An American in Paris (1951)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  11 November 1951 (USA)
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Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.



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Complete credited cast:
Georges Guétary ...
Henri Baurel (as Georges Guetary)
The American In Paris Ballet ...


Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is "discovered" by an influential heiress with an interest in more than Jerry's art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise, a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an acerbic would-be concert pianist, while romantic complications abound. Written by Scott Renshaw <>

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love | french | artist | pianist | art | See All (66) »


Adventures Of An Ex-GI In The City Of Romance. Art Students' Ball Biggest, Most Daring Ever Filmed. Screen's Most Spectacular Musical! See more »


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Release Date:

11 November 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amerikanac u Parizu  »

Box Office


$2,723,903 (estimated)


$4,500,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fred Astaire was considered for the film but, as it had a slant towards ballet, Gene Kelly was the more obvious choice. See more »


When Jerry meets Milo in the street art market, the shadow cast by the wall jumps across the pavement from shot to shot until it is four feet wide, in the space of a moment or two in the story. See more »


[first lines]
Jerry Mulligan: This is Paris, and I'm an American who lives here. My name is Jerry Mulligan, and I'm an ex G.I. In 1945 when the army told me to find my own job, I stayed on. And I'll tell you why: I'm a painter, and all my life that's all I've ever wanted to do.
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Third Movement from 'Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra'
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played by Oscar Levant and The MGM Symphony Orchestra conducted offscreen by Johnny Green,
and onscreen by Oscar Levant
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He's got rhythm...
17 March 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Okay, so the plot is on shaky ground. Yeah, all right, so there are some randomly inserted song and/or dance sequences (for example: Adam's concert and Henri's stage act). And Leslie Caron can't really, um, you know... act.

But somehow, 'An American In Paris' manages to come through it all as a polished, first-rate musical--largely on the basis of Gene Kelly's incredible dancing talent and choreography, and the truckloads of charm he seems to be importing into each scene with Caron. (He needs to, because she seems to have a... problem with emoting.)

The most accomplished and technically awe-inspiring number in this musical is obviously the 16-minute ballet towards the end of the film. It's stunningly filmed, and Kelly and Caron dance beautifully. But my favourite number would have to be Kelly's character singing 'I Got Rhythm' with a bunch of French school-children, then breaking into an array of American dances. It just goes to prove how you don't need special effects when you've got some real *talent*.

Not on the 'classics' level with 'Singin' In The Rain', but pretty high up there nonetheless. Worth the watch!

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