enough about the fun sing-song details of this film? Take this quiz and find out!

The opening credits of the film feature the three main characters singing under the rain. What color raincoats are they wearing?

The iconic image of the main stars singing and dancing under the rain is something that Hollywood has often referenced and spoofed. To protect the stars from the rain, they all wear yellow raincoats and have umbrellas.


The film is an interesting look at what aspect of life in California, specifically in Los Angeles?

Singin’ in the Rain is basically a film about filmmaking. Specifically, it’s set during the late 1920s era in Hollywood.


The film opens with a movie premiere taking place in this legendary Hollywood institution.

Grauman’s Chinese Theater is located at Hollywood Boulevard. The place is also significant because famous actors have left their imprints on the cement there.


One of the first people to arrive during the movie premiere scene is this character, touted as “Don Lockwood’s best friend.” What is his name?

Cosmo Brown is the best friend of the famous Hollywood actor everybody is waiting for. He was comically played by Donald O’Connor.


In the film, the superstar couple of the moment in Hollywood is Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont. Who portrayed Don?

Gene Kelly is the famous face and figure of American movie musicals. He also co-directed this film, mind you. The guy was pure talent!


What is Don Lockwood’s motto, as instilled in him by his mom and dad?

When Don would pursue something during his younger years, he would always remember his parents’ motto. They used to say “Dignity, always dignity.” It worked!


What form of dancing does the young Don do so well at an early age?

Tap dancing is present in many Hollywood movie musicals. Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers helped popularize it in this art form.


When they were starting to perform for a living, Don and Cosmo played which musical instrument?

Don and Cosmo started their careers with playing and performing in a dance hall tour. Don would play the violin while Cosmo would play the piano, or sometimes they both end up playing the violin while singing and dancing.


What is the name of the studio where Don and Cosmo end up working once they landed in Hollywood?

Perhaps as a nod to Paramount Pictures, Don and Cosmo ended up working in a studio called Monumental Pictures. Coincidentally, the facade of Monumental Pictures looks like the entrance of the old Paramount Pictures studio!


Don got his break as a replacement for an actor who was knocked out while filming. But he later ended up working on-screen in another kind of role. Which was it?

The versatile Don did work as a stuntman in Monumental Pictures while his best friend Don played the piano. He did stunts with an airplane and a motorbike, also with explosions.


What kind of movies were they making in Monumental Pictures?

Singin’ in the Rain is set during the tail end of the silent film era of Hollywood. During that time, actors would just emote and do pantomime acts onscreen, usually in an exaggerated mode.


Once the very Hollywood couple of Don and Lina come out in public, people might notice this very odd thing about them. What is it?

According to the studio people, Don will be the only one who makes all the speeches in their love team. This is why Lina’s voice isn’t heard at all by her adoring public.


Often, Hollywood couples pretend to have this, just for publicity. Just like what Don and Lina did!

As Don said, he has this "cooked up romance just for publicity.” He actually can’t stand Lina in real life!


In one of the more famous dialogue exchanges in the film, Don’s car breaks down, so he asks best friend Cosmo to "call me a cab.” What does he answer back?

Donald O’Connor’s comedic timing compliments Gene Kelly’s acting in this film, as critics and cinephiles have noticed. His reply “Okay. You’re a cab!” is one of the more popular quotes in this film.


When Don’s car broke down and he tried to escape his "adoring fans,” he jumped and landed where?

Don actually landed on the car being driven by Kathy Selden. Kathy was played by another legend: Debbie Reynolds.


It turns out that Kathy Selden also works in show business. What does she do?

After misleading Don by saying she doesn’t like movies, it turns out that Kathy works as a chorus girl. Showgirls also work in show business, performing in parties, live acts, and as background in movie musicals.


Kathy reunites with Don once again during a party when she comes out of what thing?

Kathy was part of the chorus of girls singing and dancing in the Monumental Pictures party. She pops out of a big cake, to the delight and surprise of Don.


When confronted by Don in the party, an irritated Kathy showed him one thing she said she "learned from the movies." What was it?

As Don was heckling Kathy who appeared so high and mighty about acting in movies, she quipped, “Here’s one thing I learned from the movies” and threw a pie aimed at Don’s face. But it hit Lina instead!


Cosmo sings a song about what they do for the audiences of their movies. What is it they do?

“Make ‘Em Laugh” is one of the upbeat songs in the musical. It’s what actors supposedly do for their audiences: make them laugh!


“Make ‘Em Laugh” was supposedly one of the two original songs specifically written for Singin’ in the Rain, but it actually echoes the theme of a popular Cole Porter composition. What was that Porter hit called?

