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Les Girls (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 26 December 1957 (Sweden)
After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rashomon... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

John Patrick (screenplay), Vera Caspary (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Kelly ... Barry Nichols
Mitzi Gaynor ... Joanne 'Joy' Henderson
Kay Kendall ... Lady Sybil Wren
Taina Elg ... Angèle Ducros
Jacques Bergerac ... Pierre Ducros
Leslie Phillips ... Sir Gerald Wren
Henry Daniell ... Judge
Patrick Macnee ... Sir Percy
Stephen Vercoe Stephen Vercoe ... Mr. Outward
Philip Tonge ... Associate Judge
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Storyline

After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rashomon (1950)-style narrative presents the story from three points of view. Sybil accuses Angele of having an affair with Barry (Gene Kelly), while Angele insists that it was actually Sybil who was having the affair. Finally, Barry gives his side of the story. Written by Azure_Girl

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It's a passport to pleasure See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1957 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Cole Porter's Les Girls See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Heard in the background between the stage performances is a snippet of "Be a Clown." Cole Porter wrote this for, "The Pirate," and he wrote the rest of "Les Girls" songs. People might think that they hear a snippet of, "Make 'em Laugh," from "Singing in the Rain." But that song was based on/stolen by Arthur Freed from Cole Porter. (But that's another story.) See more »

Goofs

During the European tour, multiple clips are shown of American-style steam locomotives, not European-type engines, as would have been appropriate. See more »

Quotes

Joy Henderson: Barry, remember what the doctor told you!
Barry Nichols: The doctor told me not to dance. I'm not gonna dance.
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Connections

Followed by Harry's Girls (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Girls
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Performed by Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall (dubbed by Betty Wand), Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg
Danced by Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg
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A Beautiful enigma.
29 August 2006 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

On the one hand, it has Gene Kelly and direction by George Cukor and the smart, smooth music of Cole Porter. But the structure of the plot is a bit bumpy, and most of this bumpiness stems from the RASHOMON-like tale starting, stopping, and starting again over two hours. A lot of people seem to think that the Porter score was sub-par; I wholeheartedly disagree. An especially lovely sequence is a rowboat scene between Kelly and Taina Elg which segues into the love song "Ca C'est L'amour." Also clever are the burlesque turn of "Ladies In Waiting" and the vaudeville-like "You're Just Too, Too" which pairs Kelly with the rapturous Kay Kendall. Kendall is, in many ways, the real star of LG with her deft comedy (drunkenly singing opera for five straight minutes!) and her cool, elegant beauty. Knowing that she died shortly after completing this film- and so young- makes one miss her charms all the more and also wish that the film had a larger following. (It's particularly enigmatic nowadays when compared to Kelly's bigger and better known hits: 'Singin' In The Rain,' 'An American In Paris,' 'Anchors Aweigh,' etc.) Still, Mitzi Gaynor is a dish, dancing with Kelly in a sexy black dress (in a weird Marlon-Brando-a'la-THE-WILD-ONE-send up). Thank goodness it's on widescreen DVD where it belongs.


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