Here is the opening of “Singing’ in the Rain” as it was broadcast on TCM in 2012.
For Pi Day, I pulled my copy of “Singin’ in the Rain” for a screen grab of Debbie Reynolds hitting Jean Hagen with a pie (Reynolds corrected us via Twitter that she actually used a cake). In running the opening credits, I noticed that the frame had obviously been cropped.
Here’s what it used to look like:
“Singin’ in the Rain” as I recorded it in 1979 on VHS.
And here it is via Daily Motion.
I haven’t watched “Singin’ in the Rain” on TCM in recent years because I have it on DVD. But is TCM really showing “Singin’ in the Rain” in the wrong aspect ratio? Tsk tsk.