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Les Girls (MGM 1957, Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall)

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This charming Cukor musical revolves around three showgirls who feel betrayed when one of them writes a memoir about their days in a French cabaret act. In flashbacks, each of them recounts a relationship with the leader of the troupe, Kelly. Porter’s score (his last written for the screen) is just too, too and includes ‘Les Girls,’ ‘Flower Song,’ and ‘You’re Just Too, Too.’ Adapted from Vera Caspary’s novel.

Les Girls was Gene Kelly’s final film for MGM. His contract was to have run for two more years but the studio had no more musicals planned. It was the end of the era of the big-budget Hollywood musical.

Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Kay Kendall; Best Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy. Academy Award Nominations: 3.

production details
USA | MGM | 114 minutes | 1957

Director: George Cukor
Producer: Sol C. Siegel
Cinematography: Robert Surtees
Editor: Ferris Webster
Music: Cole Porter
Script: John Patrick
Production Design: Gene Allen, William A. Horning

cast
Gene Kelly as Barry Nichols
Leslie Phillips as Sir Gerald Wren
Henry Daniell as Judge
Kay Kendall as Lady Sybil Wren
Taina Elg as Angèle Ducros
Nestor Paiva as Spanish Peasant (uncredited)
Mitzi Gaynor as Joanne Henderson
Jacques Bergerac as Pierre Ducros
Patrick Macnee as Sir Percy
Stephen Vercoe as Mr. Outward
Philip Tonge as Associate Judge
George Navarro as Waiter (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti as Fanatic with ‘What Is Truth’ Sign (uncredited)
Lusita Triana as Flamenco Dancer (uncredited)
Barrie Chase as Dancer in ‘Les Girls’ Number (uncredited)