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  • Extras as chorus girls wearing white dresses with black music notes in the 1936 film "After the Thin Man."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    After the Thin Man

    1936

    Costume seen on extras as chorus girls

  • Extras as chorus girls wearing white dresses with black music notes in the 1952 film "Singin' in the Rain."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952

    Costume seen on extras as chorus girls

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About the Costume

This costume is interesting because it’s not just one costume but an entire set of them. A black dress with white music notes was created for Penny Singleton’s performance as Polly in After the Thin Man. In order to compliment her costume, the chorus girls were outfitted in the same dress design but with the opposite color scheme of black music notes on white. A lobby card for After the Thin Man shows the chorus girl dresses in much greater detail and incorrectly depicts them as yellow.

While Penny Singleton’s dress did not go on to be used again, the chorus girl dresses were used again over fifteen years later in Singin’ in the Rain, during the musical number “Beautiful Girl.” The possibility that they were used in several films in between this time is very high, so be on the lookout!

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About the Costume

This costume is interesting because it’s not just one costume but an entire set of them. A black dress with white music notes was created for Penny Singleton’s performance as Polly in After the Thin Man. In order to compliment her costume, the chorus girls were outfitted in the same dress design but with the opposite color scheme of black music notes on white. A lobby card for After the Thin Man shows the chorus girl dresses in much greater detail and incorrectly depicts them as yellow.

While Penny Singleton’s dress did not go on to be used again, the chorus girl dresses were used again over fifteen years later in Singin’ in the Rain, during the musical number “Beautiful Girl.” The possibility that they were used in several films in between this time is very high, so be on the lookout!

This costume is interesting because it’s not just one costume but an entire set of them. A black dress with white music notes was created for Penny Singleton’s performance as Polly in After the Thin Man. In order to compliment her costume, the chorus girls were outfitted in the same dress design but with the opposite color scheme of black music notes on white. A lobby card for After the Thin Man shows the chorus girl dresses in much greater detail and incorrectly depicts them as yellow.

While Penny Singleton’s dress did not go on to be used again, the chorus girl dresses were used again over fifteen years later in Singin’ in the Rain, during the musical number “Beautiful Girl.” The possibility that they were used in several films in between this time is very high, so be on the lookout!

Credits

Sighting Credit:
  • Caroline
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Costume Designer:
  • Dolly Tree

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