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Old 02 June 2011, 03:38 AM
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Comment: I have heard that the famous scene in the classic Gene Kelly
film, Singing in the Rain, in which Mr. Kelly dances in the rain was
actually filmed with the "rain" being milk because water would not show up
on film.
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Old 02 June 2011, 05:33 AM
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Per the IMDB it was a mixture of water and milk in order to make it show up better on film.

I don't know if that's accurate but rain is notoriously difficult to shoot because rain drops are small & clear they often won't show up on film. Even modern movies that use rain bars to simulate rain have to use specially designed sprinklers that spray large drops because smaller ones won't show up on camera.
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Old 02 June 2011, 05:59 AM
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According to Singin' in the Rain: The Making of an American Masterpiece, the IMDB and Wikipedia entries are wrong, as is the other version of the myth that ink was added.
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If you watch the scene, the raindrops don't show up all that well except when they're sheeting off another object. The "rainfall" is also very heavy -- more like a shower (which you can see easily) than actual rain.

If anything were added, the sheets of rain would be far more prominent.
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