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Singin in the Rain

Sunday, December 14, 2008 by Dave Winer.

I've been looking for this song, in video, for years -- and today I found it on YouTube, while flying from NY to SF on American Airlines flight 15. Permalink to this paragraph

It was the closing song of the Hollywood Revue of 1929, the first talking picture, which is actually in the public domain. I'd like to download an archive of this video in case it disappears from YouTube (one that was there about a week ago did disappear, for no good reason, since it is public domain). Permalink to this paragraph

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I know who a few of the actors are, but I'd like to know the names of all of them.  Permalink to this paragraph

A young Joan Crawford is the second in the review. Permalink to this paragraph

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Two later is Buster Keaton, the only one who isn't singing. Permalink to this paragraph

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I'm sure Jack Benny is in there somewhere, as is Conrad Nagel. Permalink to this paragraph

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Marie Dressler is the old woman, third from last. Permalink to this paragraph

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Who is this guy? He looks like he could be a friend of mine (of course no matter, all these people are long-dead). Permalink to this paragraph

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The 1930s was a golden age of movies. So much great stuff, culminating in one of the best years -- 1939.  Permalink to this paragraph


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