Set in the Roaring '20s, Singin' in the Rain takes a loving look at the end of the silent film era, and cinema's rocky transition to sound. After years of honing his skills on the vaudeville stage, hoofer Don Lockwood has finally reached the top and become a swashbuckling star of the silver screen. Then the self-satisfied celebrity has his confidence shattered when ingenue Kathy Seldon dismisses film actors as "shadows" without substance. After getting over the insult, he falls hard for her - much to the consternation of his costar, the sexy, selfish Lina Lamont, who wants Don all to herself. But Don and Lina have more to worry bout than romantic troubles. Sound is coming in, and, thanks to Lina's shrill, shrieking voice, their first "talkie" has left the preview audiences roaring with laughter. Now there is only one way to save the movie and their careers - turn "The Dueling Cavalier" into a musical, with Kathy secretly dubbing Lina's lines.