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Gene Kelly Walking and Singing in the Rain

Updated on October 10, 2015

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Getting caught in the rain


What made me think of Umbrellas, Gene Kelly, and "Singing in the Rain" was pure happenstance.


Just yesterday my husband and I were taking a late morning walk in our subdivision.


We had already taken my mother's Pomeranian dog, Skippy, for his short walk and after returning him to the house, we ventured out for a longer walk.


Skippy has a mind of his own! He has his short walk down pat and if we try to get him to walk further, he literally sits down and/or pulls making it look as though we are dog-napping him. Long ago we decided that if we want to get some decent exercise it is not worth "arguing" with Skippy.



Singing in the Rain (Gene Kelly)

Umbrellas


As it turned out, we could have used a couple of umbrellas on our walk.


The weather forecast was for a 30% chance of rain later in the day. We should have known better!


The sky was cloudy and grey and it has been abnormally hot and humid for this time of year, even for Houston standards. You can probably guess the rest... Yes, we got caught in the rain!


We were quite distant from our home so had no choice but to walk in the rain on our return home.


Walking in the rain made us think of the wonderful movie made years ago with the tap dancing Gene Kelly and the great and uplifting song he sang about "Singing in the Rain."


My husband and I may not have been tap dancing nor singing, but since the rain was lightly coming down hitting our faces and arms with cool droplets and there was no hint of thunder or lightening, we actually enjoyed ourselves. Why not? There was no alternative, so we made the best of it and actually resurrected memories of this delightful movie that we have enjoyed seeing countless times.


If one is looking for a "feel good" type of movie entertainment..."Singing in the Rain" should be on every-one's list!

Gene Kelly Screenshot from the trailer to Inherit the Wind.

Gene Kelly Screenshot from the trailer to Inherit the Wind.
Gene Kelly Screenshot from the trailer to Inherit the Wind. | Source

Gene Kelly Summer Stock Dance

Large umbrellas


There are all types of umbrellas. Fancy umbrellas made in all colors and patterns with frilled edges or other adornments can undoubtedly be found to match a person's clothing and style.

Personalized umbrellas can be imprinted with whatever is desired. A windproof umbrella is a particularly nice feature.

Have any of you been caught in a driving rainstorm combined with fierce wind and had your umbrella flip in the opposite direction?

I have had that happen and most often at the most inopportune times. Is there ever a good time for that to occur?

One nice thing about large umbrellas in general and also golfing umbrellas is that just because of their construction and larger surface, they are most often windproof as well.

We surely could have used my husband's golfing umbrella on that rain soaked walk!

Cute artwork of a little girl and umbrella - Located in the Smithsonian Art museum.

The blue umbrella 1914 - Helen Hyde
The blue umbrella 1914 - Helen Hyde | Source

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly - The Babbitt and the Bromide

Gene Kelly


Gene Kelly's full name was Eugene Curran Kelly and he was born on August 23, 1912.


After high school due to economic circumstances he was forced to work to help his family but did manage to get a degree in economics. His mother had encouraged his dancing lessons and with his athleticism and natural talent he started a dance studio with his family. He was proficient in all types of dance from tap dancing to ballet as well as modern and everything else. His teaching methods were well recognized.


Gene Kelly dropped out of law school to pursue his career which eventually led him to not only being a dancer and great instructor, but he also successfully became an actor, singer, choreographer and well known film director and producer. He worked primarily in America but also in Europe.


Gene Kelly remains best known for the films American in Paris which was in 1951 and Singin' in the Rain which was in 1952. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Screen Actor's Guild and also the American Film Institute.


Dying on February 2, 1996 he will forever be remembered for his boyish good looks and talent and for his part in musical films from the 1940s and 1950s when that genre was in its heyday.

Gene Kelly tap dancing on roller skates

When you think of Gene Kelly and Dancing in the Rain do you also think of umbrellas?

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Thanks to our need for an umbrella yesterday...although we obviously did not have one handy...all of these thoughts of Gene Kelly and Singing in the Rain came flooding into my mind. No pun intended!


Hope that you enjoyed this slice of life which evolved from our walk in the neighborhood when it started to rain.


Also...if you were a Gene Kelly fan, enjoy the videos and memories!

Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly - Just in Time

© 2010 Peggy Woods

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lisa,

      I think that many of us have been caught at times without an umbrella to protect us from the rain. You are not alone. :))

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      Lisa 4 years ago

      i have always netegceld this accessory and manage to pick up any used and abused hand off when the weather turns to rain. i think about having a fancy umbrella a lot but never get around to finding/buying one. lovely picture round up-btw.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      I still enjoy watching those old musicals like Singing in the Rain and so many others in which Gene Kelly starred. He certainly was a great entertainer! Thanks!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Gene Kelly was a great entertainer. Came back to pin this hub to my 'Exceptional Men' board. Will also share with followers.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      I think that we have all had those occasions of the protective umbrella flipping the other way and then getting soaked. Ha! I think that you would enjoy viewing that movie with Gene Kelley. Perhaps someday! Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Peggy, though I haven't seen Gene Kelly's "Singing in the rain", I am enamored by the gentle raindrops falling on the face and arms. It is an awesome feel. And I know what it feels like to have the umbrella flip the other way in heavy rain with a fierce wind.