Cole Porter actually wrote the song “Be A Clown” for an earlier Gene Kelly film, which sounds very much like “Make ‘Em Laugh." Singin’ in the Rain’s musical composers insist it’s original. Porter didn’t sue them for plagiarism, though.


The studio head of Monumental Pictures feels threatened by this upcoming development in filmmaking.

The film mirrors real-life events in late '20s Hollywood during the time talking pictures were about to explode into the scene with a bang! The end of the Silent Film era is near indeed.


The success of this particular talking picture shook up Monumental Pictures’ way of doing films.

In real life, The Jazz Singer is indeed the first talking picture to garner success in Hollywood. The film’s arrival signified the end of the Silent Film era, when the studios and theaters started getting ready for sound in the movies.


Monumental Pictures halted all of their current productions to technologically prepare for talking pictures. Why is this conversion to talkies posing a problem for the love team of Don and Lina?

The reason Don "does all the talking for the team” is that Lina’s shrilly voice might scare off their adoring fans. Thus, it also poses a problem for a silent film star to appear in a talkie, especially if her speaking voice ain’t that great!


The trio of Don, Cosmo, and Kathy all musically greeted each other as they discovered that it’s way past midnight already. What was the greeting?

The “Good Morning” song was sung when the trio was talking about making changes in their work life. Since it’s already past midnight, they greeted each other “Good Morning” to mark another day.


In order to prepare Don and Lina for their first talking picture, they were ordered to take lessons from this kind of person.

Both Lina and Don were ordered to undergo speaking lessons from a diction coach. Hollywood actors still do that up to this day whenever their role requires a certain kind of accent or way of speaking.


When Cosmo dropped by during Don’s diction coach session, the two pals started turning the lessons into a song. What was the title of this song?

Don’s diction coach wanted him to recite “Moses supposes his toeses are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously.” But the comedic Cosmo turned this lesson into a very fun song, which is known as “Moses Supposes."


The silent film actors Don and Lina had a hard time using this very new contraption on the film set.

One of the toughest transitions Hollywood had to face was how to use a microphone on the set without having it appear on camera. Actors also had a hard time speaking into a microphone, since they were used to emoting their lines with just their faces and bodies.


Don bursts out into this song, mainly as a sign that he’s falling in love with Kathy already.

Don starts “Singin' in the Rain” right after dropping off Kathy at her place and kissing her goodnight. His upbeat demeanor while being drenched announces that he’s "ready for love” no matter the weather. Attaboy!


When Don and Lina’s latest film, The Dueling Cavalier, flopped with their test audience, Cosmo thought of a brilliant way to save it. What was his plan?

Cosmo thought up this kooky plan of converting The Dueling Cavalier into a musical instead of releasing it as just a plain talking picture. The idea is wonderful…until they thought of Lina’s voice. Ugh!


In order to cover Lina’s awful speaking/singing voice, Cosmo thought of using Kathy to solve this problem. What was his proposal?

Kathy sings and records all the songs in the refurbished Dueling Cavalier film, and Lina ends up learning the songs. On the set, though, Lina lip syncs Kathy’s recordings as if she’s the one singing it. It works! For a while...


Don proposes one last number to add to the refurbished Dueling Cavalier film. The scene is supposed to be set in New York, since the song is entitled this.

“Broadway Melody” is like a special sequence within Singin’ in the Rain that musically narrates the story of a man who wants to succeed as a dancer in Broadway. While it really has no direct impact on the film’s plot, its production values are reminiscent of big and colorful musical variety shows, enough to become a “show within a show” itself.


Aside from doing singing stints for the refurbished The Dueling Cavalier, Kathy also does this other kind of work there.

Kathy also comes in and does some dubbing work for the refurbished The Dueling Cavalier. So all of Lina’s voice—be it speaking or singing—will be replaced by Kathy’s.


The refurbished talkie The Dueling Cavalier was released as a musical film with this new title.

The rebooted talking picture The Dancing Cavalier now became a mix of modern and not-so-modern stories combined. Of course it had different musical numbers.


When the studio men finally reveal and discuss their plans of dubbing out Lina and using Kathy for a long time, she goes all legal on them, saying this favorite line of hers.

Lina tries to outsmart the Monumental Pictures boss by going over the fine details of her contract in order to use that against the studio and Kathy’s presence. Feeling proud of herself, she utters “What do you think I am, dumb or something?” as if she’s, uh, smart.


When Lina wanted to keep Kathy’s dubbing voice a secret, the guys let her reveal her true voice to the audience by doing this.

Kathy was hidden behind a curtain to sing a song that Lina would lip sync to her live audience. However, the guys pulled back the curtain to reveal the dubbing, revealing Lina’s evil plan, and recognizing Kathy’s talent at the same time.


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