Singing in the Rain hits Channel 5 screens today at 1:30pm, but viewers won’t get the full original picture. The film was directed by Gene Kelly, who also starred in the picture as Don Lockwood, while also choreographing every one of the film’s fantastic dance routines. But one particular sequence with Cyd Charisse was deemed “too raunchy” for theatrical release.
During the Broadway Melody section of the film, Gene’s character Don imagined some dance numbers with the iconic Cyd. The first of these routines features Cyd in a beautiful green outfit dancing to a stunning piece of music.
As talented as the two artists were, they bit off more than they could chew. This routine was later cut just seconds after reviewers objected to some of the racy dance moves.
The original cut for Singin’ in the Rain featured Gene holding Cyd before she wrapped her legs around his waist in a sexually suggestive manner. Of course, in the 1950s, this was an extremely daring move to be shown in theaters.
As a result, critics of the Production Code and the Catholic Church’s Legion of Decency were not happy with the film’s development.
It is unknown if Gene fought the alterations, but the footage was eventually changed, removing the leg-binding move.
If you watch the video above, around the 3:53 mark, you can clearly see Cyd start to swing his leg around Gene before he cuts off abruptly. This change brings her back to the ground, removing any raunchy moments from the dance.
However, that was not the only moment of Cyd’s dances that were censored.
Years later, Gene’s widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, pointed to another scene that was cut from Singin’ In The Rain in some parts of the world.
Patricia revealed: “The handkerchief dance was removed from the picture in several countries because they found it too daring. They figured it out, it’s making love. And in the most beautiful way. Isn’t that amazing?”
Gene’s scarf dance sequence once again showed him dancing alongside Cyd in a sultry ballet routine. The stunning performance involves the two performers entwined with each other in a silk scarf.
Despite the fact that these two scenes were cut out in certain places, the film was a great success.
Singing in the Rain earned a whopping $7.2 million at the box office on a budget of $2.54 million.
The film has since also been inducted into the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.
The Singin’ In The Rain sequence has also been parodied countless times in many ways, including by Spider-Man star Tom Holland during the lip sync battle.
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