      Enjoyed reading your hub.

      Voted up, beautiful and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sharkye11,

      Oh go ahead and get into your tap dance shoes and have fun! The house will just get dirty again. Ha! Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor were both wonderful dancers. Hope you have showcased some of your art with the umbrellas on HP. Thanks for your comment.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Such a wonderful hub on so many levels! I love taking walks in the rain. There is something so clean and fresh about rain, and it makes me feel much closer to nature, and our ancestors who may have had no umbrellas.

      I also love umbrellas. I use them alot in my art, as a symbol of shielding ourselves from sorrow or discomfort.

      And of course, I love the film "Singing In The Rain". For me, it was all about watching Donald O'Connor, who I thought was very underappreciated as a dancer. The whole movie was enjoyable. I recently showed it to my husband, who hates musicals, and even he liked it!

      Your fun hub has me wanting to dig out my tap shoes instead of cleaning house today! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I had to smile. I know that it can be a struggle to get out of a car with an umbrella especially if it is pouring rain. Some umbrellas are easier than others. Have you ever been in such a driving rain with severe wind that your umbrella flipped and became useless? I have! Ha! We just have to make fun of it like Gene Kelley did when he was dancing in the rain. Kids do that all the time...purposely going through puddles, etc. We should approach life with zest and joy like kids do before they "grow up." Right? :))

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I should never put an umbrella in my hand. It's to much for me getting out of the car with my purse and umbella I almost fall out the door trying to get the thing open. Enjoyed your hub and voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi beingwell,

      Writing this hub about Gene Kelly and his "Singing in the Rain" because of our experience being caught in the rain without an umbrella had me smiling and humming. Glad that it made you sing. Thanks for the vote. :)

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Great hub! This made me sing a bit, peggy! Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      We are having rain off and on in Houston right now also. Umbrellas certainly come in handy on occasion. Glad that you got to see a video of Gene Kelly that you had never seen previously. He was quite the entertainer and so talented with his singing and dancing. Thanks for your comment, votes and share.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I do enjoy seeing lots of colorful umbrellas on a rainy dreary day! We just had 2 of those in a row last week here in N. Texas. It was cold and I got soaked several times having to go outside frequently. The worst part was the water collecting and getting pretty deep where I had to walk.

      Gene Kelly has always been a good dancer but, I had never seen the video of him dancing on roller skates before. Very enjoyable entertaining hub! Voted up and interesting and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi klarawieck,

      So glad that this hub about Gene Kelly and the movie Singing in the Rain brought "a wide smile" to your face. Makes me smile every time I think of it. Appreciate your comment. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      It would be nice to have a collection of musicals including the one of Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain. It is such an uplifting piece of musical movie history. Thanks for your comment and usual tweet. Appreciate it!

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      Peggy, I really enjoyed this. Yes, Singing in the Rain is definitely on top of the list of feel-good movies! Ah! There's nothing like the oldies when it comes to musicals! Thanks for this great hub, which brought a wide smile to my face. :D

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I am a big fan of Gene Kelly, but then again I went through a period of time where I was collecting musicals. And frankly, Singing in The Rain is one of my favorites. It has been awhile since I have seen it. I might need to pull it out real soon.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Gene Kelly was also a favorite of mine. The movies in which he starred were such a delight to see and left one feeling good and with a smile on one's face. Wish more of the movies were like that today. Everyone can use more smiles. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Ok, Peggy, now thanks to you, "Singing in the Rain" will be stuck in my mind all day! Gene Kelly was such a favorite of mine; great videos you included. He was such a talent.

      I voted this Hub UP and will share in all the right places!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mrs. J.B.,

      I know what you mean. After writing this hub about golfing umbrellas and Gene Kelly Singing in the Rain, that image and music stayed with me for quite some time. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Throughout this hub I kept picturing Gene Kelly swinging around on the lamp post. Thanks for a great hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      I agree with you. Watching Gene Kelly Singing in the rain using that umbrella as a foil was delightful. Glad you liked the memories and thanks for the comment.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Gene Kelly was always a joy watching. He was a genius. Thank you for bringing back memories.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Getting caught in the rain brought back memories of the great and entertaining film with Gene Kelly and Singing in the Rain. My husband still has his golfing umbrella but I have the smaller verions of umbrellas. Thanks for the comment and glad that you enjoyed the videos.

