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Encyclopedia > Les Girls
Les Girls

Original movie poster
Directed by George Cukor
Produced by Sol C. Siegel
Saul Chaplin (associate producer)
Written by John Patrick
Vera Caspary (story)
Starring Gene Kelly
Kay Kendall
Mitzi Gaynor
Taina Elg
Jacques Bergerac
Leslie Phillips
Music by Cole Porter (music and lyrics)
Cinematography Robert Surtees
Editing by Ferris Webster
Distributed by MGM
Release date 3 October 1957
Running time 114 min
Country USA
Language English
IMDb profile

Les Girls, also known as Cole Porter's Les Girls, is a 1957 comedy film musical made by MGM. It was directed by George Cukor, produced by Sol C. Siegel with Saul Chaplin as associate producer from a screenplay by John Patrick based on a story by Vera Caspary with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. George Cukor George Cukor (July 7, 1899 – January 24, 1983) was an American film director. ... American film producer Sol C. Siegel (1903 - 1982) first worked as a reporter for The New York Herald Tribune and later as a sales executive for a recording company. ... Saul Chaplin (born February 19, 1912 - died November 15, 1997) was one of Hollywoods preeminent composers and musical directors. ... John Patrick (May 17, 1905 - November 7, 1995) was a US playwright and screenwriter. ... Vera Caspary was a prominent female writer. ... Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996), better known as Gene Kelly, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Kay Kendall (May 21, 1926 – September 6, 1959) was a British actress. ... Mitzi Gaynor (born September 4, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, although some sources indicate 1930) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... Leslie Phillips OBE (born April 20, 1924) is a British comedy actor, born in Tottenham, London. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Indiana. ... Robert Smith Surtees (1803 - 1864) was an English editor and novelist. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // Events October 21 - The movie Jailhouse Rock, starring Elvis Presley, opens. ... Airplane! is considered by some critics to be one of the funniest movies of all time. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... George Cukor George Cukor (July 7, 1899 – January 24, 1983) was an American film director. ... American film producer Sol C. Siegel (1903 - 1982) first worked as a reporter for The New York Herald Tribune and later as a sales executive for a recording company. ... Saul Chaplin (born February 19, 1912 - died November 15, 1997) was one of Hollywoods preeminent composers and musical directors. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... John Patrick (May 17, 1905 - November 7, 1995) was a US playwright and screenwriter. ... Vera Caspary was a prominent female writer. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Indiana. ...


It stars Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg with Jacques Bergerac, Leslie Phillips, Henry Daniell and Patrick Macnee. Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996), better known as Gene Kelly, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Kay Kendall (May 21, 1926 – September 6, 1959) was a British actress. ... Mitzi Gaynor (born September 4, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, although some sources indicate 1930) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... Leslie Phillips OBE (born April 20, 1924) is a British comedy actor, born in Tottenham, London. ... Henry Daniell (March 5, 1894 - October 31, 1963) was a British-born actor who had a long career on stage and screen. ... Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg on the cover of a 1994 reprint of an Avengers novel co-written by Macnee. ...


Plot

Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall), a showgirl, has written her memoirs about her days in the dancing troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls". Two of her former dancing partners, (Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg) attempt to prevent the publication of the book by taking her to court. Each gives gives her version of events and Barry Nichols (Gene Kelly) is brought in as a witness. The story is told in flashback and, Rashomon-style, each version is substantially different and asks 'which is the truth?'. The legal battle is interspersed with backstage scenes and dance routines enlivened by Cole Porter's songs. The Rashomon effect is the effect of the subjectivity of perception on recollection, by which observers of an event are able to produce substantially different but equally plausible accounts of it. ...

Notes

  • Les Girls won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for Orry-Kelly and was nominated for two other awards, Best Art Direction and Best Sound.
  • The film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy and for Best actress, Kay Kendall. It was also nominated for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy for Taina Elg.
  • The story by Vera Caspary was inspired by an article which appeared in The Atlantic — a reminiscence of a showgirl's touring years. Miss Caspary's version turned the memoir into a point of dispute and raised questions about the nature of truth.
  • Les Girls was Gene Kelly's last musical under his contract at MGM which began in 1943.

Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... Orry-Kelly was the professional name of John Orry Kelly (31 December 1897 - 27 February 1964), a prolific Hollywood costume designer. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy has been awarded annually since 1952 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Les Girls - DVD Movie Central (1673 words)
Les Girls may not be his finest work, but as a musical in that classic MGM mold, it is a worthy tribute to one of the studio's most beloved stars.
Les Girls is presented in a letterbox widescreen format that preserves the original aspect ratio of its Cinemascope release.
Les Girls may not be as famous as some of Gene Kelly's earlier musicals, but it still captures a lot of the gaiety and fun of those films.
THE CINEMA LASER DVD REVIEW-- LES GIRLS (687 words)
In the cinematic scheme of things, LES GIRLS also marked Gene Kelly’s swan song as a leading man in an MGM musical, as well being the last time that the legendary Cole Porter would compose songs for a motion picture.
Utilizing the same storytelling device as Akira Kurosawa’s RASHOMON, LES GIRLS tells wildly different versions of the same story as the events of a particular summer are "remembered" by the various participants.
While the Cole Porter tunes for LES GIRLS aren’t the best of his career, the film does feature one standout musical number- Why Am I So Gone About That Gal, in which Kelly gets to do a hilarious spoof on Marlon Brando, as well as demonstrate his amazing dancing prowess with costar Mitzi Gaynor.
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