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2 December 1941 (USA) See more »
In a Paris nightclub setting, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs to the music of Jacques Offenbach. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo ... Dancers
Léonide Massine ... The Peruvian (as Leonide Massine)
Milada Mladova ... The Glove Seller
Frederic Franklin ... The Baron
Nathalie Krassovska ... The Flower Girl
Andre Eglevsky ... Tortoni - The Dancing Master

Igor Youskevitch ... Officer
Lubov Roudenko ... Can-Can Dancer
Casimir Kokitch ... Dancer
James Starbuck ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cyd Charisse ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marc Platt ... Dancer (uncredited)

George Zoritch ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Negulesco 
Produced by
Gordon Hollingshead .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller  (as Ernie Haller)
Film Editing by
Everett Dodd 
Art Direction by
Charles Novi 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound
Music Department
Efrem Kurtz .... musical director
Other crew
Sol Hurok .... by arrangement with (as S. Hurok)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Léonide Massine .... choreographer (as Leonide Massine)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Technicolor Specials (1941-1942 season) #3: The Gay Parisian" - USA (series title)
"Technicolor Specials (1954-1955 season) #1: The Gay Parisian" - USA (series title)
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20 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

At the staircase's left side base, the ten foot tall torchiere-candelabra is a featured piece of set dressing. Two Baccarat crystal torchiere-candelabras, purchased in the 30s from the Baccarat factory in Lorraine, France, were shipped to the States for use in Jack L. Warner's estate. Too large in scale for the house, the two torchiere remained in Warner Brothers Property Department, packed in wooden crates. One of these Baccaract Crystal torchiere-candelabra was unpacked and used in the ballet set. Rarely released for an outside rental, the identical pair were used in the 70s for an NBC-TV Mitzi Gaynor musical special. Jack Warner had two full time decorator-buyers, covering European auctions and furniture galleries, acquiring pieces of furniture, tapestries, and paintings which would be used in his San Fernando Valley estate. Mrs. Warner, would schedule one or two rooms in their house, to be redecorated each year; she would co-ordinate with the two decorators each room's furniture style, period, and upholstery-drapery treatments. The rooms' used furniture removed and sent to the studio, added to Warner Property Department's inventory.See more »
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Lots of Energy, No Coherence, 17 March 2008
Author: Athanatos from San Diego, CA

There's considerable color, lots of energy, and the grins of the dancers tell us that we are supposed to think that this production is absolutely delightful. But the choreographer and dancers don't display sufficient technical virtuosity to off-set the almost complete lack of an actual story here. Imagine a second- or third-rate '40s musical, eliminate the singing, and replace the movie make-up with that appropriate to live theater, and you'll have a rough idea of what this film is like. Danny Kaye would have been expected to move with more precision than does Leonide Massine; the nameless dancers for MGM would have been expected to be better synchronized than are the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. While I'm sure that, with a run-time of 20 minutes, a more tiring film *could* be made, I'm not sure than one *has* been made.

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