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      Cheryl 6 years ago

      This is so good. I love your sense of humor. You are correct we all need a golfing umbrella and to remember Gene Kelly Singing in the Rain. Let's enjoy great momemts in history. Great videos and awesome tribute to the talented Gene Kelly.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      Sounds like your umbrella is a good one! Engulfing one by way of a large umbrella can be good if the rain is coming at one from all angles. Many times I have had my regular umbrella in use and have gotten soaked anyway with perhaps the only exception being the very top part of my head. Haha! Hope you enjoyed the look back at Gene Kelly and Singing in the Rain, etc. Thanks for the comment.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I have the Sport Brella X-Large Umbrella but in blue. These are made with a point for sticking into the ground and it engulfs you a bit. God bless Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello daydreamer13,

      Appreciate your visit to this hub about umbrellas, Gene Kelly and the movie Singing in the Rain. Hope you enjoyed some of the videos and remember to take your umbrella with you when and if needed. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Deborah D.,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed this light-hearted remembrance of Gene Kelly and the movie in which he played an integral part...Singing in the Rain. He certainly used his umbrella to good effect! Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kind Regards,

      So happy that you enjoyed this hub about our need (but lack) of umbrellas and then our remembrances of Gene Kelly and Singing in the Rain. It turned out to be fun. Thanks for the comment.

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      Good hub! Voted up!

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great Hub, as always Peggy.

      Namaste.

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      Kind Regards 6 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

      Peggy W, I was Hub Hopping and your opening lines grabbed me and before I knew it, I was happily reading along until the end. I was thrilled that you and your husband were happy in the rain instead of how the poor rain is often regarded. I've always loved rain and umbrellas and that movie, so what a wonderful respite spending time with your Hub. Thank you, Kind Regards

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mike,

      I agree with you as to its being a shame that movies like the one Gene Kelly was in...Singing in the Rain...and others are not typically made anymore. They were so much fun and family friendly. Thanks for reading and responding to this hub about umbrellas and more. We surely could have used one or two on our walk!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Happyboomernurse,

      So glad you enjoyed this hub about Gene Kelly and Singing in the Rain as well as large umbrellas...golfing and others. It was perhaps serendipitous that we were caught out in the rain! Haha! As to a feel good hub...I agree. It was fun finding all of these videos, etc. and thinking back to those great movies. Thanks for the comment. That umbrella that you found that would shelter 2 at the beach...sounds like a good one!

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      Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Hi Peggy! This was a great hub, and you are so skilled at describing the events of your life. It has been a long time since I saw anything with Gene Kelly. He was so talented and it was fun to watch a few of the videos you offered here. That was a great era in movies, and it is a shame that films like that aren't made any more.

      Thanks for the wonderful tribute to Gene Kelly, and for sharing your own moment in the rain. Take care.

      Mike

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Peggy,

      What a great, feel-good hub! I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the catchy title.

      The videos were fun to watch and I clicked on the Sport Brella X-large umbrella add and learned something new- it's large enough for two to sit under at the beach!

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      My husband is not one who loves to dance and so now after 40 years of marriage I am woefully out of practice. However we both enjoy seeing the old Gene Kelly films like Singing in the Rain and others where he is singing and tap dancing his way into our hearts. Glad you liked this hub about that and golfing umbrellas. Take care and thanks for the comment and vote up.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is so beautiful, Peggy. I am glad to see how you love dance. I thought you and your husband really enjoy to dance very much. Singing in the rain is a beautiful song, I really love the video you gave to us. I give my rate up for you. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      In Houston we carry umbrellas in our cars at all times. We have many pop up showers in this area...about a 20% chance almost every afternoon all summer long is the norm. When traveling I used to carry a mini-umbrella "just in case." Glad this hub about Gene Kelly and Singing in the Rain brought back some good memories for you. Thanks for the comment and Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Billy,

      Watching Gene Kelly Singing in the Rain and dancing is as much fun no matter how many times one has viewed this classic. I also enjoyed the 3 tenors. Thanks for commenting on this umbrellas hub...golfing and more.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      My husband and I weren't exactly dancing but we were stepping lively! Haha! I think that Gene Kelly dancing and Singing in the Rain is a favorite movie for everybody that sees it. We surely could have used some golfing (or any kind) of umbrellas that day! Thanks for the comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I was a kid when I saw "Singing in the rain" and I don't recall much about it except, if memory serves me, Debbie Reynolds who I probably fell in love with. I also became a fan of Donald O'Conner for quite awhile at least until "Francis the Talking Mule" which was probably the inspiration for Mr. Ed on TV.

      I used umbrellas when I used bus transportation. Since retiring I seldom use on or think about them.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Classic footage of Gene Kelly Singing in the rain - the 3 tenors version is superb. Nice selection of umbrellas Peggy.

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      I watched the excerpt of this movie and I always smiled when remember it. I can imagine how fun you were when you danced under the rain with your husband.